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Whisper City

Whisper City

Whisper City

Ahead of the premiere of a new work for singer Eimear Quinn, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, composer Emma O'Halloran talks about the holy grail of composing, city life and where to begin when writi

Published on 19 October 2012

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. He is Editor of The Journal of Music. schlepperconnolly.com

Release of Strings, Tension & Flight

Release of Strings, Tension & Flight

Release of Strings, Tension & Flight

Recordings of recent work by Irish composer Enda Bates are being released during a CMC Salon event at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Wednesday, 25 April.

Published on 25 April 2012

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. He is Editor of The Journal of Music. schlepperconnolly.com

For All Ages

For All Ages

For All Ages

Since its invention in the eighteenth century, the string quartet has proved one of the most resilient forms, continuously reinvented and repurposed for changing times.

Published on 20 April 2012

Peter Rosser is a composer, writer and music lecturer. He lives in Belfast.

No Anxiety

No Anxiety

No Anxiety

Stephen Graham talks to Irish composer Seán Clancy ahead of the premiere of the latter's Findetotenlieder by BCMG and Susan Narucki.

Published on 26 January 2012

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Resurgam Celebrate Giovani Gabrieli in Dublin

Resurgam Celebrate Giovani Gabrieli in Dublin

Resurgam Celebrate Giovani Gabrieli in Dublin

Stephen Graham rounds up classical news, including Resurgam celebrating Gabrieli, an exciting line-up for MaerzMusik 2012 in Berlin, Cara O'Sullivan in Sligo, the first EPTA Piano Festival and Concorde at the Contemporary Music Centre.

Published on 23 January 2012

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Free of Baggage

Free of Baggage

Free of Baggage

Who is Kevin Volans? George Rafael goes looking for an answer after hearing the composer's latest piano concerto at the BBC Proms.

Published on 30 August 2011

George Rafael is a writer on film and music based in London. He has contributed to Cineaste, The First Post, Opera News, Film Comment and Salon.

All is Chaos

All is Chaos

All is Chaos

The idea of a common language in composition is a thing of the past: the world of contemporary music is now entirely chaotic, the result of individualism, tradition and cosmopolitanism pulling, irreconcilably, against each other.

Published on 1 July 2011

John McLachlan is a composer and member of Aosdána. Visit www.johnmclachlan.info

Stoke the Fire

Stoke the Fire

Stoke the Fire

Performances at the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival were about total immersion and intense focus, hinging on the listeners' willingness to share in a slow, smouldering process.

Published on 11 May 2011

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the music production company Ergodos.

Empty Space

Empty Space

Empty Space

Commissioned to compose a work in response to 9/11, John Adams confronted the question: can modern classical music still be the transcendental force we need it to be? by Barra Ó Séaghdha

Published on 1 August 2010

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Sensuality Matters

Sensuality Matters

Sensuality Matters

There is a long line of theories claiming that we have reached the end of art, but they are forgetting something, writes Joanna Demers

Published on 1 June 2010

Joanna Demers is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. She is the author of Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music, to be published by Oxford University Press in July.

From Memory

From Memory

From Memory

"If you don’t have a friend who is an artist, you’re wasting your time." – Morton Feldman was closely associated with a number of visual artists, particularly those of the New York School.

Published on 1 April 2010

Kevin Volans is a composer living in Ireland. His work, principally in the field of chamber and orchestral music, has been performed at the Berliner Festwochen, Vienna State Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Lincoln Center, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the BBC Proms.

Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing

Can you hear the difference between a pause and silence? Composer Tom Johnson explores recent trends in European minimalism and silent music.

Published on 1 December 2009

Tom Johnson studied privately with Morton Feldman and established himself as a composer of the minimalist group in New York in the 1970s, later settling in Paris, where he has lived since 1983. Among his works are The Four Note Opera, Failing, Narayana’s Cows and the Bonhoeffer Oratorio.

Art of the Defeated

Art of the Defeated

Art of the Defeated

The inanity of commissioned music today is shocking, writes Peter Rosser, and for the radical, questioning artist, freedom means being cut adrift from employment. How did we arrive at this point, and what can be done about it?

Published on 1 October 2009

Peter Rosser is a composer, writer and music lecturer. He lives in Belfast.

Live: Beyond the Wall

Live: Beyond the Wall

London Symphony Orchestra, Lang Lang (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun (conductor), Wu Man (pipa), Kronos Quartet, Mamer, Hanggai, FM3, Xiao He, Yan Jun, Wu Na, WhiteBarbican, LSO St Luke’s and Union Chapel; London21 March – 16 May 2

Published on 1 August 2009

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Larry Polansky

Larry Polansky

The Theory of Impossible MelodyNew World Records (80684-2)A scholar in medieval literature was talking to me recently about the Anglo-Saxon word for poet: scop (pronounced ‘shop’). It’s derived from the Anglo-Saxon verb scieppan – ‘to...

Published on 1 August 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the music production company Ergodos.

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

Double TrioDiatribe Recordings DIACD006Double Trio is the product of Ian Wilson’s year-long residency in the Glencullen electoral area south of Dublin.

Published on 1 August 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Hiccup

Hiccup

VariousHiccupRTÉ lyric fm CD123Hiccup makes a timely appearance as newspaper headlines sound alarm bells about the financial difficulties facing RTÉ.

Published on 1 August 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Sunn O)))

Sunn O)))

Monoliths and DimensionsSouthern Lord RecordsThe beautiful ambient/minimalist electronica of Australian anti-guitarist Oren Ambarchi has been one of the discoveries of the last five years for me.

Published on 1 August 2009

Ian Wilson is a composer

Benjamin Dwyer

Benjamin Dwyer

Twelve Études for GuitarGamelan Media (GAM0004)Reviewing a live performance by Benjamin Dwyer of his Twelve Études for Guitar in the The Journal of Music last year, Rob Casey applauded the diverse technical challenges and genre-spanning rea

Published on 1 June 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Ergodos Festival

Ergodos Festival

Gamelan Sekar Petak, Neil Sorrell (director); The Gong Agenda; Michelle O’Rourke (soprano); Salil Sachdev (metal bowl, djembe, hang); Joe Browning (shakuhachi), Jonathan Sage (clarinet); Linda Buckley (voice)National Concert Hall, Dublin, 1

Published on 1 June 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M

Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M

Café Oto, London9–11 March 2009Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M’s three-day residency at Café Oto featured them in solo and duo performances, in addition to group improvisations alongside musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Christian...

Published on 1 June 2009

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Live: Kevin Volans

Live: Kevin Volans

Kevin Volans (piano); Jennifer Walshe (vocals); Crash Ensemble: Emily Thyne (violin), Lisa Grosman (viola), Kate Ellis (cello), Malachy Robinson (double bass), John Godfrey (piano), Deirdre O’Leary (clarinet), Andrew Crowley (trumpet), Owen

Published on 1 June 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the music production company Ergodos.

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

RTÉ Vanbrugh QuartetIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin3 April 2009In Stepping Stones, the book of interviews with Seamus Heaney conducted by Dennis O’Driscoll, the poet does not give the impression that he actively seeks out music, whether

Published on 1 June 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Live: Sonnets

Live: Sonnets

Berliner Ensemble, Berlin12 April 2009Pairing the director Robert Wilson and the musician Rufus Wainwright in a theatrical production to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s sonnets was a courageous commission

Published on 1 June 2009

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

A crisis of identity in choral music is leaving it professionally sidelined and with little status in society

Published on 1 June 2009

Paul Hilier is a baritone and a choral conductor. He is currently Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

Derek Ball

Derek Ball

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Robert Houlihan (conductor); Matthew Jones (viola) National Concert Hall, Dublin3 February 2009Letterkenny-born composer Derek Ball’s dalliance with composition was interrupted by a thirty-five year stint as

Published on 1 April 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

Tanya Tagaq Gillis

Tanya Tagaq Gillis

Tanya Tagaq Gillis (vocals), Michael Edwards (laptop), Kenton Loewen (percussion)Café Oto, London16 February 2009Tanya Tagaq Gillis works in a variety of vocal styles, from her native idiom of Inuit throat singing, to super-charged and loos

Published on 1 April 2009

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Concorde

Concorde

Concorde

Elaine Clark (violin), Martin Johnson (cello), David James (cello), Madeleine Staunton (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet), Roberto Oliveira (percussion), Tine Verbeke (soprano), Jane O’Leary (piano)Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin15 February 20

Published on 1 April 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Alexander Anissimov (conductor) National Concert Hall, Dublin6 February 2009Pairing two objects side by side, by design or by accident, illuminates and reflects something in, and of, the other.

Published on 1 April 2009

Frank Denyer

Frank Denyer

Frank Denyer

Silenced VoicesMode Records, Mode 198The Barton Workshop; Elisabeth Smalt (viola); Frank Denyer and James Fulkerson (musical directors) Silenced Voices is the second Mode Records disc devoted to the work of English composer Frank Denyer.

Published on 1 April 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the music production company Ergodos.

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