New Music Digest: 22 – 28 September

Panel from The Ros Tapestry

Panel from The Ros Tapestry

Events This Week

The New Ross Piano Festival takes place this week, with concerts featuring a commissioned series of five new works written in response to the Ros Tapestry.

  • 25 – 28 Sep, New Ross
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The Association of Irish Canon has two Irish Canon Series concerts taking place this week: Cora Venus Lunny (vln) in Dundalk, and Paul Roe (cl) in Dublin

  • Cora Venus Lunny: 25 Sep, 1pm, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk
  • Paul Roe: 26 Sep, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
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The Kinsale Arts Festival takes place this week; its new music performances include the Chatham Saxophone Quartet playing music by Ian Wilson

  • 19 – 28 Sep, Kinsale, Co. Cork
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The Chatham Saxophone Quartet will also play two works by Wilson in another concert in Dundrum

  • 25 Sep, 8pm, The Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin
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The Ulster Orchestra will also play music by Ian Wilson this week, his work Sullen Earth, with soloist Ioana Petcu-Colan and conductor David Brophy.

  • 23 Sep, 7.45, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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Karen Power has a collaborative art and soundwork installed at the Korea International Art Fair

  • 25 – 29 Sep, Korea International Art Fair, Seoul
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The BBC Singers, with soloists and the BBC Concert Orchestra, will premiere Kevin Volans The Mountain That Left as part of the 90th anniversary celebrations

  • 24 Sep, 7.30pm, The Barbican, London, UK
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Evangelia Rigaki‘s new series of mini-operas, The Pregnant Box, will receive its premiere in Trinity College Dublin, with the Mornington Singers directed by Orla O’Flannagan, Lore Lixenberg and Joe O’Farrell.

  • 26 Sep, 6pm, Front Courtyard, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin
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Mary Dullea and Darragh Morgan will perform Linda Buckley‘s exploding stars and Donnacha Dennehy‘s Overstrung at the Engage Arts Festival in Bandon

  • 28 Sep, 8.30pm, St. Peter’s Church, Bandon, Co. Cork
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The Waterford Concert Orchestra performs Shaun Davey‘s Granuaile at a concert titled Pictures of Ireland in Sound, alongside the premiere of a work by Waterford composer Greg Scanlon

  • 27 Sep, 8pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford

The Vikings Band will play Eoin O’Keefe’s Process as part of a marching band competition in the Netherlands

  • 27 Sep, 11am, Parkstad Limburg Stadium, Kerkrade, Netherlands
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Last friday night was Culture Night. Read our Storify page on new music activities across the country

NMC Recordings release Gerald Barry‘s The Importance of Being Earnest

A new CD of John Kinsella‘s 5th and 10th Symphonies has been released


John Kinsella talks about his new CD release

Meet The Composer: Jenn Kirby

Photo by Daryl Feehely

We profile some of the composers who have been accepted for CMC representation over the last year.

Jenn Kirby is based in Dublin. She composes both acoustic and electronic contemporary works. Her work explores elements of theatricality, humour and the manipulation of the perception of time in composition. Her work has been performed in Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and the United States.

Her work Dopamine (2013) for three guitars, violin and accordion  was premiered by Allan J. Yzereef (gui), Keenan Comartin (gui), Arden Armbruster (gui), Ilana Waniuk (vn) and Olivia Steimel (acc) at the SoundSCAPE Festival, Maccagno, Italy on 5 July 2013.

Listen to this and other works on her SoundCloud page here:

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