Festival / Workshop / 20-20 April 2022


Tickets: €5 administrative charge which covers the cost of refreshments on the day

As part of Music Current Festival 2022 - see the full line-up of events here!

Show Time: 2 - 4pm

A practical introduction to interpreting, writing and performing graphic scores, facilitated by Ilse de Ziah

Music, art and design intersect in many ways. In this workshop participants will get an insight into a diverse set of compositional practices that converge in graphic scores. Participants will review seminal graphic works, practice how to compose their own scores and how to interpret and perform them in collaboration with other participants. Create and explore new constraints and notation practices, and explore your instrument or voice in unexpected ways. This workshop will be a challenging and engaging experience for composers, musicians and curious listeners.

Participants will explore seminal graphic core compositions: Treatise by Cornelius Cardew, Triskaidekaphonia by Pauline Oliveros and Stripsody by Cathy Berberian.

This workshop is intended for musicians, composers, sound artists, performers, singers, anyone interested in music composition and performance. Participants are invited to bring their own instrument, and performers of any background (classical, popular or traditional backgrounds) are welcome, but performance is not required. Workshop participants can attend as auditors, composers or interpreters. Questions concerning the this workshop can be addressed to info@dublinsoundlab.ie.

This event is supported by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.


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



Ilse de Ziah is an Irish-Australian cellist and composer. She is a member of the Quiet Music Ensemble and performs and records with many rock, pop, jazz and traditional musicians. Ilse hold a Masters in Music from Cork School of Music, and tutors chamber music at University College Cork. She is musical director of the Cork Light Orchestra, and organises the Scarlet String Quartet and the annual Irish Cello Retreat. She has performed in award winning theatre productions in Cork and London, including Dido and Aeneas and Pagliacci at the Everyman Theatre, Cork. She was principal cellist of the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, and performed with Liz Roche Dance Company and the Cork Opera House production of Prodijig – The Revolution. She composes film music and publishes solo cello music at her online store Play Cello Music. She is a Signature artist with musicnotes.com and is co-artistic director of the Middleton Arts Festival.


‘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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