Every year I co-curate the Bottlenote Festival. This year is going to be the best and most exciting yet! Pree-book tickets only, all information from www.bottlenotemusic.com
Amazing to play with This is How we Fly at Kilkenny Arts Festival as well as guest spots with The Gloaming and meeting and playing with hero Bill Frisell.
Album Launch July 3rd: For the Songs project, Ergodos Musicians features a line-up of some of Ireland’s most dynamic and sensitive musicians. Michelle O’Rourke is a vocalist who has performed with groups as diverse as vocal duo Tryst and Danish indie rock group Efterklang. Cellist Kate Ellis is co-artistic director of Ireland’s foremost contemporary music group, Crash Ensemble and regularly performs with Yurodny and her own ReSound project. And woodwind instrumentalist/composer Seán Mac Erlaine.
Dublin composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly arranged songs by American alt-country singer Steve Earle, UK indie trio The xx, folk-rock hero Richard Thompson, maverick Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, and Italian Baroque genius Antonio Vivaldi for this project. In these arrangements, experiences become transformed and transfigured – old memories ignite and collide with new atmospheres.
July 26th: Solo performance in Irish Museum of Modern Art. A site-responsive piece for chalumeau and gongs as part of IMMA Summer Rising Festival. Image: Hélio Oiticica.
Quiet Music Ensemble premiere Pauline Oliveros' Mystery Beyond Matter.
Sunday 27th April | Nova, Lyric FM live broadcast with studio audience. 8pm
Commissioned by Quiet Music Ensemble with funds made available by the Arts Council of Ireland, The Mystery Beyond Matter is a major new work from one of the world’s most influential composers and performers, an independent and pioneering spirit who has been at the cutting edge of musical and technical innovation for many decades. The composition is for improvising musicians and sound engineer, live electronics, multi channel audio and unusual venues including radio and internet.
Quiet Music Ensemble is Ireland’s leading Experimental music group, which has been breaking radical new ground since 2008, and recently performed to a sell-out crowd at the prestigious Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.
Seven new dates with This is How we Fly announced. Tickets on sale now!
Presented by Saint Patrick's Festival: Three of the country’s top solo performers will take their turn filling the vaulted ceilings of this beautiful, intimate space with their music and song. Featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird (voice), Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinet) & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore fiddle), expect spacious, magical sounds that will bring your mind on a journey of unexpected beauty. An oasis of calm, this is a chance to relax and disappear into some of the most beautiful music imaginable.
March 17th | The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 | 5pm & 7pm
WillFredd Theatre have teamed up with a number of Irish Hospice staff to bring you CARE, a show which questions what Hospice is. Fusing movement, live music and text, every word, sound and image in CARE is drawn from daily Hospice life. "WillFredd Theatre's production reveals the courage that underpins the darkness and light, the ebb and flow, of life in a hospice" [...] "Respectful, intelligent and inventive" - The Irish Times.
CARE | 20.02.14 - 01.03.14 | Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2 | http://willfredd.com/
Commemorating The Battle of Clontarf
Temple Bar Trad Fest | St. Michan's Church, Dublin | January 24th | 8pm
The Temple Bar TradFest, will host the world premiere of a specially commissioned cycle of songs which span a millennium and contain eye witness accounts of Dublin from 1014 and 2014 commemorating the Battle of Clontarf. Performed and composed by Deep End of the Ford the groups combines four of the most progressive avant-garde talents in improvised and folk music; Lorcan Mac Mathuna, Martin Tourish, Eoghan Neff and Seán Mac Erlaine. An improvisational collective, their style is based on the flexible shape of language; spoken, and sung. Their inspiration comes from the epic depictions of history and mythology. In this composition they will be joined by Norse singer and instrumentalist Raphael De Cock.
2014 starts with a new recording for Ergodos in Berlin this January. The record features songs by Steve Earle, Antonio Vivaldi, Richard Thompson, Donnacha Dennehy, Henry Purcell, and many more, arranged by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice.
Ergodos Musicians’ Songs project is about two Dublin composers and their love of the song, the most constant of musical forms. Working closely with vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and cellist Kate Ellis, composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice celebrate the way a melody or a lyric can live in memory, heart and limb — turning, dissolving and re-forming, but never vanishing. Release date to be announced.
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