Martin Hayes Quartet
Martin Hayes Quartet
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 7PM PDT

Royce Hall

While we were hopeful to gather and experience the performing arts together once again, our priority remains safety and well-being. Therefore, we’ve had to postpone this program to a future date when we can safely resume live programming.

“Taking leaps into the unknown and relishing their unpredictability: Martin Hayes’s appetite for collaboration with musicians from across the spectrum of the tradition and beyond is insatiable.” —The Irish Times

Martin Hayes is the founder of the Irish ensemble The Gloaming, who captivated L.A. audiences as part of CAP UCLA’s 2018-19 Season. Known worldwide for his soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music, Hayes’ unique sound sparkles with eclectic contemporary idioms ranging from Arvo Pärt to Sigur Ros. Still very much an East Clare fiddler, Hayes has brought this age-old sound into a modern setting without losing any of its essence. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs, Brooklyn Rider and with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble on the Grammy-winning album Sing Me Home (2016). He created his own critically-acclaimed quartet to expand upon the sonic possibilities of the Irish canon that reflects the resilience, hope and longing of the Irish people. 

Teaming up again with long-time collaborator guitarist Dennis Cahill, they are joined by classically trained Irish-American fiddler Liz Knowles (String Sisters) and bass clarinetist Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Antony and the Johnsons), who bring vast backgrounds from jazz to classical to indie rock. Their first album, The Blue Room, recorded live and largely impromptu, expresses the heartbreaking lament of oppressed and impoverished people through an eclectic blend of musical styles that amplify their perseverance and hope. It has been described as “revelatory” (Glasgow Life); “thrilling” (Financial Times); and “especially divine” (The Sunday Business Post). 

Photo Credit: Maurice Gunning

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