This is How We Fly (album launch)
Debut album launch
Improvised Music Company & Bottlenote Festival
"Traditional music shot through with the adrenaline of contemporary influences: a lethal but irresistible cocktail." - The Irish Times
The opening night of the 2013 Bottlenote festival, sees the launch of the highly anticipated debut album from This is How we Fly in the Button Factory, Temple Bar. Since forming in 2010, this group of exceptional musicians have captivated audiences across Europe, with their spellbinding live shows, combining percussive dance, electronics and deeply expressive music.
This is How we Fly is a contemporary folk band consisting of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle & hardanger fiddle, Seán Mac Erlaine on clarinets & live electronics, Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, and Petter Berndalen on drums and percussion.
Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from.
Drawing on Irish, Swedish and American music and dance traditions. This is How We Fly approach their material flexibly as improvisers creating exhilarating live performances, ranging from near silent renditions of Scandinavian fiddle tunes, to freely improvised tone poems with electronics to foot-stomping new compositions.
Initially brought together through a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, This is How we Fly have since performed throughout Ireland, Sweden and Denmark, as well as an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and television performances on RTÉ 1 and BBC Alba.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle
Best known for his work with traditional musicians including Mick O’Brien & Brendan Begley, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has deservedly gained an enviable profile as an innovative solo artist with his imaginative compositions and thrilling performance style.
Seán Mac Erlaine – bass clarinet, clarinet, live electronics
Seán’s music draws on his background as one of Ireland’s most forward thinking jazz musicians, frequently collaborating with musicians well beyond the orbit of jazz as well as top theatre producers and dancers. His versatility as a woodwind instrumentalist has been recognised through many awards including Cork Jazz Festival Best Irish Artist Award.
Nic Gareiss – percussive dance
Nic has performed as a featured soloist with The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish and Martin Hayes. His work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. Nic draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary and musical collaboration.
Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion
Berndalen is a groundbreaking percussionist, turning the accepted conditions and past norms of drum playing upside down. Deeply rooted in the Swedish folk music tradition, he is the first percussionist in the world with a degree in Swedish folk music. He frequently appears both as a solo artist as well as with different projects, both in Sweden and worldwide.