ANÚNA : Collection is now available to stream on all major streaming services including Spotify. It features a collection of pastoral and mythological pieces, including classics like “The Rising of the Sun” and “The Flower of Maherally”, but also two newly remixed/re-recorded tracks and two brand new songs. Read more HERE about the release.
“I Will Give My Love an Apple” features a stunning solo vocal by Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile in an atmospheric version of this beautiful English folksong. “Blackbird” is a beautiful mystical song written by Michael McGlynn and Zach Trouton, exploring the thin veils between realties and worlds. Michael writes about the new version of “Na Coille Cumhra”;
“An early summer forest in Ireland is a magical place. When I discovered this poem decades ago I immediately wanted to create a sonic equivalent of the soft, languid atmosphere. It took until 2015 to record the song, but my voice, and myself, were not really up to the task of singing the solo. My Dad had just died, and the song became about transcending death through love. Well, my voice has returned somewhat and this is the result. Thank you sincerely to Brian Masterson for his patience and expertise and Daithí Ó Nuanáin who remains an inspiration through his intense love of the Irish language.
Fez, Morocco : ANÚNA return to the Fez Sacred Music Festival this June 15th to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this magnificent cultural event. The group have performed there twice already in 1998 and 2002, so this will be a very welcome return to this ancient and beautiful city. You can still book places for the Festival online HERE.
Dublin, Ireland : The 7th Anúna International Summer School will take place between Tuesday 18th and Saturday 22nd of June 2019 (inclusive) in Dublin, Ireland. Find out details of how to apply from HERE. This is a unique opportunity to join singers from all over the world as they work with the ensemble and learn the techniques that have made ANÚNA one of the most unique vocal groups in the world.
ANÚNA return to Italy after many years for a tour. Details below.
Italy March 24 Chiesa di San Lorenzo Martire, Sogliano Al Rubicone 20hr30 Free Entry
Italy March 23 Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, Pavullo Nel Frignano 21hr00 Tickets HERE
Italy March 22 Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, Modena 21hr00 Tickets HERE
ANÚNA feature prominently as part of the Xenogears 20th Anniversary concerts, recorded in Japan last April (2018), released on Bluray in Japan this March (2019).
The disc is a labour of love created by soundtrack composer Yasunori Mitsuda who says of ANÚNA "I felt that ANÚNA was a new type of chorus that I’d never heard before. My attention was drawn to the lead singer, Michael McGlynn, and I dreamt about making music with ANÚNA one day. After 20 years, my dream came true through the making of the game Xenoblade Chronicles 2".
Release details from HERE
The latest ANÚNA album release is Transcendence, a selection of sacred music composed by Michael McGlynn which begins and ends with the choral classics “Crucifixus” and “Miserere Mei Deus”. “This disc contains a selection of works that I composed over two decades brought together for the first time” says McGlynn.
“While most of the material was written for other vocal ensembles ANÚNA have cast their particular sonic spell on these pieces and I am very proud of the work we have done together on this disc”.
The album is available only as a digital download on Bandcamp and has an exclusive PDF booklet included.
The complete performance of Takahime is now available to view on YouTube along with an article on the making of this extraordinary and unique combination of Japanese culture and ANÚNA.
Takahime was a unique collaboration between ANÚNA and a Nō Theatre company in Tokyo's Orchard Hall. Involving a full Nō troupe performing in one of Japan’s most significant venues, Orchard Hall, the presentation was an enormously complex presentation and included a full score created by Michael McGlynn.
The performance took place on February 16th 2017 and was produced by Plankton.