The Association of Irish Composers present a concert of flute music from Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo and Dublin

flute bosniaThe concerts will be given by Slovenian-born composer and flautist Hanan Hadžajlić and take place at the Bosniak Institute – Foundation of Adil Zulfikarpašić on 28 May and on 5 June at 12 Henrietta Street.

For the concert in Sarajevo, Irish composer John Buckley will travel with the support of Culture Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre to give a pre-concert talk on his own work and on Irish contemporary music.

Hanan, who has been based in Sarajevo since 2005, will also perform a selection of works from the programme in Croatia later in June.


Rhona Clarke – Four Pieces for Solo Flute (2006)
Igor Karača – Retracing I (2015)
Fergus Johnston – Two Pieces for Solo Flute (1987)
John Buckley – Two Fantasias for Solo Alto Flute (2004)
Hanan Hadžajlić – Bellatrix Lestrange (2015)
Ian Wilson – Die Zwitscher-Machine for Piccolo (2011)
Dino Rešidbegović – Wreesky (2014)
Raymond Deane – Tekeli-li (2008/2009)
Ališer Sijarić – Dah for Bass Flute (2012)

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The 2nd Donegal Chamber Music Festival features the work of Irish composer Derek Ball

Taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh National Park from 29 May to 7 June, the festival includes a number of works by Letterkenny-born composer Derek Ball.

The opening concert on 29 May by the Donegal Chamber Orchestra includes his Mosters from the Forest (1996). On 1 June, Donegal Camerata will perform his 2011 piece O’Carolan in Love, a work based on dances and tunes by Turlough O´Carolan and specially composed for the group.

The remaining concerts feature vocal music – Five Tagore Songs (2011) – in a concert entitled ‘Songs for a Summer Evening’ 6 June with the Conwal Singers, and a work for string ensemble – Brian Rae’s Berceuse – performed by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet.

WNYC’s New Sounds ‘Music from Ireland’ programmes are available to listen to online

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John Schaefer launching CMCs new promotional album in March

The programmes were made following John Schaefer’s visit Ireland in March of this year to attend the New Music Dublin festival and launch CMC’s latest promotional CD, new music::new Ireland 2.

Visiting Belfast, Dublin and Cork, the broadcaster and host of New Sounds on WNYC made 7 programmes from interviews and many recordings featured on CMC’s new CD.

Programmes include interviews and music from Irene Buckley and Linda Buckley, Ronan Guilfoyle and Gráinne Mulvey, Jonathan Nangle, Greg Caffrey and Neil Burns, Piers Hellawell, Bernadette Comac and Deirdre McKay, and Karen Power and John Godfrey.

All programmes can now be listened to on demand from WNYC’s web site.

Anne-Marie O’Farrell talks about her ‘Irish Composers on Irish Music’ concert on 31 May

Presented by the Association of Irish Composers in association with @The Drawing Room, the concert takes place at the Drawing Room, 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin on 31 May at 4.30pm.

Harpist and composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell will perform a recital featuring music for pedal harp and the Irish harp from the last 50 years by a range of Irish composers, including John Kinsella, James Wilson, Brian Boydell, Mary Kelly, Frank Corcoran, Gráinne Mulvey, and David Bremner.

Also included is a new work by O’Farrell, Chromatétude which creates 12-note textures on the harp while also giving a nod to much older music heard at the Belfast 1792 harp festival.

A walking tour exploring the history and buildings of North West Dublin by Arran Henderson proceeds the recital, and begins at Cows Lane at 1.55pm.

Tickets cost €15 for the concert and €30 for the concert and walking tour. Further information from

Library Update for March and April 2015

This update from the library features some of the works added to its collection during a two month period. In March and April, works from 22 different composers were added to the CMC online library catalogue. Selected works include:

Elaine Agnew (1967-) Everyone Sang
Commissioned by RTÉ for the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and the RTÉ NSO on the occasion of the Philharmonic Choir’s 30th Anniversary.
Premiered by RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with chorus master Mark Hindley and conductor Andrew Litton on 9 January 2015 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Linda Buckley (1979-) Torann
Commissioned by The Cork Midsummer Festival with funds kindly provided by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Premiered by Crash Ensemble on 7 March 2015 at What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Donnacha Dennehy (1970-) One Hundred Goodbyes
Commissioned by Kronos Quartet with funding provided by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Premiered by Kronos Quartet on 28 February 2012 at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Amanda Feery (1984-) On Shuffle
Premiered by Crash Ensemble on 2 April 2015 at Crash Ensemble: Born in the 80s, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
“Interruptions, imperfections, and glitches carry negative connotations, but in On Shuffle they are celebrated.”

Gráinne Mulvey (1966-) Diffractions
Premiered by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gavin Maloney on 13 January 2015 at the Horizons Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
“Diffractions is part of a series of pieces loosely based on the work of the prominent nineteenth century physicist John Tyndall, a native of my home town of Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, Ireland.”

Jonathan Nangle (1981-) V-I
Premiered by Crash Ensemble on 2 April 2015 at Crash Ensemble: Born in the 80s, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
“The piece is a continuation of my interest in postcard pieces, that is, a piece for two or more instruments that can sustain itself for at least a minute and can fit on a 6×4 postcard.”

Anne-Marie O’Farrell (1966-) Eden’s Joy
Premiered by Mary Immaculate College Community Choir, Anne-Marie O’Farrell (hrp), conductor Paul Collins on 16 December 2014 at the Chapel of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Composed as part of the AEPE Residency in Composition at MIC in association with the Lime Tree Theatre & funded by the Arts Council.

Garrett Sholdice (1983-) das blaue licht
Premiered by RTÉ ConTempo Quartet on 7 March 2015 at What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
“The title – which means “the blue light” in German – refers to the bright, clear, luminous blue light of the sky above Berlin in the scorching hot July weeks in which I completed the piece.”

The Barrow River Arts Festival takes place from 15-17 May and features a number of events by Irish composers

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Now in its fifth year, the festival is held in Borris House, Borris Co. Carlow and will include new music from Garth Knox, Benjamin Dwyer and Barry Guy, who along with Maya Homburger is artistic director of the festival.

On Saturday, 16 May at 2.00pm the launch of a new limited-edition book entitled Imagines by New Dublin Press takes place. The publication, which documents years of artistic research and practice, brings together composer Benjamin Dwyer, poet Kimberly Campanello, and author/editor Jonathan Creasy, and includes Dwyer’s score of solo new viola work Imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae alongside poems and commentary.

The following day, 17 May sees the Irish premiere of the work by Garth Knox as part of a programme of works which also includes music by Garth Knox, Rory Boyle, and Ligeti as well as poetry readings by Kimberly Campanello.

Composer and improvisor Barry Guy features in two concerts, on 16 May with Greek singer Savina Yannatou, and on the 17th in a trio with long-time collaborators pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist Paul Lytton.

Listen to an interview with Benjamin Dwyer about his piece Imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae and the book

New Music Digest: 11 – 17 May

Events This Week

Listen@Wellington presents a mixed programme of jazz and new music on Baggot St

  • 15 May, 7pm, Wellington Pub, Baggot St, Dublin
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The Irish Composers’ Collective present a composition workshop with Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Malachy Robinson (double bass) ahead of an upcoming concert

  • 15 May, 7.30pm, Boydell Room, Trinity College Dublin
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The Barrow River Arts Festival takes place, curated by Maya Hamburger and Barry Guy and including the premiere of a new work by Benjamin Dwyer among other new music

  • 15-17 May, Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow
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A Music Network concert by pianist Nikolay Khozyainov will feature Martin O’Leary‘s Blue Toccata

  • 17 May, 8pm, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
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The Dublin international Piano Competition 2015 will launch with a talk by Philip Martin and John O’Connor and an exhibition called Pianissimo: Exploring Musical Performance

  • 13 May, 6.30pm, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin
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Ed Bennett speaks about his piece Slow Down, written for the Fidelio Trio earlier this year.

New monthly series, Listen at Wellington, takes place on 15 May

Listen at Wellington is a new monthly series featuring a diverse selection music devised by composer Dylan Rynhart.

The series takes place each month at the Wellington, Baggot Street, Dublin 4. The next event in the series on 15 May features Tommy Halferty and Izumi Kimura performing their own compositions and improvised work; clarinetist Paul Roe performing a new work for clarinet and soundtrack, specially composed for him by Ken Edge.

Also featured is the Sue Rynhart Trio (with Dan Bodwell, bass and Francesco Turrisi, percussion), who will perform a selection of songs by composer and vocalist Sue Rynhart, and Dylan Rynhart’s Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, who perform new works by Rynhart.

Further information from

A playlist from April’s Listen at Wellington

CMC’s spring Salon series concludes on 20 May with music from Matthew Whiteside and Emma Lloyd

Emma Lloyd

Emma Lloyd

The event, which takes place at the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, at 6pm on 20 May 2015, features Emma Lloyd on viola and viola d’amore with composer Matthew Whiteside on electronics performing works by Ed Bennett and Linda Buckley alongside his own work.

This programme has been chosen to both explore an unusual instrument (the viola d’amore) and show three contrasting ways of using electronics with string instruments through pieces with a similar musical language.

Glasgow-based Northern Irish composer Matthew Whiteside, who recently released a debut album of his works, will have his Solo for Viola D’amore and Electronics from the album performed by Edinburgh-based string player Emma LLoyd. In the work the performer uses her own motion to manipulate the electronic resonance and amplification of the viola d’amore through the use of motion sensors.

Also included in the programme are Ed Bennett’s Ghosts and Do You Remember the Planets…? for viola and electronics by Linda Buckley.

All three composers featured will be present to talk about their work with composer Siobhán Cleary, curator and host of the series.

The first event in Kirkos’ ‘Blackout’ series takes place on 8 and 9 May

Kirkos Ensemble

Kirkos Ensemble

Presented by Kirkos Ensemble, Blackout combines music, food and darkness, and takes place between May and July at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

On 8 and 9 May, the first concert in the series presents new works by composers Ed Bennett, Roger Doyle, Kevin Volans and Robert Coleman inspired by Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time, which is also performed.

The concert is presented in total darkness and begins at 10.30pm each day.


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