Feb 22-24, 2018 8PM
Three performances of Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak — a new evening-length work by faculty composer Dan Trueman and Lewis Center for the Arts Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, that updates an Irish legend through Celtic folk, indie pop, and contemporary-classical hues — are at the heart of a week-long residency of Eighth Blackbird at PSK: The Princeton Sound Kitchen.
Performed by Eighth Blackbird together with Trueman and Princeton University Global Scholar singer Iarla O’Lionaird, the work depicts the legendary Irish tale, Táin Bó Cúailnge, as a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland while honoring traditional music of Ireland and America. Muldoon’s text—written in both English and Irish—is sung in the sean-nós style by Ó Lionáird. The album, released this past November, was named one of five Classical Albums of the Year by the Boston Globe.