Marja Gaynor- violin, viola
David Power- uilleann pipes
Together, Marja and David will perform a programme of early music, Irish and northern European folk music on a range of instruments.
1. O'Carolan's welcome (Turlough O'Carolan) and 'Masurkka-Ankka' by Marja Gaynor
2. The Green Linnet and The Humours of Ballyloughlin (traditional)
3. 'Rondeau' by Henry Purcell
4. 'Che si puo fàre' by Barbara Strozzi
5. Improvisation on 'Little Piece' by Béla Bartók
6. 'John come kiss me now' by Thomas Baltzar
7. Stóir mo Chroí and An tSean Bhean Bhocht (traditional)
8. Seán O'Duibhir a' Ghleanna and 'In Dulci Jubilo' (traditional)
9. The Fox Chase (traditional)
Cork-based Finn Marja Gaynor is a versatile and much in demand violin and viola player freelancing with leading Early Music groups in Ireland and Europe. A member of Irish Baroque Orchestra since 2007, Marja is also the principal viola of Camerata Kilkenny, whose recent recording for Lyric FM includes her performance of Telemann’s ‘Gulliver Suite’ as a duo with Claire Duff, as well as her arrangements of O’Carolan tunes. Marja is a founding member of Giordani Quartet, Ireland’s only chamber group specialising in early Classical repertoire using period instruments. Outside Ireland Marja has worked with Ensemble Marsyas, Dunedin Consort, The King’s Consort, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and other leading European period orchestras.
Apart from her career as a Baroque player, Marja is passionate about new music and has contributed to the Irish contemporary music scene by premiering numerous new works. She is also much sought after as an arranger, studio musician and collaborator in all genres. A landmark project was her critically acclaimed arrangement of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (for Cork Opera House), which drew on various areas of her musical expertise: 17th century music, modern folk and traditional music, and improvisation. She also arranged and played the strings for ‘Falling Slowly’, Oscar winner for best song in 2008. Marja was Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music Festival from 2013 to 2015. She teaches Baroque violin, viola and chamber music in CIT Cork School of Music.
Uilleann piper David Power’s stage credits include off-Broadway show ‘Love’s Pure Light’, the Irish Rep. Theatre’s ‘The Field’ and Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’ on Broadway. Regularly appearing with poets including Dermot Bolger, Kerry Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Thomas McCarthy, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne and Robert Pinsky, worked withTony MacMahon, Dermot Bolger, Eamonn Hunt and John Comisky on ‘The Frost is All Over’ and with Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary on ‘To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell’ (Kilkenny Arts Festival). Other collaborations include Music Network-commissioned ‘Edges of Light’ with Maeve Gilchrist, Tola Custy and Colin Dunne (IAC New York), ‘Antarctica’ with composer Linda Buckley (Kilkenny Arts Festival), ‘ Buile Shuibhne’ by composer Dana Lyn with the Contempo Quartet (Clifden Arts Festival) and ‘Gol na mBan san Ár’ concerto for orchestra and uilleann pipes by Kevin Volans (NCH). With three solo recordings - ‘My Love is in America’, ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ and ‘The eighteen Moloney’ - Power regularly performs with fiddlers Willie Kelly and Martin Hayes, presents recitals with organist Malcolm Proud and performs with baroque group Camerata Kilkenny in ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’.