Eighth Blackbird, Olagón

March 23, 2018, 7:30 PM
University of Richmond

Co-commissioned by the Modlin Center for the Arts, Olagón, a conflicted wail of both mourning and victory, stands as the central inspiration of this new evening-length collaboration between Eighth Blackbird, composer/fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Drawing from the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge, Olagón aims to tell a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland while honoring the traditional musics of Ireland, Norway, and America. Muldoon’s text––utilizing both English and Irish–is sung in the unique and highly ornamental vocal practice known as Sean Nós by Ó Lionáird. When coupled with Trueman’s diverse musical landscape, stage direction by Mark DeChiazza, and the virtuosity of Eighth Blackbird, a multi-cultural experience unlike any other is brought to life. 

Modlin Center Subscriber (Purchase 4+ Performances): $22
Adult: $28 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $25 UR Employee: $24
Child (0-12): $14 Group (20+): $25