Christopher Fox, Sea to the West
Kaija Saariaho, Lonh
Christopher Fox, Catalogue Irraissonné
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)
Fergal Dowling (electronics)
Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard frames Kaija Saariaho's Lonh, a seminal work for solo soprano and electronics, with two more recent works by festival composer Christopher Fox. Sea to the West was recently released on CD on the Metier label, and Fox's encyclopedic Catalogue Irraissonné, forms a stunning concert-length meditation on language and the fragility of communication.
Elizabeth Hilliard is a pioneer and champion of Irish contemporary music. She is renowned for her exceptional musicianship and creative prowess and the emotional intensity she brings to her performances.
Reinhart Hammerschmidt - double bass, stuff
Markus Markowski - electric guitar, stuff
Christoph Ogierman - violin, voice, stuff
Tim Schomacker - everyday percussion, voice, stuff
Bremen-based music performance ensemble, KLANK have created their own sonic universe from a dizzying array of musical technicques and cultural approaches.
The complex interaction of improvised music and the musical potential of various materials from everyday life combine in the logic of KLANK. Whether using kitchen utensils, office equipment, children's toys or tools from whatever workplace, KLANK is willing to declare almost everything a musical instrument. And in their brand of Klang-Aktionen (sound performances), they can make everything sing.
Elizabeth Hilliard and Dublin Sound Lab perform works developed during the festival by participant composers
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)
Michael Quinn (harpsichord)
Fergal Dowling (computer)
Alexis Nealon (sound)
A concert of new works for soprano and electronics developed by participant composers during the festival workshops and also including Anna Murray's newly commissioned cryptic invention for harpsichord and electronics. Composers can apply to participate in Music Current and to take part in masterclasses and workshops with Christopher Fox. We will select up to eight works for soprano in combination with tape, computer, live electronics or video for inclusion in this programme.
See the Participate section below for details on how to submit works and apply for participation in Music Current 2017.
Jane Deasy, Part I
Fergal Dowling, Part II
Scott McLaughlin, Part III
Gráinne Mulvey, Part IV
Mihai Cucu, video photography, projection
Sabina Bonnici, creative producer
Alexis Nealon, sound projection
PERISONIC is an immersive, large-scale, panoramic 'painting' of Dublin, using 8 loudspeakers and 4 video screens. The audience are invited to actively discover and explore different audio-visual perspectives of Dublin, created by four composers and a video artist. Dublin Sound Lab marks the 230th anniversary year of Robert Barker's patent application for the panorama painting, by extending Barker's vision of a 360˚ visual experience and re-imagining a cityscape constructed in pure sound.
Commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab, this concert-length installation is the result of a major collaboration with composers Scott McLaughlin, Gráinne Mulvey, Jane Deasy, and Fergal Dowling, creative producer Sabina Bonnici and video artist Mihai Cucu.
Dublin Sound Lab invites composers of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in Music Current 2017.
Participation & Commission Opportunity
Composers are invited to submit new or existing works for soprano in combination with tape, computer, live electronics or video. As many as eight composers will be selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses with the esteemed English composer Christopher Fox. Participating composers will attend all festival concerts, and will take part in the masterclasses and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre and Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.
Submitted works will be considered for public performance on the final day of the festival, when one of the participating composers will be awarded the IMRO/Music Current Commission of €2,500 for a new work to be premiered at Music Current 2018.
The commission opportunity is not a prize. It is not awarded on a competitive basis and does not necessarily relate to the submitted work. Instead, Dublin Sound Lab want to use the commission to foster relationships with composers over extended periods. When selecting participant composers for the commission award, Dublin Sound Lab directors will consider a variety of factors but, especially, the potential to develop an ongoing partnership with the commissioned composer.
Masterclasses and Workshops
Thursday 27 April, 2–4pm: Welcome and Presentation by Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
Presentation by festival composer, Christopher Fox, concerning his own recent work, relevant to festival programme, and with reference to use of electronics in his work.
Thursday 27 April, 5pm: Music Current Festival Launch (CMC Library)
Festival launch with invited guests, festival composer Christopher Fox, participant composers, Elizabeth Hilliard, Klank, and Dublin Sound Lab.
Friday 28 April, 10am–5pm: Masterclass with Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
During this day-long masterclass, participating composers will present their work in round-table discussion moderated by Christopher Fox. Composers will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the selected works in a friendly discursive session involving all participant composers.
Friday 28 April, 6pm: Public Panel Discussion: ‘Are You Talking to Me?’ (CMC Library)
Discussion concerning the relationship between listeners, composers, promoters and performers as viewed from the audience’s perspective. With festival composers and guest speakers, the panel will include members of Klank and Christopher Fox and will be moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC. Audience members and concert-goers are welcome to participate.
Saturday 29 April, 10am–1pm: Technical workshop (Smock Alley Theatre)
Alexis Nealon (sound engineer) will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the participant composers' works in preparation for afternoon's open rehearsal and concert. Workshop is open to all participant composers whether or not their piece features electronic forces.
Saturday 29 April, 2pm–4pm: Rehearsal of participant works by Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano) (Smock Alley Theatre)
Works by participant composers will be rehearsed in advance of the public performance, at New Voices, in this year's Music Current festival. Following the concert, we will announce the IMRO/Music Current Commission award.
Participant Composers can also avail of:
Deadline for applications 13 March 2017How to Apply
Smock Alley Theatre is situated on Exchange Street Lower with its façade facing on to Wood Quay.
The Contemporary Music Centre is at 19 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.
Nearest car parks are Fleet Street Car Park and Christchurch Car Park at the rear of Jury's Hotel.
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.
All buses to Wood Quay, Ormond Quay, Wellington Quay, Parliament Street, and Lord Edward Street.
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 and supported by Irish Music Rights Organisation.