|The Speech Project photo from Journal of Music|
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Gerry Diver's Speech Project but that was part of the appeal and this fusion of audio and visual experiences made for a fascinating and absorbing evening.
|Pizz Perfect Lisa Knapp|
|Speech Project at Glór|
There were resonances with the work of modern minimalist musicians such as Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich. The matching of rhythms of speech patterns with musical phrases reminded me very much of Adam Corks work on the musical/opera, London Road. The abscence of percussion and string articulation was reminiscent of Penguin Cafe Orchestra but I found this experience rather more engaging enhanced with a the visual dimension.
Fiddle players in the audience included, Joan McNamara, Siobhán Peoples and Diane Daly .
You can hear my interview with one of the band members violinist David Daly here.