A new album of Kevin Volans’ chamber music will be launched on 4 October

The album, violin:piano, is released on the Ergodos label and features premiere recordings of three major duos by Kevin Volans from 2009 – violin:piano, Etude 9 for piano and electronics, and viola:piano – as well as his violin solo Passi leggieri, originally composed for Hardanger fiddle in 2003.

The album features violinist/violist Waldo Alexander and pianist Jill Richards, who will both travel from South Africa to perform at a concert at the Pepper Canister Church, Dublin celebrating the launch of the album at 8pm on Sunday 4 October 2015.

More on the concert here.

Listen to an interview with the composer about the album and music featured, recorded in CMC.

A new multimedia work by Ian Wilson is premiered in Bandon on 27 September

Cliodhna_Ryan_resize_10Feldwege/Holzwege is the title of Ian Wilson’s latest work. The piece is a multimedia work with film by Johnnie Lawson, and features a performance by violinist Cliondha Ryan with live electronics.

Commissioned with funds from Cork County Council, the piece interacts with a film of North-west Irish landscapes by Irish video artist Johnnie Lawson.

From the programme note about the work:

Feldwege/Holzwege is an imaginative coupling of live score and pre-recorded video & audio. Rather than the usual presentation of live music with accompanying images which bear little relation to each other, in this work the live score directly and meaningfully engages with the film and its accompanying sound, each enhancing the other, the whole providing an immersive and unified experience for the audience. In German, a Feldweg is a path into a field (or, by extension, into any landscape) and a Holzweg is literally a path through a wood; however, the latter can also mean to be on a ‘wild goose chase’ and therefore this title, juxtaposing literal and metaphoric landscapes and journeys, provides a useful idea of what the piece sets out to achieve.

The performance takes place as part of the Engage Festival, Bandon at 8.30pm.

Further details from www.engageartsfestival.com.

New Music Digest: 21 – 27 September

11886170_10153568822824948_6304257876734844089_oEvents This Week

The New Ross Piano Festival takes place this weekend, featuring five new commissions for the Ros Tapestry Project

  • 25 – 27 Sep, New Ross, Wexford
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The Berlin festival Kontakte will feature a live solo set from composer Karen Power titled sounding water

  • 25 Sep, 10.30pm, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
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The Dublin run of Donnacha Dennehy‘s opera The Last Hotel as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, begins this weekend

  • 27 Sep – 3 Oct, O’Reilly Theatre, Denmark St, Dublin
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Francesco Turrisi, with his band the Taquin Experiments, presents ‘Isole’, a concert of short films of 1930s Ireland and Sicilly with music by Turrisi

  • 24 Sep, 8pm, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
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Photos, recordings and stories from last Friday’s Culture Night at CMC

CMC Library Update

11113011_865532970186422_1567324319421036762_nThis update from the library features some of the works added to its collection during a two month period. In July and August, works from 24 different composers were added to the CMC online library catalogue. Selected works include:

Hugh Martin Boyle (1984-) colour copied cold carbon contents
Premiered by Claire Duff (Baroque violin) on 24 March 2015 at ICC The Strung Series, Irish Georgian Society, Dublin.
Listen to this work on the composer’s Soundcloud page here

Raymond Deane (1953-) Communication Chord
Premiered by Kirkos on 12 June 2015 at Blackout: Devouring Reich, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
The text is from Theses on the Philosophy of History by Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). “Marx says revolutions are the locomotives of history. But perhaps things are quite different. Perhaps revolutions are the way humanity, travelling on that train, reaches for the emergency brake.”

Sean Doherty (1987-) Hive Mind
Written for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra as part of ‘Adopt a Composer’ programme 2014, run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation.
Premiered by Kensington Symphony Orchestra on 19 May 2015 at Milton Court, The Barbican, London, England.
I am fascinated by the centuries-long tradition of using the orchestra as a metaphor,—for heavenly choirs, civil society, the army, the human body, nature, machines—so I wanted the input of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra to update the metaphor of the orchestra for the twenty-first century…

Ciaran Farrell (1969-) Three Piece Suite
Premiered by Jessica Lipstone (fl) and Damien Kelly (gui) on 5 June 2015 at Sandford Church, Dublin.

Eoin Mulvany (1978-) Bog Bodies
Commissioned by Concorde.
Premiered by Concorde on 26 April 2015 at Concorde: Up Close with Music’, RHA Gallery, Dublin.
…it is inspired by the cultural and spiritual significance of burial in the bog in ancient Irish society. The bog was the boundary between the temporal world and the spirit world and represented the boundary of Kingdoms.

Kevin O’Connell (1958-) Mass
Commissioned by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Premiered by the Palestrina Choir, conductor Blanaid Murphy on 21 June 2015 at the Pro Cathedral, Dublin.
Listen to the composer and the conductor in interview here

Martin O’Leary (1963-) Shades and Shadows
Premiered by Maynooth Guitar Ensemble, conductor David Kennedy on 17 April 2014 at Riverstown Hall, Maynooth University.

Kevin Volans (1949-) Calefacción
Commissioned by CALEFAX Reed Quintet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Premiered by CALEFAX on 11 October 2014 at De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Matthew Whiteside (1988-) Solo for Viola D’amore and Electronics
Premiered by Emma Lloyd (va d’amore) and Matthew Whiteside (electronics) on 6 May 2015 at the Recital Room, Glasgow City Halls, Scotland.
Listen to the composer discuss his new album ‘Dichroic Light’, from which this work is taken here

Gareth Williams (1977-) Mister MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep
Commissioned by Scottish Opera.
Premiered by Scottish Opera on 28 November 2014 at Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.
Watch an excerpt on the composer’s website here
Opera for 3-5 year olds.

Seán Clancy talks about his new electronic work which he is working on for Culture Night in CMC

The work will be performed as part of CMC’s Culture Night programme of events on 18 September 2015 at 8.30pm.

More on CMC’s Culture Night here

Anna Murray and Michelle O’Rourke on their collaborative piece ‘LIT

Composer Anna Murray and soprano Michelle O’Rourke talk about their collaboration on the large scale work ‘LIT’ for Culture Night 2015.

An extract from the work will be performed in CMC along with other music by Irish composers for voice and electronics by Michelle O’Rourke and Anna Murray.

More information on CMC’s Culture Night Event here.

New Music at Culture Night

programmes-295x250Culture Night is an annual event that sees institutions, organisations and companies open their doors and present free events, concerts and exhibitions for free. Here is our round-up of new music events taking place across the country as part of Culture Night.

  • CMC present a salon-style night of new music with the Brennan-Cahill duo, Gavin Prior, Anna Murray and Michelle O’Rourke, Sean Clancy, Enda Bates and crOw (Cathal Roche and Ian Wilson)
  • The Dublin Sound Archive Collective present an audiovisual exhibition by experimental sound artists Adrian Hughes and Timothy O’Neill in Howth
  • David Bremner will perform a live organ accompaniment to a silent film as part of the Christ Church Cathedral Culture Night programme
  • Ardú Vocal Ensemble perform a mixed programme of contemporary and classical music in venues around Dublin
  • The Centre for Creative Practices present a night of contemporary art and music, including sound art from La Cosa Preziosa from Kildare St., Dublin
  • Therese Fahy will perform piano works from her Handprint Collection of commissions, including Siobhán Cleary‘s Leda and the Swan in Boyle’s King House

For more information about Culture Night events taking place across the country, see www.culturenight.ie

Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival

passages_eventA new arts festival called Sounds from a Safe Harbour begins this week in Cork. Billed as a festival of art, music and conversation, it is curated by the Bryce Dessner, best known as the guitarist of The National as well as a prominent composer (his recent work Music for Wood and Strings was performed by So Percussion at David Lang’s What?…Wow Festival in Dublin earlier this year).

On the bill for the festival are a number of contemporary Irish acts, as well as international performers and artists. The festival’s theme is that of waves and water, inspiring a number of special commissions and projects, such as Passages, a visual music installation from Irene Buckley, Linda Buckley and Ailbhe Ní Bhríain exploring the history of the warehouses on Custom House Quay.

Crash Ensemble perform a concert featuring the work of Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurroson and arrangements of American folk songs by Sam Amidon. Cellist Kate Ellis will be joined by violinist Yuki Numata Resnick and violist Nadia Sirota to perform a new specially-created work by Donnacha Dennehy. Alex Petcu and the Bangers and Crash Percussion ensemble perform a programme titled WoodMetalWater, with music by Reich, Andriessen and Dennehy. The festival also features a number of collaborative events that brings together different performers from across the entire line-up, such as the Eat My Noise conceptual concert about Ireland’s worst storm and the story of Aenaes and Juno.

Sounds From A Safe Harbour takes place 17–20 Sept in venues across Cork: they have a limited number of festival tickets available for €175. Tickets and full line-up can be found at soundsfromasafeharbour.com 

New Music Digest: 14 – 20 September

12004845_1048627321827798_3428137742762374093_nEvents This Week:

Culture Night takes place this Friday, with free cultural events taking place across the country. CMC will host a concert of new music at Fishamble St

  • 18 Sep, 6.30pm, The Contemporary Music Centre, Fishamble St, Dublin
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Linda and Irene Buckley will have an installation with Ailbhe Ní Bhriain featured at the Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival in Cork

  • 18-20 Sep, 11am, Bonded Warehouse, Cork
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Crash Ensemble also perform at Sounds from a Safe Harbour, with a programme of music by Valgeir Sigurðsson and arrangements of folk songs by Sam Amidon

  • 19 Sep, 10pm, Everyman Palace, Cork
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Kevin Volans7 Flutes will receive its premiere in the Netherlands

  • 17 Sep, 8pm, Splendor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Bangers and Crash new percussion ensemble perform a concert called WoodMetalWater, featuring music by Donnacha Dennehy, Louis Andreessen and Steve Reich

  • 19 Sep, 1pm, CIT Cork School of Music
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The second performance of Blood on the Moon – A Provocation on Yeats, featuring a new work by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, takes place this week

  • 14 Sep, 8pm, National Concert Hall, Dublin
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Donnacha Dennehy’s new opera, ‘The Last Hotel’, will be performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival

Following its well-received premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, the opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh will be performed at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival from 27 September to 3 October at the O’Reilly Theatre.

Produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the opera is conducted by André de Ridder and stars Robin Adams, Claudia Boyle, Katherine Manley and the actor Mikel Murfi, with the Crash Ensemble.

Following the Dublin dates, the opera will be staged at The Royal Opera House, London (Linbury Studio) from 9–17 October, and will receive its American premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 8–17 January 2016.


Watch a short interview with Donnacha Dennehy about the opera recorded before its premiere in August


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