Sunday 17 December 2017

Acclaimed composer Cork-bound

CRITICALLY acclaimed Brooklyn composer and songwriter San Fermin is coming to Cork.

San Fermin is the pseudonym of Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who released his self-titled debut album to rapturous praise last year and is now touring his classically influenced indie rock, including a Cork show in The Pavilion on Tuesday, April 15 presented by Feel Good Lost.

San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections.

Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album's arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that "writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope."

The first track released from the album, 'Sonsick,' tackles many of these larger themes head-on. "I was near the end of a relationship and, not coincidentally, the song contains a direct confrontation between opposing views on the subject," he says. "I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once."

After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love - and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius

The album has been praised as a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition and the live show is not to be missed.

Tickets: are €12 plus booking fee and is available from


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