March/April 2005

Editorial: Outward Looking

Editorial: Outward Looking

Gerry Godley’s article on the common ground that traditional musicians and jazz musicians share reminds me again that there is an extraordinary amount of music out there that I don’t make enough time to seek out and listen to.

Published on 1 March 2005

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

Turtles All the Way Down: The Axial Role of Improvisation in Music

Turtles All the Way Down: The Axial Role of Improvisation in Music

Is there a connection between improvisation in music-making and the exploratory babbling of an infant? Why is improvisation more often than not group-based rather than solo? Why are improvisational musical therapies so successful?

Published on 1 March 2005

Cyprian Love is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick. He is an organist and has recorded the Abbey organ on several CDs, including, most recently, some improvisations on Biscantorat: Sound of the Spirit from Glenstal Abbey (HBCD0038). He has also contributed organ playing to a number of RTÉ broadcasts of the Abbey liturgy. He teaches liturgical studies and various aspects of theology on newly established degree courses at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Music and Poetry

Music and Poetry

On the meeting of music and words in In the Ranelagh Gardens, the collaborative project of poet Macdara Woods and composer Benjamin Dwyer.

Published on 1 March 2005

John McLachlan is a composer and member of Aosdána. www.johnmclachlan.info

Jazz Musicians are from Mars, Traditional Musicians are from Venus

Jazz Musicians are from Mars, Traditional Musicians are from Venus

Throughout the world – from Brazil to Scandinavia – jazz andtraditional musicians are collaborating with exhilirating results.Irish musicians, however, have been slow to grasp the nettle.

Published on 1 March 2005

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.  

An Appeal to Musicians to Rise Up Against the Neo-Liberal Order

An Appeal to Musicians to Rise Up Against the Neo-Liberal Order

Five companies have taken over vertical and horizontal control of almost every aspect of the music industry, controlling virtually every known label, most of the major distribution companies and much of copyrighted music.

Published on 1 March 2005

Dr Kieran Allen is a lecturer in sociology in UCD and the author of The Celtic Tiger: The Myth of Social Partnership (Manchester University Press, 2000).