Criticism

A Fractured History for Fractured Arts A Fractured History for Fractured Arts Laura Watson The treatment of music was inconsistent, but RTÉ's 'Altering States' underlines the need for a discourse about music's relationship with the other arts in Ireland, writes Laura Watson.
Raelach's Landscape of New Voices Raelach's Landscape of New Voices Adrian Scahill Three recent recordings from Raelach Records reflect the diversity of the label's interests, writes Adrian Scahill.
A Century of Irish Classics? A Century of Irish Classics? Barra Ó Séaghdha On 7–25 September, the National Concert Hall hosted 'Composing the Island', a major series of concerts spanning one hundred years of Irish classical music. Featuring over 80 composers, 27 concerts, and almost 200 works, Barra Ó Séaghdha explores its achievements as well as the musical questions it raises.
Who's Afraid of Electronic Music? Who's Afraid of Electronic Music? Liam Cagney A new electroacoustic music festival debuted in Dublin in April. Featuring Jennifer Walshe, Lucy Railton, Fergal Dowling and more, it adds an important layer to the country's new music scene, writes Liam Cagney.
Commemorating 1916 By Not Thinking About It Commemorating 1916 By Not Thinking About It Barra Ó Séaghdha As part of Ireland's 1916 commemorative programme, the National Concert Hall hosted a series of seven major concerts 'inspired by the 1916 Proclamation'. But, writes Barra Ó Séaghdha, did the series meaningfully engage with this history, or were they 'arranged with a view to demonstrating our harmlessness to an imaginary outsider'?
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.

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