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Grappling with Diversity Grappling with Diversity John McLachlan Music critic Tim Rutherford-Johnson's new book on modern composition since 1989 covers a massively broad range of creative musical approaches and techniques, writes John McLachlan, and will inspire a new generation.
Goodbye to the Storytellers Goodbye to the Storytellers Toner Quinn Johnny Óg Connolly's new song cycle for Liam Ó Maonlaí captured a range of atmospheres, from mystery to melancholy, writes Toner Quinn.
McHale's Skilful Shaping McHale's Skilful Shaping Adrian Smith In his new recordings of Field and Hammond, Michael McHale always has the larger structural goals in view, writes Adrian Smith.
The Art Space: 5 Years of The House Presents The Art Space: 5 Years of The House Presents Anna Murray Five years old this June, The House Presents, a salon-style monthly evening in Dublin's north inner city, is all about drawing out the art that is already around us, writes Anna Murray.
The Past Inside the Present: The Ergodos Exploration of Time The Past Inside the Present: The Ergodos Exploration of Time Liam Cagney The Ergodos aesthetic has been remarkably consistent over the years, writes Liam Cagney, yet four recent albums by composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, David Collier and Simon O'Connor, and singer Michelle O'Rourke, are an undoubted maturation of the label's vision.
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.
The Classical Music Establishment Strikes Back The Classical Music Establishment Strikes Back Toner Quinn Michael Dervan's new book, 'The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016', is, like the Composing the Island festival last September, an attempt at addressing the ‘invisibility of composers in Irish life’ – but not all composers, writes Toner Quinn.
Our Many Possible Selves in Music Our Many Possible Selves in Music Gwen Moore What are the philosophy and aims that make Music Generation different? A new report shows how the programme goes beyond simply training future musicians to contributing to the holistic development of children and young people, writes Gwen Moore.
From the Editor: Irish Musicians, Do Not Normalise This Hatred From the Editor: Irish Musicians, Do Not Normalise This Hatred Toner Quinn A line has been crossed. Will Irish musicians and composers participate in the new US regime?

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