Legendary vocal ensemble announces the launch of its 30th Season
In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded Anúna, a vocal ensemble that has in the last three decades developed a unique choral voice for Ireland. McGlynn developed the group around his beautiful original compositions and arrangements of medieval and traditional music. He felt that Irish choral music should reflect the rich singing tradition of his homeland. Since then the unique sound-world of Anúna has developed considerably and has had a huge influence on choral singing and choral practice all over the world.
As part of their 30th anniversary Anúna will travel to Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, China and Iceland. In February they visit Japan to take part in one of the most exciting projects the group have ever embarked on, performing with a Noh Theatre company in Tokyo’s Orchard Hall. The “The Hawk Princess is based on W. B. Yeats’ influential play "At the Hawk’s Well", with a score created by Michael McGlynn who will also co-direct the production with Japanese National Treasure Gensho Umewaka, the legendary Noh actor. This year the group will also celebrate their close association with the Irish poet Francis Ledwidge who died a century ago.
The group will release two albums and a Bluray/DVD during the year.
Selected Highlights of 2017
February 16th Orchard Hall, Tokyo “The Hawk Princess”
March 16th 8pm, the National Concert Hall
March 18th 8pm, University of Limerick Concert Hall
June 13-17th ANÚNA International Summer School, Dublin
November Tour of China
December Tour of Belgium & The Netherlands
"Anúna...is a stellar example of a crossover group that has avoided compromising its musical standards and has maintained a high level of involvement in the worlds of both popular and classical music...exceptionally virtuosic chamber choir, with the discipline and technique to excel in both traditional and contemporary music in the classical tradition" ~ All Music Guide
"Anúna is legitimate folklore that weaves religious and secular threads into an enchanting sonic tapestry..." ~ Billboard
"Anúna provide the sort of thrilling, life-affirming music that makes you think Ireland, indeed the world, is not such a bad place after all" ~ Independent
"With Anúna, the worlds of choral, classical and traditional music intersect with ease, a place where heaven meets the horizon in perfect coalescence" ~ Hot Press
"Michael McGlynn is a remarkable composer and leader of the choral group Anúna. Most of Michael's pieces draw on Irish early-Christian and pre-Christian texts as well as traditional airs and lyrical themes. These sources are recast in Michael's beautiful and startling music" ~ Elvis Costello
“Thank you for your genius of melody and harmony” ~ Bono