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The Ring Lieder

by Judith Ring

These songs are based on poems by Roderick Ford and encapsulate the dreamy, surreal world that the poet envisaged.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Old Train
6:28 $1.25
2. Amber
3:53 $1.25
3. The Sylph
1:52 $1.25
4. A Plate of Holes
4:02 $1.25
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Album Notes
Celebrating the release of The Ring Lieder, an EP of four songs composed by Judith Ring on poems by Roderick Ford.

Composer Judith Ring was so compelled by Ford’s poetry that she asked his permission to turn a selection of them them into songs. The two met while Ring was on a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2012 where Ford was living at the time.

The poems: The Old Train, Amber, The Sylph and A Plate of Holes are embued with a sense of magic realism that lures the listener into a type of dream world. The music has attempted to enhance this feeling and bring another level of experience to the poems.

Recorded by Leslie Keye at Arad Studios, Dublin, and performed by Judith Ring (voice, piano and bells), Adrian Hart (violin), Lisa Dowdall (viola) and Kate Ellis (cello).

About Judith Ring:

I am a composer/musician/performer/artist and all round music lover based in Dublin, Ireland. I have been writing music for 20 years and have been greatly inspired by living in such places as Berlin, London, York, Paris and Dublin. In general my music stems from the electro-acoustic world and its core technique is based on the practices of musique concrète. Over the years this has expanded and been influenced by more improvised and instrumental territories derived from a deep exploration of instrumental timbre through collaborative projects with a large number of solo musicians. My debut album What Was is out now on Ergodos records.

The Ring Lieder on poems by Roderick Ford EP is a bit of a departure for me in that it is very much a song-based EP and shows a different side to my writing style.

Over the years my work has been performed by numerous ensembles in Europe and North America including Concorde ensemble (Ireland), Crash ensemble (Ireland), Bradyworks (Canada), Percussemble (Germany) and Sepia ensemble (Poland). I have also worked/recorded closely with a great many wonderful musicians such as Kate Ellis (cello), Martin Johnson (cello), Adele Johnson (viola), Malachy Robinson (double bass), Michelle O’Rourke (mezzo soprano), Garth Knox (viola), Natasha Lohan (mezzo soprano), Rolf Hind (piano), Paul Roe (clarinet), Jane O’Leary (piano), Laura Moody (cello), Beau Stocker (percussion), Damien Harron (percussion), Panayiotis Demopoulos (piano), Valerie Pearson (violin), Elisabeth Smalt (adapted viola), Nathalie Forget (Ondes Martenot), Andre Leroux (tenor saxophone) and many more.

After completing my PhD by composition at the University of York, UK in 2009 I returned to Ireland to re-establish myself on the Irish music scene. Since then I have expanded my musical output by writing for theatre (OFF PLAN by Simon Doyle), putting together a multidisciplinary festival called SENSORIUM with two colleagues of mine from York, Angie Atmadjaja and Emily Kalies (as The-Link-Project) and accompanying composer/songwriter Laura Hyland on vocals under the name Clang Sayne.

About Roderick Ford:

In Ireland, I was winner of the 2004 Listowel Poetry Collection prize and the 2005 Listowel Single Poem prize, was shortlisted for the 2006 Strokestown English language prize and won the Francis Ledwidge Award in 2007. My first collection, The Shoreline of Falling (Bradshaw Books 2005), was shortlisted for a Glen Dimplex First Book Award (for the best first books in Britain and Ireland). In the UK I had commended poems in both the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize single poem competition in 2006, a shortlisting and commendation for the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2008, and a shortlisting for the Bridport Prize in 2009. My second collection, The Green Crown, was published by Bradshaw Books in 2010. Recent anthology inclusions in Being Human, published by Bloodaxe Books, and Poems of the Decade, published by Forward/Faber & Faber, both 2011. My poem Giuseppe is a set text in the A and AS level curriculum in England. A third poetry collection, provisionally entitled The Great Attractor, is in progress.

My play The Numberless House was given a writer’s public reading in Paris by Moving Parts Theatre Company in 2012, and my second play, Tenebrae, was similarly performed by the same company in 2013, also in Paris. The Spider’s House was given a reading at The Pearse Centre in Dublin to invited theatre professionals in 2016. My fourth play, Ob Gob, was given a reading to invited professionals at The Abbey Theatre’s Peacock stage in 2017. Two other plays, The Threshold of Yellow and Our Lady of the Needles, are at present in progress.

I was born in Swansea in Wales, and have been living in Dublin since 1999. I have Asperger’s syndrome, and would be glad to hear from other people with ASDs working in the arts. Additionally, I am always glad to hear from anyone with comments or questions about my work, and will try to get back to you as soon as I can.



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