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Joseph Chester – FRAGMENTS OF LUCIA

Joseph Chester

A SOLO GUITAR RECITAL TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE ALBUM, LUCIA.

On January 27th, 2023, Bohemia Records release LUCIA, multi-award nominated musician Joseph Chester’s first major composition for classical guitar & strings, commissioned by Axis Ballymun, Dublin, as part of the celebrations marking the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses taking place in Dublin and globally on the 16th of June 2022. The suite, which was “inspired by fragments of the life of Lucia Joyce,” had its world première performance in Dublin on Bloomsday, 2022.

Lucia Joyce (daughter of James Joyce) spent 47 years in institutions as a result of mental illness, including long periods in isolation. She died in the notoriously cruel St. Andrew’s asylum, Northampton at the age of 75. And yet, in her youth she had shown enormous potential, as a dancer and illustrator. Over the course of two years, Chester took ten key moments from the life of Lucia Joyce, ten facts of her existence, and composed a piece of music for each, to pay tribute to her, to bear witness to her and, in some fantastical, imaginary way, let her speak.

The Paris Times wrote that, “James Joyce may yet be known as his daughter’s father.” Some say she was a muse for Finnegans Wake. Her father described her as, “A fantastic being with a mind as clear and unsparing as the lightning.” However, after undergoing tests, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was committed in 1936.
She would never know freedom again.

Fragments Of Lucia is a solo guitar recital by Joseph Chester, of pieces from LUCIA to celebrate the release of the album.

About Joseph:
“It is the silence that hangs above each of Chester’s emotive soundscapes that is most telling. It reminds us of how silent we have been towards those living with mental health disorders.” – The Sunday Times

Joseph Chester is a multi award-nominated songwriter, composer and musician whose albums have featured in the books 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Tony Clayton-Lea, Buried Treasure by Dan Hegarty and in The Sunday Times list of the best Irish albums of all time

Running time 75 mins

Tickets: €20
8:15pm
27  JAN

Boys’ School