A new CD featuring a collaboration between composer David Bremner and Uillean piper Mark Redmond is released on 3 November

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The CD, entitled l’air du temps | the spirit of the times, is the culmination of project of music for uilleann pipes and pipe organ exploring the connections (real / imagined) between two distinct traditions: traditional Irish slow airs and the music of the French Classical organ school. The performers are David Bremner (organ) and Mark Redmond (pipes), and the CD was recorded in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

The album will be launched on 3 November at 8.00pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin by Nicholas Carolan (Director, Irish Traditional Music Archive). The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, will also be in attendance and the launch will include a short performance of works from the album by David Bremner and Mark Redmond.

See also: David Bremner’s composer page

Ann Cleare performances during November

Offaly-based composer Ann Cleare, who is currently undertaking a PhD in composition at Harvard University, will have performances of her work in Germany, Austria and the US.

The new music percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire perform her work I should live in wires for leaving you behind. The work, which was premiered by them in October at the Issue Project Room, receives its second performance at EMPAC on 15 November.

22 November sees the premiere of a new work, luna|lithe|lair, for Berlin-based Ensemble Mosaik, performed at the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Bludenz, Austria, followed by another premiere on 27 November in Mannheim, Germany – luna (the eye that opens the other eye) – for alto saxophone performed by Patrick Stadler.

Also in Germany on 28 November – this time in Karlsruhe – is the premiere by of Cleare’s eyam iv (Pluto’s farthest moons) for contrabass flute, ensemble, and electronics. The work will be performed at the the IMATRONIC, Festival of Electronic Music by Richard Craig and The Experimental Ensemble.

Further information from CMC’s calendar and Ann Cleare’s web site.

Ergodos presents the Homburger/Guy duo on 29 October

guy:homThe concert is part of Ergodos’ Santa Rita series of concerts and takes place at The Little Museum of Dublin.

The duo, which consists of leading Baroque violin exponent Maya Homburger and composer and improvisor Barry Guy, will perform a programme of works by Baroque masters J.S. Bach, H.I.F. Biber, alongside works by Guy. They will also feature music from the Ergodos release, Star, composed by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor.

The idea of performing Baroque solo works in the context of free improvised music and newly commissioned pieces sparked off the Homburger/Guy duo, and together Maya Homburger and Barry Guy have given concerts in many major jazz, new music and Baroque music festivals all over Europe. After living in Ireland for nine years, they moved to Switzerland in 2006. Homburger and Guy continue their strong links with Ireland by curating the Barrow River Arts Festival held in Carlow and Kilkenny each year.

The event begins with a wine reception at 7pm and pre-concert interview with the performers, followed by the performance at 8pm.

Further information and booking: ergodos.ie

New Music Digest: 20 – 26 October


Events This Week

The CMC Choral Catalogue for Mixed Voice Repertoire will be launched as part of the City of Derry International Choral Festival 2014.

  • 22 Oct, 12pm, St. Columb’s Hall, Derry
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Violinist Cora Venus Lunny performs two concerts this week as part of the AIC Irish Canon series, featuring a programme of music by Irish composers.

  • 23 Oct, 1pm, Riverstown Hall, NUI Maynooth
  • 24 Oct, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
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Eimear Coughlan (hrp), John Carroll (acc) and Rebecca McCarthy Kent (fiddle) will premiere two new works by Anne-Marie O’Farrell at a Graduation Ceremony

  • 24 Oct, 3pm, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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Another Anne-Marie O’Farrell work, for harp, mezzo-soprano and flute, will be performed at a chamber concert in Germany.

  • 25 Oct, 7pm, Katherinkirche, Stuttgart, Germany
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Ailís Ní Ríain launches a new curated concert series in Todmorden called Lucky Dog Music, the first concert of which will include a performance ovalf her work Mantic for percussion

  • 25 Oct, 7.30pm, Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, UK
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Trio Mediaeval and Garth Knox’s Saltarello perform a concert called Song of Songs, which includes two premieres, by David Lang and Betty Olivero

  • 24 Oct, 8pm, St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda
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The Wexford Opera Festival takes place this weekend, with a programme that includes the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night 

  • 22 Oct – 2 Nov, Wexford Opera House
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The AIC have announced the six scores to be sent to the ISCM World Music Days festival 2015 in Slovenia.

New Music Dublin will present a two-day festival in March called What?…Wow

Ergodos have released a new CD of works by Judith Ring, titled What Was

A new series Scoring History programmed by composer Ian Wilson takes place during November

Featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet, whom Ian Wilson has collaborated with for over 20 years, Scoring History explores the last 200 years of the string quartet canon, and includes four concerts focused on four themes.

The themes – Folk, Distant Lands, Conflict and Solitudes – are devised to “connect with some of the most important and transformative events in human history”, says Ian Wilson, and include works by major composers of the string quartet repertoire, such as Schubert, Dvorák, Shostakovich and Beethoven, among others.

Central to each of the programmes are 6 of Ian Wilson’s String Quartets which span an 18 year period from the 3rd (1996) to his 15th (2014). Wilson, who this year celebrates his 50th birthday in 2014, is a prolific string quartet composer and has written sixteen string quartets to date, many of which have been performed numerous times and recorded commercially. The series is the first ever retrospective of the composer’s work in the string quartet genre.

The concerts takes place in the Engineering Library of the National Concert Hall, Dublin at 6pm each Friday during November.

Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall web site – www.nch.ie.

Download a brochure of the series here.

The Mornington Singers are holding a workshop of new Irish choral works on 18 October

SONY DSCThe workshop takes place at the Church of St. George & St. Thomas, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin on Saturday, 18 October from 2–5pm and will include readings of 8 new works by Irish composers.

Open to the public for an entry charge of €5, the composers included in the workshop are Daniel Barkley, Frank Corcoran, Eoghan Desmond, Liam Friel, Brian Ingoldsby, Fergus Johnson, David Monks, and Dermot Walsh.

Most of the composers will be in attendance to direct and discuss their work.

Further information from the Mornington Singers Facebook page

Full programme:

Daniel Barkley – La Musique
Frank Corcoran – An Irish Carol
Eoghan Desmond – A Meditation for St Cecilia
Liam Friel – The Time of Singing is Come
Brian Ingoldsby – Crossings
Fergus Johnston – Psalm 84
David Monks – O Magnum Mysterium
Dermot Walsh – Amhrán Suaimhnis (Psalm XXIII)

A festival of new music curated by the American composer David Lang has been announced

The festival, presented by New Music Dublin, takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin from 6–7 March 2015 and will feature Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, and RTÉ ConTempo Quartet performing a series of new music concerts over 2 days.

The concerts include 5 premieres alongside a number of Irish premieres, as well as some well-known contemporary works from the past. Highlights include an 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with performances of works by Irish and international composers, including works by Irish composers Linda Buckley, Donnacha Dennehy, Seán Clancy and Andrew Hamilton.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland also features with a programme of works by Irish composer Irene Buckley, John Luther Adams, Anna Clyne, and festival curator David Lang.

Further information and booking is available from the National Concert Hall.

The festival is supported by RTÉ Performing Groups, The Arts Council, the Contemporary Music Centre, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and The Irish Times.

View a promo on the festival

See also: a video of David Lang introducing the festival

Upcoming performances from Anne-Marie O’Farrell

Anne-Marie O’Farrell has a number of performances of her works taking place during autumn.

On 22 October, the composer and harpist will attend a workshop at Queen’s University Belfast with the Royal Quartet and soprano Colette Delahunt of her James Joyce song cycle Pomes Penyeach.

The premiere of two new works, Máirseail Luimní and The Cap and Gown, feature on 24 October at the graduation ceremony of Mary Immaculate College, where she is currently AEPE Composer in Residence. The following day, 25 October sees the performance of a new version of her Hoopoe Song for voice, flute and harp, performed in the Katharinenkirche in Stuttgart, Germany by mezzo Aylish Kerrigan, harpist Ulrike Neubacher and flautist Ulrich Stahlknecht.

She will also perform her works in a solo harp recital in Moscow at the Arpavita harp festival on 16 November, and a new album, Duopoly, with fellow harpist Cormac De Barra will be released in November.

Further information on Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s work is available from her recently redesigned web site at www.annemarieofarrell.com.

For further event updates and information on her works in CMC’s collection, please visit her composer page.

CMC will host the book launch of Benjamin Dwyer’s Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland on 6 November

dwyer_coverDifferent Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland is a collection of twelve interviews with Irish and Ireland-based composers ranging in age from 26 to 80 carried out by composer and musicologist Benjamin Dwyer.

Published by the German music book publisher Wolke Verlag, the book includes an overview from Dwyer of music in Ireland from 1700 to the present and explores the compositional and stylistic eclecticism of Irish music. The interviews raise themes central to the study of Irish music including the relationship between European and ethnic music traditions, music styles and practices, the notion of “Irish” identity, music’s role in society, and the reception of contemporary music in current Irish and international media.

CMC, in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Irish Music Rights Organisation, will host the launch at its premises at 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, on 6 November from 6.30pm. The book will be launched by DIT music lecturer and leading Irish musicologist Dr Mark Fitzgerald, and the event will feature a performance by guitarist Pavlos Kanellakis of works by some of the featured composers in the book.

Following the launch, a concert presented by the Royal Irish Academy of Music takes place at Smock Alley Theatre. Further details for this are available from Ciara Higgins, RIAM, publicrelations@riam.ie.

To RSVP and for further information on the launch, contact Karen Hennessy, khennessy@cmc.ie.

For more on the book and to order a copy online, please see Wolke Verlag’s web site.

A new song cycle by Andrew Hamilton is performed in Aberdeen, London and Paris

The work, To the People, for voice and percussion will be premiered by Juliet Fraser and Maxime Echardour in concerts in Aberdeen on 30 October, London as part of the Kammer Klang concert series on 4 November, and Paris on 12 November.

Andrew Hamilton, who’s currently based in Birmingham where he teaches at the conservatoire, writes about the work:

‘Over the past six years I have been to deserts in California three times and have fallen in love with the landscape which is so alien to someone who grew up in Ireland. A friend suggested that I read Baudrillard’s America (1986) as he writes so eloquently about Europeans experiencing the desert, and about American culture in general. While choosing the text I remembered seeing the vast work To The People of New York by the German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). It consists of 39 panels grouped into 15 subsets. This work gave me the impetus to create the 19 movements that interact with each other, share material or are nearly identical.’

Following these performances, Hamilton’s work also features in a concert on 6 November at the Whitechapel Gallery, London by cellist Oliver Coates, who will perform a revised version of the composer’s work, beyond victory and defeat piece.

For further details on upcoming performances featuring Andrew Hamilton’s works, please see our calendar.


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