New Books

New Books

Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand byNicholas Vazsonyi (Cambridge University Press) examines the innovativeways in which Wagner made himself a celebrity, promoting himself usingevery means available: autobiography, jou

Published on 1 February 2010

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders; Daniel Figgis (drums), Cormac Figgis (bass), Roger Doyle (piano), Mark Scully (drums), Colum Jordan (bass), Brian Ó hUiginn (uilleann pipes), Conor Brady (guitar), Symphony Space, New York City, 8 January 2010

Published on 1 February 2010

Andrew Christopher Smith is a composer and pianist living in Brooklyn, New York.

The Master

The Master

The Master

In New York and Dublin in the 1960s, Tony MacMahon lived with, played with and learned from uilleann piper Séamus Ennis.

Published on 1 February 2010

Tony MacMahon is a traditional musician and former television producer in RTÉ, where he produced The Pure Drop, The Green Linnet, Aisling Gheal, The Long Note, The Blackbird and the Bell and many other series. He has made two solo recordings, Tony MacMahon (1972) and MacMahon from Clare (2000), and recorded I gCnoc na Graí (1985) with Noel Hill and Aislingí Ceoil (1994) with Noel Hill and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Ghost Story

Ghost Story

Ghost Story

Arthur Russell, cellist and composer, was born in 1951. In 1973, he moved to New York City and lived in the same East Village apartment for almost twenty years.

Published on 1 February 2010

Tim Lawrence is the author of Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973–92 and Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–79.

The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson

The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson

The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson

Where did it all go right – and wrong – for Michael Jackson, asks Peter Rosser.

Published on 1 February 2010

Peter Rosser (1970–2014) was a composer, writer and music lecturer.

He was born in London and moved to Belfast in 1990, where he studied composition at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music has been performed at the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and by the Crash Ensemble in Dublin.

In 2011 the Arts Council acknowledged his contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland through a Major Individual Artist Award. He used this award to write his Second String Quartet, which was premiered in 2012 by the JACK Quartet at the opening concert at Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC).

Peter Rosser also wrote extensively on a wide range of music genres, with essays published in The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. His articles for The Journal of Music are available here: http://journalofmusic.com/author/peter-rosser

He died following an illness on 24 November 2014, aged 44.

Métier

Métier

Métier

Métier: Michael Buckley (saxophones), Justin Carroll (Fender Rhodes), Joe O’Callaghan (guitar), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Sean Carpio (drums), Cabinteely House, County Dublin, 15 October 2009

Published on 1 December 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

New Books

New Books

New Books

New York cellist and composer Arthur Russell Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973–1992 by Tim Lawrence (Duke University Press) is the first biography of the cellist and composer Arthur Russell, one of th

Published on 1 December 2009

DEAF: Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg)/Chip Shop Music/Paddy Glackin, Emer Mayock & Donal Siggins

DEAF: Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg)/Chip Shop Music/Paddy Glackin, Emer Mayock & Donal Siggins

DEAF: Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg)/Chip Shop Music/Paddy Glackin, Emer Mayock & Donal Siggins

Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg), Button Factory, Dublin, 22 October 2009; Chip Shop Music, Ireland Institute, Dublin, 23 October 2009; Pastures New: Paddy Glackin, Emer Mayock and Donal Siggins, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dubli

Published on 1 December 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

To Copy is to Create

To Copy is to Create

To Copy is to Create

Copyright law is being used to protect outdated business models and is frustrating innovation. Creators should be embracing the freedom of the information age and exploring new opportunities, argues composer Scott McLaughlin

Published on 1 October 2009

Scott McLaughlin is a young Irish composer.

Online Radio

Online Radio

Classical/Early   CD Review Andrew McGregor Sat, 9:00am bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection Sarah Walker Mon–Fri, 10:00am bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollection Composer of the Week Donal Macleod Mon–Fri,...

Published on 1 August 2009

Radar

Radar

Radar

U2 Donate 5M Euro to Music EducationMusic education in Ireland is to benefit from a substantial philanthropic gift of €5 million by U2 along with a further €2 million pledged by the Ireland Funds.

Published on 1 August 2009

Radar

Radar

Radar

Seamus HeaneyHeaney in MusicAs part of a major celebration of Seamus Heaney’s 70th birthday, RTÉ has commissioned composers Rachel Holstead, Kevin O’Connell and Ian Wilson to write short pieces for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet in response...

Published on 1 April 2009

From the Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to the first issue of The Journal of Music.Our philosophy is simple: we look for the bigger picture in musical life, and we ask those at its coal face – musicians, composers and listeners – to write about it.We connect across genres

Published on 1 April 2009

Toner Quinn is founder and publisher of The Journal of Music. www.tonerquinn.com

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Live Reviews: The Necks / Paul G. Smyth

Daghdha Space, Limerick3 November 2007Chris Abrahams’ hands rest silently on the piano keys, hesitate, reconsider, retreat. A second attempt to begin reveals a single tone, repeated with a silver care, racing ahead and pulling back.

Published on 1 January 2008

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. He is Editor of The Journal of Music. schlepperconnolly.com

Live Reviews: Remembering Ligeti Festival

Live Reviews: Remembering Ligeti Festival

Liberty Hall Theatre/NCH, Dublin9-11 November 2007György Ligeti was still alive when Benjamin Dwyer had the idea of dedicating a festival to his work; Ligeti had been dead for over a year when the idea eventually came to fruition.

Published on 1 January 2008

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Live Reviews: DEAF

Live Reviews: DEAF

Various venues, Dublin25-29 October 2007Confucius said: ‘Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.’ After last year’s focus on Ireland, this year’s Dublin Electronic Arts Festival turned its gaze eastwards, its theme being...

Published on 1 January 2008

Seán Ó Máille is a freelance critic, photographer and full-time secondary teacher in Dublin.

Live Reviews: Eliza Carthy

Live Reviews: Eliza Carthy

Spiegeltent, Queen’s University, Belfast21 October 2007The woman who was going to drag English folk music into the twenty-first century was at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in Autumn, but watching the middle-aged and middle-class – that..

Published on 1 January 2008

Robert MacMillan is Irish Language Editor with The Irish News in Belfast.

CD Reviews: Dervish

CD Reviews: Dervish

CD Reviews: Dervish

Travelling ShowWhirling Discs, Whrl 011Although their recent trip to Finland might not have gone as planned, Dervish’s tenth album doesn’t shy away from drawing attention to the importance of travel as a trope within traditional music.

Published on 1 January 2008

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington

The Merry Love to PlayCló Iar-Chonnachta, CICD 167This fine collection, the second collaboration between Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington, is full of high-spirited music making from musicians who, as the title says, clearly have a passion f

Published on 1 January 2008

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary

In the Stillness of TimeCapstone Records CPS-8789A much overdue portrait of Jane O’Leary on disc takes an over-the-shoulder look at work composed during the last decade for a range of chamber-sized combinations, all of which the composer vo

Published on 1 January 2008

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

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