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amplify #33 - 2020 wrap up, CMC Salon, and Anne-Marie O'Farrell
The final episode of CMC’s podcast presented by Jonathan Grimes and CMC Director Evonne Ferguson includes a brief look back on CMC’s work during 2020, an excerpt from CMC’s last online Salon event for 2020, and Anne-Marie O’Farrell on her 2017 Beethoven-inspired work, ‘Der Abend’. Show Notes Anne-Marie O’Farrell CMC Composer Page Composer Web Site CMC Salon - Sebastian Adams, Lina Andonoskva, and Barry O’Halpin
20:17
December 22, 2020
amplify #32 - Gerald Barry, Seán Clancy, Raymond Deane, Eric Egan and Jane O'Leary on Beethoven
To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, this week’s amplify podcast features composers Gerald Barry, Seán Clancy, Raymond Deane, Eric Egan and Jane O’Leary on Beethoven’s influence and inspiration behind some of their works. The episode also features extracts from Beethoven’s letters read by Bernard Clarke. Show Notes Gerald Barry CMC Composer Page Schott Music Seán Clancy CMC Composer Page Composer web site Raymond Deane CMC Composer Page Composer web site Eric Egan Jane O’Leary Music Beethoven - Emperor Concerto (Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Firkusny) Gerald Barry - Beethoven (Stephen Richardson, Crash Ensemble) Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (Daniel Barenboim) Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 26 (Emil Gilels) Raymond Deane - Noctuary: Minerva’s Owl (Hugh Tinney) Jane O’Leary - The Passing of Sound Forever (ConTempo Quartet) Beethoven - String Quartet No. 11 (Emerson String Quartet) Gerald Barry - Schott and Sons, Mainz (Stephen Richardson, Chamber Choir Ireland) Gerald Barry - Mrs Streicher (Gavan Ring, Stephen Irvine) Gerald Barry - Stockhausen (1928–2007) (Barbara Hannigan, Juoko Laivuori) Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15 in a minor, Op 132 (Alban Berg Quartet Eric Egan - … a thing glimpsed … (Trondheim Sinfonietta) Seán Clancy - Neue Kraft Fühlend (Bozzini Quartet) Raymond Deane - Noctuary: Minerva’s Owl (Hugh Tinney) Gerald Barry - Beethoven (Stephen Richardson, Crash Ensemble) Production and editing - Jonathan Grimes, Keith Fennell Thanks to Bernard Clarke for reading the letters, to Jane O’Leary for her help in selecting and sourcing the letters, CMC Library Coordinator Susan Brodigan for her research into
33:49
December 18, 2020
amplify #31 - Irish National Opera's 20 Shots of Opera
This week’s podcast features four of the composers whose works will be presented as part of Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera online event. Éna Brennan, Michael Gallen, Emma O’Halloran, and Evangelia Rigaki talk about their pieces alongside contributions from INO Artistic Director Fergus Sheil and soprano Orla Boylan. Subscribe to the podcast here Show Notes 20 Shots of Opera Michael Gallen michaeljgallen.com CMC composer page Emma O’Halloran emma-ohalloran.com CMC composer page Evangelia Rigaki Éna Brennan Music Evangelia Rigaki - The Gift (Doreen Curran (mezzo-soprano), Sean McGinley (actor), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor Fergus Sheil) Michael Gallen - At a Loss (Orla Boylan (soprano), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor Fergus Sheil) Emma O’Halloran - The Wait (Naomi Louisa O’Connell (mezzo-soprano), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor Elaine Kelly) Éna Brennan - Rupture (Rachel Goode (soprano), Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor Elaine Kelly)
34:46
December 11, 2020
amplify #30 - Library Ireland Week and Francis Heery on his project 'Animal Faith'
This week’s podcast marks the Library Association of Ireland’s annual Library Ireland Week. CMC Library Coordinator Susan Brodigan talks about recent digitisation projects in CMC’s library and selects some of the recordings that have been digitised. Also featured is a conversation with composer Francis Heery about his project ‘Animal Faith’ which researches the intersections between bioacoustics and composition. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Through the Digital Door: Library Ireland Week 2020 Heritage Council/An Chomhairle Oidhreachta Community Heritage grant has been awarded to CMC Francis Heery francisheery.com CMC composer page Music Francis Heery - Callows CMC Library Coordinator, Susan Brodigan Joan Trimble - Suite for Strings Eric Sweeney - Musique pour mes Amis (Danish Wind Quartet), Recorded at November 1997 in St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle Raymond Deane - Marche Oublieé (Schubert Ensemble),recorded in February 1997 at Skerries Community Centre, Co. Dublin, Donnacha Dennehy - Pluck, Stroke and Hammer (Hugh Tinney, Vanbrugh Quartet), recorded in 1997 at St Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle Francis Heery Francis Heery - Lebensraum Morton Feldman - String Quartet No. 1 Francis Heery - Quinta Francis Heery - Callows Francis Heery - Uexkell
35:38
December 2, 2020
amplify #29 - Emma Coulthard
Episode 29 of CMC’s podcast on Irish composers and new music features a conversation with flautist Emma Coulthard about her career and work with Irish composers. The episode also includes contributions from two of the composers on their collaborations with Emma - Paul Hayes and Fergus Johnston. Show Notes Subscribe to the podcast here Emma Coulthard Soundcloud page For the Birds - online concert on 30 November Music Fergus Johnston - Planxty Anna Murray/Emma Coulthard - GLSS.RNDR John Buckley - Boireann (Emma Coulthard, David Adams) Michael Holohan - Leafy with Love Banks Paul Hayes - Mass Production (Emma Coulthard (voice), Jennifer Walshe (trumpet), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Paul Hayes - Echo Chatterbox John McLachlan - Isola (Emma Coulthard, David Adams) Fergus Johnston - Opus Lepidopterae (Emma Coulthard, David Adams) Benjamin Dwyer - HAG (Emma Coulthard, Benjamin Dwyer) Fergus Johnston - Planxty Anna Murray/Emma Coulthard - GLSS.RNDR John McLachlan - Isola (Emma Coulthard, David Adams)
35:33
November 20, 2020
amplify #28 - Ed Bennett and Karen Power
Episode 28 of CMC’s podcast features conversations with composers about two recent album releases. Ed Bennett’s ‘Psychedelia’ on NMC Recordings, and Karen Power’s ‘Human Nature’. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Subscribe to the podcast here Ed Bennett: Psychedelia (NMC Records) Karen Power: Human Nature Ed Bennett Composer web site CMC page Karen Power Composer web site CMC page CMC Salon - Ian Wilson ‘Wild is the wind’ album launch Wild is the wind - Diatribe Records Music Please consider supporting the artists and labels by purchasing these releases Opening Ed Bennett - Psychedelia (RTE National Symphony Orchestra) Karen Power - train to Machu Picchu Karen Power All tracks from Human Nature - loved bees (Anne-Marie O’Farrell) - underwater frogs of Angkor Wat (Thomas Buckner) - train to Machu Picchu (Johnny Chang) - Amazonian frogs (Seth Josel) - if trees had bellies (Jane Rigler) - seals off the Namibian shipwreck coast (Ute Wassermann) - monkeys + ‘waterbird’ of the Amazon (Loré Lixenberg) - bats of Namibia (John Godfrey) - beneath the living sand dunes @ Gobabeb (Rishin Singh) - sirens of New York (Samuel Stoll) Ed Bennett All tracks from Psychedelia - Organ Grinder (Orkest de Ereprijs) - Freefalling (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) - Song of the Books: III (Kate Ellis, Decibel) - Psychedelia (RTE National Symphony Orchestra) - Song of the Books: II (Kate Ellis, Decibel) - Magnetic (Jack McNeill, Eliza McCarthy)
35:25
November 6, 2020
amplify #27 - Seán Doherty on composing for choir and choral conductor Orla Flanagan on her work with the Mornington Singers
Episode 27 of CMC’s podcast ‘amplify’ features a special episode produced for this year’s City of Derry International Choir Festival. Derry-born composer Seán Doherty talks to Evonne Ferguson about his background in choral singing and composing for choir, and conductor Orla Flanagan talks to Jonathan Grimes about her work with the Mornington Singers and Irish composers. Show Notes Subscribe to the podcast here City of Derry International Choir Festival 2020 Festival podcast series Séan Doherty cmc.ie/composers/sean-doherty seandohertymusic.com New Dublin Voices Laetare Vocal Ensemble Orla Flanagan Mornington Singers Music Rhona Clarke - Regina Caeli (Mornington Singers) Seán Doherty Blessed be that Maid Marie (New Dublin Voices) Snow Dance for the Dead (New Dublin Voices) A Nywe Werk (New Dublin Voices) Ghost Song (Laetare Vocal Ensemble) This Endless Night (New Dublin Voices) Khuluma isintu (Speak to the People) Orla Flanagan Eoin Mulvany - Is úar Geimred (Mornington Singers) Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill - Is naofa thú (Mornington Singers) Evangelia Rigaki - The Pregnant Box (Mornington Singers) John Buckley - Lux Aeterna (Mornington Singers) John Buckley - To the Northeast: Harbour Song (Mornington Singers) Seán Doherty - Under-Song (Mornington Singers) Colin Mawby - Alleluia, Christus Resurrexit (Mornington Singers) Rhona Clarke - Regina Caeli (Mornington Singers) Frank Corcoran - Caoine (Mornington Singers) Gráinne Mulvey - Dead Earth (Milltown Chamber Choir) Eoin Mulvany - Is úar Geimred (Mornington Singers)
41:28
October 23, 2020
amplify #26 - Kirkos Ensemble's Biosphere and Jennifer Walshe's Ireland: A Dataset
Episode 26 of CMC’s podcast on new music from Ireland and Irish composers features a report from Kirkos Ensemble’s Biosphere series of outdoor events in September, and audio diaries from Jennifer Walshe, Tonnta vocal ensemble members Robbie Blake and Elizabeth Hilliard, and saxophonist Nick Roth on Jennifer Walshe’s recent work ‘Ireland: A Dataset’. Show Notes Subscribe to the podcast here Biosphere Featuring contributions from composer Tom Lane, Kirkos Director Sebastian Adams, and horn player Hannah Miller Tom Lane Tide Sebastian Adams Tide Quartet Ireland: A Dataset Audio diary contributions from Robbie Blake, Elizabeth Hilliard, Nick Roth and Jennifer Walshe Ireland: A Dataset Tonnta Nick Roth CMC page Elizabeth Hilliard Jennifer Walshe CMC page
31:23
October 9, 2020
amplify #25 - Eric Sweeney (1948-2020)
The first in a new series of CMC’s podcast features a special tribute to composer Eric Sweeney, who passed away in July of this year. The episode features contributions from David Adams, John Buckley, Hazel Farrell, Ronan Guilfoyle and Grainne Mulvey about the composer’s life, music and sizeable contribution to music in Ireland. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Eric Sweeney CMC Page ericsweeney.com David Adams John Buckley Hazel Farrell Ronan Guilfoyle Grainne Mulvey Through the Digital Door: works by Eric Sweeney in CMC’s Library Music Kyrie from Hymn to Gaia (Eric Sweeney) Ceol Rince Ros Mhic Treoin (New Ross Dance Music) (Finghin Collins, Dearbhla Collins, Alexander Bernstein) There is no Rose (Chamber Choir Ireland) Duo (John Finucane, Elisaveta Blumina) Canzona (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Symphony No. 2 (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Dance Music (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Le Circle de Lumiere (Eric Sweeney) The Widening Gyre (Eric Sweeney) Guitar Concerto (John Feeley, Sunrise Quartet) Walk/Don’t Walk (Ríona Ó’Duinnín, Geraldine O’Doherty, Nancy Johnson) The Invader Evening: the lighthouse at Hook Head (Olga Scheps) Thanks to Susan Brodigan, CMC Library Coordinator, for her help in sourcing the archival recordings.
32:49
September 28, 2020
amplify #24 - Crash Ensemble CEO Neva Elliott McGinley and conductor Sineád Hayes
The last in the current series of CMC’s podcast features conversations with Crash Ensemble CEO Neva Elliott McGinley and conductor Sinead Hayes on their current and future work. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Neva Elliott McGinley Crashlands Professor Bad Trip Free State 12 Free State 13 Sinead Hayes Irish National Digital Performance Platform blog post Music Neva Elliott McGinley Donnacha Dennehy - Canons and Overtones (Crash Ensemble), 5:25, 26:34 Roger Doyle - UX 2 (Crash Ensemble) Linda Buckley - Seancheann (Caimin Gilmore) Seán Clancy - Eleven Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop Andrew Hamilton - Music for People Who Like Art (Crash Ensemble) Donnacha Dennehy - As An Nós (Crash Ensemble) Mango X MathMan - Deep Blue featuring Lisa Hannigan and Crash Ensemble Sinead Hayes Greg Caffrey - The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse (Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble) Raymond Deane - Vagbones (Opera Collective Ireland) Piers Hellawell - Ground Truthing: I (Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble) Greg Caffrey - Garden of Earthly Delights (Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble) amplify podcast highlights Amanda Feery - Vulture (Crash Ensemble) Jennifer Walshe - TIME TIME TIME Donnacha Dennehy - The Hunger: Black Potatoes (Crash Ensemble and Iarla O Lionaird) Linda Buckley and Jonathan Nangle - Helen Street from Moog Residency
53:23
July 13, 2020
amplify #23 - Judith Ring and Roger Doyle
Episode 23 of CMC’s podcast features conversations with Judith Ring on her work and dealing with a creative slump during lockdown, and Roger Doyle on his second electronic opera, ‘iGirl’. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Judith Ring Roger Doyle CMC Salon 2 - Andreea Banciu and Adrian Mantu CMC Salon 3 - Michelle O’Rourke NCFA launches 13-Point Plan Clonmel Junction Arts Festival - I Oedipus by Roger Doyle Marina Carr Scenes from iGIRL Trish McAdam Music Roger Doyle - Blood on Their Hands Judith Ring My one’s bigger than yours (Kate Ellis, Malachy Robinson) Wildwood: Invisible Scampers (Martin Johnson) [live recording] Mouthpiece (Michelle O’Rourke, Natasha Lohan) Up to my f-holes (Kate Ellis) Accumulation A Breath of Fresh Air (Lina Andonovska) Swelt belly at dawn (Concorde), Solo set at Valentia Island (2018) Swelt belly at dawn Roger Doyle Roger Doyle on Bandcamp Overture to iGirl I Girl of the Cursed Breasts I Oedipus I Joanne D’arc
51:04
June 26, 2020
amplify #22 - Andrew Hamilton
Episode 22 of CMC’s podcast features an in-depth interview with composer, Andrew Hamilton about his new album 'Joy' on Ergodos Records and highlights of CMC's Salon online event from last week. Show Notes; CMC Salon; Andrew Hamilton's new album 'Joy' released on Ergodos Records. Music Jane O'Leary - A Piacere  (Paul Roe) Andrew Hamilton - Joy Andrew Hamilton - The Spirit of Art Andrew Hamilton - May Andrew Hamilton - A Andrew Hamilton - Product #1 Andrew Hamilton - I and I Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music
28:03
June 12, 2020
amplify #21 - Ian Wilson, Jonathan Nangle, Deirdre O'Leary and Ultan O'Brien
Episode 21 of CMC’s podcast features conversations with Ian Wilson on taking inspiration from the environment and politics, and his composing career up to this point, Jonathan Nangle and clarinettist Deirdre O’Leary on their recent collaboration for Music Network’s Butterfly Sessions, and a profile of CMC Emerging Composer, Ultan O’Brien. Show Notes Jonathan Nangle Deirdre O’Leary Ian Wilson Soundcloud Butterfly Sessions - Jonathan Nangle and Deirdre O’Leary Ultan O’Brien Soundcloud West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Ultan O’Brien - Na Coillte Istoíche, 0:00, X:XX Jonathan Nangle - Mandala (Deirdre O’Leary) Ian Wilson - Lyric Suite (string quartet #7) (Callino Quartet) Ian Wilson - 1927 for three violins (Wasserfall) Ian Wilson - Pieces of Elsewhere Ian Wilson - A Sonata of Solstices and Equinoxes (Matthew Schellhorn), 23:48, 25:02 Ian Wilson - Denier (Fiona Kelly - flute) Ian Wilson - Denier (Fiona Kelly - flute) Ian Wilson - The emptiness of the ever-expanding universe cannot compare to the void where your heart should be (Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble) Ian Wilson - Species Counterpoint (Ties Mellema, Cathal Roche) Ian Wilson - Rise Ian Wilson - Limena (Hugh Tinney, Belgrade Strings) Gráinne Mulvey - Akanos (Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra) Anselm McDonnell - Hiraeth am Nefoedd Deirdre McKay - time shining (Andrew Zolinsky) Quiet Club + CrOw - As the quiet crow flies Greg Caffrey - Environments I (Finghin Collins, Ulster Orchestra) Ultan O’Brien - Fiddle Étude 3
59:13
May 29, 2020
Amanda Feery, Lina Andonovska, Scott Mc Laughlin and Áine Mallon - amplify #20
Episode 20 of CMC’s podcast features a conversation with Amanda Feery and Lina Andonovska about their new recording, ‘The Scolds’, Scott Mc Laughlin on his current projects and composing during lockdown, and a profile of CMC Emerging Composer Áine Mallon. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Lina Andonovska Amanda Feery Scott Mc Laughlin Lina Andonovska - A Way A Lone A Last amplify #1 - Amanda Feery amplify #12 - live from New Music Dublin Scold’s bridle Composer Lab 2016 - interview with Scott Mc Laughlin Tectonics Festival Garden of Forking Paths United Bible Studies Murmansk CMC Emerging Composer Scheme CMC Emerging Composer Scheme 2020 announcement Áine Mallon Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Scott Mc Laughlin - a particular constellation of openings and closures, 0:02, 36:44 Amanda Feery - The Scolds (Lina Andonovska) Scott Mc Laughlin - Repetitions and Variations Transform One Another Scott Mc Laughlin - Abrash (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Scott Mc Laughlin - Duet (Heather Roche, Jonathan Sage) Scott Mc Laughlin - Threads of the Social Scott Mc Laughlin - The whole is encountered (Christopher Williams) Áine Mallon - Flotsam (Piatti Quartet), 39:12, 49:24 Áine Mallon - Dum Transisset Sabbatum (ORA Singers)
50:22
May 15, 2020
amplify #19 - Dave Flynn on his current musical focus and Karen Power on performing over the Internet
Episode 19 features conversations with Dave Flynn about his current musical focus and the future for Irish composers and musicians after the Covid–19 Pandemic, and Karen Power on performing live with other musicians over the Internet. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes In Focus album (featuring Gráinne Mulvey) Dave Flynn Dave Flynn on Soundcloud Mel Bay Irish Memory Orchestra Niwel Tsumbu Karen Power Karen Power on Soundcloud Earth Day Telematic Festival Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Gráinne Mulvey - Interstices (Ensemble MISE-EN) Dave Flynn daveflynn.bandcamp.com Dave Flynn - String Quartet No. 3 ‘The Keening’ III (ConTempo Quartet), 4:30, 32:34 Dave Flynn - Tar Éis an Caoineadh ’ (Irina Muresanu) Dave Flynn - Winter Snowflakes Dave Flynn - Elegy for Joan Dave Flynn - The Corncrake Dave Flynn - String Quartet No. 2 ‘The Cranning’ - Slip (ConTempo Quartet Dave Flynn - Joy (Niwel Tsumbu, Crash Ensemble) [live recording] Benjamin Dwyer - Etude No. 1 from Twelve Etudes Eric Sweeney - Figurations (John Feeley) Jane O’Leary - Four Pieces for Guitar (John Feeley) Dave Flynn - Paddy Fahey’s Reels No. 20 & 6 Dave Flynn - The Minimalist Reel (from the Clare Concerto) (Irish Memory Orchestra) [live recording] Karen Power veiled border quartet (Thomas Ciufo, John Godfrey, Karen Power, Jane Rigler)
48:24
May 8, 2020
Benjamin Dwyer on composing, free improvisation and Beckett / Nick Roth on Diatribe Records
Episode 18 features conversations with composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer on composing, free improvisation and his Beckett-inspired album, ‘What is the Word’; and composer, saxophonist and Diatribe Records co-director Nick Roth on the label. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Benjamin Dwyer Nick Roth Diatribe Records New Music Dublin Diatribe Stage Blue Shroud Band Barry Guy Maya Homburger What is the Word album Patrick Pye Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Nick Roth - Clarinet Quintet for Klezmer Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and String Quartet Benjamin Dwyer - six residua (after Beckett) i Barry Guy and the Blue Shroud Band , 8:12, 10:24, 12:54, 15:36, 18:53 Barry Guy - Five Fizzles, 13:56 Benjamin Dwyer - six residua (after Beckett) iv Benjamin Dwyer - what is the word - i. neither, 24:50, 27:03 -Benjamin Dwyer - what is the word - interlude i Benjamin Dwyer - what is the word - interlude ii Benjamin Dwyer - five disjecta (after Beckett) iii Nick Roth - Bátá (live recording from New Music Dublin 2020, 35:23, 47:06 Nick Roth - A Loved A Long
47:57
May 1, 2020
Linda Buckley on the challenge of composing during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Episode 17 features Glasgow-based Irish composer Linda Buckley in conversation with Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. The episode includes an introduction to a playlist of pieces by Irish composers, specially selected for the podcast by Linda Buckley. Show Notes Linda Buckley CMC Covid–19 policy initiatives CMC Covid–19 Survey CMC Through the Digital Door series: Trombone / horn; Clarinet; Violin Music Linda Buckley - Chiyo Linda Buckley - Torann, 4:02, 36:02 Linda Buckley - Revelavit, 10:23, 29:19 Linda Buckley - Oscillate Linda Buckley / Jonathan Nangle - Helen Street Seán Clancy - and then you smiled Crevice - Anita’s Altar Linda Buckley - Vespers Maria Somerville - Undoing Slow Moving Clouds - Os Linda Buckley - O Iochtar Mara Linda Buckley - White Light MMOTHS - Verbena Andrew Hamilton - In airde High up Linda Buckley’s Playlist Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Linda Buckley and Jonathan Nangle - Helen Street Seán Clancy - and then you smiled Linda Buckley - Vespers Maria Somerville - Undoing MMOTHS - Verbena Sorcha de Róiste - Aisling Gheal Crevice - Anita’s Altar Andrew Hamilton - In airde / High up
37:11
April 24, 2020
Dealing with Covid-19: pianist Isabelle O'Connell, composer Frank Corcoran, and soprano Elizabeth Hilliard
Episode 16 of CMC’s podcast features conversations about dealing with the Covid–19 Pandemic with pianist Isabelle O’Connell, composer Frank Corcoran, and soprano Elizabeth Hilliard. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Isabelle O’Connell Frank Corcoran Elizabeth Hilliard National Campaign for the Arts Artist Emergency Relief Fund Arts Council COVID–19 Crisis Response Award CMC COVID–19 Composer Survey Finding a Voice Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Amanda Feery - Two Steps on the Water Donnacha Dennehy - Resevoir Linda Buckley - Fridur, 16:38, 20:42 Siobhán Cleary - Ondine Frank Corcoran - Symphony No. 2 (opening) Frank Corcoran - Eight Haiku (archive recording) Gráinne Mulvey - Eternity is Now Gráinne Mulvey - The Seafarer David Bremner - Logic Ballad #2: The guarded tourist makes the guide the test Siobhán Cleary - Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire
44:05
April 10, 2020
Composer Matthew Whiteside on the current challenges for composers and musicians in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and Úna Monaghan on her collection of pieces 'Aonaracht I'
Production and editing - Jonathan Grimes, Keith Fennell Episode 15 of CMC’s podcast features composer and producer Matthew Whiteside on the current challenges for composers and musicians in light of the Covid–19 Pandemic, and harpist and composer Úna Monaghan on working on ‘Aonaracht I’, a collection of pieces for New Music Dublin. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Please get in touch - amplify@cmc.ie Show Notes Matthew Whiteside www.matthewwhiteside.co.uk/ Twitter The Night With Classical Next Scottish New Music Awards Ensemble Offspring concert Úna Monaghan Aonaracht I Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Úna Monaghan - Réalta Matthew Whiteside - Response One David Fennessy - Hirta Rounds Matthew Whiteside - Quartet No. 6 Linda Buckley - Oscillate Úna Monaghan - Aonaracht I (rehearsal recording)
41:09
April 3, 2020
Sound artist Ed Devane on live streaming music events during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Brian Irvine's Totally Made Up Orchestra, and music by John McLachlan, Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny
Episode 14 of CMC’s podcast features an interview with sound artist and instrument designer Ed Devane on live streaming and the use of technology in creating and sharing music, composer Brian Irvine on his Totally Made Up Orchestra, and recent music from John McLachlan, Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplifyPlease get in touch - amplify@cmc.ie Show Notes John McLachlan Soundcloud Covid–19 update from CMC Covid–19 survey Ed Devane Plastic Brian Irvine Ed Devane Instagram Helmholtz Challenge Izumi Kimura Cora Venus Lunny Field Recording Project Farpoint Recordings Totally Made Up Orchestra Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music John McLachlan - Segue 1 Devane / Parmar ISSTA Cork 2019 Ed Devane - The Strolling Zither Izumi Kimura - Storm Emma, Above and Below
42:38
March 27, 2020
amplify #13
Episode 13 of CMC’s podcast includes an update on CMC’s working arrangements following the closure of its building to the public in light of the Covid–19 emergency, and a selection of recordings from Ed Bennett, Linda Buckley, Roger Doyle, Gráinne Mulvey, Ailís Ní Ríain and Garrett Sholdice. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Please get in touch - amplify@cmc.ie Show Notes cmc.ie/Covid–19 Fee guidelines for music commissions Ed Bennett Linda Buckley Roger Doyle Gráinne Mulvey Ailís Ní Ríain Garrett Sholdice Music Please consider supporting these and other Irish composers and musicians by purchasing their music Ed Bennett - Togetherness (excerpt), Decibel Gráinne Mulvey - Awakening Ailís Ní Ríain - Highfalutin (excerpt), Iwona Glinka (flutes) Roger Doyle - Second Oak Linda Buckley - Númarímur (excerpt), Elizabeth Hilliard (voice) Garrett Sholdice - Weihnachtliche Musik / 2013, Garrett Sholdice (piano)
26:52
March 19, 2020
Live from New Music Dublin - amplify #12
A live recording of CMC’s podcast held during New Music Dublin on 1 March 2020. The event featured an interview with composer Kevin O’Connell, whose portrait concert performed by the Hard Rain Ensemble took place during the festival, and a panel discussion on diversity in new music, ‘Whose music?’, with NMDX programme delegates Eve O’Donnell (National Sawdust) and David Pay (Music on Main), composer Amanda Feery, and New Music Dublin Festival Director John Harris. Presented by Evonne Ferguson and Jonathan Grimes. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Production, editing and recording - Keith Fennell Show Notes Kevin O’Connell Kevin O’Connell portrait concert at New Music Dublin Dreamcatchr - opera by Kevin O’Connell and Lily Akerman Amanda Feery Eve O’Donnell National Sawdust David Pay Music on Main John Harris New Music Dublin Music Kevin O’Connell - Aves de Paso III, Elizabeth Hilliard, Paul Roe, David Bremner. See www.cmc.ie/amplify/episode-12-NMD-Live for full details 
1:03:48
March 12, 2020
Music by Jennifer Walshe, Anna Murray and Jenn Kirby for International Women's Day 2020 - amplify #11
A special episode for International Women's Day, featuring recordings of works by Jennifer Walshe, Anna Murray and Jenn Kirby from their recent albums, introduced by the composers. Music Jennifer Walshe - Hildegard von Bingen: In Principio Omnes, from Ordo Virtutum Anna Murray - Rndr7 (Moon) (extract) Jenn Kirby - Smart Music Featured albums Jennifer Walshe - A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1 Anna Murray - Rndr II Jenn Kirby - Machine Being
16:29
March 8, 2020
Sounding the Feminists - Ann Cleare, Karen Power, Laura Watson and Ciara Murphy - amplify #10
Production and editing - Jonathan Grimes Recording - Keith Fennell To mark International Women's Day 2020, episode 10 of CMC's podcast amplify profiles the work of the Sounding the Feminists collective with a conversation between Evonne Ferguson and STF Working Group Members Ann Cleare, Karen Power and Laura Watson; and STF Research Associate, Ciara Murphy on her project to carry out a Gender Balance Review Project for the collective. Presented by Jonathan Grimes. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Show Notes Sounding the Feminists Ann Cleare Karen Power Laura Watson Ciara Murphy Sounding the Feminists and Contemporary Music Centre Announce Gender Balance Review Project 2019 Music Ann Cleare - fiáin, Crash Ensemble from the Album Crashlands - 00:02 Karen Power - Invitation to Wander, Quiet Music Ensemble, Ute Wassermann, Michelle O’ Rourke, Sound Choir led by Karen Power - 17:13
26:32
March 5, 2020
amplify #9 - International Conference on Live Coding
Production and editing - Jonathan Grimes Recording - Keith Fennell Episode 9 of CMC’s podcast features a conversation recorded in early February 2020 at the University of Limerick during the International Conference on Live Coding. Guests include writer-artist Emma Cocker, musician Alex McLean, composers Neil O’Connor and Giuseppe Torre, and curator Nora O’ Murchú. Presented by Jonathan Grimes. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Show Notes International Conference on Live Coding 2020 Emma Cocker Alex McLean Nora O’ Murchú Neil O’Connor Giuseppe Torre International Conference on Live Coding YouTube channel CMC Live Amplify podcast recording at New Music Dublin - 1 March 2020 Music Ordinance Survey - Chrome - 00:02, 26:18 Kate Sicchio, Marissa Forbes and Zeshan Wang- Terpiscode - 02:09 Alex McLean - Prototype - 05:34 Char Stiles - eCosystem - 09:34 Alex McLean - Bionic March - 17:25
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February 27, 2020
Toner Quinn on 20 years of the Journal of Music; Jane O'Leary on writing for string quartet and recent works; and Adrian Mantu on new music and the ConTempo Quartet - amplify #8
Episode 8 of CMC's podcast features interviews recorded in Galway in early February 2020 with Toner Quinn, Journal of Music, composer Jane O'Leary, and Galway Music Residency - the ConTempo Quartet cellist, Adrian Mantu. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Subscribe at cmc.ie/amplify Show Notes Toner Quinn Journal of Music Jane O’Leary ConTempo Quartet Adrian Mantu Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble Music Dave Flynn - Slip from String Quartet No. 2, ConTempo Quartet - 00:02 Benedict Schlepper-Connolly - The weathered stone, Anita Vedres, Kate Ellis, Saskia Lankhoorn (Ergodos) - 04:51 Donnacha Dennehy - Streetwalker, Crash Ensemble (NMC Recordings) - 09:19 Seán Mac Erlaine - Horse-Drawn Thoughts (Ergodos) - 17:33 Ina Boyle - String Quartet, live recording on 4 February 2020, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. ConTempo Quartet - 20:33 Jane O’Leary - forever begin… (Fanfare for a New Year), live recording on 4 February 2020, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. ConTempo Quartet - 20:33–24:32 Jane O’Leary - Beneath the Dark Blue Waves, live recording on 31 January 2020, SARC, Queens University, Belfast. Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, - 25:34-28:58 Jane O’Leary - Mystic Play of Shadows - 31:48–34:24 Linda Buckley - Haza, ConTempo Quartet - 36:20 Jennifer Walshe - Minard/Nithsdale, ConTempo Quartet - 41:00 Deirdre McKay - Snowline, ConTempo Quartet - 44:28
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February 13, 2020
amplify #7 - John Harris, Festival Director of New Music Dublin
Episode 7 of CMC’s fortnightly podcast features an interview with New Music Dublin Festival Director John Harris about the 2020 festival, the link between social situations and new music, building audiences, achieving gender balance in programming, and the importance of placing international work alongside Irish work when programming the festival. Complete show notes: www.cmc.ie/features/amplify-7 Show Notes John Harris New Music Dublin Diatribe Records Red Note Ensemble Traverse Theatre Ann Cleare Úna Monaghan New Music Dublin 2018 cancelled New Music Dublin Defrosted Juliet Fraser Music Barry O’Halpin - Hox, from A Way A Lone A Last, Lina Andonovska, Matthew Jacobson - 00:01 Gerald Barry - Viola Concerto, Lawrence Power, Britten Sinfonia, conductor Thomas Ades - 07:34, 09:58 Nick Roth - Bátá, from A Way A Lone A Last, Lina Andonovska, Matthew Jacobson - 13:14 Kevin O’Connell - Aves de Paso III, from new music::new Ireland 3, Elizabeth Hilliard (voice), Paul Roe (clarinet), David Bremner (piano) - 16:41 Judith Ring - A Breath of Fresh Air, from A Way A Lone A Last, Lina Andonovska - 20:33 Kevin Volans -Gol Na mBan San Ár for Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra, David Power, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - 25:05 Úna Monaghan - Reálta - 29:24 Siobhán Cleary - Leda and the Swan, from new music::new Ireland 3, Therese Fahy - 37:19 Benjamin Dwyer - five disjecta (after Beckett), from What is the Word (for release by Diatribe Records), Benjamin Dwyer - 39:33
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January 30, 2020
Violinist Darragh Morgan on commissioning and performing new music by Irish composers, and Deirdre Gribbin on receiving a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland - amplify #
Episode 6 of CMC's fortnightly podcast features interviews with violinist Darragh Morgan and composer Deirdre Gribbin. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Show Notes Darragh Morgan Deirdre Gribbin Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival Mode Records NMC Recordings Music Gerald Barry - Triorchic Blues, Fidelio Trio - 00:02, 19:43 Deirdre Gribbin - How to Make the Water Sound, Fidelio Trio - 00:32, 15:27, 43.17 Jonathan Nangle - where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds, Darragh Morgan - 03:51 Brian Irvine - A mon seul desir, Darragh Morgan, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gavin Maloney - 05:37, 06:29 Paul Wilson - Trapped in Ice, Darragh Morgan - 07:36 Michael Finnissy - Mississippi Hornpipes , Darragh Morgan - 08:47 John Buckley - Piano Trio: II Kaleidoscope, Fidelio Trio - 11:18 Donnacha Dennehy - Elastic Harmonic, Darragh Morgan, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gavin Maloney - 17:42 Linda Buckley - Exploding Stars, Darragh Morgan - 22:08 Piers Hellawell - Jan Palach and the Flaming Skier, Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea - 25:00 Kevin Volans - Piano Trio, Fidelio Trio - 27:04 Deirdre Gribbin - Venus Blazing, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Bradley Creswick - 34.23 Deirdre Gribbin - Hearing Your Genes Evolve, Isenberg Quartet- 38.03 Further information: https://www.cmc.ie/features/amplify-6
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January 16, 2020
Jennifer Walshe on her opera with Timothy Morton 'TIME TIME TIME' and Kevin Volans on reaching 70 - amplify #5
Episode 5 of CMC’s podcast features interviews with Jennifer Walshe’s about her opera TIME TIME TIME and Kevin Volans on reaching 70. Subscribe to the Podcast here. Production - Jonathan Grimes Recording and editing - Keith Fennell Show Notes Jennifer Walshe TIME TIME TIME Kevin Volans Kevin Volans’ 70th Birthday Concert Sonic Acts MaerzMusik Ultima Festival Borealis Serpentine Galleries London Contemporary Music Festival Aedín Cosgrove Úna Monaghan Timothy Morton MC Schmidt Lee Patterson Áine O’Dwyer Cafe Oto Aosdána Open Ear Festival Áine O’Dwyer - Accompaniment for Captives Eoin Murray - The Quietus Music Kevin Volans - String Quartet No. 9, Signum Quartett - 00:02 Jennifer Walshe & Timothy Morton - TIME TIME TIME; Berlin, March 2019 - 02:57, 04:27, 6:10, 9:38, 11:46, 18:45, 20:19 Jennifer Walshe & Timothy Morton - TIME TIME TIME; London, December 2019 (rehearsal) - 14:48, 28:01, 32:02, 33:10 Jennifer Walshe - The Site of an Investigation, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - 23:21, 34:44 Áine O’Dwyer - Alter Boy - 26:20 Kevin Volans - String Quartet No. 12, Signum Quartett - 37:55, 51:48
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December 19, 2019
History as contested ground: Donnacha Dennehy's opera The Hunger, featuring interviews with the composer, Iarla Ó Lionáird and director Tom Creed, and remembering Colin Mawby (1936-2019) - amplify #4
Episode 4 of CMC’s fortnightly podcast features interviews with Donnacha Dennehy, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Tom Creed on Dennehy’s recent opera, ‘The Hunger’, and former RTÉ producer and RTÉ lyric fm station head Seamus Crimmins on composer and choral conductor Colin Mawby, who died recently. Production - Jonathan Grimes Recording and editing - Keith Fennell The feature on Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger was devised and researched by Maynooth University music lecturer and researcher, Stephanie Ford. Show Notes Donnacha Dennehy www.donnachadennehy.com Iarla Ó Lionáird iarla.com Tom Creed tomcreed.org The Hunger - Abbey Theatre www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/the-hunger Music The Hunger The Hunger: Black Potatoes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Alarm Will Sound, conductor Alan Pierson - 00:02, 20:28, 23:23, 28:39 The Hunger: I Feared He Would Die, Alarm Will Sound, conductor Alan Pierson - 06:17, 26:18 Grá agus Bás, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Crash Ensemble, conductor Alan Pierson - 09:09, 12:38, 15:55 Stainless Staining, Lisa Moore - 14:52 Grá agus Bás, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Crash Ensemble, conductor Alan Pierson - 15:55 The Hunger: I Have Seen and Handled the Black Bread, Katherine Manley, Alarm Will Sound, conductor Alan Pierson 17:20 The Hunger: The Keening, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Katherine Manley, Alarm Will Sound, conductor Alan Pierson - 31:44 Colin Mawby Ave verum corpus, Westminster Catherdral Choir, City of London Sinfonia, conductor James O’Donnell - 32:51, 41:16 When David Heard, Chamber Choir Ireland - 36:49 O magnum mysterium, Kölner Kantorei, conductor Volker Hempfling - 38:44
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December 5, 2019
The Golden Age for contemporary music from Ireland? Songs in the Irish language, and rediscovering Irish women composers from the twentieth century - amplify #3
Episode 3 of CMC’s new podcast features an interview with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival artistic director, Graham McKenzie, Dáirine Ní Mheadhra on her project to commission Irish composers to write songs using Irish language texts, and CMC Scholar-in-residence Orla Shannon on the music and lives of twentieth-century Irish women composers Ina Boyle and Joan Trimble. Presented by Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson. Recording and production - Keith Fennell  Editing - Jonathan Grimes Show Notes Ann Cleare https://www.cmc.ie/composers/ann-cleare Riot Ensemble http://riotensemble.com/ Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival https://hcmf.co.uk/ CMC at HCMF https://www.cmc.ie/news/11202019–2125/cmc–2019-huddersfield-contemporary-music-festival Irish Language Art Song Project https://www.cmc.ie/AmhrainEalaineGhaeilge Joan Trimble https://www.cmc.ie/composers/joan-trimble Ina Boyle http://www.inaboyle.org/ Music Ann Cleare - Glór / Voice, Gavan Ring (voice), Louise Thomas (piano) - 00:02 Ann Cleare - Eyam V, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - 3:25, 12:04 Andrew Hamilton - An dóigh leat? Do you think?, Rachel Kelly (voice), John Hess (piano) - 14:22, 16:06 Jennifer Walshe - 12 Amhrán Faoi Athrú Aeráide / 12 Climate Change Songs, Anna Devin (voice), John Hess (piano) - 19:04 John Kinsella - Bóithre Bána / White Roads, Gavan Ring (voice), Louise Thomas (piano) - 22:11 Ryan Molloy - Ceoltóir na nÉan / Bird Singer, Rachel Kelly (voice), John Hess (piano) - 23:20, 24:28 Linda Buckley - Sólás / Solace, Rachel Kelly (voice), John Hess (piano) - 28:21, 30:02 Joan Trimble - Green Rain, Carolyn Dobbin (voice), Iain Burnside (piano) - 32:22 Ina Boyle - Symphony No. 1 ‘Glencree’ (second movement), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Montgomery - 34:46, 45:56 Ina Boyle - Sleep Song, Aylish Kerrigan (voice), Dearbhla Collins (piano) - 41:02 Joan Trimble - Girl’s Song, Carolyn Dobbin (voice), Iain Burnside (piano) - 43:27
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November 21, 2019
New music and public broadcasting with composer Jürgen Simpson, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for John Kinsella - amplify #2 (7 November 2019)
The second episode of the Contemporary Music Centre's fortnightly podcast features a conversation recorded in Limerick with composer Jürgen Simpson on new music and broadcasting; as well as marking John Kinsella’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Concert Hall, Dublin ahead of the premiere of his 11th Symphony later this month. The episode is presented by Evonne Ferguson and Jonathan Grimes. Subscribe to the Podcast here. Recording and production - Keith Fennell Editing - Jonathan Grimes / Jürgen Simpson Show Notes Jürgen Simpson https://www.cmc.ie/composers/jurgen-simpson Music John Kinsella - Symphony No. 6, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, John Kinsella Orchestral Works - 00:31 Jürgen Simpson - Air India [redacted] - 03:44 Jürgen Simpson - Air India [redacted] - 06:41 Jürgen Simpson - Sigilum - 16:22 Jürgen Simpson - Air India [redacted] - 25:15 Gráinne Mulvey - Aeolus - 27:45 Roger Doyle - Orange Moonlamp - 31:22 journalofmusic.com/focus/lyric-fm-needs-new-vision-not-more-cuts www.cmc.ie/news/10242019–1037/john-kinsella-receives-lifetime-achievement-award-national-concert-hall crosscurrents.ie
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November 7, 2019
Making a living as a composer - Amanda Feery on the worsening economic conditions for artists living in Dublin: amplify #1 (22 October 2019)
In the first episode of CMC's new fortnightly podcast, Evonne Ferguson and Jonathan Grimes talk with composer Amanda Feery about her recent work at the Dublin Fringe Festival, writing for symphonic wind band, making a living as a composer in Dublin and the worsening economic conditions for artists living in the capital, and why she chose to move back to Ireland from the US. Recorded in CMC in October 2019 cmc.ie Amanda Feery https://www.cmc.ie/composers/amanda-feery https://soundcloud.com/amandafeery Music Squarepushers, Quince Ensemble - 3:25 https://www.cmc.ie/music/squarepushers Give Us The Night, Third Coast Percussion - 15:05 This is the House Of, Mizzou New Music Initiative - 34:10 Vultures, Crash Ensemble - 40:08 Nine Weeks https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/nine-weeks-review-extraordinary-performance-which-gives-voice-to-the-inexpressible–1.4016197 Ball State Symphony Band https://www.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/music/ensembles/bands/symphony-band Heartworm (clip) https://twitter.com/amandafeery/status/1175037921767886849 Irish National Opera Studio https://www.irishnationalopera.ie/ Evangelia Rigaki - This Hostel Life https://www.irishnationalopera.ie/whats-on/current-upcoming-productions/this-hostel-life Stephen McNeff - Banished https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/stephen-mcneffs-banished-at-kilmainham-gaol-museum-tickets–50368700138 Donnacha Dennehy - Second Violinist https://thesecondviolinist.ie/ New Music Dublin https://www.cmc.ie/content/new-music-dublin–2019 CrashLands https://www.crashensemble.com/crashlands Recording and production - Keith Fennell Editing - Jonathan Grimes
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October 22, 2019