July/August 2008

Live Reviews: Phill Niblock

Live Reviews: Phill Niblock

Crash Ensemble, Trio Scordatura, Susan Stenger (flute)Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin23 April 2008This concert of music by Phill Niblock – the ‘forgotten minimalist’ – had the feel of a ‘happening’, spread out over the four...

Published on 1 July 2008

Seán Ó Máille is a freelance critic, photographer and full-time secondary teacher in Dublin.

Live Reviews: Folk From Here

Live Reviews: Folk From Here

Live Reviews: Folk From Here

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, England7 May 2008Folk From Here is a programme of music composed for the specially-formed ensemble of Kuljit Bhamra (tabla/percussion) and Jonathan Mayer (sitar), both eminent performers of Indian classica

Published on 1 July 2008

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

CD Reviews: Geraldine Bradley

CD Reviews: Geraldine Bradley

CD Reviews: Geraldine Bradley

From the Rising Spring – Cloch FhuaráinCoolnacran Records 001One has to admire a singer who is willing to take chances.

Published on 1 July 2008

Ciarán Ó Con Cheanainn (1981–2009) was a traditional singer from Saile Thúna, An Spidéal, in the Connemara Gaeltacht. He won Corn Uí Riada, the premier prize for sean-nós singing, at the Oireachtas in November 2008, the youngest ever singer to do so. He lectured in Modern Irish in UCD.

CD Reviews: Cormac Kenevey

CD Reviews: Cormac Kenevey

CD Reviews: Cormac Kenevey

The Art of DreamingCandid Records, CCD 79853Cormac Kenevey has been busy this year: a slew of Irish gigs, a pair of nights at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho, radio and television appearances, and album launches in Dublin, London and

Published on 1 July 2008

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

The Bohemian Life

The Bohemian Life

The Bohemian Life

Bernadette Greevy reads a new book on nineteenth-century Irish-born composer, Michael Balfe.

Published on 1 July 2008

Bernadette Greevy (1940–2008) was an international classical singer who performed on all five continents with great success and was Founder/Artistic Director of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival.

Finding New Musical Passages

Finding New Musical Passages

Finding New Musical Passages

In a new series of columns, Peter Rosser writes on changes in the music scene in Northern Irelad

Published on 1 July 2008

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.

Live Reviews: Dave Binney Quartet

Live Reviews: Dave Binney Quartet

Dave Binney (alto saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano), Scott Colley (bass), Brian Blade (drums)Whelan’s, Dublin 12 May 2008 Over the last few months, music fans here have been treated to a steady flow of visiting artists who, in one way or ano

Published on 1 July 2008

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

Live Reviews: Tarab

Live Reviews: Tarab

Francesco Turrisi (piano), Gabrielle Mirabassi (clarinet), Roman Bunka (oud), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Bijan Chemirani (percussion)National Concert Hall, Dublin24 April 2008Two Italians, a German, an Irishman and a Franco-Iranian (or Irano-F

Published on 1 July 2008

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

The Telephone Reel

The Telephone Reel

The Telephone Reel

In his latest column, Ciaran Carson considers the mix that makes the session

Published on 1 July 2008

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.

Notes

Notes

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Published on 1 July 2008