Tigran Hamasyan Patrick Groenland talks to the young virtuoso pianist shortly before a performance in the John Field Room at the NCH
The Teetotallers in Concert Paul O'Connor on the joys of live music as delivered by Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle.
The Internet Single and the Evolution of the Music Industry Stephen Graham discusses the phenomenon of internet releases, and listens to three recent internet singles.
Judging by the Covers Paul O’Connor sees creative expression as well as missed opportunities in some recent traditional music album covers.
Jazz's Focus on Ethnicity Patrick Groenland listens to five recent releases by Tigran Hamasyan, The Unusual History of Ether, Sinikka Langeland, Keith Jarrett and Graham Reynolds.
Without a Core Tradition Three recent recordings of twentieth and twenty-first century Irish orchestral composition reveal a persistent ambition to fuse an Irish musical heritage with European styles of composition.
Solo Without Drive What has happened to the solo in jazz? Two performances in Dublin — by Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble; and Sean Carpio's Wowos — indicated to Patrick Groenland that there might be a trend away from directional solos towards an adjusted approach to group playing.
Performance Redefined The 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival included extreme durations, music with found objects, non-orchestral music for orchestra as well as on-stage boxing and wrestling.
Effecting a Divide This year's Hard Working Class Heroes festival inadvertently made a clear division between better- and lesser-known acts. The result was that some of the most interesting bands struggled to draw an audience, writes Anna Murray.
Mahler Everywhere Was Gustav Mahler the most influential composer of the last 150 years? Two recent books by the journalist and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht claim as much; George Rafael, though, feels the question of Mahler's influence is more personal.