Criticism

Crash's Free State: Freedom and Responsibility Crash's Free State: Freedom and Responsibility John McLachlan John McLachlan attends Crash Ensemble's 9th 'Free State' concert, which offered a range of work from emerging Irish composers.
Diatribe Live: M.C. Schmidt/Jennifer Walshe/Nick Roth Diatribe Live: M.C. Schmidt/Jennifer Walshe/Nick Roth John McLachlan A night of improvised music hosted by the Diatribe label was experiential, experimental and more, writes John McLachlan.
Piano Concerto by Gerald Barry Piano Concerto by Gerald Barry Anna Murray Gerald Barry describes his new Piano Concerto as like a ‘play or opera’, with the relationship between piano and orchestra not what you would expect. Anna Murray attended the Irish premiere.
Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer Toner Quinn Ensemble Ériu, a group that combines traditional, jazz and contemporary music, recently toured their new six-part suite 'Stargazer'. Toner Quinn attended the opening performance in Galway.
The Master's Return The Master's Return Dermot McLaughlin Frankie Gavin and Malachy Bourke's fiddle tribute to Paddy Killoran is not just about what the Sligo émigré played, but how he played, writes Dermot McLaughlin.
The Last Hotel The Last Hotel Dónal Sarsfield Dónal Sarsfield reviews 'The Last Hotel' at the Dublin Theatre Festival on 27 September.
Big Book, Small Back Room Big Book, Small Back Room Ciaran Carson Reading the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Ciaran Carson reflects on the many ways traditional music has changed in recent decades, but also how much it has stayed the same.
Ályth McCormack and Tríona Marshall, Red & Gold Ályth McCormack and Tríona Marshall, Red & Gold Paul O'Connor Is the mixture of traditions brought together on Ályth McCormack and Tríona Marshall's 'Red & Gold' album as sparkling and radiant as its cover and title propose?
Lives Defined in Death Lives Defined in Death Stephen Graham Stephen Graham attends the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's premiere of Seán Clancy's Findetotenlieder and performances of Barry, Grisey and Weir.
Madonna and the Post-Fordist Novelty Complex Madonna and the Post-Fordist Novelty Complex Stephen Graham Madonna's new single seen in light of the tendency she has displayed throughout her career for obsessive pursuit of the new.

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