Morton Feldman

Bringing Out the Stillness

Bringing Out the Stillness

Bringing Out the Stillness

Violinist Darragh Morgan and pianist John Tilbury have recently released a recording of the demanding work 'For John Cage' by Morton Feldman on Diatribe records. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.

Published on 4 June 2020

James Camien McGuiggan holds a PhD in the philosophy of art from the University of Southampton. Prior to this, he studied music in Maynooth University. He is currently an independent scholar, with interests in the philosophy of music and R. G. Collingwood.

New Music Up a Notch

New Music Up a Notch

New Music Up a Notch

Ireland's largest contemporary music festival New Music Dublin took place at the National Concert Hall and nearby venues last weekend and featured twenty concerts and twenty-two world premieres. Adrian Smith reviews.

Published on 5 March 2020

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records

‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records

‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records

The Irish record label Diatribe is hosting a stage for five concerts and releasing seven albums during the forthcoming New Music Dublin festival.

Published on 19 February 2020

When Two Bricks Are Placed Carefully Together

When Two Bricks Are Placed Carefully Together

When Two Bricks Are Placed Carefully Together

Counterpoint in music – as much a concept as a technique – has been with us for centuries, from the twelfth-century vocal music of Léonin to the playlists on our iPods. But what is really at the heart of the idea?

Published on 23 May 2011

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Empty Space

Empty Space

Empty Space

Commissioned to compose a work in response to 9/11, John Adams confronted the question: can modern classical music still be the transcendental force we need it to be?

Published on 1 August 2010

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

From Memory

From Memory

From Memory

"If you don’t have a friend who is an artist, you’re wasting your time." Kevin Volans remembers Morton Feldman

Published on 1 April 2010

Kevin Volans is a composer living in Ireland. His work, principally in the field of chamber and orchestral music, has been performed at the Berliner Festwochen, Vienna State Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Lincoln Center, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the BBC Proms.

Ergodos Festival

Ergodos Festival

Ergodos Festival

Gamelan Sekar Petak, Neil Sorrell (director); The Gong Agenda; Michelle O’Rourke (soprano); Salil Sachdev (metal bowl, djembe, hang); Joe Browning (shakuhachi), Jonathan Sage (clarinet); Linda Buckley (voice) National Concert Hall, Dublin,

Published on 1 June 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Gavin Bryars (double bass), Iarla Ó Lionáird (voice), Leo Abrahams (guitar), Lisa Grosman (viola), Cian Ó Dúill (viola), Kate Ellis (cello)Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, 14 November 2008.

Published on 1 January 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Wild Air: The Music of Kevin Volans

Wild Air: The Music of Kevin Volans

Wild Air: The Music of Kevin Volans

Originally from South Africa, Kevin Volans was a student of Stockhausen, a close friend of Morton Feldman, and a recording by the Kronos Quartet of his work White Man Sleeps, on Pieces of Africa, spent twenty-six weeks at the top of the cla

Published on 1 November 2006

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California. His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014. Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music.

Live Reviews: Horizons – Kevin Volans

Live Reviews: Horizons – Kevin Volans

NCH, Dublin, 31 January 2006 / Andrew Hamilton – Map; Volans – Cello Concerto; Stravinsky – Four Études for Orchestra; Volans – Strip-weave / RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Gavriel Lipkind, cello; Robert Houlihan, conductor

Published on 1 March 2006

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.