Unlock the Rhythmic Secrets of Irish Music
DISCOVER THE MAGIC AND BEAUTY OF IRISH MUSIC, AND HOW SUBTLE AND COMPLEMENTARY PERCUSSION PATTERNS CAN ENHANCE THE MUSIC
A fun master class for lovers of traditional Irish music taught by Niall O’Leary, with Sean Cleland. Explore the playing of spoons, body percussion, lilting and other assorted hijinks. Players, dancers and those with no experience alike will have a great time at this class discovering new ways to connect with Irish music!
Bonus: Stay for the free live music session from 12-2pm, practice what you’ve learned and have some delicious brunch!
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Niall O’Leary is a former All-Ireland and World Champion Irish dancer, who excels at the top of his profession as a performer, teacher and choreographer, specializing in many forms of Irish Dance: Hardshoe, Softshoe, Traditional and Contemporary Percussive Dance, Sean Nós Dance, and Celtic Tap Improv, a style of dance he has developed himself, improvising using syncopation and rhythmic variation to complement and enhance exciting Irish Dance Music.
O’Leary is also a multi-instrumentalist: piano-accordion, keyboards, spoon-horn, spoons, bodhran, cojon. He also teaches lilting- the singing of nonsense words to music, and body percussion, where you make rhythmic sounds using your hands and body. He teaches and performs locally and internationally with Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America, as well as with his dance school ‘The Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance’, and his professional dance company ‘The Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe’. He was the president of the Irish Business Organization of NY Inc. 2010-2011. O’Leary was honored in 2004 by Irish America Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Irish-Americans of the Year’, and in 2017 by the Irish Echo newspaper as a ‘Community Champion’.
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