Sligo New Music Festival

The 2011 IMRO sponsored Sligo New Music Festival takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April. The festival will be Ian Wilson’s 8th and last as director and the very special guests will be two outstanding Australian musicians – electric guitarist and soundscape artist extraordinaire Oren Ambarchi ( ) and one of the world’s leading recorder players, Genevieve Lacey (pictured) ( ). Oren and Genevieve will each perform an exciting solo concert and the festival’s highlight will be a collaborative performance featuring both artists playing together in public for the first time.

The festival will also present the world première of Ian Wilson’s new collaborative improvisatory work with saxophonist Cathal Roche and the Vanbrugh Quartet, The Book of Ways, which will open the festival as part of a concert which will also feature the 2nd performance of Wilson’s work re:play for improvising saxophonist, piano, string quartet and double bass.

Continuing the festival’s Improvisation theme, a new improvising duo called crOw (Cathal Roche, saxophones and Ian Wilson, live electronics) will make its debut in the Atrium space of the Model.

The Sligo New Music Festival has been an important feature of Ireland’s musical life since its inception in 2003. An essential part of its Credo is to introduce to Irish audiences exciting music and artists little known here and to that end has presented the first Irish performances/major perspectives on composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Luigi Nono, Rebecca Saunders, Andrew Toovey and Aureliano Cattaneo as well as facilitating the first visits to Ireland by international performers such as Alter Ego, musikFabrik and Ixion.
2011 Programme
Friday, 15th April
7:30pm / The Atrium
Official launch of SNMF 2011 and of Ian Wilson’s new CD “In Shadows” which includes performances by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and Cathal Roche who will play works from the CD in the opening concert.
8:30pm / The Black Box
€15 / €12
Cathal Roche, saxophones, RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Matthew Schellhorn, piano, Malachy Robinson, double bass.
Ian Wilson, “The Book of Ways” for improvising saxophonist and improvising string quartet (2011, c.35’ WP)
Wilson, “Across a Clear Blue Sky” for string quartet, radios and drumming toys (2009, 10’)
Wilson, “re:play” for improvising tenor saxophone, string quartet, piano and double bass (2007, 19’)
Saturday, 16th April
1pm / The Black Box
€15 / €12
Genevieve Lacey, recorders
Solo works and works with tape, computer, electronics by Liza Lim, Brett Dean and Bob Scott, John Rogers, Damian Barbeler, John Surman, Fausto Romitelli and others.
3:30pm / Education Room
Interview with Genevieve Lacey about her career and performing contemporary recorder music.
7:30pm / The East Gallery
€12 / €10
crOw (Cathal Roche, saxophones, Ian Wilson, live electronics)
Improvised set
9:30pm / The Black Box
€15 / €12
Oren Ambarchi, electric guitar, electronics
Improvised set
(Please note the volume in this set may get quite loud at times)
Sunday, 17th April
12pm / The Black Box
€15 / €12
Oren Ambarchi (guitar, electronics) & Genevieve Lacey (recorders)
Improvised set (first performance together)
Concert Weekend Special Offer
€45 for all concerts
€20 / €15 for both Saturday evening performances
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