~ Michael's beautiful 9 minute track "Takahime" has been released to Spotify and iTunes. You can get a taster of it HERE.
~ Multi-Grammy award-winning choral ensemble The Kansas City Chorale under Charles Bruffy will record a full disc of Michael's compositions this coming May.
~ Michael's joint song-writing effort "I'm Tied To Ya" has been released by the legendary Rodney Crowell on his album "Close Ties". Rodney performs the song as a duet with Sheryl Crow, an iconic voice, and they wrote the song twenty years ago. Some things are worth waiting for. You can hear the track on Spotify HERE
~ Michael is currently working on a full choral score for the first collaboration between a Noh Theatre company and a choral ensemble. The performance will take place on February 16 2017 in Orchard Hall, Tokyo in collaboration with Anúna and the great Noh actor Gensho Umewaka, (National Treasure).
Details of the performance from HERE. The performance celebrates the 100 Anniversary of the writing of W.B. Yeats' play "At the Hawk's Well" in a Japanese version entitled "The Hawk Princess".
The work clocks in at just under 30 minutes in length and was written between 1989 and 1991. This is the first recording of the complete Mass.
~ The Anúna International Choral Summer School curated by Michael will take place in Dublin this June. Details from HERE.
~ Join the Kansas City Chorale under the directorship of Charles Bruffy for two concerts [February 28th & March 1st]. See HERE for details of programme and tickets.
~ Michael combines his passion for sea swimming with the music of Anúna is the beautiful video of his composition "Island"
~ The premiere will take place this coming April by The Rockford Aces conducted by Jed Scott of Michael's setting of the Francis Ledwidge poem "May". Details of score to follow.
~ Hallel, The Israeli Choral Organization hosted a series of workshops devoted to Michael's work in Tel Aviv and at Yad Hashmona in the hills above Jerusalem. The sessions were hugely successful. Very special thanks to Maya Shavit for facilitating such a wonderful event.
~ Michael is featured in interview as part of this month's [September 2015] FINAL NOTE magazine HERE.
~ Michael will curate the Third Anúna International Summer School, being held in Dublin between June 24th and 27th this year.
~ Basque conductor Basilio Astulez Duque has included the High Voice version of Media Vita as part of his "B6 Mysteries" workshop series at Europa Cantata 2015 in Pécs. Basilio is also responsible for a piece that appears on the forthcoming ANÚNA album, as he commissioned the "Sanctus Santua".
~ The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, director Dr. David Flood, are currently touring the USA and have included Michael's beautiful Mariam Matrem Virginem as part of their programme.
~ New York Polyphony's 2014 album Sing Thee Nowell, which includes his work O Pia Virgo was nominated for a Grammy Award.
~ Recording has been completed on the new Anúna album release Revelation and songs will feature a strong shift towards Irish language material and showcases the developing choral sound of Anúna. The centrepiece of the recording is "Revelation" an extended work that utilises text from the book of revelation and an atmospheric setting of a variant of the beautiful Irish folk song "Fill fill a rún ó". As of early March other titles composed by Michael include "Na Coille Cumhra", "Fáilte don Éan" and "One Last Song".
~ In late February Michael presented an interest session at the American Choral Director's Association National Conference in Salt Lake City titled "The Music of Michael McGlynn and Anúna". He was joined by Anúna singers Dónal Kearney and Éabha McMahon. You can see highlights from the session below.
~ On their recent visit to Dublin the Choir of Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland, with Sylwia Fabiańczyk-Makuch conductor, participated in a workshop with Michael. This ensemble have an even, elastic sound and a huge dynamic range. A wonderful ensemble and a great pleasure to work with. You can see a small gallery of the workshop below.
~ Michael's setting of the Japanese folk-song "Sakura" was very well received on the recent Anúna tour of Japan. You can hear a rehearsal recording of the work made at Mitaka Hall, Tokyo below on Soundcloud. This setting attempts to capture the stillness and poise of the original piece, combining it with the ethereal tones of Anúna.
やよい の そら は
かすみ か くも か
におい ぞ いずる
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let's look, at last.
~ Michael has begun recording with Anúna for their next album. In what promises to be a diverse and eclectic release, the release will include a meditation on the four Archangels coupled with works in Japanese and the beautiful "One Last Song" which you can hear below on Soundcloud. Release is tentatively planned for summer 2015.
~ In late October Michael presented a series of workshops at the Center of Iniciatives of Tolosa in the Basque and adjudicated at the famous International Choral Competition there.
~ In late Fall and Winter Michael presented a series of workshops across Japan in Iwake, Fukui, Mitaka, Matsumoto and Tokyo.
~ British violinist Craig Halliday has included a lovely version of "Aisling" on his forthcoming album Classical Evolution. You can hear the track HERE. Please purchase and support independent artists.
~ Always good for a selfie, Michael met up withUnion University Singers conducted by Dr Chris Matthews in St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin on April 4th.
They gave a stunning performance of his jazz-inflected arrangement of Danny Boy.
~ Michael attended the SWACDA Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 19th where his work "O Pia Virgo" received a premiere by New York Polyphony. The work was recorded in late March for a Fall release. You can read a blog about the work and its creation HERE.
~ A very nice review from the Kansas City Star of the March 8th Concert of Michael's work given by the Kansas City Chorale, conductor Charles Bruffy to read online here.
~ In March two Grammy Award Winning vocal ensembles Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale, both conducted by Charles Bruffy, performed a series of concerts featuring Michael's work exclusively.
Included were some of his best-known music including Dúlamán, Jerusalem, Geantraí and Media Vita alongside pieces like When the War is Over and Song of the Wind.
Sincerest thanks to all the organisers and singers, especially Katie, Bryan, Nick, Joel and of course Jen for their kindness and care. And to the magnificent artists that make up the core of both of these world-class ensembles.
~ In mid-February, Michael lectured and workshopped as part of the Curso de Dirección Encuentros Corales UC3M 2014, in preparation for a performance of his music given by the massed attendees. He was particularly delighted to work again with his friends Coro de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and VokalArs, both conducted by Nuria S. Fernández Herranz.
~ Michael reviews Tim Sharp & Wes Ramsay’s, “Come Away to the Skies : A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass” HERE.
~ Read Michael's blog posting about his 2013 work "Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows" HERE and listen to the premiere performance of the tryptich at Florida Atlantic University on Soundcloud below.
~ A nice review from Casa.org of Chanticleer's Something New for which Michael arranged "Ring of Fire".
"...The other standout, not coincidentally featuring the inspiration for this album, is “Ring of Fire” (of Johnny Cash fame), with the aforementioned basso profundo Eric Alatorre on a low lead that made my living room shake, and that was just from playing it through my laptop speakers. Just when you think he’s hit bottom on a low D-flat, he briefly jumps down to a double-low B-flat, and it still sounds like he’s in the meat of his range. Insanity. And, oh, there’s a beautiful ballad arrangement under (over?) him by friend-of-the-group Michael McGlynn that uses contemporary pop harmonies (like the always handy add9) and progressions (like the Dan-ish IV9sus to V9sus) without being overtly poppy or going the other way into jazz-land, and contrasting sparse with meaty voicings just right."
~ Michael has just completed work on a newly commissioned piece for the Spanish choir VokalArs, conductor Nuria S. Fernández Herranz, entitled "Duérmete Niño Hermoso". The piece will be premiered this Autumn by this excellent equal voice ensemble in Madrid.
~ "Pie Jesu", here performed by Anúna on the BBC1 programme Songs of Praise on August 11th, was written to commemorate those lost in the Omagh Bombing of August 1998. Soloist is Rachel Thompson.
~ Anúna gave their first performance of "Amhrán na Gaoithe" [Song of the Wind] in Canada in July. The performance was videoed, and you can see it below [Niagara on the Lake] along with their performance of Illumination [Prince Edward Island], soloist Andrea Delaney.
~ Michael will again steward the Anúna International Choral Summer School in Dublin this June 19-22. For details please click HERE. He will be in attendance at the Dallas ACDA conference this March, and if anyone would like to discuss the School with him, he can be contacted at summerschool at anuna.ie. In November he will act as chairman of the jury for the 2nd International Early Music Vocal Competition Canticum Gaudium, to be held in Poznan, Poland from 15-17 of November. The competition is open to singers of any nationality, aged from 18 to 30 and you can get details from HERE.
~ Chanticleer gave a rousing performance of Hinbarra on the NPR's Prairie Home Companion on January 12th. You can listen to the show here.
~ "Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows" is due for premiere in April 2013, and was written for piano and double choir. It will be performed by the forces of the music Department at Florida Atlantic University in April. This commission will complete Michael's tenure as Eminent Scholar to the University.