left to right: Ivan Goff, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Cleek Schrey Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

left to right: Ivan Goff, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Cleek Schrey

Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals, harmonium)

Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” whilst still a boy, through many recordings, Ó Lionáird established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. 2011 saw the release of Ó Lionáird’s latest solo album “Foxlight” on Realworld Records.

Always an artist on his own journey Ó Lionáird signed to the prestigious Real World label in the mid 1990’s with whom he would go on to make many groundbreaking recordings with the multi-million selling Afro Celt Sound System receiving two Grammy nominations. Solo albums “Seven Steps to Mercy” (1997, produced by Michael Brook) and “Invisible Fields” (2005) brought widespread acclaim confirming Ó Lionáird as one of contemporary music’s most ambitious singers and recording artists.

Ó Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. From his collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo, this has taken an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God) reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. He is also a featured soloist on the Nonesuch debut label release of Dennehy’s “Grá agus Bás “ with Dawn Upshaw and Crash Ensemble which he performed live at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in the Spring of 2013.

Iarla is a member of the band The Gloaming, featuring Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. He tours the U.S. every year with the ensemble, Masters of Tradition.

Ivan Goff (uilleann pipes)

Originally from Dublin, Ivan Goff plays uilleann pipes and Irish concert wooden flute. Apart from solo performance, Ivan has dueted with many traditional musicians such as Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh and Tony DeMarco, has toured with acclaimed Irish traditional bands Dervish, Danú, Téada, Lúnasa, is a former member of Eileen Ivers Band, and has featured in several well-known productions including extended engagements with Riverdance. Ivan has worked in various genres from theater (Peter and Wendy, Mabou Mines, dir. Lee Breuer), to film (Cremaster 3, dir. Matthew Barney), to symphonic (commissioned concerto for uilleann pipes, Albany Symphony Orchestra, comp. R. McLellan) and experimental/electroacoustic music (Sonorities 2012, Belfast, with saxophonist Evan Parker). Ivan is currently a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

Cleek Schrey (hardanger fiddle)

From Virginia, Cleek Schrey is a fiddler living in New York City. His traditional fiddling has been featured in festivals and concerts around the world. An active member of the traditional music communities in America and Ireland, he was a featured musician on The Raw Bar, a documentary on Irish music that aired on RTE , and most recently on Féilte, a program on Irish music in America, for TG4. A frequent collaborator with dancers and choreographers, Cleek plays fiddle with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co. Cleek also works closely with composers and musicians from outside of the traditional music community, combining perspectives in search of new possibilities. The New York composer Daniel Thomas Davis was recently commissioned to create a new chamber work for Cleek and the Sonnambula viol consort, slated for a Spring 2014 premiere.