Anna Murray

Surface Tension
Caimin Gilmore, double-bass player with groups such as Crash Ensemble and singer/songwriter with the band Sun Collective, has recently released two EPs: a four-track record of new works for solo double bass, and a collection of songs and instrumentals with Sun Collective. Anna Murray reviews.
Nostalgia, Decay and Defiance
Pianist and composer Xenia Pestova Bennett recently released her new album ‘Atomic Legacies’ on Diatribe Records. Anna Murray reviews.
Beneath the Brightness
Cellist and songwriter Vyvienne Long has recently released her new album 'A Lifetime of High Fives', twelve new songs featuring Laetare Vocal Ensemble and ConTempo Quartet. Anna Murray reviews.
The Internet Sings
Composer Jennifer Walshe recently released her latest album 'ALL THE MANY PEOPLS', an exploration of our digital lives. Anna Murray reviews.
A Voice for Dark Nights
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.
Spinning the Orchestra
Composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki joined the BBC Concert Orchestra for the premiere of her work 'Dialogues' as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Anna Murray reviews.
Traditional Psychodrama
The 4th Tradition Now festival took place at the NCH at the end of October. Anna Murray reviews a new work for Iarla Ó Lionáird and a performance of Sam Perkin's 'Pause' based on the song 'The Foggy Dew'.
Emotional Openness
Ólafur Arnalds wrote his most recent album with the input of a live generative system, but how do these ghostly player pianos work in concert? Anna Murray reviews his recent concert at the National Concert Hall.
Shocking Invention
In the first concert of their Music Network tour, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Máirtín O'Connor and Séamie O'Dowd moved between playfulness and finesse, writes Anna Murray.
Making the Invisible Visible
The ancient Japanese art form of Noh – comprising music, chant, voice, costume and movement – evokes an 'extreme height of tension', writes Anna Murray, who attended the 'Noh: Reimagined' festival at London’s Kings Place this summer.
Honesty and Vulnerability
Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Nicolas Fink, created a programme of sacred but intensely personal music with Between Us. Anna Murray reviews their performance at Hugh Lane Gallery.
Irish Stew
As he tours, experimental vocalist Damo Suzuki creates ad hoc bands, formed only for each performance. In Dublin and Cork, he gathered a rare mix of artists from the Irish indie and improvisation scenes – Anna Murray reviews.
The Theatre of the Sonic Object
The Music Current festival continues to present intriguing, uncompromising sound works, as Anna Murray found at a performance by Yarn | Wire.
Pointing Towards the Future
Belfast harper Úna Monaghan's new album is a surprising – sometimes startling – mix of traditional music material and electronics, writes Anna Murray.
Recalling Joe Heaney
Far from a standard musical biopic, Pat Collins's film on sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, 'Song of Granite', explores the world of the wandering artist through sound and place, writes Anna Murray.
Ceding Musical Territories
How does a 95-year-old International Society for Contemporary Music shake up its programming? Anna Murray attended the ISCM World New Music Days festival in Vancouver and heard how new ideas can take effect.
Like a Journey
Laura Hyland's Clang Sayne band bring together a subtle range of influences for her song sculptures. Anna Murray attended their recent performance at Little Museum of Dublin – the first in the new season of the Ergodos Santa Rita concert series.
Playing With Reverence
From Schnittke to David Fennessy, Bernd Franke to Galina Grigorjeva, Chamber Choir Ireland's two most recent programmes introduced a fascinating range of repertoire to audiences, writes Anna Murray.
Violin Reflections
Four of Ireland's leading violinists, an inventive programme of works from the past, and an Ian Wilson premiere – Anna Murray caught up with the latest Music Network tour at St Ann's Church, Dublin.
'I'd still be fumbling around in the dark trying to find the light switch'
Crash Ensemble's 10th 'Free State' concert – presenting the work of young and emerging composers – takes place at the NCH on 5 May. Anna Murray of The Journal of Music spoke to Garrett Sholdice, Enda Bates and Daniel McDermott about the impact the series has had on their work.
Songs of Conviction
The latest in a series of collaborations between Crash Ensemble and indie artists shone a new light on the artistry of Katie Kim, writes Anna Murray.
NCH Announces Martin Hayes Residency for 2017/18 Season
Three-concert residency announced alongside details of the International and Perspectives series.
The Art Space: 5 Years of The House Presents
Five years old this June, The House Presents, a salon-style monthly evening in Dublin's north inner city, is all about drawing out the art that is already around us, writes Anna Murray.
Piano Concerto by Gerald Barry
Gerald Barry describes his new Piano Concerto as like a ‘play or opera’, with the relationship between piano and orchestra not what you would expect. Anna Murray attended the Irish premiere.
The Walls Have Ears
Cellist Ernst Reijseger was among the improvisers featured at Bottlenote collective's recent performance during the Dublin Fringe. Anna Murray attended one of the six improvisations, which took place in a dilapidated Georgian house.
Kirkos Ensemble – Blackout #3
Anna Murray reviews Kirkos Ensemble's Blackout #3 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
The Changing Colours of Kaleidoscope
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.
The What and the Wow of Building a New Music Festival
The latest iteration of the New Music Dublin festival attracted good audiences, writes Anna Murray, but at what artistic cost?
New Music Dublin
Composer Anna Murray reflects on New Music Dublin, a major new festival of contemporary music held at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 1–3 March 2013.
Composer Daniel Figgis' new work 'dimmerswitch' is the result of a commission by The Crash Ensemble. He explains the ideas behind the work to Anna Murray ahead of its premiere at the Galway Arts Festival on 19 July.