Can we Separate Music from Musicians?
The career of Chris Brown in the years since he violently assaulted his then girlfriend, Rihanna, provides an instructive illustration both of how difficult and how easy it is to separate an artist's... Read More
Oisín MacDiarmada Clip
The Steeple Sessions continue in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Greenast month featuring a solo from Oisín MacDiarmada of Téada, who played a two-hander with Séamus Begley (who joined Téada in... Read More
Dublin Miniatures
Composer Peter Moran has created a set of simple miniatures for piano that were written in and represent different areas of Dublin. Each piece has accompanying imagery of the area. Having spent some... Read More
Music Advice Column at Village Voice
Jessica Hopper, operating under the name 'Fan Landers', has a fun (if occasionally brusque) new advice column at the Village Voice blog. Dealing in the main with questions from aspiring musicians,... Read More
Don't Blame Dance Culture
Darragh McCausland, in the Irish Times, refutes a recent article by Brian Boyd, in which the author appeared to blame dance music culture violence behaviour, in particular at a Swedish House Mafia... Read More
A Guide to Kaija Saariaho
Tom Service continues his series of introductions to the music of contemporary composers, with an edition dedicated to Finn Kaija Saariaho, whose Laterna Magica will be performed in London at the... Read More
Improvised Music and Musical Aesthetics
Norman Lebrecht is know for his divisive, often conservative views, but he surpassed himself recently with a blog post which lambasted Arts Council England for funding a concert by Supersilent.... Read More
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy In Images
With the Willie Clancy summer school just started, there is possibly no better record of what it's all about than the photographs of Tony Kearns. Since 1992 Kearns has been taking photographs of the... Read More
Deadline Approaching for Arts Council Opera Bursary Award
The deadline for the Irish Arts Council's Opera Bursary Award is this week, on 12 July at 5.30pm. The award is aimed at 'buying time' for composers and performers who wish to develop an area of opera... Read More
'Music' Beyond the Sonic
Blogger Adam Harper has just published his paper, given at the Sonic Radicalism symposium held at the University of East London on 23 May, on notions of musical radicalism beyond the norm, where... Read More