Dublin Sound Lab’s music, dance and interactivity with Theatre of Sound

Electroacoustic and interactive music group Dublin Sound Lab, founded by Michael Quinn and Fergal Dowling present a new programme of mixed-media works called Theatre of Sound at Smock Alley Theatre on 8 June.

The programme is a result of a collaboration between three Irish and three Romanian composers, and features works that explore multichannel audio, interactive multimedia performance, lights, dance and video projection. For the event, dancer Philip Connaughton will be joined by Ana Chifu on flute, Maria Chifu on bassoon, and Michael Quinn on harpsichord, with electronics also being arrayed over an immersive multichannel system.

Central to the programme is Cătălin Creţu’s interactive dance and projection work Inner Dust, in which the performer generates and transforms live visuals, with audio built from the Prelude of Bach’s first Cello Suite in G Major, and adapted especially for each performance space. Beside Inner Dust are special commissions by Dublin Sound Lab: Fergal Dowling‘s Imitations of Christ (for flute, bassoon and computer), a new work by Jonathan Nangle (for multichannel audio and lights), Piaras Hoban‘s magic birth/magia figura (for harpsichord and live electronics), and Sabina Ulubeanu’s …of tears and dewdrops, Passacaglia (for harpsichord, flute, bassoon, video and live electronics. The programme is completed by a recent piece by Diana Rotaru for flute, bassoon, tape, dance and video called Ani-motions.

Theatre of Sound takes place on 8 June at Smock Alley Theatre, Lower Exchange St., Temple Bar, Dublin. For more information, see www.dublinsoundlab.ie.

The performance will be proceeded by a pre-concert talk and reception at 6.30pm in the Contemporary Music Centre with Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC, and six of the featured composers. The pre-concert talk is open to the general public and admission is free. Booking is recommended as space is limited and to book please contact the CMC at info@cmc.ie or tel: 01 673 1922.

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