CMC – third Nights of New Music

The Contemporary Music Centre and the Irish Composers’ Collective join forces to present a third Night of New Music in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall, 27 April 2011. Following on from the  other highly successful Nights of New Music, this night begins again with The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series, followed by the Irish Composers’ Collective monthly concert, with a special offer on wine and tapas in the National Concert Hall during the break.

The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon, 6pm – 7pm, 27 April 2011, features composer/performer Karen Power in a collaborative work entitled Movement of Sound with dancer/choreographer Mary Nunan. Movement of Sound seeks to combine movement and sound in a way that will speak across a number of artistic platforms, attracting fresh and untried audiences and creating new and more complete experiences of movement, sound, movement through sound and sound through movement. The final piece which involves musicians Kate Ellis (cello) and Deirdre O’Leary (clarinet) will tour 16 – 19 June to Cork, Limerick and Dublin. The project is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion.
The new music::new Ireland salon series aims to encourage newcomers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the music of Irish Composers. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere with dialogue encouraged between composers, performers and audience. This is the Centre’s eight series and this year to celebrate 25 years of the Contemporary Music Centre and as part of a series of events planned for 2011, the salons will take place across the year on the last Wednesday of each month, apart from the summer months (June, July and August).
Karen Power is an Irish composer who writes primarily for acoustic and electroacoustic forces. Her initial interest in composition came during her undergraduate degree in University College Cork (UCC). In 2009 she completed a PhD in acoustic and electroacoustic composition at SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre), Belfast, with Prof. Michael Alcorn.  Karen’s compositional interests are constantly shifting, transforming and re-shaping, with current projects including a video and sound collaboration.
Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance choreographer and performer. Mary started her professional career as a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86) and then went on to become a founder member and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company from 1988-1999.  In addition to choreographing her own work Mary has also been involved since 2002 as a collaborative artist and performer, in the Maya Lila collective, under the directorship of Joan Davis. Mary has been Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick since 1999
The Irish Composers’ Collective is pleased to welcome the Quiet Music Ensemble – John Godfrey, Séan Mac Erlaine & Isla de Ziah to their monthly concert series and this month they will perform the works of Alyson Barber, Solfa Carlile, Patrick Connolly, Susan Geaney, Aristides Llaneza and Adam McCartney, 830pm – 930pm, 27 April 2011, pre-concert talk at 815pm..

“The Contemporary Music Centre is delighted to partner with The Irish Composers’ Collective on Nights of New Music, which is one of a number of audience development initiatives by the Centre. The Nights of New Music initiative is going from strength to strength and we eagerly await the next occasion!” says Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre.

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music. The Centre is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  The Centre would like to thank the National Concert Hall for the use of the Kevin Barry Room for the salon series and the Irish Composers’ Collective for their collaboration on Nights of New Music. The Centre is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Irish Composers’ Collective, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing Irish composers with a community for information, education and the pooling of resources in order to create concerts of their music with professional musicians.

Admission is free for the new music::new Ireland salon but booking is strongly recommended. To book please contact the National Concert Hall on tel: 01 4170000 or email: ei.hcn@ofni.
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