I was delighted to be invited to the launch of AnTara's album, The Space Between in the Bello Bar on Thursday, 5 November. Having previously photographed them at an event earlier in the year, they asked whether they could include one of my photos in their debut album. It appears now, with a new lease of life in print on the inside cover.
Last night, Thursday 5th November 2015, AnTara launched their debut album The Space Between in the Bello Bar Dublin. The album celebrates the AnTara's exploration of the spaces in-between the traditions of both Irish traditional and Indian Classical music. Indeed, AnTara means 'the space between' in Sanskrit.
AnTara features the highly accomplished Matthew ‘Mattu’ Noone, who plays the traditional Indian 25 stringed Sarode, alongside the legendary Tommy Hayes on bodhrán.
The space between began to fill following Matthew's funding from Music Network Ireland to design and purchase a hybrid sarode for collaborations within the Irish music tradition. The project encompassed the slow lyrical style of East Clare music together with Indian drones, a variety of percussion and experimental acoustic loops. However that scans, Mattu was quick to note that this is not 'fusion' music, in the same way that the term 'world music' is seen by many as outdated western-centric and offensive: it's just 'music' and great music at that.
Support on the night came from the very talented Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.
To find out more (and you should!), visit Antara.ie
Saturday 18th July, The Sugar Club
Support to Sona Jobareth tonight was provided by AnTara (the space between in Sanskrit), featuring Matthew Noone (formerly of The Bahh Band, recent collaborator with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill) on the Indian 25-stringed Sarode and the legendary Tommy Hayes (Stockton’s Wing, Puck Fair) on bodhrán and percussion. AnTara and Sona Jobarteh were performing as part of the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm.