Eighth Blackbird, Olagón

March 23, 2018, 7:30 PM
Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

The book reading and signing with Paul Muldoon, originally schedule for Thursday, March 22, 7pm at Chop Suey Books, has been postponed to Friday March 23 at 6:30pm at the Modlin Center for the Arts.

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. 

Artistic Viewpoint Discussion and Book Reading and Signing

with Eight Blackbird's Nick Phontinos and poet Paul Muldoon
Friday, March 23 | 6:30pm
Modlin Center for the Arts, Gardner Lecture Rooms

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

Eighth Blackbird, Olagón