January/February 2005

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Redefining 'Irish Music' in America: Making the Case for Irish Classical Music

Fed up with the international notion of ‘Irish Music’ as simply ‘Irish traditional music’, musicologist Axel Klein travelled from Bonn to the USA last October to try and change some American minds. He tells JMI readers how he fared.

Published on 1 January 2005

From 2RN to International Meta-Community: Irish National Radio and Traditional Music

From 2RN to International Meta-Community: Irish National Radio and Traditional Music

From 2RN to International Meta-Community: Irish National Radio and Traditional Music

Selecting from such a rich body of music and song, and imposing an order on what is by nature chaotic, broadcasters of traditional music have always presented a varied cavalcade of programmes and performers.

Published on 1 January 2005

Nicholas Carolan is Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Letters: What was Modernism?

Letters: What was Modernism?

Dear Editor,Patrick Zuk clearly wishes that modernism had never happened, and hence is unable to imagine that it might still be a living presence – hence the wishful thinking implied by the past tense in his title.

Published on 1 January 2005

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.

Editorial: Intellectual Enterprise

Editorial: Intellectual Enterprise

Without giving away too much, one point raised in Axel Klein’s travelogue of his recent (and most enterprising) trip to the US can be commented upon here. Mr Klein suggests that it is ‘Irish people’ (and not he – who is German and based...

Published on 1 January 2005

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