Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

A Song for Somebody
Musical relevance will take care of itself.
A More Beautiful Game
Where football and music meet
What Frank Says About Music
Lenny Abrahamson's film takes a power-hose to lingering myths about music.
The Wood from the Trees
How musicians can influence the future of the planet.
Little Room, Great Significance
The new diversity in our musical life is countercultural.
The Spirit of Robert Ashley
By how much would we rethink our way of making music?
Chaos is My Friend
When life doesn’t follow the stats
Small is Beautiful, Too
Let's change arts funding – and consider the little guy.
We (Still) Need a New Way of Speaking About Music
Let the nature of the music set the terms of how we discuss it.
Whisper City
Ahead of the premiere of a new work for singer Eimear Quinn, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, composer Emma O'Halloran talks about the holy grail of composing, city life and where to begin when writing for orchestra.
Release of Strings, Tension & Flight
Recordings of recent work by Irish composer Enda Bates are being released during a CMC Salon event at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Wednesday, 25 April.
New Mbira Academy Launched
Based in Dartington College, Devon, the Mhararano Mbira Academy will run courses in the mbira, an African instrument consisting of metal keys mounted on a wooden soundboard.
Your History Cannot Be Found
What if all of music history were wiped out by an overcautious internet hosting company, and we had to start again from the beginning?
Ties that Bind
A rootless generation needs an updated idea of folk music, by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
Setting Radio Free
The digital medium will set radio free, but will it change the essence of radio, asks Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
Like Smoke
The Orchestra of St Cecilia’s ten-year series of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas culminated this year. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly reflects on their allure.
Dirty Projectors / Tune Yards
Dirty Projectors / Tune Yards
Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly (piano), Nadia Sirota (viola), Helgi Jonsson (trombone, voice), Absolut Fringe Festival, Spiegeltent, Dublin, 6 September 2009
Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Østrem Ossum (sopranos), Arve Henriksen (trumpet) St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Co. Cork1 July 2009I got spectacularly lost on the long drive down to Bantry. Having missed one of the crucial-but-invisible...
Live Reviews: Kraftwerk
Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin13 September 2008There’s a 1982 interview between John Cage and the then young Belgian composer Wim Mertens on UbuWeb. The soft-voiced Cage talks of a Glenn Branca performance the night before:‘I didn't...
Live Reviews: Sligo New Music
Amstel Saxophone Quartet, Maria McGarry (piano), Cathal Roche (saxophone). Various venues, Sligo. 20 September 2008
Stargazers
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly gives an insider’s view of the Irish Composers’ Collective.
Be Careful of the Mark You Make
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly talks to Paul G. Smyth, improvising pianist and keyboard player with The Jimmy Cake.
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk, Co. Louth14 February 2008The old joke, of course, is that you wait forever for a bus and then two come along at once. While the contagious euphoria channeled by festivals is energising, fatigue permeates the aftermath....
Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth
Daghdha Space, Limerick3 November 2007Chris Abrahams’ hands rest silently on the piano keys, hesitate, reconsider, retreat. A second attempt to begin reveals a single tone, repeated with a silver care, racing ahead and pulling back. Drummer Tony...
Arvo Pärt, Kanon PokajanenSt. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 23 September 2007It took considerable daring for Galway-based chamber choir Cois Cladaigh to bring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to Ireland. It’s a project that intimates...
Sligo New Music Festival 2007 · Contemporary Music from Spain
A review of Ross W. Duffin's new book on tuning, How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and why you should care).
John Field Room, NCH27 November 2006Leaving The National Concert Hall, it took some time for the bemusingly warm sentiment to fade. If nothing else, the packed John Field room had been witness to a bizarre flurry of goodwill, most evident in Michael Holohan...
It was good to see that the Crash Ensemble hasn’t lost their rogue spirit as resident ensemble to the O’Reilly Theatre on Denmark Street. Indeed, they seemed to relish...