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Tuesday January 10, 2012

from The New York Times

A Night When All the World’s Onstage
By Jon Pareles

The world was fused at Globalfest on Sunday night. The sold-out event at Webster Hall was the ninth-annual world-music showcase, timed to coincide with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual convention: 12 acts from 5 continents. At Globalfest the old image of world music as ethnomusicological finds — pure local styles directly imported from out-of-the-way places — has given way to a more worldly music, played by artists who self-consciously decide what to mix. They select from their own heritage and countless other possibilities; after all, they’ve got Internet connections themselves. Globalfest was recorded for NPR.

The Gloaming puts Irish music through prisms of jazz and minimalism. It merges the long-running duo of the fiddler Martin Hayes and the guitarist Dennis Cahill — who already push Irish music in impressionistic directions — with the singer Iarla O Lionaird (from Afro Celt Sound System); another fiddler, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, who also plays hardangar, a Swedish fiddle with sympathetic strings, and the pianist Thomas Bartlett, a k a Doveman. With chordal layers or subtle counterpoint, Mr. Bartlett’s piano transformed slow vocal melodies or racing fiddle tunes into meta-Irish music, ruminations on a long legacy.

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