Culture Night 2012 at the Contemporary Music Centre

CMC exterior at night

CMC will be alive with sounds as it opens its doors to the public for Culture Night and hosts Live at Our Place, giving visitors the chance to hear what’s innovative and what’s vibrant in new music from Ireland.

This year’s event takes place from 5pm–10pm on Friday, 21 September and is curated by composer Karen Power. Taking her cue from John Cage in his centenary year, she has devised a five-hour ‘happening’ which will take place across all floors of the centre’s Georgian home in Fishamble Street in the Historic Quarter of Dublin.

Visitors are invited to drop in and sample live performances, improvisation and audiovisual works that will give a flavour of the diversity and creativity of Irish music today, as well as the range of composers represented by the Centre and the music that makes up its archive.

Performances will take place in all areas of the building – including the library, courtyard and even on the stairs – sometimes simultaneously. At times, sounds will bleed into each other, whilst at others the spotlight will fall on a single performance.

The Cork-based Quiet Music Ensemble and newly-founded Kirkos Ensemble will act as ensembles-in-residence for the evening, performing music by an array of young and established Irish composers. In addition, there will be solos and live electronic sets by guest performers and composers. CMC will also present live works and video screenings of collaborative image and sound works drawn from a call for submissions for the Culture Night event.

Update 19 September: Download the full schedule for the event

Further information: www.culturenight.ie

View or listen to a short clip from Karen Power about the event.

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