Raising Holy Sparks / Be Honest / Diarmuid MacDiarmada
Raising Holy Sparks
Raising Holy Sparks is David Colohan, former Agitated Radio Pilot and a founding member of United Bible Studies and the Deserted Village label. This project sees Colohan, solo or with a rotating crew of friends, exploring music informed by drone, folk, free jazz & kosmische. A recent tour through Eastern Europe saw solo sets of shruti box & chanted poetry.
‘Popol Vuh’s work provides a useful reference point for Raising Holy Sparks as, similar to Vuh, the music herein is almost religious in its solemnity and grace.’ The Active Listener
‘Reopening the dormant crossover between folk and free-jazz.’ The Quietus
‘I’m not sure if Dave is lonely, but he’s definitely dedicated.’ A Closer Listen
Be Honest is a project exploring a personal relationship to a particular landscape through field recordings, improvisation and generative musical techniques. History, home and habit.
A presentation by Diarmuid MacDiarmada on behalf of Arcana Hibernia
Arcana Hibernia has been extensively researching a breakaway cult known as the Hermetic Order of Christ that existed in Dublin in the mid to late 20th century. Among their many radical ideas was that of reclaiming rock and dance music from the powers-that-be who wish to control the form and provide it as inert ‘mediated’ product to passive consumers. The HOC recognized certain principles connecting sacred trance-induction practices, and the ‘communitas’ of spiritual gathering, to rock music and dance events. In an effort to reclaim these principles the HOC ran workshops and gatherings to train people to maximize their experience of these events and thereby rise above the status of mere spectator; the arena of music can be regarded as a microcosm of Life in this regard: As above – so below. This will be an introductory session with a small instructional pamphlet for anyone who wishes to avail of it.