Presented by Saolta Arts with Galway 2020.
This is a closed event and not open to the public.
Viriditas is a song cycle composed by renowned Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway following an extended process of engagement at Galway University Hospitals.
Interweaving newly-composed contemporary songs with traditional European healing songs from Georgia and Italy, the project explores practices of healing, well-being and the effects of systems on the spirit and health of those living and working within them.
Viriditas takes the listener on a mesmerising journey through songs inspired by conversations with staff, patients and recordings of hospital equipment. The cycle includes songs celebrating life and life force, the medicinal healing properties of plants and laments for the current threat to their extinction.
Presented as a series of intimate performances throughout the wards and waiting rooms of Galway’s public hospitals, Viriditas will also be available online at saoltaarts.com from 24 February, and as a CD and illustrated publication, bringing ‘the greening power’ to the wider public.
Lead artist/composer/performer: Ceara Conway
Vocals: Anna Mullarkey, Peter Mannion, Richard Fitzgerald
Musicians: Jack Talty, Francesco Turissi, Anna Mullarkey
Illustrator: Ann McBride
Music of the Plants recording facilitator: Marina Levitina
Singing bowls: Mara Elaine O’Grady
University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park University Hospital 17–21 February
Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, time and date TBC
Roscommon University Hospital, Roscommon, time and date TBC
Listen to Viriditas online.