Seán Mac Erlaine clarinet, bass clarinet, chalumeaux, bawu, alto saxophone, synthesiser, live electronics, wurlitzer. Jan Bang - live sampling, samples, acoustic bass drum. Eivind Aarset - guitars, electronics. Sadhbh Ní Dhálaigh vocals.
"Empty Ears is a seductive listen, with a distinctive voice all its own." ~ The Wire, June 2018.
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"...their shared ability to find seemingly limitless space within concise melodies. An album of wholehearted and often surprising music, brimming with vitality." ~ fRoots, December 2017
Seán Mac Erlaine contributed six recordings to the Opendoor Edition of Waywords and Meansigns, an online distribution of a complete reading of Finnegans Wake.Listen Here
"In the tight gaps of "Short Passing Game"'s racing drums, twitchy bass guitars, harmonica swipes, wild yelps and sonar-like synths jostle with each other." ~ Resident Advisor.
Inspired by the secret histories of landscapes, old maps and memory, this is music that possesses the ecstatic, unforced beauty of the natural world – at once minimal and teeming with matter.Benedict Schlepper-Connolly – Voice & Synthesiser; Seán Mac Erlaine – Bass Clarinet & Chalumeau; Saskia Lankhoorn – Piano; Robinson Panoramic Quartet: Anita Vedres – Violin; Robin Panter – Viola; Kate Ellis – Cello; Malachy Robinson – Double BassMore info
All songs and Lyrics : Dylan Tighe* Guitars, Vocals, Casio MT-140 : Dylan Tighe. Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, OP1 synth: Seán Mac Erlaine. Bass : Garvan Gallagher. Drums: Conor Murray. Hammond, Wurlitzer, Rhodes: Darragh O'Kelly. Pedal Steel, Slide Guitar on 'Cult Leader': Travis Lyon. Analogue Tape Effects: Sean Coleman. Gong: Samuel Beckett. Additional voices: Henry Miller, Pope John Paul II, woman at Pope John Paul Mass 1979.Stream / Buy Now
New pieces commissioned by and for QME from Pauline Oliveros, David Toop, Alvin Lucier, John Godfrey. Released at David Lang's Festival of Music, National Concert Hall, Dublin.Buy Now
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Limited edition pressing on orange vinyl released by Ergodos. Music for woodwinds and live electronics.
"A Slender Song is a collection of solo performances recorded over the past few years, and listening to it, one can but envy the audiences who witnessed them. In performance, Mac Erlaine is an absorbing spectacle, creating sound beds with percussion and electronics, to be overlaid with flute, saxophone and bass clarinet, building into vast and limitless soundscapes. Shorn of the visual, his music takes on an even more mysterious aura, creating an utterly original sonic space where free jazz and fragments of Irish trad are embraced by low hums and electronic abstraction." ~ ★★★★ The Irish Times.
"This is what the future sounds like. Elegant and fresh sounds crossing international datelines between trad, folk and jazz sources." - The Irish Times.Stream / Buy Now
An album of extraordinary ambience, rich with Mac Erlaine's distinctive supple reed work and subtle electronics. With each track Mac Erlaine seems to channel the atmosphere of a space or vista, immersing us.
"A haunting meditation on the landscape is infused by fragments of traditional Irish music and electronic beats" ~ Sunday Times.
"Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition." - The Irish Times.Stream / Buy Now
“A poignant yet prepossessing piece of work…brimming with tunes...an audacious and seriously intelligent suite of songs” - The Irish TimesStream / Buy Now
"Much of the music on this album began either as improvisations that were later shaped into compositions, or as a re-imagining of material from the traditional idiom. For me, each of the tunes and sets are snapshots of the spirit of a particular time and place and the people and ideas that floated within it."More info
The exceedingly lovely, psyche tinged ambient folk on this release is from the duo of Michael Tanner (Plinth), and David Colohan (United Bible Studies)More Information
"Nugent smartly focuses on developing a pair of immersive environments that are continuously compelling for more than 20 minutes at a time. He nails it.” - PitchforkStream / Buy Now
Trihornophone emerges from the fertile mind of saxophonist and composer Sean Mac Erlaine, dedicated to performing original, new music for trumpet, two saxophones and drum kit. He's liberally filched influences from pop, European Folk and the Avant Garde along with developments in contemporary jazz, remolding them over a bed of bouncing rhythms and odd meter grooves.Sold Out