US Broadcaster John Schaefer will lead series of talks for the upcoming new music festival at the National Concert Hall

WNYC_REPORTERS_1262 (1)The highly regarded US broadcaster and author, John Schaefer will lead New Music Voices, a public masterclasses and series of interviews presented by CMC with musicians and composers for New Music Dublin’s What WOW: David Lang Festival of Music 2015 from 6-7 March at the National Concert Hall.

A range of composers, whose works will be performed throughout the festival, will be taking part, including festival curator, composer and Bang-on-a-Can co-founder David Lang. Also taking part will be percussionist Olaf Pyras, composers Julia Wolfe and Irish composer Irene Buckley and vocalists Anna Maria Friman, Berit Opheim and Linn Andrea Fuglseth of the vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval, all happening on Friday 6 March.

John Schaefer will also lead a special ‘Bang-on-a-Can Brunch’ with Bang-on-a-Can composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon from 1pm–2pm on Saturday 7 March to take place in the National Concert Hall’s Terrace Restaurant.

Irish composers Andrew Hamilton, Sean Clancy, Garrett Sholdice and Linda Buckley will also be talking to John Schaefer in a public interview at 7.15pm on Saturday 7 March before the final performance of the festival which features Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

John Schaefer says “These events offer a transatlantic snapshot of how lively and diverse the contemporary music world has become. Some of the credit for that has to go to the Bang-on-a-Can folks, who’ve been… well, banging the drum for contemporary music for more than 25 years. They’re bringing an amazing collection of new music “classics” and brand new works, and it should be great fun to compare and contrast those pieces with the best of Ireland’s contemporary music scene. It’s a coming together of musical cousins and I for one can’t wait to hear the results.”

What? WOW David Lang’s Festival of Music, presented by New Music Dublin is a partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre.


Concerts & Talks Schedule

Friday, 6 March 2015

12:30-2pm Public masterclass with David Lang and three Irish Composers

4.15-4.45 John Schaefer in conversation with Olaf Pyras and David Lang

7:15-7:45 John Schaefer in conversation with conversation with composers Julia Wolfe and Irene Buckley; performers Anna Maria Friman, Berit Opheim and Linn Andrea Fuglseth of Trio Mediaeval and conductor Jamie Phillip. Iveagh Room, NCH

Saturday, 7 March 2015

1pm – 2.00pm ‘Bang on a Can Brunch’ John Schaefer with Bang on a Can
composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon. Terrace Restaurant, NCH

7.15 – 7.45 pm John Schaefer in conversation with Irish composers Andrew Hamilton, Sean Clancy,
Garrett Sholdice and Linda Buckley in advance of the 8pm concert. Iveagh Room, NCH

US new music broadcaster John Schaefer will be present for an event at The Guesthouse, Cork on 8 March

the-guesthouse-project_v2The broadcaster, who is visiting Ireland for a series of events on the invitation of CMC, will participate in an informal social gathering combining food and sound at the unique venue in Shandon from 5pm, with performances from 6pm onwards.

An evening with John Schaefer will bring artists together and share food designed in sympathy with the evenings sonic performances to welcome renowned US radio station WNYC broadcaster of NewSounds and SoundCheck on his first visit to Cork.

The event operates on a gift economy where the audience is asked to bring something for the larder. For the evening, The Quiet Club, John Godfrey and Karen Power will team up to form a unique improvising quartet, which combines the renowned ‘found and home-made instruments’ of Quiet Club, the shimmering sonic textures of digital guitarist, improvisor and composer John Godfrey (Crash Ensemble, QME) and the recorded soundscapes of Ireland and abroad, manipulated and transformed live by composer Karen Power.

Audiences will be encouraged to meander through a diverse range of sounds as they walk around the performers, investigating the sources of these sounds and how they are combined live to unveil this quartets unique and immersive soundscape.

CMC would like to thank the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland, Belfast City Council, and the Guesthouse Cork for their support of John Schaefer’s visit.

Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble announced as Crescent Arts Centre Ensemble in Residence

hard rain logoThe Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble has been announced as the new Ensemble-in-Residence at The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, with a launch event taking place this week featuring a concert of Franco Donatoni as well as Irish composers.

The Ensemble is composed of players known for both their solo and chamber performances of contemporary music: Ryan Molloy (piano), Cliodhna Ryan (violin), David McCann (cello), Sarah Watts (clarinets), Simon Mawhinney (piano); and Aisling Agnew (flute).The ensemble’s Artistic Director and founder is the Belfast composer Greg Caffrey, also a guitarist and composer. Their repertoire and programmes heavily feature Irish contemporary composers, but are often based around the work of one international composer, such as Toru Takemitsu, or in the case of their upcoming launch concert Franco Donatoni.

This will be the first time the Crescent Arts Centre will have its own ensemble-in-residence, though it does also offer artist studios and offices for a number of arts organisations.

Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble: Donatoni Portrait

28 February, 7.30pm

Ian WilsonEat, Sleep, Empire (‘Unterwelt part 1’) (2002)
Franco Donatoni – Soft (1989)
Piers HellawellMinnesang (2011)
Franco Donatoni – Het (1990)
Greg CaffreyTre Correnti (2013)
Franco Donatoni – Fili (1981)
Franco Donato – Etwas ruhiger im Ausdruck (1967)

Tickets cost £12/£10 and are available from

New Music Digest: 23 Feb – 1 Mar

Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble: Donatoni Portrait

Events This Week

Composer/performer David Bremner performs a programme of piano music as part of the Association of Irish Composers’ Irish Composers on Irish Music series.

  • 23 Feb, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
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A lunchtime concert, part of Anne-Marie O’Farrell‘s residency at Mary Immaculate College, will feature two works by the composer

  • 24 Feb, 1pm, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group premiere a new work by Gerald Barry called Crossing the Bar

  • 24 Feb, 8pm, Wigmore Hall, London
  • More

An event with St. Patrick’s College ensemble in residence Fidelio Trio features music by the British composer Judith Weir and John Buckley

  • 25 Feb, 7.30pm, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

The second concert in the Zooming: Ireland exchange programme with Polish ensemble Sepia takes place this weekend, with a concert of Irish music in Poznan and a pre-concert talk by Enda Bates.

  • 28 Feb, 8pm, Aula Nova, Poznan
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The Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble play at the Crescent Arts Centre to launch their new residency there, with a programme featuring music by Ian Wilson, Piers Hellawell and Greg Caffrey

  • 28 Feb, 7.30pm, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
  • More


Enda Bates being interviewed during the first Zooming: Ireland concert in Dublin, featuring footage of rehearsals of his work On the Cusp of Sleep

CMC launches a new promotional CD on 5 March

nmni2-coverThe second release in CMC’s series new music::new Ireland will be launched at 6.00pm on 5 March at CMC by John Schaefer, presenter of WNYC’s New Sounds and SoundCheck.

The launch will feature a live performance by violinist Darragh Morgan of one of the works included on the album, where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds (2011) by Jonathan Nangle.

Launched in 2013, the new music::new Ireland series aims to showcase some of the current work of Irish composers, providing a snapshot of the range and diversity of new music in Ireland today.

The series is funded by Culture Ireland, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and presents 11 works selected by an artistic panel from over 50 submissions in a smart design and layout.

Featured composers include David Bremner, Irene Buckley, Neil Burns, Raymond Deane, Benjamin Dwyer, Ronan Guilfoyle, Fergus Johnston, Gráinne Mulvey, Jonathan Nangle, Jane O’Leary, and Sam Perkin.

Performers on the album include, among others, Concorde, the Fidelio Trio, violinist Darragh Morgan, pianists Hugh Tinney and Therese Fahy, and the Vanbrugh Quartet.

Following the launch, the album will be distributed nationally and internationally to radio stations, festivals, concert promoters, performers and universities amongst other places.

The album will also be available from 5 March on CMC’s Bandcamp page.

For more information on the series, visit

CMC would like to thank the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland, Belfast City Council and The GuestHouse Cork for their support of John Schaefer’s visit to Ireland.

New Music Digest: 16 – 22 Feb

10959344_727087090722242_1577508596559593012_nEvents This Week

Fractal present a concert by electric violinist Ian Peaston, including music by Anna Murray alongside Bjork, Bach, Stefan Klaverdal and Hans Zimmer.

  • 19 Feb, 9.30pm, Odessa Club, Dame Court, Dublin
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The Irish Composers’ Collective present a concert by Cue Saxophone Quartet, with new works by member composers

  • 19 Feb, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
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The Kungsbacka Trio will play Kevin O’Connell‘s Piano Trio No 2 in Belfast

  • 21 Feb, 8pm, Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Concorde continue their Up Close With Music series with a programme that features piece from Ireland, Finland, Australia and the USA

  • 22 Feb, 2.30pm, RHA Gallery, Dublin
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The first in a new concert series, called Listen@Wellington, takes place in Dublin, with performances from the Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and John Godfrey and Karen Power

  • 20 Feb, 7pm, The Wellington, Baggot St
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Extracts from rehearsal of Anna Murray’s new work for looping violin with Ian Peaston, to be premiered on Thursday.

Frank Corcoran has a number of upcoming performances and broadcasts this spring

Hamburg-based Irish composer Frank Corcoran has several performances coming up this spring, including two premieres in the US and Ireland, as well as broadcasts on German radio.

On 15 February in New York, the North South Consonance Orchestra and conductor Max Lifchitz give the world premiere of his new work for string orchestra, Quasi Una Storia. The composer writes about this work:

‘As its “Quasi” title suggests , this one-movement work is all about how music tells its own story, narrates the vicissitudes of its tones presented, their wanderings and adventures and tonal shenannigans.’

Following this, cellist Martin Johnston will perform Corcoran’s Cello Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on 13 March at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Frank Corcoran also features on German airwaves with a broadcast of a radio portrait on him on Hessen 2 – Kultur (Frankfurt Radio) on 5 March, and the composer’s ‘Radiophonic Analysis’ of Mozart’s “Jupiter” and Symphony No. 29, along with a broadcast of Corcoran’s Symphony No. 4 as recorded by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Colman Pearce.

New Music Digest: 9 – 15 February

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Events This Week

Isabelle O’Connell will perform her AIC Irish Canon programme of piano music by Irish composers in New York

  • 11 Feb, 7.30pm, Irish American Historical Society, New York
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Another New York event features a premiere of a work by Frank Corcoran, Quasi una Storia

  • 15 Feb, 3pm, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, New York

A guitar and soprano duo will perform Ian Wilson‘s fola is uisce (blood and water) in Switzerland

  • 11 Feb, 8pm, Elizabethsaal, Basel, Switzerland

The Music Composition Centre at Trinity College Dublin present a lecture by their Head of Music, Simon Trezise

  • 12 Feb, 6pm, Boydell Room, Trinity College Dublin
  • More

An Insights talk presented by the National Concert Hall explores the history of music for piano and violin, and how composers and performers approach the instruments in a contemporary context

  • 10 Feb, 6.45pm, National Concert Hall, Dublin
  • More

The Improvised Music Company present a concert of Slovenian composer/pianist Kaja Draksler at Sundays@Noon

  • 15 Feb, 12pm, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • More


Composer Enda Bates has uploaded a playlist of a number of his works from the past few years

WNYC new music broadcaster John Schaefer to visit Ireland in March

WNYC_REPORTERS_1262 (1)The Contemporary Music Centre is delighted to announce the visit of the highly regarded US broadcaster, author and cultural figure, John Schaefer to Ireland in March 2015.

On the invitation of CMC, presenter of New Sounds and SoundCheck on WNYC Radio, John Schaefer will visit Belfast, Dublin and Cork and meet with the music community and beyond.

John will participate in the What? Wow – David Lang’s Festival of Music presented by New Music Dublin 6,7 March 2015 and host the Contemporary Music Centre’s New Music Voices programme during the Festival – a series of panel discussions and public interviews that aim to create access for audiences to composers and performers. John will also be involved in other complementary events and projects during his time in Belfast, Dublin and Cork.

The CMC would like to thank the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland, Belfast City Council, and the Guesthouse Cork for their support with this visit.

John Buckley talks about his RTÉ Horizons concert

The concert, entitled ‘Mirrors of Light’, is the last in the lunchtime series of concerts by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra featuring Irish composers’ music.

The concert at the National Concert Hall takes place on 3 February 2015 and includes two of John Buckley’s works – A mirror into the light (1999) and Violin Concerto (2008) (with soloist Gwendolyn Masin) – alongside works by Jerome de Bromhead and Elliott Carter. The concert is conducted by Gavin Maloney.



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