MusicTown 2018

 Sounds of the Diaspora   

Sounds of the Diaspora

 

 

 

MUSICTOWN

10 days of concerts, masterclasses, collaborations and workshops

from April 13th – 22nd

MusicTown will be back with a bang this April, with a ten-day musical celebration taking place from April 13th – 22nd , brought to you by Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions.  Setting out to explore and celebrate the diverse constellation of music cultures that exist in Dublin City, MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin’s musical heritage, whilst welcoming newcomers and visiting artists. The overall programme this year focuses on the themes of collaboration and community.

Each year Dublin City Council Arts Office puts a call out for proposals from musicians / cultural organisations / venues / producers who are interested in presenting events within the festival. That makes up one part of the programme and alongside it are other concerts and events taking place as part of MusicTown, including a series of concerts on the stage of The Abbey Theatre. Get ready for ten days of concerts, master classes, collaborations, workshops and composers, lyricists, conductors, choirs, musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists, from Opera, choral and contemporary classical to hip-hop, electronic, traditional, folk and rock taking place all over Dublin city.

“ Through MusicTown Dublin City Council seeks to showcase the best of Dublin’s music while also encouraging new audiences to try new musical experiences. Handel’s music also has a special place in MusicTown and his work remains a role model for collaboration and innovation.”  City Arts Officer, Ray Yeates

Music is one of the most community-oriented activities I can think of. Putting on a concert involves the mental and physical contributions of so many different people. When the whole project comes together it is a rewarding feeling for both the performers and everyone who contributed to the production of the event. It is a very positive process and that extends way beyond the music itself. It teaches us about communication, team-work, co-operation and collaboration. What I love about music is how open a playing-field it is, one where actors, writers, visual artists, literally anyone can get involved. So we thought this year it would be good to meditate on those themes of “community” and “collaboration.”  Leagues O’Toole, Creative Director

This year’s programme includes

  • A unique collaboration, between one of Ireland’s most acclaimed indie-rock groups Little Green Cars and acclaimed painter Andrew Vickery on the stage of the Abbey.

 

  • Experience the power and passion of Handel’s Messiah on the Street when extracts are performed by Our Lady's Choral Society on 13th April.

 

  • At the Abbey a meeting of two very special Irish musicians, John Sheahan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, presenting a unique programme in the company of some special guests

 

  • Lisa O’Neill has invited two world renowned artists to collaborate with her on the Abbey stage, Pat McCabe and Cass McCombs.

 

-              Experimental composer and producer Louis Carnell known as Visionist alongside a work by filmmaker and audio-visual artist Pedro Maia of chaos and absurdity; original, disturbing and surreally beautiful.

 

-              A night of musical stories with Katie Kim & Radie Peat.  

-              A number of events presented by the Royal Irish Academy of Music including Artists Choice where some of Ireland’s most distinctive artists nominate musical works of special personal significance to them; the RIAM Percussion ensemble 20th Anniversary celebrations, Meet the Masters in Brenda Hurley’s and Gwendolyn Masin masterclasses, hear for the first time some very young musicians make their début in My First Concert, as well as a concert from exceptionally talented school-age students in the RIAM Young Scholars Programme Concert.

 

-              Issa Vibe from Word Up Collective brings together live music, Sequence and Verified,  alongside spoken word.

-              World-renowned actress Olwen Fouéré will recite TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, accompanied by the Ficino Ensemble performing two contemporary string quartet masterpieces-Thomas Ades’ String Quartet Four Quarters and John Corigliano’s Grammy Award-winning String Quartet.

-              A collaboration of storytelling, song and instrumental music recounting the tales of Dublin’s former dockworkers from Macdara Yeates & The Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.

-              An original composition Make It Shine by Andy Smith will unite the talented musicians of Music Together. 

-              Trad Gigs for Children as Moxie perform at The Ark.

-              An afternoon of music song and chat at the Central Library with Cult Called Man and The Motives

-              A free afternoon performance of a new production by INO of the short opera The Opera Director by Mozart at the Gaiety.

-              An evening of poetry and traditional music entitled BÉAL from Stephen James Smith and Macdara Yeates.

-              A live concert dedicated to the rich diversity of African music styles and their influence within the Irish music scene today, Sounds of the Diaspora. 

-              Explore responses from 3 filmmakers, Jack Phelan, Oonagh Kearney & Laura Sheeran to Crash Ensemble’s 2017 Bedroom Community album, Ghosts.

-              Children accompanied by their favourite teddies will move through the streets of Dublin driven by song as part of Dublin Choral Foundation’s The Teddybear’s Picnic (adult and children performers).

-              A curated programme of creative workshops and interactive performances created especially for local schools will take place at the Contemporary Music Centre.

MusicTown is founded by Dublin City Council and programmed by Aiken Promotions for more see musictown.ie

Day by Day

Friday April 13th

  • MESSIAH ON THE STREET

A firm MusicTown favourite returns. On 13 April 1742 the World Premiere of Handel’s Messiah was performed in Mr Neal’s Musick Hall in Fishamble Street. Our Lady's Choral Society will perform excerpts from Messiah with The Dublin Handelian Orchestra, conducted by the acclaimed Proinnsías Ó Duinn in an outdoor setting live on Fishamble Street to commemorate one of the city’s most historical music events. Our Lady’s Choral Society was founded in Dublin in 1945 and has 120 members. Conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn has been responsible for the choir’s musical development since 1979 and under his direction, Our Lady’s Choral Society has undertaken many ambitious works, from Charpentier to Stravinsky. It has also premièred works by luminary Irish composers, such as John Kinsella and Seoirse Bodley. OLCS appears regularly at the National Concert Hall, accompanied by the National Sinfonia, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

 

 

Saturday April 14th

  • Crash Ensemble present

GHOSTS – A FILM & MUSIC COLLABORATION

Premiere screening

12.00 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin. Tickets €6 from www.eventbrite.ie

 

Crash Ensemble commissioned 3 filmmakers, Jack Phelan, Oonagh Kearney & Laura Sheeran to create works in response to their 2017 Bedroom Community album, GhostsGhosts, the visual album will receive its premiere screening for MusicTown. 

 

Composer: Work/Filmmaker

Nico Muhly: Drones, Variations, Ornaments / Jack Phelan

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts / Oonagh Kearney

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Past Tundra / Oonagh Kearney

Donnacha Dennehy: As An Nos / Laura Sheeran

 

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble, a group of world-class musicians who present the most adventurous music of today. Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops. The Washington Post

crashensemble.com

 

Oonagh Kearney has written and directed one full-length documentary and nine short films with the support of the Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, RTE, TG4, BRITDOC and The Wellcome Trust. Her work has screened globally at film festivals around the world, at institutes like the ICA, BFI, IFI, Big Screen Plaza in NYC. www.oonaghkearney.com

 

Jack Phelan is a video artist and technologist who specialises in integrating new visual ideas and technology into live performance. Theatrical credits include Arlington by Enda Walsh (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival); Alice in Funderland (THISISPOPBABY / Abbey Theatre); Dubliners (The Corn Exchange / Dublin Theatre Festival and  The Shawshank Redemption (Lane Productions); www.needmoreinput.io    

 

Laura Sheeran is a musician and video director based in Dublin. Laura’s musical career began singing with Fovea Hex, an avant garde collective founded by Clodagh Simonds’ (Mellow Candle, Mike Oldfield). Members of the collective include Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Carter Burwell and Colin Potter (Nurse with Wound). Laura also works in video and theatre. She and has collaborated on seven productions with Irish writer Little John Nee, providing visuals, music and sound design for several of Nee’s productions between 2004-2017.

  • Grayscale present

VISIONIST 

20.00 –  Chocolate Factory, 26 King's Inns Street, Dublin 1 - Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Visionist is the London-based experimental composer and producer Louis Carnell. His first official releases appeared in 2011 via labels 92 Points and Left Blank. His distinctive take on the post-grimesound would lead to appearances on compilations such as Big Dada’s Grime 2.0 and KeysoundRecording’s Allstars series. 2013 saw a trio of releases - Snakes on Leisure System, M / Secrets for Ramp Recordings, and a breakthrough EP, I'm Fine, for Lit City Trax. It was this record which began to define and inform the sound of Visionist releases to follow. Visionist will be accompanied at the Chocolate Factory by Pedro Maia, a Portuguese filmmaker and audio-visual artist known for his specific interest in working with analog film. His new work for Visionist is one of chaos and absurdity; original, disturbing and surreally beautiful. http://www.pedromaia.net/

 

  • DB and Islander Presents presents

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL STORIES WITH KATIE KIM & RADIE PEAT (LANKUM, RUE)

20.00 - The Pepper Canister Church, 2 Mount St Cres, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2 – Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie  

Katie Kim and Radie Peat (Lankum, Rue) will collaborate and perform together for a special performance of musical stories as part of Musictown 2018.  It will see these two unique artists from different musical conditions arrange a concert of songs including murder ballads, folklore, traditional and contemporary musical arrangements. Written by themselves and written by others that came before. To bind together themes of the human condition. Darkness through light, misadventure and grief. Revenge and swollen hearts. A night of laments. 

 

Sunday April 15th

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

ARTISTS’ CHOICE

15.30 – Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 – Tickets €7/€10 from www.eventbrite.ie

Following the success of the RIAM’s presentation, Writer’s Choice, in MusicTown 2017, Ireland’s oldest music conservatoire will mount a similar collaborative programme in 2018, entitled Artists’ Choice. It is the turn of some of Ireland’s most distinctive artists to nominate musical works of special personal significance to them. Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland.

 

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

MY FIRST CONCERT

12.00 - Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2 -  Free Admission but booking is required www.eventbrite.ie

Join a host of very young musicians as they take their first steps onto the concert platform for their début concert performance.  A perfect opportunity for MusicTown audiences to bring their little ones to see our little ones and share this special first concert experience both on- and off-stage.

Tuesday April 17th

  • Contemporary Music Centre present

OUR TUNES – IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SOUND

Schools event (not open to the public)

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) hosts a fourth OurTunes event of music for children, in a curated programme of creative workshops and interactive performances of contemporary music. This programme is for children from primary schools in Dublin 8 and will be curated by resident composer Karen Power.

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

RIAM PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

19.00 – Arts Technology Research Lab, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €7/€5 from www.eventbrite.ie

Led by Richard O’Donnell and comprising some of Ireland’s finest young percussionists, the RIAM Percussion Ensemble is one of the leading exponents of music for this exhilarating medium.  It celebrates its 20th Anniversary in style with a highly charged programme featuring music never before performed in Ireland.  New music from Ireland – the Irish première of a work by Evangelia Rigaki commissioned by the RIAM Percussion Ensemble to mark its landmark anniversary year - will be performed alongside a composition by Harrison Birtwistle. Experience Rigaki’s thrilling new composition with Scottish poet WN Herbert, While the World Misbehaves (the Baby Will Hide in the Beehive) and the Irish première of Birtwistle’s imaginative tour de force, For O’ for O’ the Hobby-horse is forgot – Ceremony for six percussionists.  Presented in collaboration with the Music Department, Trinity College Dublin and School of Creative Arts and ATRL (Arts Technology Research Lab). 

 

  • Word Up Collective presents

ISSA VIBE

19.00 – Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €10 from www.TicketWeb.ie

Having featured virtually every major name in the new Irish urban scene at their own showcase nights, taken their acts to festivals across the country and expanded into spoken word and poetry, Word Up has established itself as a driving force in one of the most exciting developments in domestic music in recent years.

Issa Vibe will bring together a selection featuring live music from Loud Motive, JyellowL, Sequence and Verified alongside spoken word from Felispeaks, Sasha Terfous and Dagogo Hart. In addition, the night will feature an art exhibition based around the Issa Vibe theme.

 

Wednesday April 18th

  • Contemporary Music Centre present

OUR TUNES – IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SOUND

Schools event (not open to the public)

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) hosts a fourth OurTunes event of music for children, in a curated programme of creative workshops and interactive performances of contemporary music. This programme is for children from primary schools in Dublin 8 and will be curated by resident composer Karen Power.

  • Ficino Ensemble present

THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD

19.00 -  Assembly Rooms, Irish Georgian Society, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2 – Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.ie

Ficino Ensemble, one of Ireland’s leading and most innovative music groups will collaborate with actress Olwen Fouéré on a project titled ‘At the Still Point of a Turning World.’ Olwen Fouéré will recite one of the landmarks in poetry, TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, and to accompany this Ficino Ensemble will perform two contemporary string quartet masterpieces-Thomas Ades’ String Quartet Four Quarters and John Corigliano’s Grammy Award-winning String Quartet. Both these works will be performed in Ireland for the first time, an immersive experience, a meditation on time, space, colour and emotion. 

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

RIAM PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

19.00 – Arts Technology Research Lab, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €7/€5 from www.eventbrite.ie

Led by Richard O’Donnell and comprising some of Ireland’s finest young percussionists, the RIAM Percussion Ensemble is one of the leading exponents of music for this exhilarating medium.  It celebrates its 20th Anniversary in style with a highly charged programme featuring music never before performed in Ireland.  New music from Ireland – the Irish première of a work by Evangelia Rigaki commissioned by the RIAM Percussion Ensemble to mark its landmark anniversary year - will be performed alongside a composition by Harrison Birtwistle. Experience Rigaki’s thrilling new composition with Scottish poet WN Herbert, While the World Misbehaves (the Baby Will Hide in the Beehive) and the Irish première of Birtwistle’s imaginative tour de force, For O’ for O’ the Hobby-horse is forgot – Ceremony for six percussionists.  Presented in collaboration with the Music Department, Trinity College Dublin and School of Creative Arts and ATRL (Arts Technology Research Lab). 

 

  • Macdara Yeates & The Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society

ARE YOU A BUTTON MAN?

20.00 – The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2 – Tickets €10 + booking fee from www.sugarclubtickets.com

A collaboration of storytelling, song and instrumental music recounting the tales of Dublin’s former dockworkers. Join Paddy Nevin, Declan Byrne, Paddy Daly and John Walsh as they tell the historic, grueling and comic stories of their many years of service on the Dublin docks: loading the fragile sales cargo of one Hector Grey; smuggling crates of “Wodka Vodka” for a Docker’s daughter’s wedding; and the hoisting of two of Dublin Zoo’s African elephants from a British liner onto dry land. Between stories, East Wall’s Macdara Yeates will provide the many songs inspired by the Dublin quays and their happenings. Instrumental music comes from Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala) and the evening will feature a performance by recording artist Lisa O’Neill of her stirring protest ballad “Rock The Machine” inspired by the life of an out-of-work coal shoveler from Spencer Dock. Emcee: Donal Fallon.

 

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

MEET THE MASTERS - (BRENDA HURLEY MASTERCLASS)

10.00 -  Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 -  Free Admission but booking is required www.eventbrite.ie

Academy alumna Brenda Hurley, returns to Dublin to work with some of the RIAM’s finest singers.  Director of the International Opera Studio in Zurich, she is regarded as one of the leading vocal coaches of her generation, has enjoyed long associations with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Salzburg Festival, and has worked at opera house from The Met to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

 

Thursday April 19th

  • Little Green Cars in collaboration with Andrew Vickery

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin - Tickets €30 on sale from The Abbey Theatre,  www.AbbeyTheatre.ie / 01-8787222.

A unique collaboration, between one of Ireland’s most acclaimed indie-rock groups Little Green Cars and acclaimed painter Andrew Vickery. Little Green Cras, from Dublin, have made two acclaimed albums, 2012’s debut Absolute Zero, and the follow-up, Ephemera, in 2016. They are currently working on their third collection of songs. The band feature two lead singers, Faye O’Rourke and Stevie Appleby, and their songs are hall-marked with a dark lyrical essence. They have headlined concerts all over the world including a special open-air event at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin in July 2016. The band are also renowned for their strong aesthetic sensibilities and references to architecture and visual art. They are been influenced greatly by Andrew Vickery who will contribute special artwork backdrops to their for this event. Devon born Andrew Vickery makes paintings related to personal memories, that are usually photographed as slides and projected onto screens in small model theatres. The resulting narratives loosely based on reality, are founded on recurring themes of culture, nature, sex, and travel. Solo exhibitions include the Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Royal Hibernian Academy. His work has also been exhibited in group shows around Ireland and is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Arts Council of Ireland.

 

  • Music Together presents

MAKE IT SHINE

14.30 - St Andrew's Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 - Free Admission – No Booking Required

An original composition Make It Shine by Andy Smith will unite the talented musicians of Music Together. This performance will use an accessible music sequencer to manipulate images, and at the same time playing improvised solos by moving the body in time.

The composition will be a reggae song inspired by the Dub style of the 1970’s. The spacious rhythmic framework will enable the performers to introduce Afro-Cuban and Northern Brazilian patterns. The lyrics will be in English and delivered in Irish accents. Instrumental passages will be played on acoustic western and ‘ethnic’ instruments.

The ‘organic’ timbres will be mixed with electronics using the newest multi-platform version of Zeca Munhoz’ sequencer app, which will control video and melodic material. The inputs for the app will be controlled by students with disabilities through switches, a touch screen and a webcam. The webcam will enable a dancer to sequence melodies. The switches will trigger video effects.

Contrasting dynamics will play a vital part, building to strong, joyful beats and melodies and coming down to intimate, meditative episodes. Improvisation will be around the accessible but subtle chord structure of the core song.

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

RIAM YOUNG SCHOLARS CONCERT

18.00 – Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2 -  Free Admission but booking is required www.eventbrite.ie

Enjoy a veritable feast of music performed by some of tomorrow’s brightest musical stars from the RIAM Young Scholars Programme, an immersive music education programme to support highly motivated and exceptionally talented school-age students.  On the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, it is highly fitting that these young artists present a concert in celebration of their peers. 

 

Friday April 20th

  • Lisa O’Neill in Collaboration with Pat McCabe, Cass McCombs & more

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Friday April 20th. Tickets €30 on sale Friday March 2nd @ 2pm.

 

Lisa O’Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre.  On her last album, Pothole in the Sky, she set her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa is not shy of collaboration, and her performances across Ireland, Europe and beyond have featured many great musicians of all ages and traditions. In January she joined a stellar cast of great songwriters and musicians to celebrate the birthday of Shane McGowan at the National Concert Hall. And last month she accepted an invitation from the National Gallery of Ireland to respond to works in the Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art exhibition, which resulted in another spellbinding performance.

For this event Lisa has invited two world renowned artists to collaborate with her. Pat McCabe from Monaghan is the twice Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Dead School, The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, and numerous other novels which have been brought to life on both stage and on screen. The latter two novels subsequently became internationally acclaimed feature films from director Neil Jordan.  McCabe’s work is not so much dark as bleakly humorous, scratching beneath the surface of Irish social issues such as the Catholic industrial school system and emigration. The mutual admiration between him and Lisa O’Neill will be explored in what will be an absolutely fascinating crossroads between music and literature. Cass McCombs is a recording artist and songwriter who never leans too heavily on genre. Over the course of eight albums he has flirted with everything from downbeat lo-fi recordings to crooner-pop, country music, politicised protest songs, and so on, without ever losing that uniquely Cass sensibility, that laconic voice, those strangely beautiful lyrical portraits. He is widely considered, amongst musicians, fans and critics, as one of the most important American songwriters of this generation. Cass is a fan of Irish music, and that of Lisa O’Neill in particular, and this will therefore be a collaboration of genuine purpose.

 

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music presents

MEET THE MASTERS - (GWENDOLYN MASIN MASTERCLASS)      

16.00  -  Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 -  Tickets are free but booking is required www.eventbrite.ie

On the music education front, the Academy is proud to present two charismatic Dubliners, Brenda Hurley and Gwendolyn Masin in masterclass, during MusicTown. A highly versatile and adventurous artist, violinist Gwendolyn Masin will work with some of the Academy’s finest young string players, sharing the enormous wealth of her experience with participants and audience alike on April 20th

 

  • The Ark presents

TRAD GIGS FOR CHILDREN: MOXIE

10.15 &12.15 – The Ark Theatre, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €12.50/€9.50 (€5 for schools) ark.ie / 01-6707788

A series of special concerts for young audiences of all ages.  Fast becoming a festival favourite around the world, MOXIE are building a reputation for their highly charged live performances, brimming with youthful vitality. Featuring banjo, guitar, accordion, keyboard and percussion, MOXIE’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounds of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping in. Their heady and distinctive sound puts them at the forefront of the new wave of acoustic Irish music. 

Saturday April 21st 

  • John Sheahan & Colm Mac Con Iomaire a special collaborative performance.

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Saturday April 21st.  Tickets €30 on sale from The Abbey Theatre or www.AbbeyTheatre.ie

A meeting of two very special Irish musicians, John Sheahan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, presenting a unique programme in the company of some special guests. John Sheahan’s contribution to Irish music is enormous. Many will know him as the last living member of the great and gnarly ground-breaking 1960s balladeers The Dubliners, others as a poet (in 2015 he published his Fiddle Dreams collection), others as a classically-trained composer of such epochal titles as The Marino Waltz. Today John Sheahan glides around the contemporary Irish music scene spreading fiddle magic to younger musicians who aspire to a musical journey such as his.  As with John Sheahan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire was never just another skilled musician in a band. As a founding member of the influential experimental trad outfit Kíla, before becoming the founding member of The Frames with busking pal Glen Hansard, and also a member of the Swell Season, Colm has achieved that somewhat elusive magic trick of building a distinctive body of work all of his own. 2008’s The Hare's Corner (Cúinne an Ghiorria) and 2015’s And Now the Weather (Agus Anois an Aimsir) are two albums of instrumental compositions which transcend his traditional music roots into something more singularly cinematic.

To many, these two figures might represent personalities of different eras, but their commonality is tangible; not just in their instruments of choice but the fact that they are both artists of extreme grace and zenic composure.

  • The Ark presents

TRAD GIGS FOR CHILDREN: MOXIE

14.00 & 16.00 – The Ark Theatre, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €12.50/€9.50 (€5 for schools) www.ark.ie / 01-6707788

 

  • The Music Library presents

EMERGING ARTISTS FEATURING CULT CALLED MAN AND THE MOTIVES

14.30  - The Music Library, Central Library, Henry St, Dublin 1 – Free Admission but booking is required, Please phone 01-8734333 Ext 5 or email musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

As part of The Music Library’s Emerging Artists series, Dublin City Public Libraries presents Cult Called Man and The Motives for an afternoon of music, song and chat. An all-ages event it is an opportunity for young people to hear the music and learn from the professionals.

  • Irish National Opera presents

THE OPERA DIRECTOR (DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR)

15.00 – The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2 – Tickets  are free but booking is essential – Tickets are available from Gaiety Theatre box office.

For Group bookings of 6+ contact (01)6468687 or Groups@gaietytheatre.com

It’s an 18th-century X-Factor. There are too many egos in the room. A hard pressed director has to choose between two rival sopranos. Each singer tries to outdo the other. The notes get higher and higher. The fees go higher again. The Opera Director (Der Schauspieldirektor) turns an audition into a comedy. Mozart wrote this short opera at the same time as The Marriage of Figaro. The Austrian Emperor commissioned it to impress foreign dignitaries and 80 invited guests at his palace in Schönbrunn. Mozart’s rival Salieri also wrote an opera for this occasion, and the cast for The Opera Director included both Salieri’s mistress and Mozart’s own first great love. Rivalry was in the air both on-stage and off…  Featuring a cast of exceptional young Irish singers directed by Caroline Staunton. The Irish Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Sinead Hayes.

 

  • Stephen James Smith and Macdara Yeates present

BÉAL, AN EVENING OF POETRY & TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC

20.30 - The Ireland Institute, 42 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 -  Tickets €12 from www.eventsmart.com

An intimate, unplugged performance takes place at the once a childhood home to poet, school teacher, and revolutionary Patrick Pearse. Luke Kelly & Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney & Liam O’Flynn, Sean Ó Riada and Eoghan Ruadh Ó Súilleabháin - Since the days of the early Gaelic writers, the poets of Ireland have always maintained an inextricable link with traditional Irish musicians and singers. Curated by Stephen James Smith (‘My Ireland’, LINGO Festival) and Macdara Yeates (Skipper’s Alley, The Night Before Larry Got Stretched) and in association with Flying Turtle Productions, Béal is a unique collaboration showcasing some of Dublin’s finest poets and traditional Irish musicians honouring Ireland’s longstanding history and connection between the two artistic worlds. This cross-community collaboration sees Yeates and Smith bring together a host of Dublin’s most exciting artists in both fields to devise a series of unique collaborative performances exploring the common ground and shared links in their work.

Featured Artists: Poets: Stephen James Smith, Felispeaks, John Cummins.  Musicians: Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K) Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (Jiggy, Aon Teanga), Macdara Yeates.

 

  • Tadhg Byrne presents

SOUNDS OF THE DIASPORA

20.00 – The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Sounds of the Diaspora,

Tickets €12.50 + booking fees from www.sugarclubtickets.com
*includes entry to our afterparty (from 11pm til late)

 

Sounds of the Diaspora is dedicated to the rich diversity of African and Caribbean music styles and their influence within the Irish music scene today. This concert showcases three artists who explore their musical heritage in melody, rhythm and imagery, while combining it with contemporary musical styles. This fusing of musical identities creates something that is fresh, exciting and of unique value to the culture of independent music in modern Ireland.

Each of our respected acts has their own distinctive voice and their artistry has earned high praise in Ireland and abroad.

Ines Khai - Nicknamed ‘The Queen of Creole Soul’, Ines ‘Bwabwa Lika Wabap The Amazon’ Khai has an amazing vocal range. Dundalk-based Ines’ language is Creole despite living in exile, her skin vibrates to the Caribbean chords and her heart beats to the rhythm of the ka drums from Guadeloupe.

Farah Elle - Farah El Neihum, otherwise known as ‘Farah Elle’; is a songwriter with an alternative pop sound influenced by an eclectic taste of genres; from hip-hop to R&B and ska, while featuring Arabian echoes from her Libyan background. She is currently based in Dublin, having moved to Ireland with her family when she was 2. Her rhythmic lyrics, piano driven songs and distinctive voice aim to reveal something of the beauty in the ephemeral everyday.

Fehdah - Fehdah is the Afrofuturism musical project of Emma Garnett. Largely influenced by the Wassoulou music of West Africa and Neo Soul of North America, Emma's polyphonically driven music combines her African roots with her band’s irresistible hip-hop and funk forays to create a sound that's simultaneously forward looking and referential to the past.

Sunday April 22nd   

  • Dublin Choral Foundation present

THE TEDDYBEAR’S PICNIC

12.00 – 14.00 – Commencing at Wolfe Tone Square and stopping at The Italian Quarter, Millenium Bridge, Temple Bar Square, Andrew Street, South William Street and finishing on South King Street.

The streets will be filled with the sounds of choral singing for The Teddybear’s picnic. Choir singers - children aged from 7 to 15 along with their favourite teddies and dollies joined by adult members of the choir dressed as Dublin ‘characters’, will make their way through the streets of Dublin performing as they go. Follow the route to hear choral renditions of songs such as The Teddybears Picnic, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Dublin songs such as Dublin in the Rare Auld Times, Dublin can be Heaven and more.

Further programme details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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