New Music Dublin 2018 Defrosted
When the snow swept across the country at the beginning of March 2018, Ireland’s foremost festival of new music quickly became one of its many victims and was cancelled.
Not to be deterred, the festival will be remounted in a condensed form on 21-23 September 2018 in the National Concert Hall. New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted will open with two free events on Culture Night – Composers in the Classroom and From There to Hear with the RTÉ Contempo Quartet and DJ Dave Kerr, and continue with a packed schedule of the best of Irish and international new music.
Highlights include Continental Drift, a concert that celebrates two celebrated contemporary composers: the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will perform Unsuk Chin’s Šu – for sheng and orchestra with virtuoso Wu Wei – and the world premiere of Kevin Volans’ Gol Na mBan San Ár – for uilleann pipes and orchestra, with David Power, on 22 September 2018 at 7.30pm.
The festival has also rescheduled a concert by Sir James McMillan who will conduct the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland in his monumental Stabat Mater.
Also included in the festival will be a two hour lock-in concert with pianist Simon Smith who will perform Stockhausen’s last piano composition Natural Durations. There will be a late-night concert of music from Garth Knox and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s recent highly acclaimed album All Soundings Are True – a rare chance to experience the beauty of Ó Raghallaigh’s hardanger d’amore and Knox’s viola d’amore as they explore the frontiers of traditional music.
Those that want a hands-on experience should book the family into All Aboard Concorde, or bring their instruments and enthusiasm along to The Totally Made-Up Orchestra, both on Saturday 22nd September. And for those who like their new music outside the confines of the concert hall, join Ergodos on a mystery music trail around the city.
Supported by the National Concert Hall, RTÉ and The Arts Council.
Saturday, 22 September
1pm: All Aboard Concorde
2pm: The Totally Made-Up Orchestra
7.30pm: Continential Drift – RTÉ NSO perform Unsuk Chin’s Šu and Kevin Volans’s Gol Na mBan San Ár
9.30pm: Garth Knox and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh
Published on 23 August 2018