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.
The MacGregor Adventure
There is arguably less adventure in classical music recitals today than at the time of Liszt, but not in the case of Joanna MacGregor, writes John McLachlan.
This Glorious Instrument
A new work by Dónal Dineen, 'The Pipes, The Pipes', combines three uilleann pipers with live art. Dermot McLaughlin attended a recent performance in Dublin.
The Meeting of Known and Unknown
Four recent solo recordings by Kate Ellis, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Cora Venus Lunny and Adrian Hart point to new dialogues in Irish music.
Exploring Irish Harp Traditions
The harp has been intimately bound up with notions of Irish identity for centuries, but how did this develop? Siobhán Armstrong reviews a new book that fills in some of the gaps in Ireland’s harp history.
The What and the Wow of Building a New Music Festival
The latest iteration of the New Music Dublin festival attracted good audiences, writes Anna Murray, but at what artistic cost?
Who Will Invest in Irish Music?
The next steps for the Irish music industry require 'strong leadership', says a new report, but where will it come from?
Dark Side of the Boom: Music and the Generation Game
Like a canary in a coal mine, the music industry has collapsed just before Wall Street, twice in one century. Gareth Murphy explores the eerie parallels – and what could come next.