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Laurie Anderson Residency: The Language of the Future

Three new and exclusive performances at the National Concert Hall

Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th & Monday 15th May 8.00pm

Laurie Anderson

Room: Main Stage
Prices: €35, €30
1 ticket for 3 Concerts Package Price: €84
1 ticket for 2 Concerts Package Price: €63
(Please note package price available on top price band only and available for a limited time only)

In May 2017, one of the seminal artists of our time, Laurie Anderson will take up a unique residency at the National Concert Hall.

This residency will see her create and debut three new performances exclusively at the Hall as part of her ongoing work, The Language of The Future.

Laurie Anderson says "Being at least a quarter Irish - and who really knows how much more?- I have always felt at home in Dublin. It's the only city I know where everyone uses the language as an art form. And I mean starting with the taxi driver who picks you up at the airport. We begin the language dance. The put on, the shaggy dog, the put upon. Heaven.”

We are delighted to confirm the programmes and guests for each other Laurie's three performances

Language of the Future
Saturday 13th May, 8pm

“The Language of the Future is a performance of stories and songs that aspires to look at and analyse current events in the light of how stories are told in media as well as in personal histories. Ever changing, this work gets its title from a story about a plane crash from the 1983 multimedia work United States that ends with the pilot telling the passengers, ‘Put your hands over your eyes. Jump out of the plane. There is no pilot. You are not alone. This is the language of the on-again, off-again future. And it is digital’. With the addition of film and electronics the evening looks at stories through many filters.” Laurie Anderson

Talking Book
Sunday 14th May, 8pm

Talking Book is a collection of stories from Laurie Anderson’s forthcoming booking book All the Things That I Lost in the Flood that will be published in Autumn 2017 published by Rizzoli. “A collection of puzzles, letters, snippets, grand theories, gossip and love songs, Talking Book is - among other things - about the relationship between language and loss.” Laurie Anderson

Monday 15th May, 8pm

“I have been playing with Rubin Kodheli for the last year and we have done many kinds of concerts - collaborating on a live show Songs from the Bardo with Tenzin Choegyal (which will be released on CD and vinyl next year), and evenings with stories and collaborations with musicians as various as the Kronos Quartet and jazz bassist Christian McBride. The sound we create together - a hypersonic new kind of stringed instrument - is a wild and free-wheeling hybrid of musical worlds. We’re excited to be joined by the wonderful hardanger player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. That will make a total of 19 vibrating strings.” Laurie Anderson

Quartet for Sol LeWitt and Other Quartets
Monday 15th May, 6pm - 8pm

A durational performance of the quartet Laurie Anderson wrote for her teacher Sol LeWitt with imaging alongside other quartets by Laurie Anderson. Performed by members of Crash Ensemble.

Cellist Rubin Kodheli (ko-thé-lee) composes music for modern dance, orchestras and chamber ensembles and contributed compositions to the widely acclaimed film Precious (2009). He also writes music for his band Blues in Space, a band consisting of electric cello, electric bass and drums. Mr. Kodheli has performed with many artists, including Dave Douglas, Henry Threadgill, Meredith Monk and Tom Harrell. Mr. Kodheli, who has worked with Laurie Anderson for the past year, recently performed a concert with Ms. Anderson and Christian McBride at Town Hall as part of a new series called Improvisations.

Arguably the most exciting and innovative traditional musician of his generation Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O’Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How We Fly.
Free to ticketholders for Improv!

Renowned for her inventive use of technology - from her 1981 hit O Superman to her appointment as NASA’s first artist-in-residence - Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers. Her eclectic, multidisciplinary career has spanned the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music and has seen her create works as a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist. Most recently Anderson has garnered acclaim for her first feature film in almost 30 years - Heart of a Dog - which reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

The Language of the Future is the latest chapter in Laurie Anderson's ongoing exploration of the American narrative and how we tell it. Anderson's work crosses borders between dreams, reality and the elusive world of information. Known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology, Anderson spins offbeat adventure stories with her characteristic wit and poignancy.

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