Music Current festival returns this April with a series of visually stunning concerts and electrifying performances. The programme full of Irish premieres focuses on light (and darkness), and the visual experience of concert-going.
The annual five-day festival showcases some of the best Irish and international contemporary music makers, hosting five new concerts, including: Black Page Orchestra (Austria), TAK Ensemble (USA), lovemusic collective (France/UK), Dublin Sound Lab, and the return of Nadar Ensemble (Belgium).
Festival-goers can participate through a series of workshops exploring electronic music, AI in music creation, and new composition techniques, and a discussion exploring personal artistic approaches to music and technology.
“The fringes of contemporary new music continue to be reflected in the adventurous programming that makes the Music Current festival a hidden gem in Ireland’s new music calendar… If one wanted to experience the very latest cutting-edge trends in new music, then [Music Current] was the event to come to.” (Journal of Music)
02 April, 6pm | 45mins
Each year, 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.
TAK Ensemble (USA)
02 April, 8pm | 80mins
TAK Ensemble bring an all-American programme featuring some of the most distinct voices in new music composition, in a programme that reveals a freshness of approach to performance.
Dublin Sound Lab
03 April, 8pm | 75mins
An exploration of the relationship between musical material and visual representation. In “Glaze of Cathexis” John McLachlan responds to the raw visual composition of Stan Brakhage’s eponymous film.
Black Page Orchestra
04 April, 8pm | 75mins
Austrian new music group Black Page Orchestra are renowned for their bold and fearless approach to music commissioning, programming and performance. Well-established on the continental festival circuit, here, on their first visit to Ireland.
05 April, 8pm | 60mins
Nadar Ensemble (Belgium) return to Music Current Festival with programme centred on light (and darkness). In Drie, Serge Verstockt switches off all visual stimuli to clear the path for primal instinctive listening.
06 April, 3pm | 120mins
€5 (includes refreshments)
Lara Gallagher discusses her new work for lovemusic collective and how technology has informed both her compositional decision making process and her collaborative involvement with the ensemble.
06 April, 8pm | 75mins
lovemusic is a collective of musicians specialised in new music based in Strasbourg. Working with composers on new and exciting works that will enrich the musical world is at the heart of what we do.