KATERINA GARCÍA & BAND
Katerina García & Band is a group of five musicians of diverse nationalities and musical affiliations, ranging from Classical and Jazz (Peter Moc, acoustic guitar, Ales Bajgart, bass) to world music / traditional (Katerina García, lead vocal, Síle Denvir, Irish harp, and Robert Harvey, flute). Together they embark on a musical journey across the European continent, exploring and re-imagining musical traditions as diverse as the Eastern-Mediterranean Sephardic cancionero, the songs of Central Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, and Ireland.
About the performers:
Katerina García is a Czech-Spanish singer born in Prague, raised in Barcelona and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Since joining her first band in 1999, Katerina been collaborating with numerous musicians across musical genres. In 2013 she founded, together with her sister Barbara García and Bosnian singer and guitarist Predrag Duronjić, the band ‘Kon Sira’, where she performed Sephardic and Balkan traditional music. In 2013, the band released the album Kon Sira: Songs form the Sephardic Tradition, which brought together song material collected by Katerina in the course of her academic research, which focused on the language varieties spoken by Sephardic Jews in Thessaloniki, Greece. Katerina currently works in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Síle Denvir hails from Indreabhán, Conamara and was surrounded by music and song from an early age. Her first language is Irish and this lead naturally to an interest in traditional sean-nós singing. Immersed in this tradition of sean-nós singing, she learned songs from many local singers, including Máire Uí Dhroighneán and Patsy Ó Ceannabháin. Síle is also a harpist and is a founding member of the group Líadan. She is the presenter of the programme ‘Sean-Nós’ on TG4, the second series of which was recently aired on TG4. Síle has a particular interest in Irish language song and in 2008 Cló Iar-Chonnacht published her book ‘Dearcadh an tSaoil – Amhráin Chiaráin Uí Fhátharta’, an edition of songs composed by the Conamara songwriter Ciarán Ó Fátharta, including a critical analysis of the songs and their context. Her most recent CD Caithréim: Ceol agus Amhráin ó Dhrámaí an Phiarsaigh, based on her most recent research project on music and song from the plays of Pearse, was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in May 2016. The CD was shortlisted by the Irish Times in the Best Traditional Album 2016 category and it also received the accolade of Best Traditional Album of 2016 at the Nós awards in January 2017. Síle is currently working as an Irish lecturer at Dublin City University.
Robert Harvey Seven times All-Ireland Champion, Dr. Robert Harvey studied music in Trinity College Dublin and Conservatory of Music and Drama DIT, where he graduated with first class honours and was presented with the President’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 2010. Robert recently completed PhD research on Traditional Composition in the East Galway Style. Robert was selected by Donal Lunny as flute player for the Irish television series “Lorg Lunny”, which resulted in the formation of the band Ciorras, with whom he has toured extensively internationally and released the acclaimed album ‘Silver Lining’. In 2017, Robert played the part of ‘Robin’ in the animated short film ‘The Lost Letter’ narrated by Kate Winslet, and also features in the RTÉ produced animated children’s show ‘Peak Zoo’. Robert lectures in Irish music in Trinity College Dublin, in addition to being in demand internationally as a teacher, examiner, adjudicator and performer.
Peter Moc is a full-time educator, performer, music promoter, music director, composer and an author of jazz guitar text book series. This guitarist of Czech origin has performed and taught music in Ireland, the USA, the UK, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Peter has played with legendary American jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, professor Sheryl Bailey from the world-wide known and prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston, and in 2016 he recorded his third album in NYC with jazz super-star Lage Lund. Since 2010, Peter has been working in Ireland and Northern Ireland with nearly all major Jazz artists, such as BBC broadcaster and a trumpet player Linley Hamilton, Kevin Brady and Michael Buckley.
Ales Bajgart is a Czech bass and guitar player for over 25 years. During this period he has been playing in many music bands and groups in various musical genres, primarily Jazz fusion and Blues. In the Czech Republic he was one of the founders of the famous regional jazz band Lady Betka, which performed at concerts and festivals for more than a decade. Ales also performed for over two years as a stage musician in the Slovácko Theatre in Uherské Hradiště (Czech Republic) in the plays “Some Like It Hot” and “Wild Years”. He has spent the last few years as a session musician, contributing to studio recordings and tours. He is currently a member of the Dublin-based jazz/folk band Crow Airport.
Saturday 14th September 2019 | 3pm | The Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)