Criticism

Live Reviews: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: James Tenney Retrospective Live Reviews: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: James Tenney Retrospective Garrett Sholdice Quatuor Bozzini; Rick Sacks (percussion), Eve Egoyan (piano), Miriam Shalinsky (double bass), local instrumentalistsHuddersfield, Yorkshire24–26 November 2008Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s James Tenney retrospective was the largest...
Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Free State III / World View UK Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Free State III / World View UK Barra Ó Séaghdha Crash Ensemble, Darragh Morgan (violin), Alan Pierson (conductor)O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin27–28 November 2008Now well over ten years old, the Crash Ensemble has become a fixture of the new music scene in Ireland. It is unclear as yet whether a reconfigured...
CD Reviews: Trihornophone CD Reviews: Trihornophone Kevin Stevens Breathing TimeDiatribe DIACD004 Since forming in Dublin four years ago, the lively, progressive quartet Trihornophone has been intriguing audiences with improvised music that is playful, open, and always fresh. With Breathing Time, their second album,...
CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon Adrian Scahill Turning the TuneCló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 166One of a select number of traditional composers whose corpus of tunes enjoys a wide currency among musicians, and a highly-respected fiddler and piano accompanist in his own right, Charlie Lennon’s new...
CD Reviews: Margaret Burke Sheridan CD Reviews: Margaret Burke Sheridan Michael Quinn Un Bel Di…RTÉ lyric fm CD118This tribute to the County Mayo-born soprano Margaret Burke Sheridan has been released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of her death, although its appearance chimes poignantly with the death in September of the only...
CD Reviews: Organics CD Reviews: Organics Kevin Stevens Liquid SunshineLiving Room Project LRP 003The Hammond organ has a venerable jazz history. After its invention in 1934, its widespread adoption by African-American churches gave it rich, gospel overtones that carried into jazz and R&B in the 50s and...
CD Reviews: Balfe CD Reviews: Balfe Michael Quinn Shakespeare’s vainglorious corpulent knight Falstaff has proved an irresistible lure to composers over the centuries. Salieri, Mozart, Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams and, most memorably, Verdi, have all set the...
CD Reviews: Neill Lyons CD Reviews: Neill Lyons Rory McCabe Skins & SinsLyonsie Records NCLD001The life of a bodhrán player can be a lonely one: constantly searching for a musical partner; often maligned by instrumental prejudice; without session civil-rights; without much of a recorded history or...
Live Reviews: Keith Jarrett Live Reviews: Keith Jarrett Dónal Sarsfield Royal Festival Hall, London1 December 2008Euphoric applause greeted Keith Jarrett as he slowly ambled his way towards the spotlit Steinway. He bowed politely, hands together and just about raised a smile when an ardent admirer shouted ‘I LUV YOU KEITH!’,...
Live Reviews: Dublin Electronic Arts Festival Live Reviews: Dublin Electronic Arts Festival Rob Casey Various venues, Dublin23–26 October 2008Electronic noise: either you view it as an irritating addendum to the intended functions of analogue technologies, or you take your lead from today’s sound artists and technophiles and celebrate it as equal...

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