Articles

'You Know My Music!'
The recent RTÉ Lyric FM three-part radio series on contemporary Irish music had honesty and many good stories, writes Dónal Sarsfield.
Grappling with Diversity
Music critic Tim Rutherford-Johnson's new book on modern composition since 1989 covers a massively broad range of creative musical approaches and techniques, writes John McLachlan, and will inspire a new generation.
The Art Space: 5 Years of The House Presents
Five years old this June, The House Presents, a salon-style monthly evening in Dublin's north inner city, is all about drawing out the art that is already around us, writes Anna Murray.
The Classical Music Establishment Strikes Back
Michael Dervan's new book, 'The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016', is, like the Composing the Island festival last September, an attempt at addressing the ‘invisibility of composers in Irish life’ – but not all composers, writes Toner Quinn.
Our Many Possible Selves in Music
What are the philosophy and aims that make Music Generation different? A new report shows how the programme goes beyond simply training future musicians to contributing to the holistic development of children and young people, writes Gwen Moore.
From the Editor: Irish Musicians, Do Not Normalise This Hatred
A line has been crossed. Will Irish musicians and composers participate in the new US regime?
Power in Numbers: Ways Forward for Musical Communities
In every city, town and village, music groups have a powerful impact within communities, but, asks Ailbhe Kenny, do these groups get the recognition they deserve, and how can state policy support them better?
Louis the First
Trailblazer and standard setter – with Louis Stewart's passing in August, Irish jazz has lost its most iconic figure, writes Ronan Guilfoyle.
From Bleeps and Bloops to the Epic Theme: The Rise of Video Game Music
Ahead of this weekend’s 2nd Dublin International Games Music Festival, iDIGmusicFest (29 April– 1 May), composer, conductor and festival founder Eimear Noone explores the extraordinary rise of video game music.
Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote?
The Journal of Music looks at what the parties are promising for music.