September/October 2007

Interview with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – ‘…what happens when you stop playing tunes…’

Interview with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – ‘…what happens when you stop playing tunes…’

Interview with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – ‘…what happens when you stop playing tunes…’

From Rathfarnam in County Dublin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a fiddle player, whistle player and uilleann piper.

Published on 1 September 2007

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

CD Reviews: Somadrone

CD Reviews: Somadrone

Of Pattern and PurposeTrust Me I’m a Thief Neil O’Connor has been very active in the Irish music scene over the last decade or so: he started in the 90s as a member of Loretta, then played with indie-popsters Palomine, but is probably best

Published on 1 September 2007

Paul Watts is a DJ, promoter and radio host. He lectures in theoretical physics at UCD.

CD Reviews: Catherine Leonard, Hugh Tinney

CD Reviews: Catherine Leonard, Hugh Tinney

Beethoven Sonatas – ‘Spring’, Op 24; ‘Kreutzer’, Op 47. Rondo in G, WOO41. Kreisler, Rondino on a Theme of BeethovenRTÉ Lyric FM CD111To say that Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney make the mighty Kreutzer Sonata sound easy...

Published on 1 September 2007

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

Nuance

Nuance

Composer John McLachlan argues that there is a sixth musical parameter which never gets mentioned in musicology or theory

Published on 1 September 2007

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

Laughing at the Chaos: György Ligeti (1923-2006)

Laughing at the Chaos: György Ligeti (1923-2006)

This November, a festival dedicated to the music of György Ligeti, one of the giants of twentieth-century composition, takes place in Dublin.

Published on 1 September 2007

Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and composer and the author of 'Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland'. He is Professor of Music at Middlesex University's School of Media and Performing Arts.

On Fatwahs and Compressed Frequencies

On Fatwahs and Compressed Frequencies

Composer Raymond Deane picks through notions of musical elitism, popular and classical music crossover and what composers ‘should’ and ‘must’ do…

Published on 1 September 2007

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...'.

Letters: The Meaning of Minimalism

Letters: The Meaning of Minimalism

Eric Sweeney, Waterford, writes: John McLachlan’s article on the future of minimalism (‘The Life of Riley’, July–Aug 2007) raises a number of interesting points and the time is surely ripe to assess what Steve Martland has provocatively...

Published on 1 September 2007

Eric Sweeney is Head of Music at Waterford Institute of Technology where he lectures mainly in composition and contemporary music. As well as being a composer he is active as a conductor and organist.

Letters: Traditional Music and the Arts Council

Letters: Traditional Music and the Arts Council

Dermot McLaughlin replies:Joy Fitzgerald’s point is one that I anticipated in response to my ‘In Safe Hands?’ article and it’s a point that she could/should have made at the time of publication of my ‘Road Map’ article (Nov-Dec...

Published on 1 September 2007

Dermot McLaughlin is a fiddle player and currently Chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Letters: Irish Musical Culture / RTÉ LMF

Letters: Irish Musical Culture / RTÉ LMF

Barra Ó Séaghdha, Dublin, writes: Having complained so much about the poverty of debate on cultural matters in Ireland, I must thank Leith Davis, Ronan Guilfoyle and Barra Boydell for having taken the trouble to respond to recent articles o

Published on 1 September 2007

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

Live Reviews: Glenn Branca - Symphony No. 13

Live Reviews: Glenn Branca - Symphony No. 13

Grand Canal Dock, Docklands, Dublin15 July 2007Glenn Branca’s heavyweight Symphony No. 13: Hallucination City rounded off the ambitious Analog Festival, a weekend of free music staged in the open at Dublin’s redeveloped Grand Canal Square.

Published on 1 September 2007

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

Live Reviews: John Williams, Masahiro Nitta and Dean Magraw

Live Reviews: John Williams, Masahiro Nitta and Dean Magraw

National Concert Hall, Dublin14 June 2007Billed as ‘Dynamic Japanese Tsugaru Shamisen Meets Ireland’, this intriguing concert was organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and I

Published on 1 September 2007

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

CD Reviews: Nuala Kennedy

CD Reviews: Nuala Kennedy

The New ShoesCompass Records 744522Nuala Kennedy is a Co. Louth born flute, whistle player and singer who has spent all of her mature and professional musical life in Scotland.

Published on 1 September 2007

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

Notes

Notes

Music Appointments at the Arts CouncilThere have been two recent music appointments in the Arts Council. Rosemary Collier has been appointed as Head of Music and Opera, while Paul Flynn has been appointed Head of Traditional Arts.

Published on 1 September 2007

Editorial: Music Out There

Editorial: Music Out There

The interview with fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in this issue raises the issue of experimentation in traditional music, and it is coincidental that the Contemporary Music Centre has just commissioned a study ‘on the feasibility...

Published on 1 September 2007

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