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Musical Monday: Glen Austin and RTÉ Contempo Quartet's New Airs

October 19, 2015 by Ellen Dostal

New Airs

Here's a group whose latest recording crossed my desk recently that I think you'll enjoy. Irish composer and music producer Glen Austin and RTÉ Contempo Quartet have put together a unique album to be released on November 5th that blends classical music with Irish rock and pop music from the last thirty year. New Airs features nine original string quartet arrangements of iconic songs by U2, Kodaline, The Script, Snow Patrol, Enya, Thin Lizzy, and Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once), as well as old Irish airs inspired by modern artists like Sinead O’Connor and Luke Kelly. Below is a music video the group just released featuring their arrangement of U2’s “With or Without You.” Give it a listen and see what you think.

RTÉ Contempo Quartet is Bogdan Sofei (1st violin), Ingrid Nicloa (2nd violin), Andreea Banciu (viola), and Adrian Mantu (cello). Renowned Irish bodhrán player Aimee Farrell Courtney joins RTÉ Contempo Quartet for several songs on New Airs.

Here's the complete Track List:
1. With or Without You (U2)
2. Superheroes (The Script)
3. Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from the movie Once)
4. She Moved Through the Fair
5. One Day (Kodaline)
6. Run (Snow Patrol)
7. May it Be (Enya from the Movie The Lord of The Rings)
8. Raglan Road
9. The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy)

The With or Without You single is currently available on CD Baby
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Ellen Dostal is the Director of Arts and Communication for KMozart

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