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The Irish Song Tradition: Lilting, Laments & Lullabies

melanie o’reilly


Irish music has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years. In this class students are introduced to a variety of Irish songs exploring different styles, from slow laments to songs of celebration, Celtic chants to “lilting,” (“mouth music”), and from sean-nós (old style) to modern Irish traditional popular songs, and the songs of the Irish diaspora. Students sing in English and Gaelic, in both ensemble and individual settings. Specific vocal techniques will aid students in the exploration and expression of Irish singing, such as tone, breathing, ornamentation, and phrasing, while also learning the historical significance and cultural background of each song. Students sing a cappella style, as well as with pro– fessional accompaniment. Class concludes with a concert in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series. Prerequisites: none. Singers of all levels are welcome. Please note that Gaelic is taught phonetically.

Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
4/14 – 6/9 (9 weeks)
Melanie O’Reilly • $430


Melanie O’Reilly (Voice)
BA in Arts, Brendan Smith Theater Academy, Dublin. Internationally performing singer-songwriter, band leaderand recording artist; awarded “Best Of the Bay Area” by East Bay Express in 2007; host of “Jazz on the Bay,”for RTE Radio 1, winner of PPI Radio Award for Music Specialist Program of the Year; chosen as one of Ireland’s foremost jazz ambassadors by DownBeat.


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