Saturday 23 February 7.45pm
“Absolutely gorgeous – a masterpiece” Celtic Heartbeat
Carmina make a welcome return to the Gulbenkian after four years with their stunning new album My Crescent City - a sophisticated mix of Celtic influences, traditional tunes and jazz-style improvisation in haunting and uplifting songs.
The line-up includes rising star of Irish traditional music Diarmaid Moynihan on uilleann pipes and whistles; jazz virtuoso Geoff Castle on keyboards, and band founders and co-writers Pippa Marland, on the sax, whistles and vocals, which have been described as ‘wondrous, emoting and enchanting’ Time Out and Rob King on acoustic guitar, mandola, and bodhran.
The unique quality of Carmina's
music makes it difficult to classify, but easy to love,
drawing comparisons with Moving Hearts, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison. Yet
Carmina’s music remains uniquely their own. The combination of one of
"Mesmerising...bewitching...Carmina's songs are effortless in the international language of love and the emotions" Irish Times
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The birth of Carmina was a literary
affair. Rob King and Pippa Marland were studying English
Guitarist King and vocalist Marland are still the core of a band which King always imagined as a "jazz quartet married to a Celtic-based acoustic duo".
They are the compositional and
inspirational heart of Carmina (Carmina is a Latin word meaning songs or poems),
and together with the world-class musicians who have joined the band they have
created a sophisticated sound which, based around their strong original
material, draws in elements of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, jazz,
soul and rock. Their album Weather in
the Heart, recorded in
The unique quality of Carmina's music makes it difficult to classify, but easy to love, the general sound has been compared with Moving Hearts, Everything But The Girl, Swing Out Sister, Renaissance and Van Morrison - but as well as comparisons, Carmina's music has drawn heart-felt superlative praise from critics around the world: "Powerful... original...soulful... spellbinding... stunning... spiritual... fresh, sophisticated and accessible... dazzling... inspirational... awesome... vibrant... magical...".
Live, Carmina have committed themselves to becoming one of the most accessible yet innovative bands currently touring, developing their unique fusion of jazzy Celtic roots to enchanting depths
The music when performed by such consummate players as Rob and Pippa attract relies on the grace and subtlety of Pippa's vocal style to draw the tuneful strands together. The band create a real warmth on stage, with virtuoso solos played with good taste and never running amok through the arrangements that have obviously been so well crafted. Pippa's rapport with the audience lends the proceedings an intimate touch, drawing in those who might be unprepared for the diversity of the music. The combination of one of
Carmina have played all over Europe,
touring Australia, Spain, Belgium,
Ireland and France have
been nominated for the Hot Press Best
Roots Album and The Irish Rock
Music Awards Best Traditional Act Awards, and received a swathe of
acclaiming reviews from across Europe. Appearances on TV and radio in both the