|Features by Date|
An Interview with John Feeley [December]
'The guitar is a nightmare of an instrument to write for,' says guitarist John Feeley. He talks about his experiences of performing and commissioning new works by Irish composers.
An Interview with Simon Mawhinney [November]
'I would like to think that I don't write pieces as show pieces’, says Simon Mawhinney, who's new work for viola player Garth Knox will be performed in Paris this month. 'It's simply that I have an awareness of what performers can do.'
An Interview with Catherine Leonard [October]
I see my job to connect the past, the present and the future and bring that across to the audience in a compelling way,' says Irish violinist Catherine Leonard, who talks to Bernard Clarke about her experiences of performing new music.
An Interview with Piers Hellawell [September]
'Chamber music is rather like the composer's potting shed,' says Piers Hellawell, 'It's the place where you let things hang out and do mad experiments that blow up.'
An Interview with Paul Roe [August]
‘I can’t understand why clarinet players play Weber’, says Clarinettist Paul Roe. ‘It just doesn’t make any sense to me playing music that’s 200 years old.’
An Interview with Martin O'Leary [July]
'You can’t teach somebody to be a composer,' says Martin O'Leary, 'they either are or they aren’t.' He talks to Bob Gilmore about his works to date, the influence of Mahler on his composing, and the relationship between teaching and composing.
An Interview with Linda Buckley [June]
'A lot of my pieces seem to be concerned with the tension of opposites', says Cork-born composer Linda Buckley. She talks to Bob Gilmore about her musical background and work to date.
An Interview with Deirdre Gribbin [May]
'Colour has always been a huge thing for me,' says Deirdre Gribbin, who celebrates her fortieth birthday this month, 'I love orchestrating sounds to get colours that I imagine in my head.'
An Interview with Michael Alcorn [April]
Michael Alcorn talks to Michael Quinn about setting up the Sonic Arts Research Centre, his work as a composition teacher and how this impacts on his composing, and his upcoming projects involving a newly developed interactive system of music notation.
An Interview with Darragh Morgan [March]
‘I like to work with people who I feel want to develop a piece, and who don’t want to just write a piece and send it to me in the post,’ says violinist Darragh Morgan, who will premiere a number of works by Irish composers this spring.
An Interview with Kevin Volans [February]
'I think availability of new music creates an audience,' says composer Kevin Volans, whose new work is being premiered by the Crash Ensemble this month. 'If it's put on once in a blue moon people don't go.'
An Interview with Elaine Agnew [January]
Elaine Agnew talks to Jonathan Grimes about her interest in writing for voice, her education work and the influence this has on her own composing, and her plans for 2007.
Jennifer Walshe at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2007 [December]
A performance of G.L.O.R.I.- by Jennifer Walshe taken from a concert given by the composer on 17 August 2007 in Rothe House, Kilkenny as part of the Contemporary Music Centre's Art of Sound exhibition at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
CMC Salon with Kate Ellis [November]
A short video of highlights from the first of CMC's 2007 new music Salon series with cellist Kate Ellis at the Goethe Institut, Dublin on 27 September 2007.
New Music Connects Workshop [November]
A video of the final workshop between Galway Ensemble-in-Residence, the ConTempo String Quartet and composers Ed Bennett, Rob Canning and David Flynn held in the Galway Education Centre on 28 September 2007.
Culture Night 2007 [October]
A short video of highlights from CMC's contribution to Dublin's Culture Night 2007 on 14 September 2007, featuring live electronic improvisation from composers Ewan Hennelly, Francis Heery and Ian McDonnell.
Installation by George Higgs at the Project [September]
A video of George Higgs’ installation 'The Electro Acoustic Exchange' in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin in July 2007.
Bealtaine in CMC [July]
An extract from Ciarán Farrell’s Shannon Suite, performed in CMC’s library on 25 May 2007 by guitarist Brendan Walsh as part of the 2007 Bealtaine Festival.
New Music Online: a Seminar from the Contemporary Music Centre [July]
Audio highlights and presentations from CMC's seminar on the promotion and distribution of music on the Internet held at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 22 May 2007.
New Music Marathon in Cork [May]
A short video extract taken from the New Music Marathon for student composers held in April 2007 at University College Cork Music Department.
Crash Ensemble at the Samuel Beckett Theatre [March]
CA short video extract taken from the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's Grá agus Bás in February 2007 at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin.
From Here to Everywhere... [February]
CMC's Contemporary Music from Ireland series of promotional CDs are distributed free of charge to radio stations throughout the world. Michael Quinn talks to some of the broadcasters who receive and make use of the CDs, and examines the impact that the series has on their programming.
Missing Persons [February]
In the latest of an occasional series of articles featuring Irish composers, Bob Gilmore interviews Ailís Ní Riain from Cork, who is currently living in Manchester.