September/October 2008

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

Bob Gilmore interviews leading young composer Linda Buckley who divides her time between Berlin and Dublin.

Published on 1 September 2008

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.

His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarityand 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. 

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

Northword: Here Be Monsters

Northword: Here Be Monsters

Northword: Here Be Monsters

Peter Rosser looks at a new model for music production hatching in Northern Ireland.

Published on 1 September 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 Journal of Music, The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

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

The Small Back Room

The Small Back Room

The Small Back Room

Ciaran Carson on the ideal space for playing traditional music.

Published on 1 September 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.

Online Radio Guide

Online Radio Guide

Classical/EarlyCD Review – Andrew McGregor, Sat, 9am, bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection – Sarah Walker, Mon–Fri, 10am, bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollectionComposer of the Week – Donal Macleod, Mon–Fri, 12pm, bbc.co.uk/radio3/co

Published on 1 September 2008

Notes

Notes

Notes

Islands Tour; The Reel Deal; The West Awake; Free State IV; Globalising Irish Music – Podcast by Bill Whelan; DEAF; Creative Spaces; Béal Tuinne and Conal Ó Gráda at the Cork Folk Festival; Eliza Carthy in Enniskillen; Seán Ó Riada Memorial

Published on 1 September 2008

Live Reviews: Benjamin Dwyer: Twelve Études

Live Reviews: Benjamin Dwyer: Twelve Études

Live Reviews: Benjamin Dwyer: Twelve Études

Benjamin Dwyer, (guitar)Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin8 June 2008Despite the supreme efforts of Chopin and Ligeti, the term ‘étude’ may still put the reader in mind of the Czerny and Hanon piano exercises that have, since their inception,...

Published on 1 September 2008

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

Live Reviews: National Chamber Choir

Live Reviews: National Chamber Choir

National Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier (conductor)Harty Room, Queen’s University, Belfast11 June 2008Faced routinely with the deepest sentiments, sacred and profane, where do singers position themselves emotionally?

Published on 1 September 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 Journal of Music, The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

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

CD Reviews: Armagh Pipers Club

CD Reviews: Armagh Pipers Club

CD Reviews: Armagh Pipers Club

40th Anniversary AlbumWKPFCD002 The Armagh Pipers Club, founded in 1966, is one of the great modern institutions of the Irish traditional music world.

Published on 1 September 2008

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

CD Reviews: Yurodny

CD Reviews: Yurodny

CD Reviews: Yurodny

Odd SetDiatribe Recordings DIACD002For pointers, geographical as well as musical, to the where, what, why and how of Yurodny, take yourself to its MySpace page and scroll down to see who has signed up as a friend of the ever-changing Dublin

Published on 1 September 2008

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

CD Reviews: Ian Wilson

CD Reviews: Ian Wilson

CD Reviews: Ian Wilson

TundraLimb from Limb Records LFL 001Ian Wilson is surely one of the busiest of Irish composers at the moment – and one of the most diverse and wide-ranging.

Published on 1 September 2008

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

CD Reviews: Frank Cassidy

CD Reviews: Frank Cassidy

CD Reviews: Frank Cassidy

Nil gar ann! – Traditional Fiddle Music from Donegal – Played by Frank Cassidy (and in duet with John Doherty)Cairdeas na bhFídléirí CNF005This CD of a legendary fiddler is part of a modern obsession with historical recordings...

Published on 1 September 2008

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

CD Reviews: Bill Whelan

CD Reviews: Bill Whelan

CD Reviews: Bill Whelan

The Connemara SuiteCloonisle Records TARACD 4021In the last issue of JMI, Bill Whelan spoke candidly about the vertiginous experience of finding himself at the centre of Riverdance, the interval-filling distraction turned international phen

Published on 1 September 2008

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

CD Reviews: Métier

CD Reviews: Métier

CD Reviews: Métier

CascadeImprovised Music Company The release of Cascade is an important event, not just because of the quality of the music, which I’ll get to in a moment, but also for the circumstances of its origin and production.

Published on 1 September 2008

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