MUSIC CURRENT 2016


NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE, DUBLIN
7–9 APRIL 2016


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Concerts


7 April, 8pm

OSCILLATOR

Lucy Railton and Adrian Corker

Benjamin / Railton / Corker

John Lely, Part Music for Violin (for violin and mono audio)
Giacinto Scelsi, Duo (for violin and cello)
Railton/Corker, Improvisation (cello, oscillator, lock-grooves, delay lines and ring modulators)

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In homage to Scelsi's seminal DUO from 1965, Railton and Corker's improvisation on beating frequencies makes a refreshing antidote to contemporary digital glitch. And, in a nod to early Stockhausen, is performed on 'period instruments' – analogue sine-tone generators and delay lines.

Performers:
Mira Benjamin (violin)
Lucy Railton (cello)
Adrian Corker (oscillator, lock-grooves, delay lines, ring modulators)

See listing on MusicTown website: www.musictown.ie

Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator. She performs new and experimental music, specialising in microtonal string performance practice. She actively commissions music from composers at all stages of their careers, and develops each new work through multiple performances. Most recently she has collaborated with Cassandra Miller, Martin Arnold, Richard Glover, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Amber Priestley, and Scott Mc Laughlin. Mira co-directs nu:nordan international community-building project that engages artists from Canada, Norway and the UK. Originally from Vancouver, Mira lived for ten years in Montréal, where she was a member of Quatuor Bozzini. She moved to London in 2014.

http://mirabenjamin.com/

Lucy Railton is a cellist, curator and collaborator dedicated to performance and development of contemporary music. Recent solo appearances include performances at Wysing Festival, Oslo Hackney, Purcell Rooms, BBC Radio 3, Borealis Festival, and at HeK Basel with Russell Haswell. She is founder of Kammer Klang and co-founder and co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival.

Photo: Lucy Railton, photocredit Dimitri Djuric

soundcloud.com/lucyrailton

Adrian Corker composes for many forces and media and has collaborated with many ensemble and soloists, including: the Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra, Elysian Quartet, Richard Skelton, Jack Wyllie and Chris Watson. He has written extensively for film, including projects with the late film director Antonia Bird. He recently curated and performed at MusICA: Exploring Sound and Authorship, a multi-media event based on the work of Giacinto Scelsi. He also has curated a series of gallery shows The Silence Between, featuring sound artists such as Jem Finer, Rie Nakajima and Liminal. He has performed at many venues including the Merkin Concert Hall New York, Kings Place and the National Portrait Gallery.

www.adriancorker.com

7 April, 9pm

THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN

Jennifer Walshe THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN

Jennifer Walshe

Jennifer Walshe THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN (for voice and film with sound)

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The Total Mountain is to do with living, thinking, making music, reading in the world we live in now after the advent of the internet and its integration into our lives... I do a lot of physical movements during the piece as well as stuff with my voice… The film part is very trashy. Lots of screen-grabs from Twitter, horrible pre-set menus from certain programs.*

Performers:
Jennifer Walshe (voice)

See listing on MusicTown website: http://www.musictown.ie

THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN was commissioned by German broadcaster SWR and premiered at Donaueschinger Musiktage, October 2014.

*(Jennifer Walshe, ATTN:Magazine, Aug 2015)

 

Jennifer Walshe studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes, Kevin Volans, Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. In 2000 Jennifer won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis. She was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm (2004-2005), and composer-in-residence in South Dublin County for In Context 3 (2006 to 2008). In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York. In 2008 she was awarded the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur. She is currently Reader in Music at Brunel University, London.

In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques. Her works are performed widely by ensembles such as ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Intégrales, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Schlagquartett Köln, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, Champ d’Action, and others.

www.milker.org

8 April, 8pm

SPOILS

Fergal Dowling SPOILS

Dublin Sound Lab

Fergal Dowling Spoils (for two Baroque violins, Baroque cello, harpsichord, recorded voice, interactive electronics, surround sound and video), 2016.

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A concert-length meditation on myth and the frailty of language, SPOILS unfolds in parallel acts of excavation and reburial; each moment, in its own becoming, exhumes fragments of its earlier self, while reinterring itself beneath its own remains. A Baroque chamber ensemble – harpsichord, violins and cello – interact in a computer-mediated performance with surround sound, and video featuring Olwen Fouéré; music that is visceral, elemental and unworldly.

Performers:
Aoife Ní Dhornáin (Baroque violin)
Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin)
Ilse de Ziah (Baroque cello)
Michael Quinn (harpsichord)
Olwen Fouéré (recorded voice)
Fergal Dowling (computer)
Mihai Cucu (video)

See listing on MusicTown website: http://www.musictown.ie

Dublin Sound Lab is a contemporary music ensemble specialising in electronic and computer-mediated concert performance. As well as presenting established works, we initiate new repertoire and use computer-based techniques to explore new relationships between compositional process, performance practice and audience engagement.

Formed in 2008 by organist Michael Quinn and composer Fergal Dowling, DUBLIN SOUND LAB has worked with many leading Irish and international composers, performing works by: Ailis Ni Riain, Gérard Grisey, Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, Luca Francesconi, Karlheinz Essl, Peter Ablinger, Mauricio Kagel, Wim de Ruiter, Ann Cleare, Scott McLaughlin, Barry Truax, Roderik de Man, Karen Tanaka, Jean-Claude Risset, Ed Bennett, Judith Ring, Gerald Barry, Jonathan Nangle, Jonathan Harvey, Rob Canning, Gráinne Mulvey, David Bremner, and Garth Knox amongst others.

In 2013 DUBLIN SOUND LAB performed Kaija Saariaho's seminal mixed-media work Maa with a newly commissioned video. The new work, Mirrors of Earth, was performed 9 and 14 November in Dublin and Bray. And in 2014 we commissioned and curated Places and Responses, a major collaboration involving Peter Ablinger, Gráinne Mulvey, Rob Canning and Piaras Hoban, for 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

Spoils developed with assistance from Dublin City Council Project Awards and Arts Council Music Bursary.

www.dublinsoundlab.ie

9 April, 8pm

CURRENTS

Dublin Sound Lab Smock Alley Theatre

Solos +

Anna Murray, Switches, violin + electronics
Amanda Feery, Blessed Damned, cello + electronics
Richard Bailie, Three Suns, violin, cello + electronics
Rob Casey, Think David, walkman + cello
Brian Connolly, Waves, violin, cello + electronics
Karlheinz Essl, Sequitur III, violin + electronics
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Flypaper, (fixed media)
Karlheinz Essl, Sequitur IV, cello + electronics
Gráinne Mulvey, Syzygy, cello + electronics

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A two-part concert featuring new works developed by composers participating in the festival workshops, as well as Irish and international works for soloist and electronics.

Performers:
Mira Benjamin (violin)
Lucy Railton (cello)
Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin)
Ilse de Ziah (Baroque cello)
Fergal Dowling (computer)

See listing on MusicTown website: www.musictown.ie

Collaboration is a central tenet of Dublin Sound Lab's ethos, and we hope to establish Music Current as a 'space' wherein composers, instrumentalists, technologists and artists can collaborate to create and present new work. With the goal of collaboration and sharing, we ask composers, performers and music technologists to take part in Music Current, share your work and collaborate with our invited composers and instrumentalists to present your work in concert.

Composers can apply to participate in Music Current and to take part in masterclasses and workshops with Gráinne Mulvey, Anne Cleare and Jennifer Walshe. During the workshops, Gráinne Mulvey and Dublin Sound Lab will select works for any violin, cello and/or electronics, submitted by the participant composers, for inclusion in this programme. See the Participate section below for details on how to submit works and apply for participation in Music Current 2016.

Gráinne Mulvey is one of the most active composers working in Ireland today. An experienced and highly regarded teacher at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Gráinne is a central figure in Dublin's vigorous contemporary music scene. For this concert, Gráinne will select a short programme of new Irish works to complement the selected works by participant composers. More programme details will be published here in March 2016.

Participate in Music Current 2016


Dublin Sound Lab presents Music Current, a new festival showcasing Irish electronic music and contemporary international repertoire, Smock Alley Theatre and Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 7–9 April 2016. The festival provides opportunities for performance, collaborations and professional development.

Dublin Sound Lab invites composers, performers, engineers, or researchers, of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in masterclasses, workshops and concerts. Instrumentalists, engineers, musicologists and composers are also welcome to apply as auditors, and may do so by 4 March, without the need to submit scores or recordings.

To apply, composers are invited to submit new or existing works for any combination of violin, cello, computer or live electronics. Submissions that employ two or more players will be preferred. Works by selected composers will be considered for performance in final festival concert by Lucy Railton (cello) and Mira Benjamin (violin) at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 9 April 2016. As many as four composers/works will be selected for performance from the participating composers. Dublin Sound Lab can provide certain technical facilities and assistance where needed.

Composers selected to participate will automatically be considered for a commission of €2,500. Application is free, but places will be strictly limited. Composers selected to participate will be asked to pay €75 participation fee (by electronic transfer) before 1 April 2016.

Participating composers will avail of:

  • Entrance to four concerts and all festival events and presentations
  • Participation in workshops and masterclasses with guest composers Ann Cleare, Gráinne Mulvey, and Jennifer Walshe
  • Consideration of submitted work for performance in final festival concert by Lucy Railton and Mira Benjamin, at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 9 April 2016 (as many as three works will be selected)
  • Consideration for a commission of €2,500 to be premiered at Music Current 2017
  • Contemporary Music Centre Travel Bursary to cover travel costs within the island of Ireland

Submission Materials (participating composers):

  • One score for any combination of violin, cello, computer or live electronics in PDF format
  • Two audio recordings submitted as links to online media. Please do not send audio files as email attachments
  • A one-page biography
  • A short expression of interest concerning your experience or work in electronic music composition and performance

Submission Materials (auditors):

  • A one-page biography
  • A short expression of interest concerning your experience or work in electronic music composition and performance

Deadlines:
Applications must be emailed to info@dublinsoundlab.ie by 4 March 2016 at the latest.
Selected composers will be notified before 18 March 2016.
Selected composers/auditors should pay €75 participation fee (by electronic transfer) before 1 April 2016.

Selection Committee:
Gráinne Mulvey, Evonne Ferguson, Fergal Dowling

 

Commission


As part of Music Current 2016, Dublin Sound Lab is offering a commission to participating composers. All composers selected for participation in Music Current 2016 will automatically be considered for a commission.

The selection committee will make an award based on the works and proposals submitted for this year's Music Current. It is intended that the commissioned work will be premiered at Music Current 2017, funding permitting. The details and forces for the commissioned work will be arranged with Dublin Sound Lab.

A total commission fund of €2,500 is available. The committee may make one or more awards, or may divide the available funds at their discretion. See the Participate section above for details on how to submit works and apply for participation in Music Current 2016.

Festival Composers


Ann Cleare Composer

Ann Cleare

Ann Cleare studied at UCC (BMus MPhil) with John Godfrey and Jesse Ronneau, and at at Harvard University (PhD) with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.

Her music has been performed in Europe, Australia, and America, in festivals such as The Gaudeamus Week (Holland, 2010), The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik (WDR, Germany 2012), Horizons (Ireland, 2013), International Music Institute Darmstadt (Germany, 2014), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria, 2014) and IMATRONIC Festival of Electronic Music (ZKM, Germany, 2014). She has worked with ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, Crash Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, RTÉ NSO, JACK Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Apparat, The Experimental Ensemble Freiburg, and soloists such as Carol McGonnell, Richard Craig, Heather Roche, Bill Schimmel, Benjamin Marks and Patrick Stadler.

Current projects include a new piece for The Talea Ensemble (MATA Festival, New York), a chamber opera for Taschenopernfestival (Salzburg, 2015), and new works for The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, clarinettist Carol McGonnell and The Argento Chamber Ensemble, flutist Richard Craig, ELISION, and Dal Niente.

http://annclearecomposer.com

Jennifer Walshe Composer

Jennifer Walshe

Jennifer Walshe studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition (2002). Her teachers at Northwestern were Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. In 2000 Jennifer won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. She was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2003-2004); and guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm (2004-2005). She was composer-in-residence in South Dublin County for In Context 3 (2006 to 2008). In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York. In 2008 she was awarded the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur. She is currently Reader in Music at Brunel University, London.

In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques. Her works are performed widely by ensembles such as ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Intégrales, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Schlagquartett Köln, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, Champ d’Action, and others.

www.milker.org

Fergal Dowling Composer

Fergal Dowling

Fergal Dowling is a composer, computer musician and ensemble director. He studied composition at Trinity College Dublin (BMus, 2000), (MLitt, 2002) and, with the aid of the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship (2002), the University of York (PhD, 2006), and continues research in interactive audio performance, sound spatialisation and algorithmic composition. His works often combine computer-based interaction and sound spatialisation to engage the listener with a sense of immediacy, and draw on a variety of simple sound materials to create complex inharmonic textures.

His compositions have been presented widely at festivals and conferences, including: ISSTC 2014, Composition in the 21st Century (Dublin, 2014), Noise in/and/as Music, Huddersfield (2013), Atelierfrankfurt (2011), Música Viva (2010), Japan Electroacoustic Festival (2009), ISCM World Music Days (2009), Future Sonic (2007), and by many ensembles and soloists, including: Ex-Machina (Brazil), Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen, Grup XXI (Spain), Hear This Space (England), Acousmain (Germany), and notes inégales.

An active performer of computer music, he co-founded Dublin Sound Lab (2008), and has collaborated with many Irish and international composers and performers, including: Karlheinz Essl, Garth Knox and Peter Ablinger.

www.fergaldowling.com

 

Gráinne Mulvey Composer

Gráinne Mulvey

Gráinne Mulvey is one of the most widely performed Irish composers. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Young Musician of the Future Award, (Composers Class) in 1994, the Macaulay Fellowship (Arts Council Of Ireland). She has received commissions from Concorde, the ACME Ensemble of Chicago, RTE NSO, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and The Northern Sinfonia. Her orchestral work has also been performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic and the Orchestre De Lorraine. She has represented Ireland twice at the ISCM World Music Days (2008, 2009) and at the International Rostrum of Composers (1994, 2006).

Her works have been performed by Joe O’Farrell, Elizabeth Hilliard, David Bremner, Martin Johnson, Annette Cleary, Therese Fahy, Slawomir Zubrzycki, Matthew Schellhorn, Paul Roe, Dermot Dunne, and Mary Dullea.

She has been commissioned by RTE NSO for a cello concerto, and by The Dublin International Piano Competition. Many of her recent works develop her research interests acoustics, electro-acoustics and live electronics. She is a member of the Association of Irish Composers, Irish Music Rights Organization, the IAWM, Donne In Musica and Aosdána, Ireland’s organization of creative artists.

www.grainnemulvey.com

 

Venues


Smock Alley Theatre

6–7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Smock Alley Theatre

Contemporary Music Centre

19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Contmporary Music Centre Fishamble Street

 Photo: Eugene Langan; copyright: Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

Smock Alley Theatre is situated on Exchange Street Lower with its façade facing on to Wood Quay. The Contemporary Music Centre is in Fishamble Street in the west end of Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar, adjacent to Smock Alley Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and is a short walk from Trinity College.

Parking

Nearest car parks are Fleet Street Car Park and Christchurch Car Park at the rear of Jury's Hotel.

Walking

Both venues are close to the Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay; a 10-minute walk from Tara Street DART station and 5-minute walk from the Jervis Street stop on the red LUAS line, and a 10-minute walk from O'Connell Street.

Bus

All buses to Wood Quay, Ormond Quay, Wellington Quay, Parliament Street, and Lord Edward Street.

Music Current Schedule


Download the full schedule in pdf format: Music Current 2016 Schedule

 

Thurs. 7 April

14.00-15.00

WELCOME (CMC)
Welcome to composer participants, introduction with festival composers Ann Cleare, Gráinne Mulvey, Jennifer Walshe and Fergal Dowling.

15.00-17.00

PRESENTATIONS (CMC)
Presentations by festival composers, Ann Cleare and Gráinne Mulvey, on the use of electronics in their music.

17.00-18.00

FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT & RECEPTION

20.00-21.40

DOUBLE BILL CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)

20.00-20.40

OSCILLATOR (Smock Alley Theatre)
John Lely, Part Music for Violin (for violin and mono audio)
Railton/Corker, Improvisation (for cello, oscillators and delay lines)
Giacinto Scelsi, Duo (for violin and cello)
Performers: Mira Benjamin (violin), Lucy Railton (cello), Adrian Corker (oscillators and delay lines)

OSCILLATOR is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

21.00-21.40

THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN (Smock Alley Theatre)
Jennifer Walshe, THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN
40-minute work for voice and film, written and performed by Jennifer Walshe.

THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

 

Fri 8 April

10.00-13.00

PRESENTATION (CMC)
All participant composers present on their submitted works in a roundtable discussion moderated by Gráinne Mulvey. Lucy Railton (cello) and Mira Benjamin (violin) will be available to discuss aspects of instrumental writing.

14.00-17.00

PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP (CMC)
Presentation of participant composers’ works selected for performance in Saturday's evening concert. Composers will present their works in 30-minute sessions moderated by Ann Cleare, with discussion of instrumental and electronics parts and any production-related issues. Lucy Railton (cello) and Mira Benjamin (violin) will be available to discuss aspects of instrumental writing.

20.00-21.00

CONCERT – SPOILS (Smock Alley Theatre)
New concert-length work by Fergal Dowling for chamber ensemble, recorded voice, interactive electronics, surround sound and video, (55 mins) 2016.
Performers: Aoife Ni Dhornain (Baroque violin), Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin), Ilse De Ziah (Baroque violin), Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Olwen Fouéré (recorded voice), Fergal Dowling (computer), Mihai Cucu (video).

SPOILS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

 

Sat 9 April

10.00-13.00

OPEN REHEARSAL (Smock Alley Theatre)
Open rehearsal of participant works selected for performance in this evening’s concert, led by Fergal Dowling. Only works selected for performance will be rehearsed, but the session will be open to all participant composers. Performers: Lucy Railton (cello), Mira Benjamin (violin).

14.00-17.00

MASTERCLASS (CMC)
Masterclass on participants' works selected for performance in this evening’s concert. Each composer will present in 30-minute sessions, and receive feedback from the table. Moderator, Jennifer Walshe.

17.00-19.00

PANEL DISCUSSION (CMC)
"Who's Afraid of Electronic Music?" Discussion with festival composers and guest speakers on issues surrounding production, dissemination, and reception of electronic music in current concert programming. Moderated by Evonne Ferguson, director of CMC.

The Panel Discussion is hostsed as part of MusicTown, www.musictown.ie

20.00-21.30

"CURRENTS" CONCERT of SELECTED PARTICIPANT WORKS (Smock Alley Theatre)
Concert of new works by festival participants, for strings (solo/duo/trio/quartets) and electronics, chosen from participants' workshop and CMC call for scores, curated by Gráinne Mulvey.
Performers: Lucy Railton (cello), Marja Gaynor (violin), Mira Benjamin (violin), Ilse De Ziah (cello), Fergal Dowling (computer)

CURRENTS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

 

 

 

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Dublin Sound Lab is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Music Current Festival is presented in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.

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