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Cork Midsummer Festival gets Big Bold and Brassy for summer solstice

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Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street
June 21, performance times: 4.30pm, and 8.00pm

Music Generation Cork City presents the Irish Premier of BOLD as BRASS, a large scale, hair-raising musical event in partnership with the Arts Council, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork City Council and CIT Cork School of Music, funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme.

To be performed in Cork’s historic Elizabeth Fort for the summer solstice, 100 musicians of all ages and playing ability will take to the stage bringing to the city the powerful sounds of brass, saxophone and percussion in what promises to be one of the most exciting highlights of this year's Cork Midsummer Festival.

Composed by UK saxophonist Jason Yarde as the largest of 21 commissions by Serious for its 21st EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2013, BOLD as BRASS will receive its Irish premiere as part of the closing events of the 2015 Cork Midsummer Festival.

Joining Jason Yarde and completing this large scale and dynamic ensemble, soloists Carolyn Goodwin (saxophone), Alex Petcu (percussion), Michael Mullins (trumpet), Robert O’ Brien (tuba) and Roddy O’ Keeffe (trombone) will lead the performance taking the audience on a wild journey through jazz styles and brass band traditions bringing Elizabeth Fort to life!

According to Margaret O’Sullivan, Music Generation Cork City Coordinator, “This is a first for Cork City, facilitating different generations of brass players together, including professional and amateur, and beginners alongside advanced players, in a new piece that draws on world brass traditions from military to folk to carnival. Having seen Jason Yarde in action at the EFG London Jazz Festival, we knew his combination of brilliant musicianship, courage and sense of fun would provide a fantastic experience for musicians in Ireland. We are delighted that the Arts Council/Music Generation partnership, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork City Council and CIT Cork School of Music have all supported it, and we look forward to working with our partners on this exciting project.”

For more information on this and other Music Generation Cork City projects contact:

Mags O'Sullivan, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Cork City

T: 021 4273377