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Bryce Dessner curates inaugural Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

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As guitarist with The National, Bryce Dessner has cut a trail from Ohio, his birthplace, to New York, his home. As a contemporary composer of growing renown, he has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (sharing programmes with Steve Reich and Jonny Greenwood), often taking inspiration from American and European folk music. And as a curator of adventurous festivals, including Cincinnati's MusicNow and New York's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, he has put new musicians on the map while allowing familiar ones to break new paths.

Now his sights are set on Cork, where, at the invitation of Cork Opera House's Mary Hickson, he has curated the inaugural Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival. The four-day festival of music, art and conversation, it will provide a new berth for collaborations between Irish and international artists and will include a few performances of Dessner's own compositions. How important is such a place for musical ideas and exchanges?  READ THE FULL Irish Times ARTICLE