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Energy at the Core
Finola Merivale’s debut record encapsulates her dynamic style of composition with five works performed by New York chamber music ensemble Desdemona. Brendan Finan reviews.
A Snapshot of Underground Music Making in Ireland
The Department of Energy, the record label founded by Dan Callanan, has recently released 'May Day (Landscape Mixtape)' featuring 63 tracks from over 40 artists, exploring the theme of local resistance to corporate and state violence. Don O'Mahony reviews.
Clarity of Vision
Celebrating ten years, Kirkos ensemble hosted their festival '10' in Dublin in July, featuring new work from Susan Geaney, Sebastian Adams, Jonathan Nangle, Áine Mallon and Robbie Blake. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Recent Releases (22 July 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including June McCormack and Michael Rooney, Junior Brother, Therese McInerney and Marian Curtin, Sorcha Richardson, Gilla Band, and Meltybrains?. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
Communication Under Constraints
David Bremner's chamber opera 'Slow Recognition' was premiered at Unit 44 in Dublin last week. Brendan Finan reviews.
Sometimes Startled
A new album on the Diatribe label features South African pianist Jill Richards performing six of Kevin Volans' études, while the composer plays a number of works by Liszt. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Ambient Natural World
'Chimp', the new solo album from violinist and singer Diamanda La Berge Dramm, is a collection of avant pop with words by Steven J. Fowler. Brendan Finan reviews.
Recent Releases (8 July 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Fidelio trio, Farah Elle, the Ficino Ensemble and Michelle O'Rourke, Myles O'Reilly, Pat Fleming, Anna Mullarkey, David Keenan and Anna Mieke. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
In-Depth Experience in West Cork
Returning for its first live festival since 2019, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival took place from 24 June to 3 July with over 100 concerts. James Camien McGuiggan attended for three days and reviews a number of events.
A Win for Smaller Offerings
The Body & Soul festival returned on 17–19 June with a reduced capacity and a line-up including CMAT, Róisín Murphy, Pillow Queens and Jon Hopkins. Andrea Cleary reviews.