Tracing the Influences Dave Munnelly's album of newly composed music, 'Aonair', has a certain interiority, writes Adrian Scahill, and avoids explicit references to Irish dance forms.
The Brutality of Bureaucracy Irish National Opera presented the world premiere of Evangelia Rigaki’s installation opera 'This Hostel Life' last week, a work based on Melatu Uche Okorie's book of short stories on life in direct provision in Ireland. Mark Fitzgerald 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.
‘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 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 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 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 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? 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 Raymond Deane's new opera 'Vagabones' received its premiere last week at the Civic Theatre. Adrian Smith reviews.