Why did The National record the same song 108 times?

The answer is an art performance for Ragnar Kjartansson, and it's coming to Cork's Sounds from a Safe Harbour - Bryce Dessner meets Cillian Murphy and tells all. Video: Myles O'Reilly

In the second part of this interview (you can watch the first one here.  Bryce Dessner from the National and actor Cillian Murphy discuss Cork's newest festival, Sounds from a Safe Harbour, which takes place from September 17th to 20th.

The festival takes its name from the Latin motto of Cork - Statio Bene Fida Carinis, or "a safe harbour for ships" - and it has been curated by Dessner.  Among those appearing at it are The Gloaming, Crash Ensemble, members of The National, Lisa Hannigan, Kjartan Sveinsson (formerly of  Sigur Rós) and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire. The latter will present Wave Movements, his new collaboration with Dessner.

Also screening at the Crawford will a six-hour video work made by Ragnar Kjartansson with The National, that involved the band playing their song Sorrow 108 consecutive times.

Tickets for the festival's events are available here. The Ticket is a media patron of Sounds from a Safe Harbour.

 

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