Festival / Music / 23-23 April 2022


Show Time: 6pm

Toner Quinn (The Journal of Music)
Malgorzata Walentynowicz (Ensemble Garage)
Natacha Diels (composer, USA)
Fergal Dowling (Dublin Sound Lab, Music Current Festival)

Each year at Music Current Festival we invite music audiences and the wider public to engage in debates and discussions concerning how music making is affected by technology, social changes and the political environment.

Following nearly two years of restrictions on public gatherings, and performances in particular, how do we now feel about concert music? What changes have occurred in the concert music environment and ecosystem? Having been categorised as the least essential workers, how do musicians perceive their place or role in society? And what is the role of the audience in future music making? After being encouraged to think of themselves as vectors for disease, how will audiences re-engage with live music performance?

The discussion is open and accessible to public participation and contributions are welcome from the audience. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland’s archive and resource centre for new music, and will be moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC.


You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here. Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613.


Artistic Director: Fergal Dowling
Audio production, Studio4 Lighting: Eoin Lennon
PR: Conleth Teevan
Social Media : Aoife Browne


‘Dublin Sound Lab is doing an important job for those in Ireland who remain passionate about music in the post-war avant-garde lineage and who rarely get the opportunity to hear such ‘difficult’ music performed… …flying the flag in Ireland over the past decade for European modernism.’ Liam Cagney, Journal of Music, June 2016

‘One of the pleasures of Music Current is the subtlety and sophistication of the sonic manipulation.’ Michael Dervan, Irish Times, 3 May 2017

‘One of the finest electroacoustic ensembles on the island at present, Dublin Sound Lab.’ Bernard Clarke, Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM, 26 May 2013

‘Where we are at musically these days in terms of technology’ Liam Cagney, Musical Criticism, December 2009


Supported by the Arts Council, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, Contemporary Music Centre, Goethe Institute & IMRO

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