GAF Classical: T’ang Quartet

Fans of classical music are in for a treat this Saturday, July 28th, when T’ang Quartet play Saint Nicholas’s Church. Formed in 1992 , T’ang Quartet are Ang Chek Meng, Ng Yu-Ying, Leslie Tan and Lionel Tan. The quartet takes its name from both its founding members but also the Tang Dynasty, referencing the era’s golden age of artistic expression.

The T’ang Quartet blend Eastern and Western influences, reinterpreting classic works for the modern age. Their show Comedy and Tragedy combines film and music, including the Buster Keaton classic Haunted House,which the quartet will accompany. The programme also includes Aulis Sallinen’s Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March and the Chinese composer Bright Sheng’s String Quartet No.3.

Classical fans will not want to miss this one. For tickets and more info, check out http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/ If you fancy a quick break at your desk, here is a clip of the T’ang Quartet in action. Prepare to be mesmerized:

GAF 2012: Keywest in Monroes on July 28th

Live music has always been a key part of the Galway Arts Festival line up and this year is no different. Next Saturday, 28th July, Dublin band Keywest play Monroes. After forming in a shed in Artane just a few years ago, the lads have completed the critically acclaimed album The Message, played on national TV and radio and on stage for the likes of Oxegen and Arthur’s Day, plus they were nominated for a 2010 Meteor Award for Most Promising Act. Fans of rocky pop will not want to miss this one nor should anyone who likes good live tunes with their pint. We’ve got a few clips of the Keywest lads in action below and don’t forget to check out http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/ for more info.

Piano Man: The Magic of Michael Kaeshammer

Being able to play the piano is an ambition many people have but few truly realize apart from the select, some would say chosen few of which Michael Kaeshammer is certainly one. After studying piano as a child in his native Germany, the young Michael became fascinated by the boogie-woogie playing style of Fats Waller. A few short years later, Michael was playing jazz clubs across Germany before moving to Canada where he has gone on to achieve huge acclaim, with Now magazine recently describing him as one of Canada’s hottest musical exports.

Jazz fans, piano lovers and indeed anyone with a love of breathtaking live performances will not want to miss the amazing Mr. Kaeshammer whose star is set to soar. For a taste of what you can expect, check out the clip of Michael performing his hit ‘Lovelight’ below. It will have you tapping your toes and humming along in an instant. Boogie-woogie indeed.

Michael Kaeshammer plays the Galway Arts Festival on July 23rd and 24th in the Roisin Dubh. To get your tickets and avoid disappointment, check out: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/

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