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, created a singular voice for Irish culture that has had far-reaching influence internationally. McGlynn developed the group to perform his original compositions and to develop a new form of ensemble singing that was related to the indigenous singing tradition of this country (sean nós). 2017 is a time celebrate one of Ireland's most unusual and unique artistic entities, which still continues to develop and innovate thirty years after its foundation.
In February they visited 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 National Treasure Gensho Umewaka, the legendary Noh actor.
As part of their 30th anniversary Anúna will travel to Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Germany and Sweden. They also feature as part of the the Last Night @ the BBC Proms.
The group will release two albums and a Bluray/DVD during the year.
Selected Events of 2017
February Orchard Hall, Tokyo “The Hawk Princess”
March : National Concert Hall Dublin, University of Limerick Concert Hall
June 13-17th ANÚNA International Summer School, Dublin
September 9th BBC Proms
September 27th Gothenburg Cathedral w. Linda Lampenius
October Tour of China including Xi'an Concert Hall
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