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'How to organise, how to build, how to express': An Interview with Kaija Saariaho 'How to organise, how to build, how to express': An Interview with Kaija Saariaho Ahead of the performances of her work at New Music Dublin 2019, composer Kaija Saariaho speaks to The Journal of Music about the starting points for her work, writing her renowned concerto, 'Graal théâtre', and creating music with a strong identity.
Looking for a Link Among Irish Composers Looking for a Link Among Irish Composers Tim Diovanni Tim Diovanni reviews a concert of works by Stanford, Buckley and Boyle performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – a rare and interesting mix, but did it work?
'Irish history... [is] so apt for what's happening now': An Interview with Lauren Kinsella 'Irish history... [is] so apt for what's happening now': An Interview with Lauren Kinsella Ahead of the premiere of 'Famished' with poet Cherry Smyth and composer Ed Bennett, singer and composer Lauren Kinsella speaks to The Journal of Music about improvisation, contemporary social crises and the stage as a space for conversations.
A Voice for Dark Nights A Voice for Dark Nights Anna Murray Lankum singer Radie Peat's solo performances revolve around the dark spectrum of folk music. Anna Murray reviews her recent set at Temple Bar TradFest.
Last Songs and Final Fugues Last Songs and Final Fugues Jake Morgan Music for Galway's Midwinter Festival explored a range of works written at the end of composers' lives. Jake Morgan reviews performances from Finghin Collins, ConTempo Quartet, Ailish Tynan and more.
When Everything Breathes: An Interview with Peter Broderick When Everything Breathes: An Interview with Peter Broderick Composer, singer, violinist, pianist, Peter Broderick draws on many strands for his music, his work connecting with audiences across the world. Currently living in Galway, Broderick spoke to The Journal of Music about his compositions and lyrics, his musical background in Oregon and the impact of the internet on his career.
More to Unite Than Divide More to Unite Than Divide Adrian Smith The latest concert in the Female Composers Series at the NCH featured works by composers of the Belle Époque – from Lili Boulanger to Mélanie Bonis – illuminating our understanding of the music of the period, writes Adrian Smith.
‘What you say when you look at the world’: An Interview with Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch of Lankum ‘What you say when you look at the world’: An Interview with Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch of Lankum Behind Lankum's politically aware folk is a subtle mix of influences. After a major year for the band, and ahead of a European tour, Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch speak to The Journal of Music about the punk ethos, the importance of sessions and their evolving musical interests.
New Voices Singing Women's Stories New Voices Singing Women's Stories Brendan Finan Last week, the RIAM presented an Irish opera premiere and TU Dublin Conservatoire presented a Baroque opera double bill, featuring a range of emerging artists. Brendan Finan reviews.
The End and the Beginning The End and the Beginning Ian Bascombe Cormac Breatnach's 'The Whistle Blower' tour and album, featuring Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish, is both an act of healing as well as a challenging musical offering. Ian Bascombe reviews the performance at Glór.

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