Sligo New Music Festival

Gavin Bryars in Sligo for New Music Festival
Sligo New Music Festival 2010
Fri 16 – Sun 18 April
Ground-breaking composer and musician Gavin Bryars will be the featured guest at the Sligo New Music Festival, which returns to The Model from 16th – 18th April 2010.
The Model (formerly the The Model Arts and Niland Gallery) has worked out of temporary premises for the past two years to facilitate an ambitious extension and redevelopment project, and its new purpose built performance theatre space will open to host the 2010 Sligo New Music Festival. 
During the festival, Gavin Bryars’ classic works, including The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, will be showcased.  As part of the three-day festival programme – which includes four separate concerts – Bryars will take part in a public discussion with Lyric FM’s Bernard Clarke. The festival is the first event to be held in the new building which will become fully operational on Saturday, May 1st.
The UK-based Smith Quartet, regular collaborators with Bryars, will be the festival’s guest ensemble.  Leading Irish improvising duo Morla – saxophonist Seán Óg and guitarist Simon Jermyn – will join the Smith Quartet in performing Bryars’ work and will also perform separately. 
The festival will present the world premiere of a new work for electric guitar and string quartet by leading Northern Irish composer Frank Lyons.  The final performance of the festival will be marked by Sean Óg’s Sacred Chants.
The Sligo New Music festival will open on Friday, 16th April and coincides with National Music Day (a new Music Network initiative).
Championed for offering a rich and diverse programme of contemporary music on an annual basis since 2002, the Sligo New Music Festival is produced by The Model and curated by Ian Wilson. 
The Sligo New Music Festival is a composer-orientated event which focuses, each year, on one or two key composers.  Their work is programmed alongside new works from Irish composers and the festival seeks to premiere new works where possible. Collaborations between the festival performers are encouraged.
The 2010 Sligo New Music Festival is supported by The Arts Council and IMRO and is delighted to have LYRIC FM as festival media partner.
For up-to-date information and ticket sales contact: 071 914 1405 or

Sligo New Music Festival 2010 Programme (16th-18th April 2010)
Friday, 16th April
Performance time: 8.30pm
The Smith Quartet: Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic (25’)
The Smith Quartet:  Dennehy: Stamp! (6’)
Morla: improvised set
Tickets: €20/18
Saturday, 17th April
Performance time: 1pm
The Smith Quartet: Gavin Bryars’ Between the National and the Bristol (19’)
Simon Jermyn and the Smith Quartet: Gavin Bryars’ After the Requiem (16’)
The Smith Quartet and Morla: Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (25’)
Tickets – €15/12
Performance time: 3:30pm
Gavin Bryars in conversation with Bernard Clarke (Lyric FM; Nova)
Tickets: Free but ticketed
Performance time: 8:30pm
Simon Jermyn and the Smith Quartet: Frank Lyons: New Work for E-guitar and String quartet (15’)
The Smith Quartet: Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3 (16’)
Morla and the Smith Quartet: New Work for Morla and String quartet (35-40’)
Tickets – €15/12
Sunday, 18th April
Performance time: 12.30pm
Seán Óg: Sacred Chants (40’)
Tickets – €12/10
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