The Weathered Stone | Album Launch
28 Sep | 8pm | Main Space
Ticket €15 / €12
Dublin composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly launches his new album The Weathered Stone with an immersive performance of beautiful and intricate compositions. The evening opens with a solo performance by reeds player Seán Mac Erlaine and ends with a launch reception.
Inspired by the secret histories of landscapes, old maps and memory, this is music that possesses the ecstatic, unforced beauty of the natural world – at once minimal and teeming with matter.
“Beautifully contemplative” – GoldenPlec
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and producer from Dublin. As a composer, he moves between various musical forms, including chamber music, choral writing, orchestral work, arrangement, songwriting, field recording and music for dance and film. Benedict’s compositions frequently seek out an ecstatic quality, with a reduced palette of materials, rich tonal harmonies and rhythmic intricacy.
In recent years Benedict has worked with a range of orchestras and groups such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Klang, Crash Ensemble and Slagwerk den Haag. Recurring collaborations with performers such as vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, pianist Michael McHale and cellist Kate Ellis, feature prominently in his output. He has worked with musicians from across a wide musical spectrum, including Iarla Ó Lionáird, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Sam Amidon. Benedict often features as a performer, playing an array of instruments.
Benedict has produced over a dozen records, working in many studios, bespoke recording facilities and live recording environments across Europe. He has produced and mixed recordings for composers and performers such as Simon O’Connor, Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, Frankie Gavin and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir among many others.
Born in Ireland to an Irish father and German mother, Benedict studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy, Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz at both Trinity College, Dublin, and at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Along with Garrett Sholdice, Benedict runs Ergodos, a record label and production company founded in 2006.
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly – Voice & Synthesiser
Seán Mac Erlaine – Clarinet & Chalumeau
Saskia Lankhoorn – Piano
Robinson Panoramic Quartet
Anita Vedres – Violin
Robin Panter – Viola
Kate Ellis – Cello
Malachy Robinson – Double Bass
This performance is presented by Ergodos with the support of the Arts Council / An Chomairle Ealaíon.