LINE UP + TIMES
1400 Benjamin Dwyer
1500 Olesya Zdorovetska / Keith Lindsay
1600 Laura Hyland / Peter Marsh
1700 Linda Buckley
1800 Mick O’Shea / Irene Murphy
1900 Seán Carpio
2000 Adrian Dunbar / Nick Roth – The Wasteland
2100 Lauren Kinsella / Kit Downes
Supported by IMRO and Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
14:00 Benjamin Dwyer
“It’s always fascinating to hear a composer in his own music, especially when he’s as accomplished an instrumentalist as Dwyer, who plays with a charismatic blend of explosive panache and evocative lyricism.” Fanfare Magazine
Benjamin Dwyer’s music is forged from an intensive amalgamation of technical, improvisatory and interpretative elements. Experienced at the intersection of performance, gesture and compositional praxis, his music is further enriched through its deep immersion in ritual and symbol. His works have been performed worldwide by renowned musicians and ensembles. As a classical guitarist, and a major exponent of contemporary music and free improvisation, Dwyer performs worldwide and has appeared as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic (Germany), the Santos Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), the VOX21 new-music ensemble, the Callino Quartet (UK) and the Vogler String Quartet (Germany). He is a member of Barry Guy’s Blue Shroud Band, a founder-member of TIN (the UK-based Transdisciplinary Improvisation Network) and co-founder of Coterminous, a cross-disciplinary group (dance, music, film) that explores the concept of translative epistemologies through free improvisation. In the free improvisation arena Dwyer has performed with leading exponents of the genre including percussionist Lucas Niggli, trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Nick Roth, vocalist Savina Yannatou and violist Garth Knox among others.
15:00 Olesya Zdorovetska / Keith Lindsay
Keith Lindsay is a Dublin-based composer and sound artist who works with a wide range of media which include music, sound, film, sculpture, and electronics. He is a member of the experimental arts collective “The Water Project”. His work as a sound designer has been featured in documentaries, feature films, short films and interactive media.
Olesya Zdorovetska is a Dublin-based performer and composer originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from The Glier Academy of Music in 2008 and now works internationally across the fields of contemporary classical, jazz, latin and improvised music, regularly composing for film and theatre. Recent highlights include a DEIS award for ‘Ceol na n-Uisci’ with The Water Project / Iarla Ó Lionáird, an IMA award with Dislocados, , London premier of theatre production ‘Remnants’ with Erratica, performances at GAIA Switzerland and Flugery Lvova with Yurodny, European tours of Telling Sounds and Niemandsland projects and an Asylum Arts award with Asya Gefter for the multimedia project Fragaments of Memory. With Cristodoulos Makris, Olesya co-curates Phonica, a platform for experimental sound and poetry in Dublin.
16:00 Laura Hyland / Pete Marsh
Clang Sayne was formed by Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse myriad influences spanning folk song, sound art and literature into a soundworld she describes as ‘songscape’. Reviewers have dubbed it an “an uncategorizable approach to songcraft” and “exhilarating in its refusal to conform”. They independently released their new album, ‘The Round Soul of the World’ in March 2017. Former London incarnation of the group featured Peter Marsh on double bass, James O Sullivan on electric guitar and Matthew Fisher on drums, with whom Laura recorded and independently released the debut Clang Sayne album, ‘Winterlands’ in September 2009. The single, ‘A Death and a Vision’ featured on the Wire Magazine’s Tapper CD.
17:00 Linda Buckley
Linda Buckley is a composer/performer based in Glasgow who has written extensively for orchestra, and has a particular interest in merging her classical training with the worlds of post punk, folk and ambient electronica. Her work has been described as “fantastically brutal, reminiscent of the glitch music of acts such as Autechre” (Liam Cagney, Composing the Island) and “engaging with an area of experience that new music is generally shy of, which, simplified and reduced to a single word, I’d call ecstasy” (Bob Gilmore, Journal of Music). Awards include a Fulbright scholarship to NYU and the Frankfurt Visual Music Award 2011 (Silk Chroma). Recent and upcoming collaborations include work with Mmoths, arrangements from This Mortal Coil, remixes for Augustus and John, new music with Laura Sheeran (Kuvn), as well as performances by Icebreaker, Iarla O’Lionaird, Joby Burgess, Ensemble Mise-En and Crash Ensemble.
18:00 Mick O’Shea / Irene Murphy
Mick O’Shea lives and works in Cork city and is a member and director of the Cork Artists Collective and The Guesthouse and has been instrumental in establishing a vibrant and growing sound art scene in Cork city. He has exhibited in UK, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Tasmania, USA, China and Japan. He studied instrument physics in C.I.T. and works as an instrument technician in UCC. All of his works spring from his essential experience in drawing. His medium includes sculpture, drawing, sound and cooking. In 2003 O’Shea and fellow artist Stephen Brandes and Irene Murphy set up the collaborative practice, The Domestic Godless which, through performative cooking events, explores culinary activity as art practice and tests assumptions about the cultural traditions of food in challenging and often irreverent and absurdist ways. He also works with various sound artists and composers both national and international. In 2006 he formed The Quiet Club with sound artist Danny McCarthy to promote and showcase improvised music and soundworks. These include improvised collaborations with other sound artists as well as improvised and structured contemporary music events working with performers and composers such as Rhodri Davies, Stephen Vitiello, Steve Roden, David Toop, Rajesh Meta, Jennifer Walshe and Damo Suzuki.
19:00 Seán Carpio
“Seán Carpio may be the finest drummer ever produced here” – The Irish Times.
Seán Carpio is a multi-instrumentalist whose practice incorporates song, sound and improvisation. Since 2005 he has been active as a soloist in Europe and the USA, and to this date has featured on 19 recordings. Seán has collaborated with visual artists and practices in a number of contemporary art contexts and has performed, exhibited and undertaken residencies in a number of art venues including the Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the MAC, Belfast; Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art, Aalst; the Banff Centre, Alberta; and The Model, Sligo. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Project Arts Centre’s Project Catalyst and through this initiative has premiered three newly commissioned suites of music. In 2013 he released his first album WoWos, “a determinist streak of nature loving excitability” (DIY Mag).
20:00 The Wasteland
By kind permission of the T S Eliot Estate
Director Adrian Dunbar
Composer Nick Roth
Voices Anna Nygh · Orla Charlton · Frank McCusker · Stanley Townsend
Musicians Alex Bonney · Nick Roth · Matthew Bourne · Riaan Vosloo · Simon Roth
The Waste Land is widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century. Whilst it loosely follows the legend of the Holy Grail and the Fisher King, it also alludes to a vast range of world literature, music and culture, evidence of Eliot’s great breadth of interests and knowledge. Directed by Adrian Dunbar, with a specially commissioned score by composer Nick Roth and period film footage, this rare performative setting breaks the Poem down across four voices, taking as inspiration the idea of Sibylline Fragments – throwing letters in the air and making sense of them as they fall. In an attempt to capture the extraordinary verve and daring of Eliot’s great work, the piece aspires to adhere to its tempo and musicality and, in allowing its power to flow, explores how the Poem hangs together as the declaration of a moment in time, prefiguring as it did so much of what artistically arrived after it.
‘Arguably one of the most exciting jazz ensembles in Europe’
‘A vibrant set of original tunes… thrilling back-and-forth between the two saxophonists—but even in the midst of the most exuberant solos a pronounced sense of collective groove held sway.’ – All About Jazz
Umbra is one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Irish Jazz scene. Comprised of some of the most promising musicians in Dublin, Umbra’s modus operandi is high energy, thought provoking performance with an emphasis on intricate compositions. Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra is his vehicle to showcase his unique take on contemporary jazz. The music is a blend of harmonic and melodic sophistication reminiscent of artists like John Hollenbeck and Jim Mcneely, cyclical grooves evoking comparisons with IDM and math metal, all played with the energy of a punk rock band. Each members individual strengths are showcased in the compositions while at the same time blending masterfully into a cohesive and recognisable group sound. Drummer Matt Jacobson and bassist Barry Donohue lay down wonderfully elastic grooves, while the contrasting horns of soprano Chris Engel and tenor Sam Comerford make the most of the explosive front line in the company of Chris Guilfoyle’s intricate guitar playing.
Virtuoso improvising turntable musician, multi-instrumentalist, Mentalist, Sample artist and music/audio collector, DJackulate is currently a member of the “Skratch Lords” turntable group, 1/4 of spacey electro improv band OKO and 1/2 of comedy sample/DJ crew “Neil Bucannon”. Awards include 2017 CSM freestyle scratch battle champion, 2016 SMF Berlin Cut to Cut freestyle scratch battle champion and 2014 CSM freestyle scratch battle champion.