April/May 2009

Music by Committee

Music by Committee

Music by Committee

Composer competitions are a twisted game.

Published on 1 April 2009

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California.

Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music, including seven significant profiles of Irish composers.

His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. 

Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014.

The Suffering Ducks

The Suffering Ducks

The Suffering Ducks

How has a Belfast flute sound evolved in such a short time?

Published on 1 April 2009

Ciaran Carson is a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player, and the author of Last Night’s Fun, a book about Irish traditional music. He is is Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

The Hare’s Corner – Cúinne an Ghiorria Plateau Records I should have realised from the e-mail from the editor of the Journal of Music asking if I would be interested in reviewing Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s new CD of ‘instrumental...

Published on 1 April 2009

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Radar

Radar

Radar

Seamus HeaneyHeaney in MusicAs part of a major celebration of Seamus Heaney’s 70th birthday, RTÉ has commissioned composers Rachel Holstead, Kevin O’Connell and Ian Wilson to write short pieces for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet in response...

Published on 1 April 2009

From the Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to the first issue of The Journal of Music.Our philosophy is simple: we look for the bigger picture in musical life, and we ask those at its coal face – musicians, composers and listeners – to write about it.We connect across genres

Published on 1 April 2009

Toner Quinn is Editor of The Journal of Music. His personal website is www.tonerquinn.com.

Derek Ball

Derek Ball

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Robert Houlihan (conductor); Matthew Jones (viola) National Concert Hall, Dublin3 February 2009Letterkenny-born composer Derek Ball’s dalliance with composition was interrupted by a thirty-five year stint as

Published on 1 April 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

Tanya Tagaq Gillis

Tanya Tagaq Gillis

Tanya Tagaq Gillis (vocals), Michael Edwards (laptop), Kenton Loewen (percussion)Café Oto, London16 February 2009Tanya Tagaq Gillis works in a variety of vocal styles, from her native idiom of Inuit throat singing, to super-charged and loos

Published on 1 April 2009

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com.

Concorde

Concorde

Concorde

Elaine Clark (violin), Martin Johnson (cello), David James (cello), Madeleine Staunton (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet), Roberto Oliveira (percussion), Tine Verbeke (soprano), Jane O’Leary (piano)Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin15 February 20

Published on 1 April 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Live: Buffalo Collision

Live: Buffalo Collision

Live: Buffalo Collision

Ethan Iverson (piano), Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Hank Roberts (cello), Dave King (drums)The Sugar Club, Dublin28 January 2009What happens when buffaloes collide? A lot of dust and thunder.

Published on 1 April 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Alexander Anissimov (conductor) National Concert Hall, Dublin6 February 2009Pairing two objects side by side, by design or by accident, illuminates and reflects something in, and of, the other.

Published on 1 April 2009

Parisian Radar

Parisian Radar

Parisian Radar

France may not be a leading exporter of music, but the Paris scene is a great importer, able to spot talents, even with English lyrics, that seem to pass other countries by.

Published on 1 April 2009

Gareth Murphy is the author of Cowboys and Indies – The Epic History of the Record Industry. He lives in Paris.

The Art of Inefficiency

The Art of Inefficiency

The Art of Inefficiency

Peter Rosser on the intimacy and ritual of live music

Published on 1 April 2009

Peter Rosser (1970–2014) was a composer, writer and music lecturer.

He was born in London and moved to Belfast in 1990, where he studied composition at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music has been performed at the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and by the Crash Ensemble in Dublin.

In 2011 the Arts Council acknowledged his contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland through a Major Individual Artist Award. He used this award to write his Second String Quartet, which was premiered in 2012 by the JACK Quartet at the opening concert at Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC).

Peter Rosser also wrote extensively on a wide range of music genres, with essays published in The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

He died following an illness on 24 November 2014, aged 44.

Way Out West: New Jazz from Ireland

Way Out West: New Jazz from Ireland

Gerry Godley introduces Way Out West, a free recording of new Irish jazz by the Improvised Music Company which accompanies our April–May issue

Published on 1 April 2009

Gerry Godley is Artistic Director of Improvised Music Company, a resource organisation for jazz and related music in Ireland. He presents the world music programme Reels to Raga on RTÉ lyric fm.  

Festival Guide

Festival Guide

Ireland   Baltimore Fiddle Fair  Baltimore, Co. Cork 7.5.09 – 10.5.09  Ceardlann Earraigh  Celbridge, Co.Kildare 4.4.09  ceardlannearraigh.comCeiliúradh an Earraigh  Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen,...

Published on 1 April 2009

Corn Uí Riada

Corn Uí Riada

Corn Uí Riada

Corn Uí Riada: Buaiteoirí, 1972–2007Cló Iar-Chonnachta / RTÉ Raidió na GaeltachtaCICD 177The Corn Uí Riada trophy is bestowed on the winner of the prestigious ‘sean-nós’ (literally ‘old-style’)...

Published on 1 April 2009

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill is employed as a placenames researcher in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pádraig’s solo CD of traditional song, Amhráin na Séad /Jewels and Pathways was released in 2006.

Frank Denyer

Frank Denyer

Frank Denyer

Silenced VoicesMode Records, Mode 198The Barton Workshop; Elisabeth Smalt (viola); Frank Denyer and James Fulkerson (musical directors) Silenced Voices is the second Mode Records disc devoted to the work of English composer Frank Denyer.

Published on 1 April 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Robbie Hannan

Robbie Hannan

The TempestNa Píobairí Uileann (NPU CD 016) This album from Belfast-born uilleann piper Robbie Hannan is the third in The Ace and Deuce of Piping series of recordings, the first two being by Eliot Grasso and Emmett Gill.

Published on 1 April 2009

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Recorded: Seóirse Bodley

Recorded: Seóirse Bodley

RTÉ Lyric FM CD121The third volume in RTÉ’s Composers of Ireland series turns the spotlight on Seóirse Bodley with three works drawn from separate performances at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in June 2001 (A small white cloud...

Published on 1 April 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Recorded: The NMC Songbook

Recorded: The NMC Songbook

Recorded: The NMC Songbook

Various artistsThe NMC SongbookNMC D150For a label that was set up with the decidedly recherché aim of celebrating contemporary British music (an aspiration whose reach was happily extended to encompass living Irish composers) and whose nam

Published on 1 April 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.