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The duo of Ivan Goff and Renée Anne Louprette was formed in 2017, bridging the traditional Irish and classical music worlds through a highly expressive palette of sonic color. Equally gifted as an Irish concert flute and whistle player, Goff showcases each of these traditional instruments in combination with Louprette’s subtle and powerful facility on the pipe organ to create new works of extraordinary beauty and stylistic variety. Goff and Louprette debuted their collaboration in 2018 in an acclaimed recital performed at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York. Their 2018/19 season includes tonight’s performance at Disney Hall in Los Angeles which features the world premiere of a new work for uilleann pipes and organ by New York-based composer Eve Beglarian, commissioned for the duo by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with their arrangements of the traditional tunes “Lament for Limerick – The Rolling Wave” and “The Angel’s Share – An Buachaill Caol Dubh.” The duo will release a debut recording this month, presenting compelling arrangements of traditional Irish airs and dances as well as an eclectic mix of original compositions.

An internationally-recognized interpreter of Irish slow airs, Ivan Goff is a longtime collaborative partner of celebrated sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, bringing an intimate familiarity with the expressive vocal style that forms the foundation of this duo’s collaboration. In addition to presenting traditional forms of Irish music in stunning arrangements of lively jigs, hornpipes, reels, slides, and other dances, the core focus of the Goff-Louprette duo is the Irish sean-nós, slow air tradition.