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The Internet Sings The Internet Sings Anna Murray Composer Jennifer Walshe recently released her latest album 'ALL THE MANY PEOPLS', an exploration of our digital lives. Anna Murray reviews.
‘We know traditional music represents so much more than just the melody that you hear’: Úna Monaghan at Tradition Now and Galway Jazz Festival ‘We know traditional music represents so much more than just the melody that you hear’: Úna Monaghan at Tradition Now and Galway Jazz Festival Harper, composer and recipient of the inaugural Liam O’Flynn award, Úna Monaghan will perform solo in Dublin and Galway next week. She spoke to the Journal of Music about her current work for harp and electronics.
Art Makes Such Things Possible Art Makes Such Things Possible Don O'Mahony The third outing of the biennial festival Sounds from a Safe Harbour took place in Cork earlier this month, featuring Feist, Slow Moving Clouds, Lisa Hannigan, Crash Ensemble, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett, Sam Amidon, and more. Don O'Mahony reviews.
Planxties for a New Quartet Planxties for a New Quartet Ian Bascombe The traditional music quartet of Laoise Kelly, Tara Breen, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín is currently on tour in the autumn series from Music Network. Ian Bascombe reviews in Ennis.
Lyric FM Needs a New Vision, Not More Cuts Lyric FM Needs a New Vision, Not More Cuts Toner Quinn Lyric FM is under threat because of RTÉ's financial difficulties, but a better future for the station is possible, writes Toner Quinn.
‘I’m in this business to be moved, to be communicated with, to be transported’: An Interview with Finghin Collins ‘I’m in this business to be moved, to be communicated with, to be transported’: An Interview with Finghin Collins One of Ireland's best known classical musicians, Finghin Collins is also Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival, which takes place on 25–29 September. He spoke to the Journal of Music about the balance between performing and programming, what he looks for in concerts, and his own musical background.
Where is All the New Orchestral Music? Where is All the New Orchestral Music? Adrian Smith The amount of new work commissioned and performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has dropped significantly in recent years. Such short-termism affects our musical culture and the generations to come, writes Adrian Smith.
The Kiss of a Witch The Kiss of a Witch Adrian Smith Raymond Deane's new opera 'Vagabones' received its premiere last week at the Civic Theatre. Adrian Smith reviews.
‘There’s music everywhere’: An Interview with Josephine Marsh ‘There’s music everywhere’: An Interview with Josephine Marsh Music Network's first autumn tour begins this Wednesday 11 September with Josephine Marsh, Laoise Kelly, Tara Breen and Nell Ní Chroínin. The Journal of Music spoke to the Clare accordionist and composer about her musical background and the tunes written specifically for the tour.
Extreme Encounters Extreme Encounters James Camien McGuiggan American composer Missy Mazzoli's 'Breaking the Waves' received its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.

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