Uncomfortable Story Beautifully Told Irish National Opera's current production of 'Madama Butterfly', exploring themes of exploitation and naïveté, works extremely well – sometimes disconcertingly so, writes Brendan Finan.
‘If we take action, hope will be everywhere’: An Interview with Pianist and Composer Sarah Nicolls Sarah Nicolls has composed a new work inspired by the announcements on climate change last autumn and the activism of Greta Thunberg. She spoke to The Journal of Music about the impetus for the work and being so politically direct with an audience.
'Meeting Maxim has Changed My Life': An Interview with Violinist Patrick Rafter Irish musician Patrick Rafter will perform with the renowned violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov this Friday at the National Concert Hall. The Kilkenny violinist spoke to The Journal of Music about how this significant career moment came about.
The Most Human of Composers Robert Schumann's life had many ups and downs, from his infatuation with Clara Wieck to his attempted suicide, and his passionate nature fed into his music. A new book by Judith Chernaik tells his story and also explores some newly uncovered information on the composer, writes Finghin Collins.
When Concertina Meets Concerto The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra marked St Patrick's Day with a performance of a new concerto for concertina by Niall Vallely, a set by the group Moxie, and Seán Ó Riada's 'Mise Éire'. The concert highlighted the different directions in which Irish traditional music is developing, writes Tim Diovanni.
Look Forensically into My Mind The frustrations of a creative spirit locked into a deteriorating body are made vivid in a new film on the musician Tony MacMahon, writes Barra Ó Séaghdha.
Life is Beautiful if You Leave it Alone From expressive audience participation with the Brian Irvine Ensemble to people unenthused by Finnish experimental jazz, Tim Diovanni reviews two nights of the recent Spectrum festival in Dublin.
Dark Clouds Will Gather 'Round Me Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi's opening concert from their current Irish tour had a leitmotif of displacement, writes James Camien McGuiggan, as well as political moments.
The New Music Festival Ireland Deserves? New Music Dublin 2019 featured four days of contemporary music including over twenty-two world premieres. Does Ireland now have the new music festival it deserves? Adrian Smith provides a comprehensive review of 15 events, with additions for two concerts from Ryan Molloy and Toner Quinn.
Why Are We Neglecting the Female Tune Composers? The FairPlé movement has highlighted a gender imbalance in traditional and folk music, and it applies to tune composers too, writes Dave Flynn.