The Martin Hayes Quartet: The making of The Blue Room - a film by Myles O'Reilly

This is Myles O’Reilly intriguing documentary on the making of The Blue Room recording by the Martin Hayes Quartet. This new venture by Martin Hayes expands on many of the musical ideas that he has pursued in his long standing partnership with Dennis Cahill. He says: “The melody still remains central but now with an added range of sonic possibilities provided by the bass clarinet and viola d'amore. The addition of these instruments creates an added aural texture and amplifies the rhythmic possibilities while also allowing a larger role for improvisation.  

Commenting on the film Myles notes that in “taking leaps into the unknown and relishing their unpredictability, Martin Hayes’s appetite for collaboration with musicians from across the spectrum of the tradition and beyond is insatiable. His latest project is a head-turner. Prick up your ears and you’ll hear bass clarinet sidling up alongside fiddles (and Dennis Cahill’s guitar) so that tunes intimately known become something new. Opener The Boy in the Gap is a masterclass in interpretation that invigorates a familiar reel.

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