London-based Irish composer Rúaidhrí Mannion will have 2 of his works performed at the week-long festival organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
The composer has written a new octet for the occasion, Scáil Cruach, which will be premiered on 31 October at the Royal College of Music. Darragh Morgan will also perform an adaptation of his work [le socrú] for violin and live electronics on 30 October at the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
Curated by Irish pianist Mary Dullea, ACF’s Soundings 2014 platform runs from 28-31 October and brings together composers from Austria and the UK for a week of events including concerts, talks, and open rehearsals.
The other featured composers are Šimon Voseček, Joanna Lee, Julia Purgina, Arturo Fuentes and Tom Coult.
As well as open rehearsals which take place throughout the week, composer Piers Hellawell will moderate a number of panel discussions throughout the week, and will also interview each of the featured composers about their work during both concerts.
More information: www.acflondon.org
A new CD featuring a collaboration between composer David Bremner and Uillean piper Mark Redmond is released on 3 November
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.