The Contemporary Music Centre August Newsletter
We've had a busy few weeks in CMC, with many wonderful events and projects happening. Here's a brief summary of what we've been up to in July, as well as a preview of contemporary music events happening in August!
MICHAEL GALLEN RECEIVES DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL MUSIC BURSARY
Composer Michael Gallen has been awarded the 2017 Dublin City Council Music Bursary, which is awarded annually in support of studies at an advanced level or the development of work/professional skills.
2017 has been a busy year for Gallen and has seen him delve into the worlds of dance and opera. His collaboration with Company Philip Connaughton's dance-opera Extraterrestrial Events premiered at Dublin Dance Festival in May to critical acclaim and more recently his piece Yellow, a contemporary work-in-progress for two dancers and two musicians was presented in two sold out performances at Cork Midsummer Festival. Read more.
RECORDING NEW MUSIC
In this special feature, journalist Michael Quinn writes about the current state of the new music recording scene in Ireland and speaks to label owners and composers
about some of the challenges and opportunities which it faces.
RAYMOND DEANE ON HIS NEW STRING QUARTETS
ifth string quartet with soprano Sylvia O'Brien is
in Achill on 12 August, and is followed by the premiere and tour of another new quartet by the RTÉ ConTempo quartet this autumn. This month the composer spoke to CMC about these new works and some of his other current projects.
DONNACHA DENNEHY SPEAKS ABOUT HIS LATEST OPERA THE SECOND VIOLINIST
Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy spoke to CMC about his latest opera with Enda Walsh,
The Second Violinist,
which premiered last month to critical acclaim at the Galway International Arts Festival. Listen here.
CMC Shop Spotlight: Music for String Quartet
In light of composer Raymond Deane's forthcoming string quartet works and his discussion on the genre on CMC's website this month, why not browse the wide range of scores for string quartet available to purchase through CMC's website. From Brian Boydell's String Quartet No.1 to Deirdre Mc Kay's mr shah stares to the heavens, commissioned for the ConTempo String Quartet, as well as Linda Buckley's Latitude Longitude and Ian Wilson's Tribe, an extensive variety of string quartet music awaits discovery!
Upcoming events in August
WORLD PREMIERE OF ANTARCTICA BY LINDA BUCKLEY AT THE KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL
Monday 14 August 2017, 6pm (premiere) and 8.30pm, The Brewhouse
Abbey Creative Quarter,
4 Water Gate,
Last year, composer
and uilleann piper
Uilleann Goes Electric,
the first fruits of a groundbreaking new collaboration. Building on this, Buckley and Power return to the
Kilkenny Arts Festival
this year to present a new collaborative work,
Drawing inspiration from the early Antarctic expeditions, Antarctica is a multimedia performance combining Buckley's hypnotic electronic score with live uilleann pipes, performed against film footage of those early explorations. Read more and
book tickets here.
MORE SELECTED EVENTS
Date: Thursday 17 August, 6.30pm
Venue: Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
Thursday 17 August, 8.00pm
Venue: St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny
Date: Monday 21 August, 7.30pm
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London
Date: Wednesday 23 August, 7.30pm
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