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Music for a Dis-Uniting Kingdom? Music for a Dis-Uniting Kingdom? Christopher Fox The UK is bursting with ideas in new music, writes Christopher Fox, but what are the current trends telling us?
The Manufacture of Irish Traditional Music The Manufacture of Irish Traditional Music Niall Keegan Is Irish traditional music a newly constructed music – manufactured for the needs of an island going through traumatic upheaval? Niall Keegan discusses Martin Dowling's new collection of essays, 'Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives'.
The Changing Colours of Kaleidoscope The Changing Colours of Kaleidoscope Anna Murray For six years, the Kaleidoscope night has encapsulated the energy and community of the Dublin new music scene. As the curators embark on some new ideas, Anna Murray explores the event's allure.
A Way In to India A Way In to India Matthew Noone How can musicians from other cultures find a way in to Indian music? That was the challenge that faced Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Matthew Noone when they recently travelled to India for a series of performances.
The End (and the Beginning) of the Experimental Music Festival The End (and the Beginning) of the Experimental Music Festival Toner Quinn Far from 'anything goes', programming a festival of experimental music may be the most difficult type of all. With a new artistic director, the Borealis festival in Bergen, Norway, seized the challenge, writes Toner Quinn.
If You’re Not a Minimalist, What are You? If You’re Not a Minimalist, What are You? Garrett Sholdice Philip Glass' recently published memoir is a new lens on the American composer, writes Garrett Sholdice.
The MacGregor Adventure The MacGregor Adventure John McLachlan There is arguably less adventure in classical music recitals today than at the time of Liszt, but not in the case of Joanna MacGregor, writes John McLachlan.
This Glorious Instrument This Glorious Instrument Dermot McLaughlin A new work by Dónal Dineen, 'The Pipes, The Pipes', combines three uilleann pipers with live art. Dermot McLaughlin attended a recent performance in Dublin.
The Meeting of Known and Unknown The Meeting of Known and Unknown Michael Quinn Four recent solo recordings by Kate Ellis, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Cora Venus Lunny and Adrian Hart point to new dialogues in Irish music.
Who Will Invest in Irish Music? Who Will Invest in Irish Music? Toner Quinn The next steps for the Irish music industry require 'strong leadership', says a new report, but where will it come from?

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