The Mighty Ocean, composed by Máirtín O’Connor, explores a musical dialogue between mankind and the environment, touching on the entrancing power of the sea, while questioning the destructive influence of human civilization on our endangered oceans.
The 20-minute piece is scored for 12 musicians including traditional Irish music legends Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, Séamie O’Dowd and Garry O Briain, and Galway Music Residency’s permanent resident ensemble, the world-renowned ConTempo Quartet.
Initially intended for live performance in Galway City and County during Galway 2020’s European Capital of Culture year, the project has been reimagined as a filmed piece for broadcast on TG4 and other platforms during Easter weekend 2021. As well as a commentary on, and response to, climate change, the film is a celebration of the long-standing musical relationship and friendship between Galway Music Residency and Máirtín O’Connor. For more than 15 years, they have pushed the boundaries of musical genre to bring the people of Galway extraordinary listening experiences founded on cultural and musical fusion.
The Mighty Ocean is commissioned by Galway2020, produced by Galway Music Residency in association with TG4 and co-funded by Creative Ireland, Galway City Council and Galway County Council.