2017-09-19 14:30 —
As well as being a poet and writer, Tomislav is also a distinguished musician and dj. He was delighted to meet and work with members of IMLÉ on numerous occasions. As it turns out, both create poetry and make similar music so many a good night's conversation and playing was had.
As part of Tomislav's events, he wanted to record one of his poems, which was translated into Irish, in rap form and set it to music. Pádraig O Conghaile, who is a member of IMLÉ, read the Irish version while Tomislav read his poem in Slovene. They were able to record this and they set it to music as well. We were lucky to collaborate with Raidió na Life, where the recording was made. We hope to put up the sound file soon. As a result of these meetings, we hope these musicians and poets will cooperate on projects in the near future.
IMLÉ are an unconventional band with a unique sound, based around vocalists with very diverse musical backgrounds. Their sound mixes poetry, rap and pop music in a way that has never been heard before - particularly in the Irish Language.
Founded in 2015, their mission statement was to create something different that was uncompromising & honest. IMLÉ’s debut album explores the meaning of life, our relationship with the planet and finding hope within despair. The band have played festivals all over the country & abroad. Including Electric Picnic, Féile na Bealtaine (Dingle), Liú Lúnasa (Belfast) and IMRAM Festival (Dublin) & SUNS EUROPE in Udine Italy as well as TV appearances on TG4’s 20th Anniversary show TG4 XX and I Lár an Aonaigh on BBC 2 NI. Along with recording & releasing their debut album, produced by Karl Odlum & released by Gael Linn Records.
IMLÉ won best album, song and band at the 2017 Gradaim Cheoil NÓS - an awards ceremony that celebrates contemporary music in Irish organised by http://nos.ie/
Their self-titled debut album has received rave reviews from.....
Nialler9 – Their self-titled debut album mixes meditative folk, rock and rap styles in our native tongue to impressive effect. A breath of fresh Éire
Songlines Magazine – Sung entirely in Irish, the eclectic music borrows from rap, rock, folk and a raft of other idioms to revel in a sassy, street-savvy ear – blending its diverse elements into something altogether immediate