Duo Series #2:
Seán Mac Erlaine and Unni Løvlid

Friday May 27th | Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin | 8:30pm | €18

A cycle of unique dialogues between one of Ireland’s most innovative and progressive musicians with similarly minded musicians from the European contemporary music scene. Norwegian folk singer Unni 'Løvlid’s voice is pure and direct, completely at ease with all the changing moods.' - Fiona Talkington / BBC.


Duo Series #1:
Seán Mac Erlaine and Eivind Aarset

Friday April 22nd | Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin | 8:30pm | €18

A cycle of unique dialogues between one of Ireland’s most innovative and progressive musicians with similarly minded musicians from the European contemporary music scene. Seán’s guests in the first installment of the series will be the Norwegian guitarist and composer Eivind Aarset on April 22nd, and the Norwegian folk singer Unni Løvlid on May 27th.


Bottlenote and the Irish Film Institute presents Sound of Silents

April 9th 2016. Archival silent film from Dublin with improvised scores performed by six leading musicians working between the fields of Irish traditional, improvised and electronic music. The event will feature music by Seán Mac Erlaine (woodwind/electronics), Seán Carpio (percussion/guitar/loops), Jack McMahon (turntables), Eoghan Neff (fiddle) and Shane Latimer (guitar/electronics).


Quiet Music Ensemble at Festiwal Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna

March 15th. Our Polish debut! Performing work by David Toop, Martin Iddon, Maciej Jabłoński, John Godfrey and Jennifer Walshe.


Ergodos Musicians on tour

Dublin, Carrick, Clifden, Carlow, Bray, Tralee, Waterford | February 2016

Prepare to be utterly entranced as five of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms. The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop, one beguiling meditation on love, longing and loss melting into the next. Presented by Music Network.


Hayden Chisholm

Workman's Club | January 28th | 8pm, €10

This Dublin performance will feature a screening of his short film Sysiphus Runs as well as short films documenting the making of his new 13 CD Box set Cusp of Oblivion. Hayden will also give a solo performance with Saxophone and Sruti Box as well as a performance of the piece Finn Again Wakes using texts from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. As a special guest Seán Mac Erlaine will join Hayden on bass clarinet and electronics. Presented by Bottlenote in association with Note Productions.


New music for Macnas

My 2015 working year ends with a week creating new music for master storytellers Macnas and this giant. Happy new year!

Ergodos at the ECM Weekend, Triskel

A must-see weekend of events at Triskel in Cork celebrating the German record label ECM. On Saturday, 28 November, Ergodos founders Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly are joined by Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Seán Mac Erlaine (bass clarinet) and Linda Buckley (voice/electronics) in a performance in the Triskel Project Space.


Fußball wie noch nie / Football as Never Before

Film Portrait of George Best | Visual, Carlow | November 25th

A hypnotic film portrait of Man U legend George Best accompanied by a live musical score by Sean Mac Erlaine (woodwinds, electronics), Ernst Reijseger (cello), Matthew Nolan (guitar, electronics), David Stalling (live electronics), and Bryan O’Connell (drums).

The Guardian preview

Music To Lean On | Fractured Air Mix

Ahead of a number of performances at Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival curated by Bryce Dessner. Tracks from Vinicio Capossela, Jon Balke, Bob Dylan, Romica Puceanu, Paul Burch and others. "These are musicians I feel I can trust, to lean on, to deliver the goods when you might need them. I hope some other listeners find some of the same things here as I do."
- Seán Mac Erlaine, September 2015.

The Walls Have Ears | Dublin Fringe Festival

09-11 September 2015 | Showtimes 19:30 & 21:15

A site-specific promenade of improvised music in the atmospheric surrounds of a gloriously dilapidated Georgian residence. The audience, led from room to room experiences quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic from leading improvising musicians.

A leading figure of European improvised music and film scores, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger (Werner Herzog, Winter & Winter) is joined by acclaimed Irish musicians including Seán Carpio (guitar, electronics), Shane Latimer (guitars, electronics), Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinets, processing), and Justin Carroll (keyboards). Prebooking only.


New Video

All Sung A Slender Song

The Iraqi landscape as seen through 1950s surveillance footage from the CIA. Repurposed and reedited for a track from Seán's second solo record 'A Slender Song'.

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Alas Awake | International Literature Festival Dublin

21-24 May 2015 | New work for choir, film, woodwinds, electronics

A new site-specific setting of Finnegans Wake, scored for improvising choir, woodwinds, electronics and film and presented as a theatre-style promenade piece, audiences are led through an abandoned Georgian residence in a heightened environment conjuring the world and epoch of Joyce’s Dublin.


This is How we Fly, East Coast USA Tour

20-25/04/2015 | NJ, CT, NYC

Princeton University: residency and performance. Wesleyan University and three night SOLD OUT residency in Manhattan's Irish Arts Center. Plus very special guests Cleek Schrey, Brittany Haas, and Maeve Gilchrist.
"Even if you're not an Irish-music nut, there's a good chance you'll be charmed and even dazzled by this jazz-tinged stylishly modernized quartet of fiddle, clarinet, drums and, best of all, percussive dance." - Time Out, New York.

Premiere of new music with RTÉ ConTempo Quartet

28/03/2015 | Nun's Island Theatre, Galway

"The rushes by the grey nuns’ pond: ah eh oh let me sigh too." New work for clarinet, string quartet, chalumeau and live electronics based on Joyce's Finnegans Wake with Ireland's leading string quartet.

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Interview with Fractured Air

“I started playing live solo shows around 2006/2007 but in 2010 my approach and tools changed fairly radically as I packed up my dozens of hardware pedals and acres of cables (it just got too heavy for the bicycle!) and started developing and using customised software and a computer alongside my woodwinds.”

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A Slender Song

New solo release | Available Now

Limited edition pressing on orange vinyl released by Ergodos Records. The end of year polls are saying: "An utterly original sonic space. ★★★★" ~ The Irish Times. Donal Dineen's Top three releases of 2014. Sixth on Nialler9's top 25 Irish albums of 2014. Now available in Tower Records, Dublin; Plugd Records, Cork; Harold Moores Records, London and online from Ergodos

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Pulse Music / Ceol Cuisle

Radio homage to poet Micheal Hartnett

A sonic journey into the thoughts and poetic imagination of the late West Limerick poet Michael Hartnett. Directed and researched by Dylan Tighe. Original music and sound design by Seán Mac Erlaine. Featuring the actor Andrew Bennett and singers Nell Ní Chróinín and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

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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.

Amhrán na Leabhar | Long After The Music Is Gone

Traditional Irish. Arrangement, clarinets, electronics by Seán Mac Erlaine. Camera work & film by Donal Dineen. Available from Ergodos Records on vinyl, CD and digital formats -