1. 01-Pillow Talk 1:01
  2. 02-Introductions 1:01
  3. 03-Marbhan's Shadow 1:01
  4. 04-Being Only A Dame 1:01
  5. 05-A Queen Bee 1:01
  6. 06-Stirrings I 1:01
  7. 07-For Eons and Eons 1:01
  8. 08-Stirrings II 0:58
  9. 09-Motet for Medhbh 1:01
  10. 10-Nil Aon Ton-Ton 1:01
  11. 11-Stirrings III 1:01
  12. 12-You Know It's a Salmagundi 1:01
  13. 13-Stirrings IV 1:01
  14. 14-Marbhan and Guaire 1:01
  15. 15-Pillow Talk Reprise 1:01
  16. 16-Restless Rest 1:01
  17. 17-Ululations I 1:01
  18. 18-Zeus to my Demeter 1:01
  19. 19-Only on Medhbh 1:01
  20. 20-Ululations II 1:01
  21. 21-Reelings Reels 1:01
  22. 22-Ailill 1:01
  23. 23-The Book of Lamentations 1:01


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Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak is our first collaboration with vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming, Princeton-based composer-fiddler Dan Trueman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon. A modern retelling of an ancient Irish epic, Olagón depicts — not without irony and humor — a privileged “power couple” mired in envy, greed, and adultery, descending into criminality and addiction as Ireland’s “Celtic-Tiger” economy collapses in the early 21st century.

Trueman’s score combines elements of the traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America with the raw urgency and sonorities of contemporary classical music. Muldoon’s text interweaves verses in English and Irish Gaelic, seasoned with word-play and wit.

Ó Lionáird, whom The Guardian calls “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music,” sings the text in the unique and highly ornamental Irish style known as sean nós. The production incorporates the gorgeous young voices of students of acclaimed Irish sean nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, who also makes an appearance.

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Weight .75 lbs
Dimensions 5.6 × 4.9 × .5 in

Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocals
Dan Trueman, fiddles & electronics
Nathalie Joachim, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Yvonne Lam, violin & viola
Nick Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano & bitKlavier

Album Details

Total Time: 91:09
Poetry: Paul Muldoon
Producer: Jesse Lewis
Engineers: Bill Maylone (Chicago Sessions), Andrés Villalta (Princeton University sessions),
Dan Trueman (Galway Sessions)
Vocal Dramaturgy: Mark deChiazza
Recorded: October 9, 2015 at Princeton University (Motet for Medhbh)
January 31, 2016 on Inis Mór Árann, County Galway, Ireland (Reeling Reels; Alill; The Book of Lamentations)
January 5–8, 2017 at IV Lab Studios, Chicago, IL
January 14–16, 2017 at Princeton University, NJ
February 13, 2017 at Princeton University (A Queen Bee)
April 5, 2017, at SHIRK Studios, Chicago, IL
Graphic Design: Studio Rubric
Cover Art: Natalie Cooperman

© 2017 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago