BiographyOleg Ponomarev – violin
Adrian Hart – violin, electronics
Cora Venus Lunny – violin, viola
Kate Ellis – cello
Nick Roth – soprano and alto saxophones
Colm O’Hara – trombone, voice
Francesco Turrisi – piano, accordion, percussion
Dave Redmond – double bass
Phil Macmullan – drum kit
Led by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, Yurodny perform contemporary settings of traditional music from around the world and work collaboratively with performers and composers who embrace a re-imagining of tradition and the vitality of the present.
The ensemble was built on the principle that in order for intelligent communication to take place between people, the language of one must be absorbed by the other. Taking this to be the case for the language of Music, Yurodny pursure the belief that in spite of the diversity of humanity in this world, there is a common source language that is able to be recognised and understood instantly by speakers anywhere around the globe. This belief has led to a deep fascination with a range of diverse repertoire, and leads to constant collaborations with leading musicians from around the world in a constant quest for meaning, understanding and the ability to express this with the traditional powers of music; Celebration, Lamentation, Storytelling, Meditation, Education, and Ceremony.
In 2013 the Yurodny Ensemble received the EU Presidency Award by Culture Ireland as part of an international programme celebrating Ireland’s cultural wealth during their tenure of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and which included headlining performances at the Songlines Encounters Festival in Kings Place, London, GAIA Festival in Switzerland and a two-week Scandinavian tour.
Upcoming highlights for 2013/2014 include tours of Ireland, Hungary and Switzerland, a performance at the renowned Festival au Desert, Mali and a Norwegian tour featuring special guest Stian Carstenson including performances at the Oslo World Music Festival and Transform Trondheim Festival.
In addition to their touring schedule, Yurodny will also be returning to the studio to record their third album for Diatribe Records, ‘Haivka’, featuring a traditional Ukrainian choral ensemble from the Carpathian mountains and special guest composer Alla Zagaykevych.
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