Séamas de Barra reviews a history of music publishing firm Boosey & Hawkes
Christian Curnyn (cond.), Annilese Miskimmon (dir.), William Towers (Orlando), Natasha Jouhl (Angelica), Reno Troilus (Medoro), Mary Hegarty (Dorinda) & Jonathan Best (Zoroastro)The Helix, Dublin29 September 2007Opera Theatre Company’s
Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Emmet Gill, Seán Donnelly & Muireann Nic AmhlaoibhÁras na nGael, Galway29 September 2007Most followers of traditional music, and often the musicians themselves, are unaware of the history of the uilleann or ‘union’.
NCH, Dublin/4 Dame Lane, Dublin28 September 2007Friday 28 September was a big day for Music 21, as this year’s program of events concluded with two radically different concerts.
John Flanagan, Kevin Crawford, Steve Cooney, Martin Hayes, Brian McNamara, Seán Smyth, Oisín MacDiarmada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dennis Cahill Bantry House, Bantry, Co Cork15-19 August 2007Now in its fifth year, the Masters...
Tomasz Stanko (trumpet), Marcin Wasilewski (piano), Slawomir Kurkiewicz (bass) & Michal Miskiewicz (drums)Vicar Street, Dublin18 September 2007Tomasz Stanko has been around.
Norman Villa Gallery, Salthill, Galway16 September 2007There comes a point where one must ask whether contemporary music is meant to be played or performed.
Spiegeltent, Dublin Fringe Festival19 September 2007Clear Sky Ensemble is almost a feature writer’s dream.
RTÉ Concert Orchestra/David Brophy; The Smith Quartet; Craig Ogden; Gerard McChrystal; Sinéad Farrell; Roger MoffattRTÉ Lyric FM CD113This first full recording of Ciarán Farrell’s offers ample evidence of a productive first...
Ghost StoriesSignum Classics SIGCD088The past, or more accurately, perhaps, the act of passing – into time, into immortality, into anonymity, but always, inescapably, into death – lies at the heart of this visceral new offering from The Smi
Up Against the FlatironsNa Píobairí Uilleann NPUCD014It’s a measure of the strength and depth of Irish traditional music in America that the first in a new series of CDs issued by Na Píobairí Uilleann, entitled The Ace and...
OverneathSDE003The tradition of ensemble playing in Irish music has perhaps yet to find its place. Where it exists in surrounding traditions it tends to have its own central place in the life of these musics.
Where the One-eyed Man is KingChassis no.
Spiccato JunctionGalway Ensemble in Residence GER-CD-002Máirtín O’Connor and Cathal Hayden have been two of the most dynamic performers of Irish traditional music over the past few years, and on this sparkling CD they collaborate with the..
The upcoming Printing House Festival of New Music in Dublin is taking ‘Life After Feldman’ as its theme. Composer Christopher Fox looks at the legacy of the great American composer.
John McLachlan looks at the achievement of the Crash Ensemble as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Challenging the standard idea that traditional singing ‘can’t be taught’, Fintan Vallely argues that there is now an urgent necessity to do so.
The idea of a separate radio station in Irish for young people is back on the horizon, with a seminar on the subject organised as part of the Oireachtas.
On the fortieth anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, and in the context of recent commemorative events in Dublin, Kevin Stevens looks at the life and work of one of the greatest of jazz innovators
Continued from JMI September–October 2007Works Received, August–October 2007Ball, Derek, Re Your Tears , 2 S-solo, A-solo, T-solo, Bar-solo, B-solo, 2222 4431 perc timp hrp str.Bodley, Seóirse, String Quartet No. 4 , 2 vn va...
Continued from JMI September-October 2007CDS PUBLISHED 2005–2007Begley, Brendan, & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, accordion & fiddle, FYH, Begley & Ó Raghallaigh 1357531, 2007. USA issue only?Cassidy, Con, fiddle, Con Cassidy....
Fintan Vallely, Dundalk IT, writes:Your interviewee Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Sep-Oct) presents a rather jumbled self-image with too many contradictions. He sees himself as both young and radical, yet swears by the ancestors – that’s...
Roger Doyle, Bray, Co. Wicklow, writes:‘Those who produce only acousmatic music, i.e. music for projection through speakers only, are somewhere else again – they have truly transcended nuance by transcending performance.
The third annual festival of the Institute of Ideas in London – The Battle of Ideas – took place in October.
Arvo Pärt, Kanon PokajanenSt. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 23 September 2007It took considerable daring for Galway-based chamber choir Cois Cladaigh to bring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to Ireland.
IMMA Great Hall5 October 2007Ours is an information age. A tsunami of data surrounds us, overwhelms us, governs us. Ikeda takes streams from this flood and interprets them musically and visually.
The launch of Lakker’s debut album Ruido combined performances from Lakker’s Ian McDonnell, who performed solo in Dara Smith’s enforced absence, and longstanding electronica fixture Alan O’Boyle a.k.a. Decal....