Conversations II Recordings // Seán Doherty's Dreams

Didn't get to our Conversations II concert with New Dublin Voices on July 12th?

No fear! We have recordings of all the premieres of the night.

Composer Seán Doherty's new piece Dreams was on the programme.

Hooding a sacred rose under the ice cap of the world — Dreams will
to light.

– Lola Ridge (1873–1941)

Ridge was an early Modernist, political radical, and ardent feminist. She was born in Dublin, and grew up in Australia and New Zealand, before moving to San Francisco in 1907. Ridge published fve books of poetry, all of which were inspired by the urban landscape of her adoptive city of New York. This piece seeks to reclaim the vocal technique of ululation, pervasive in Middle Eastern culture as a signal celebration or lament, from its connotation in Western culture as a sinister war cry. The sentiment of Ridge’s poem speaks directly to the people of the Arab Spring, and their dreams for democracy and human rights — dreams that will not be cowed by censorship, oppression, or state-sponsored massacres.
— Seán Doherty 2014

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