A concert of Benjamin Dwyer’s music will take place on 6 December

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The concert, entitled ‘Strange Country’, will be held in the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and will feature a programme of the composer’s solo and chamber works.

Works performed span much of Benjamin Dwyer’s compositional career and include pieces from the 1990s such as Tiento for saxophone and piano (performed by Kenneth Edge and Izumi Kimura), Parallaxis for solo saxophone, and Crow for flute and tape (performed by William Dowdall). The composer will also perform two of his guitar Études from 2008 while pianist Izumi Kimura will perform his 2002 piano work Apuntes.

Recent works include Four Japanese Prints (2009) for flute and piano and Strange Country, a new work for narrator, uilleann pipes and tape. This work, which takes its inspiration from Sheela-na-gigs, the stone carvings of naked female figures, will be premiered by poet Kimberly Campanello and Donnacha Dwyer.

The concert will also feature a reading of selected poems from Ted Hughes’s Crow by poet Macdara Woods and Kevin O’Connell in conversation with Benjamin Dwyer, presented by the Contemporary Music Centre.

‘Strange Country’ takes place at 8:30pm on Thursday, 6 December 2012 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Tickets €15 (€12).

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Listen to an interview with Benjamin Dwyer about the concert, recorded on 27 November 2012

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