La Fresca Rosa (produced for the Galway Early Music Festival 2021)
La Fresca Rosa celebrates vocal and instrumental chamber music inspired by the rich imagery and intensely emotional expression that flourished in Italy throughout the first half of the 17th century. Timeless themes of love, innocence, passion and jealousy are explored in a vibrant and varied selection of works by Giulio Caccini, Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Rossi and Luzzasco Luzzaschi.
Recorded in the stunning historical space of the Blue Room at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick City.
Aisling Kenny, soprano
Eamon Sweeney, lute and guitar
Yonit Kosovske, harpsichord
The Watershed CD features a new song cycle for voice and piano composed by Ailís Ní Ríain and commissioned by pianist Yonit Kosovske who performs alongside contralto singer Julie Comparini. The cycle contains fives songs on selected texts from Jessica Brown’s book of poetry And Say, a profound and personal exploration of the human relationship to natural bodies of land and water in the west of Ireland. The album also presents poetry readings by Jessica Brown, interwoven with field recordings of nature soundscapes along and near Lough Derg in Co Clare, Ireland. To listen and to purchase, visit our Shop.
Chrome Attic CD
Chrome Attic is a CD of solo chromatic keyboard music from 17th century Italy and Germany. Performed by harpsichordist Yonit Kosovske, the album includes composers: Giovanni de Macque, Ascanio Mayone, Michelangelo Rossi, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Carolus Luython, Gregorio Strozzi, Tarquinio Merula, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, and Georg Muffat. This recording is part of Yonit’s long-term Chrome Attic project and series exploring musical chromaticism and chiaroscuro in painting and photography. To listen and to purchase, visit our Shop.
Fabulous Females on the Fringe: The Judith Project
Fabulous Females on the Fringe is an interdisciplinary months-long project that focuses on musical and artistic depictions of the Biblical character Judith, culminating in a video that features chamber performances of music by French Baroque composer Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, paintings by Italian Baroque composer Artemisia Gentileschi, and contemporary art, photography, and drama created by students at the Limerick Educate Together Secondary School. This collaboration was coordinated by Yonit Kosovske and Vlad Smishkewych (NATM/H.I.P.S.T.E.R.) and LETSS teachers Norma Lowney (art/drama) and Deirdre Kinnane (music). Musicians include Aisling Kenny (soprano), Debbie Diamond (baroque violin), Sarah Groser (viola da gamba), and Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord). Special thanks go out to our supporting venues Limerick City Gallery of Art and Lime Tree Theatre, as well as to all the teachers, parents, administrative staff, and tech crew whose time, energy, and expertise have helped bring this project a reality. Public release scheduled for mid-January 2022 on the Limerick Early Music YouTube channel — subscribe to our newsletter, below.
The Judith video will premiere on YouTube at 20h00 Thursday 13th January (UTC+0). To view the video, please visit this link.
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.
A series of documentary films that explore the hidden landscapes of music and sound behind events in history, art, culture, and place.
Alive Again: The Repair and Restoration of a Harpsichord in Limerick
Limerick Early Music Festival (LEMF) 2021 marked the debut of Hidden Soundscapes, a new video documentary series by Now and Then Media, Ltd. Hidden Soundscapes explores the hidden stories behind music, history, and place. Alive Again follows the story of the rediscovery, repair, and restoration of a Klop harpsichord in Limerick, Ireland, and features interviews and performances by restorers Aiden Scanlon and Michael Laffan; Limerick School of Music faculty Maria O’Brien, Cecilia Madden, and Peter Barley; and LEMF co-director and harpsichordist Yonit Kosovske.