Larissa O'Grady at Lough Key Forest Park
A virtuoso violinist inspired by the beauty of the region will perform at The Dock next Saturday, March 26.
One of Ireland’s leading violin players has created a performance inspired by Lough Key Forest Park and the surrounding countryside where she spent time during a post lockdown arts residency in The Dock.
Larissa O’Grady, a member of Ireland’s leading contemporary music group, Crash Ensemble who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across three continents and frequently performs with Ireland’s RTE orchestras in principal positions will present a concert of works for solo violin on Saturday March 26 at 7pm.
Her RESONATE Artists residency in The Dock during 2021 was organised in partnership with Music Network and the inspiration to create new work came from the period when she like everyone else found herself locked down at her home in Dublin.
“As lockdown continued, I became more aware of my own natural habitat and landscape and began taking field recordings of bird sounds in my local area and in popular forest parks around Dublin and county Wicklow - to archive those sounds that I had been enjoying and become more intensely aware of.
“Exploring my relationship with the natural world and biodiversity is something that I had committed to allow myself time for and engaging with nature through my art practice was how I wanted to spend time exploring that.
“While researching, developing and presenting a nature-inspired mixed media sound and visual installation with violin as the central voice, I worked to create a unique concert offering for the audience – a solo violin programme with mixed-media which also inspires a new cohort of nature lovers to engage with nature on a local level at Lough Key Forest Park."
She recorded a film at Lough Key that will be presented as part of her solo violin performance in The Dock.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now on The Dock website at www.thedock.ie and via The Dock box office on (071)9650828.
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