Articles

A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label
The RTÉ Lyric FM label, established over a decade ago, has now released over forty recordings. Garrett Sholdice listens to the latest six – and considers the 'visibility mission' for Irish music that the label is engaged in.
James Wilson's Inexplicable Decision
What was behind composer James Wilson's decision to come to Ireland? Mark Fitzgerald's new book, reviewed by Benjamin Dwyer, explores this and other questions.
Why We Need a Traditional Music Infrastructure
The world of the professional traditional musician appears to be contracting, writes Toner Quinn.
Boulez is Alive
Boulez is alive, writes John McLachlan, but who is engaging with his work?
Music for a Dis-Uniting Kingdom?
The UK is bursting with ideas in new music, writes Christopher Fox, but what are the current trends telling us?
The Manufacture of Irish Traditional Music
Is Irish traditional music a newly constructed music – manufactured for the needs of an island going through traumatic upheaval? Niall Keegan discusses Martin Dowling's new collection of essays, 'Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives'.
The Changing Colours of Kaleidoscope
For six years, the Kaleidoscope night has encapsulated the energy and community of the Dublin new music scene. As the curators embark on some new ideas, Anna Murray explores the event's allure.
A Way In to India
How can musicians from other cultures find a way in to Indian music? That was the challenge that faced Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Matthew Noone when they recently travelled to India for a series of performances.
The End (and the Beginning) of the Experimental Music Festival
Far from 'anything goes', programming a festival of experimental music may be the most difficult type of all. With a new artistic director, the Borealis festival in Bergen, Norway, seized the challenge, writes Toner Quinn.
If You’re Not a Minimalist, What are You?
Philip Glass' recently published memoir is a new lens on the American composer, writes Garrett Sholdice.