Matthew Noone on his recent tour in India with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

This is a recent documentary featuring Tradconnect member Matthew ‘Mattu’ Noone.  It is by noted filmmaker Myles O'Reilly and was made on a recent tour to India in December 2014 with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.  On the background to the tour Matthew provided the following outline.

“I was born in Australia, to an Irish father and grew up on a musical diet of grunge and indie-rock” he says.  “I left Oz in 2003 and travelled to India where I discovered the sarode, 25 stringed North Indian Classical lute.”  

“I spent the next 5 years travelling to and from Kolkata to study with my teacher Sougata Roy Chowdhury. Eventually, I settled in Ireland and began to be interested in Irish music firstly through my exposure to the music of Martin Hayes and later through the recordings of older fiddle players from Clare such as Junior Crehan, Joe Ryan, Paddy Canny and Martin Rochford.”  

“In 2012, I began a PhD in Arts Practice to explore the connections I heard between Irish traditional and North Indian Classical music.  I met Martin through my work at the University of Limerick and we realised a mutual interest in Indian music. This tour was eventually funded by Culture Ireland and the Irish embassy in India.  It also is a significant part of my PhD research.”

“I play a purpose built sarode for playing Irish music on this tour.  We played as a trio and also incorporated collaborations with local Indian Classical musicians in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai”

It was an amazing tour and we were extremely inspired by the open heartedness of the Indian audiences and promoters.  Martin and Dennis's approach to Irish music was well received by the discerning Indian Classical public and we received positive reviews and media coverage.  I guess we discovered that although the musics are actually structurally quite different at a deeper structural level they have an emotional and spiritual resonance.  This overlap, while marginal, was an important part of our collaborations and hopefully will lead to further work in the near future.”


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Comment by David Kennedy on June 3, 2015 at 2:12

Fantastic. What a brilliant "coming together" of  two cultures. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and wanted more. Greedy bugger that I am.

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