- 25 Jul 22
Following last Thursday's spine-tingling performance from virtuoso violin and viola player CV Lunny, the Yurodny Ensemble have performed a stunning Hungarian hymn in Co. Wicklow for SoFFT Productions. The resulting film will premiere tomorrow (July 26th) at midday on the Hot Press YouTube channel.
The award-winning Yurodny Ensemble will treat Hot Press audiences with a beautiful performance of Miklos Lukacs' 'Himnusz' (Hymn in Hungarian) tomorrow (Tuesday 26 July), in a special film that's set to premiere exclusively on the Hot Press YouTube channel at midday.
The film arrives hot on the heels of the gorgeous premiere of CV Lunny's composition Currents, delivered from Wicklow's Poulaphouca Dam by quartet of supremely talented musicians, led by CV Lunny. Lunny is also a member of Yurodny Ensemble.
The second film, a performance film shot with the Yurodny Ensemble, is directed by Elton Mullally for SoFFt Productions in January 2022. The clip is set in the lavish surroundings of Russborough House, not far from the Poulaphouca reservoir.
Founded in 2007 by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, the Yurodny Ensemble perform contemporary interpretations of traditional music from around the world, alongside new work by composers inspired by these traditions.
In 2013, the Yurodny Ensemble received the EU Presidency Award from Culture Ireland, as part of an international programme celebrating Ireland’s tenure of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This included headlining performances at the Songlines Encounters Festival in Kings Place, London, and a Scandinavian tour of the ground-breaking Yurodny SciLens programme.
More recent highlights have included numerous critically-acclaimed appearances, including in France (Paris Fête de la Musique to 7,500 people), Norway (Transform World Music Festival with Stian Carstenson) and Switzerland (GAIA Chamber Music Festival), as well as a riotous outing on the Main Stage of Electric Picnic 2015.
2016 saw performances at the Paris International Beckett Festival, the premiere of a new staged work Sailing to Byzantium by renowned Turkish composer Onur Turkmen at the Ankara International Festival, and the release of their long-awaited third Diatribe Records album, Haivka, which features collaborations with leading Ukrainian electroacoustic composer Alla Zagaykevych and a vocal ensemble from the Carpathian mountains.
Miklos Lukacs is a close collaborator with Yurodny Ensemble, with whom they recorded 'Evenset' and played in Budapest with his trio Czimbiosis.
The band comprises of Nick Roth - saxophones; Grammy winner Francesco Turrisi - keyboards, percussion; Dave Redmond - double bass; Colm O’Hara - trombone; Phil Macmullan - drums; CV Lunny - violin, viola; Kate Ellis - cello; Adrian Hart - violin and Oleg Ponomarev - violin.
'Himnusz' was commissioned and curated by Wicklow Arts Office with the support of the Local Live Performance Scheme.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Yurodny Ensemble premiere (Tuesday, July 26th) at midday on the Hot Press YouTube channel.