Macau’s 10th Fringe Art Festival has gathered a wide range of artists of all fields and backgrounds this November: Austrian aerial acrobats, French fire dancers, Taiwanese musicians, Timorese visual and performing artists and journalists and photographers from all over China, the US and South America. Diversity has become one of the main qualities of the festival and proof of this was evidenced in the encounter that took place during Friday’s performances, a coincidental collaboration that was unique.
An empowering woman of Irish background, Morgan O’Hara was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in a fishing village in Japan until the age of 14. Her adult aikido practice led to her finding balance between right and left sides of her body to the point where she found it necessary to use both hands while drawing. As a result, her art evolved into LIVE TRANSMISSION performative drawing, the simultaneous tracking with two hands and multiple pencils, of patterns and movements in daily life.
Born in Ireland, raised in Vancouver, Canada, Phil O’Flaherty is an innovative interpreter of traditional folk songs and a writer of original songs that have the quality and soul of their traditional counterparts. His music is easy on the ear and brings a fresh approach to traditional folk songs. Phil now lives and teaches in Macau and is currently preparing his next CD.
It was here in Macau that Phil met fiddler Gabriel Girouard. Their productive collaboration yields music which has children up on their feet and dancing about in all available space.
With Gabriel on the violin, Phil on the guitar, and Morgan with her graphite visual instruments, an eloquent performance of images and sounds, nostalgic of its Irish heritage, began to form. Irish Folk Music filled every corner of Tap Seac Square, as the three interlaced their talents, to the beat of “Rocky Road to Dublin”.