September 20, 2021
After being delayed twice due to pandemic conditions, the song cycle Watershed,composed in 2020 by Ailís Ní Ríain for myself and pianist Yonit Kosovske, could finally be recorded in August 2021 at Pine Valley Studio in Killaloe, Ireland.
The CD, which will be available as of November 2021, includes the 25-minute song cycle as well as readings by poet Jessica Brown, from her book And Say, from which the Watershed texts were chosen. The poems reflect upon the Irish lake Lough Derg near Limerick, and other natural bodies of water throughout Ireland. The landscapes themselves can also be heard on the CD in the form of field recordings by Ròisín Berg, Leo Wolstenholme, Wolodymyr Smishkewych and Ilani Smishkewych Kosovske.
The premiere performance of Watershed will take place in Ireland in March 2022, with a virtual CD launch party being planned for November 13, 2021 -- details forthcoming!