WATERSHED ON TOUR

Yonit Kosovske & Julie Comparini on tour in Ireland 1–12 March

Water­shed is a new song cycle for voice and piano inspired by the nat­ur­al bod­ies of water and land in Ireland’s mid-west region and along the Atlantic coast. With music by renowned Irish com­pos­er Ailís Ní Ríain and text by Kil­laloe res­i­dent and poet Jes­si­ca Brown, it is a song cycle inex­tri­ca­bly root­ed in place and in nature. Cen­tral to the song-texts—which are tak­en from Jessica’s superb col­lec­tion, And Say (Revival Press, Lim­er­ick 2019)—are themes informed by the writer’s per­son­al inter­ac­tion with water and the sur­round­ing land­scapes in coun­ties Clare and Tip­per­ary. Musi­cians Julie Com­par­i­ni and Yonit Kosovske will per­form this new work in sev­er­al venues through­out Ire­land in ear­ly March 2022.

The Water­shed song cycle was com­mis­sioned by Yonit with fund­ing from the Arts Coun­cil Music Com­mis­sions Award in 2020. The Water­shed CD, pro­duced by Now and Then Media, was released in Novem­ber 2021 and fea­tures the song cycle, poet­ry read­ings, and field record­ings of sound­scapes along and near Lough Derg in Coun­ty Clare. Both the Water­shed album and Jessica’s poet­ry col­lec­tion will be avail­able for pur­chase at the live per­for­mances. The CD is also avail­able on Band­camp (click on SHOP above to purchase).

Read about the pre­miere per­for­mance here.

Watershed concert dates: 

Tues­day 1 March 1.15pm: St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Lim­er­ick (PREMIERE)
https://www.saintmaryscathedral.ie
This per­for­mance will also be livestreamed:
https://www.churchservices.tv/limerickstmarys
Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jes­si­ca Brown, poetry

Wednes­day 2 March 1.00pm: Emi­ly Ander­son Con­cert Hall, NUI Gal­way
https://musicforgalway.ie/event/lunchtime-concert-julie-comparini-yonit-kosovske/
“Lough Derg 1 & 2”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Her­mit Songs by Samuel Bar­ber
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano

Sat­ur­day 5 March 7.00pm: St Caimin Church of Ire­land, Mountshan­non, Co Clare
Lough Derg 1 & 2 Two song cycles on place and poet­ry — Mountshan­non Arts
“Lough Derg 1 & 2”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Her­mit Songs by Samuel Bar­ber
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jes­si­ca Brown, poet­ry
deBrun, art­work

Sun­day 6 March 12.00pm: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
https://www.hughlane.ie/forthcoming-sunday-concerts
“Lough Derg 1 & 2”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Her­mit Songs by Samuel Bar­ber
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jes­si­ca Brown, poet­ry

Tues­day 8 March 1.00pm: Find­ing a Voice, Old St Mary’s Church, Clon­mel
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/266845250327 
“Reflec­tions”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Qua­tre Chants by Lili Boulanger
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jes­si­ca Brown, poetry

**Thurs­day 10 March 1.10pm: Maynooth Uni­ver­si­ty, River­stown Hall**
https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/term-card
“Lough Derg 1 & 2”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Her­mit Songs by Samuel Bar­ber
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano
**Please note that the Maynooth con­cert is only open to staff and stu­dents of Maynooth Uni­ver­si­ty. Where pos­si­ble, each recital will be record­ed and uploaded to the YouTube chan­nel ‘Musi­cAt­Maynooth’.**

Sat­ur­day 12 March 1.30pm: St Canice’s Cathe­dral, Kilkenny

The con­cert in Kilken­ny has been post­poned due to unfore­seen cir­cum­stances.
https://www.musicinkilkenny.org/events/lunchtime-concert-hermit-songs-barber-watershed-ailis-ni-riain
“Lough Derg 1 & 2”—Water­shed by Ailís Ní Ríain & Her­mit Songs by Samuel Bar­ber
Julie Com­par­i­ni, con­tral­to
Yonit Kosovske, piano

WAVE~LINKS

WAVE~LINKS is a new video series explor­ing ear­ly music and arti­san­ry. As cura­tors of WAVE~LINKS, Yonit Kosovske & Vlad Smishkewych invite mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary musi­cians into con­ver­sa­tion about His­tor­i­cal Per­for­mance Prac­tice, while seek­ing con­nec­tions with their artis­tic (and some­times culi­nary) prac­tices out­side of music. Thus far, the videos have fea­tured Baroque vio­lin & paint­ing, Baroque vio­lin & glass arts, vio­la da gam­ba & mul­ti-media art, tra­ver­so & pho­tog­ra­phy, voice & weav­ing, voice & knit­ting, cor­net­to & fer­men­ta­tion, Medieval vielle and illus­tra­tion, build­ing vio­ls & pot­tery, harp­si­chord build­ing & paint­ing, Renais­sance dance & poet­ry, among oth­ers. In mak­ing WAVE~LINKS videos, Yonit and Vlad col­lab­o­rate with musi­cian-arti­sans through online and in-per­son inter­views, as well as through exten­sive writ­ten cor­re­spon­dence, to pro­duce cre­ative videos 10–15 min­utes in length. Each video is high­ly unique, indi­vid­ual, and per­son­al, but they all reflect upon, search, and delve into the lim­i­nal spaces that exist in between the mak­ing of music and art—finding shared or con­trast­ed per­for­mance prac­tices while seek­ing new ways of per­ceiv­ing their work through cross modal­i­ties and metaphor, from the poet­ic to the technical.