Ireland’s most ambitious and adventurous contemporary music festival Music Current returns to Project Arts Centre in 2023, for four days of concerts, chamber opera, workshops, panel and discussions. With five concerts of all Irish premiers, including 3 new works written specially for Dublin Sound Lab, this year’s festival is a multimedia showcase of virtuosic electronic music performance and live video, featuring some of the most exciting performers (including Izumi Kimura, Shane Latimer and Paul Roe) and groups (Nadar Ensemble, Schallfeld Ensemble, Dublin Sound Lab) in Irish and international contemporary and electronic music today.
The concert programme includes works by leading international composers Simon Steen- Anderson, Johannes Kreidler, Martin Matalon, Natacha Diels, Michael Maierhof, Marko Ciciliani, Davide Gagliari, Christof Ressi, Jesse Marino, Pierre Jodlowski, Stefan Prins, Michael Beil, Alessandro Massobrio, and Irish composers Francis Heery, and visual artist Jaki Irvine.
COMPOSING WITH SYNTHESISERS | WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY 12/4/23, 2–5PM | €5
Facilitated by Francis Heery, this workshop is suitable for musicians, composers and concert-goers, or anyone with an interest in electronic music and how it is composed.
BEYOND PITCH | PANEL DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY 12/4/23, 6PM | Free
Music Current invites music audiences and the wider public to engage in debate and discussion concerning how music-making is affected by technology, social changes and the political environment.
DUBLIN SOUND LAB | CONCERT
WED 12/4/23, 8PM | €16/14
Dublin Sound Lab presents a programme of Irish premiers, including three new works written especially for this performance by Francis Heery, Jaki Irvine and Alessandro Massobrio.
COMPOSING WITH VIDEO | WORKSHOP
THURSDAY 13/4/23, 2–4PM | €5
This lecture/workshop, facilitated by Michael Maierhof, takes place at the Contemporary Music Centre, Fishamble St.
NATACHA DIELS (USA) SOLO – CONCERT – SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL
THURSDAY 13/4/23, 6PM | €16/14
In this one-person show, and her first performance in Ireland, Natacha Diels, creates Somewhere Beautiful – her unique vision of musical performance as a multimedia theatricality.
SCHALLFELD ENSEMBLE (AUSTRIA) | CONCERT
THURSDAY 13/4/23, 8PM | €16/14
Schallfeld Ensemble bring their trade make innovative concert stagings and repertoire to Dublin and Music Current Festival for the first time.
COMPOSING IN REAL-TIME | WORKSHOP
FRIDAY 14/4/23, 2–5PM | €5
Facilitated by Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny, this workshop is primarily designed for performers and composers. However, we welcome all participants, including teachers, listeners and people from any fields or disciplines.
“COLD SWEAT” | CHAMBER OPERA
FRIDAY 14/4/23, 6PM AND 8PM
The first in Michael Maierhof’s series of “home operas” is a 30-minute “micro opera”. Each of the works is intended to be performed in domestic spaces, living rooms or public places – at Music Current Festival Cold Sweat will be performed at the Library of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.
NADAR ENSEMBLE (BELGIUM) | CONCERT
SATURDAY 15/4/22, 8PM | €16/14
In this Doppelgänger concert programme, Nadar presents a multi-layered musical and visual discourse, with avatars as main characters.
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Festival Director: Fergal Dowling
Technical Supervision: Studio4
Audio production: Jonathan Berkeley
Video recording: Paul Lynch
Lighting: Eoin Lennon
Press: Conleth Teevan
Social Media: Gandharva Josi
“The highly-specialised new music festival, Music Current, presented what was the new music performance of the year for me…” – Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
“Dublin Sound Lab’s Fergal Dowling, who has consistently uncovered some of the most
interesting up-to-the-minute international trends in European and US new music… …This year’s Music Current festival once again proved what an indispensable fixture it is on the Irish contemporary music calendar. It showcases a range of work that Irish audiences rarely have a chance to experience in such a concentrated format.”
Adrian Smith, Journal of Music
“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
“One of the pleasures of Music Current is the subtlety and sophistication of the sonic manipulation.”
Michael Dervan, Irish Times
Arts Council; Arts Mentor Foundation Lucerne; Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin; City of Hamburg (Behörde für Kultur und Medien); IMRO; Studio4
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.