From the sculpture hall, Hugh Lane Gallery
Improvising duo, Cora Venus Lunny and Izumi Kimura was first commissioned for collaboration by Improvised Music Company in 2017, and immediately hit it off. The most recent exploration with the duo is Field Recording Project, a collaboration with artist Anthony Kelly.
The first album release is scheduled in summer 2020.
Japanese born, Irish resident Izumi Kimura has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad. She has worked with some of the leading performers and ensembles from both disciplines of classical and jazz, including RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Michael D’arcy, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Mia Cooper, Ken Edge, Benjamin Dwyer, Bill Dowdall, Susan Doyle, Cora Venus Lunny, and many more from the world of classical music, and with jazz and improvising musicians including Ronan Guilfoyle, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley, Joe O'Callaghan, Oki Itaru, Makoto Sato, Dominique Pifarély, Benoít Delbecq, Stéphane Payen, Sarah Buechi, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and many more. She has premiered many works including pieces especially written for her. Composers she worked with include Gerald Barry, Ronan Guilfoyle, John Buckley, Benjamin Dwyer, Kevin O’Connell, Ian Wilson, Greg Caffrey, Fergus Johnston, Nick Roth, Elis Czerniak and Francis Heery. She has performed at many festivals in Ireland and abroad including RTE Living Music Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, Engage Bandon Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, SPECTRUM festival, Music Current Festival, Ghent Street Festival of New Music in Belgium, Music 21’s ‘Brazil Now’, 'Artes Da Irlanda' in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Creative Connexions in Sitges, Spain. As an improviser, Izumi has been developing both solo and group works, with many leading musicians including duo with Tommy Halferty, Joe O'Callaghan, Cora Venus Lunny, trio with Ronan Guilfoyle and Matthew Jacobson, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, and many more. Izumi has received Project Award from Arts Council in 2016 and 2017, to lead duo and trio projects with American percussionist Gerry Hemingway, and British bassist Barry Guy. The live recording of the first concert of this trio was released in January 2019 from Polish record label Fundacja Słuchaj. Her forthcoming projects include, solo, duo with French violinist Dominique Pifarély, and Irish violinist Cora Venus Lunny supported by Improvised Music Company. izumikimura.com
Cora Venus Lunny (she/they) is a freelance improvising musician with a strong classical background and extensive experience in contemporary classical, improvised, recorded and folk musics. A violinist since early childhood, who performed around the world as a soloist and chamber musician before specialising in contemporary music, Cora has been exploring improvisation and composition for many years. After releasing 1943, a self-produced EP of covers and originals, Cora’s 2nd album, Terminus Conscientiae, part of Diatribe’s Solo Series, was a spontaneously composed response to Bartok’s Sonata for solo violin, “as much an exercise in textures and transposition as it is a display of safety net-free high-wire virtuosity“ (JMI) “Fans of Bartók, contemporary string adventures and improvised music will find much to appreciate in Lunny's highly personal, soul-searching endeavor” ( allaboutjazz.com). Since this time, free improvisation has become a very strong focus for Cora, having performed in various combinations with Izumi Kimura, Colm O’Hara, Cathal Roche, Rob Casey, David Lacey in this capacity.
As a member of Yurodny, Cora has also written for them, and with Kate Ellis, was commissioned in 2016 to write a piece for Common Ground, relating to the 1916 commemorations. In 2020 Cora’s piece Theft, commissioned by the NSQF as part of their Beethoven Reflected Series, was premiered by the Ficino Quartet. Cora’s latest music can be found at trancebranches.bandcamp.com and