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New Music Dublin

Media Release 16 January 2013

Nelson Mandela, James Joyce, and President Vladimir Putin provide inspiration for works featured in the inaugural ‘New Music Dublin’ Festival at the National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall play host to a three-day festival of new music from 1-3 March 2013 entitled ‘New Music Dublin’ (NMD).  Showcasing the work of major international and Irish figures from renowned film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to Raymond Deane (celebrating his 60th birthday this year), Dutch composer Louis Andriessen to Ronan Guilfoyle, and the festival also invites audiences to participate in workshops, attend screenings, and participate in choral projects and more throughout the weekend.

Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall comments “New Music Dublin is the result of a ground-breaking collaboration between the National Concert Hall, RTÉ, the Arts Council and the Contemporary Music Centre aimed at creating a significant annual focus for contemporary music. Involving both RTÉ orchestras, Ireland's leading new music ensembles and outstanding Irish and international musicians, the new festival offers audiences the opportunity to experience and engage with an eclectic and exciting range of recent composition from around Europe, in both formal and informal settings at the National Concert Hall.”

Highlights of NMD include the world-première of Kundraan and the Arctic Light by Swedish composer/performer Christian Lindberg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra;  the Irish premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 (a recent work that offers direct criticism of President Vladimir Putin) performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra; the première of Louis Andriessen’s De Staat (exploring Political themes), the world-première by Kevin Volan's ‘String Quartet No. 11 (Chakra for String quartet)’ performed by Callino Quartet and Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘ Counterparts: Joyce in Dublin and Paris’ (inspired by the music quoted in the works of James Joyce). Garth Knox’s ECM project Saltarello, which reached Number One in the Billboard Classical Charts, will also have its first performance in Dublin at the Festival. 

NMD will also see a special double-bill concert by the Hilliard Ensemble and renowned Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson; the famed Crash Ensemble perform Simon Steen Andersen’s Chambered Music (which uses texts from Nelson Mandela’s prisoner diaries) and ‘Red Run’ (Nine Songs for Eleven Instruments) by German composer Heiner Goebbels.

The festival which forms part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Cultural Programme is a new partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre. It is the first event arising from a planned five-year partnership.
Full Festival Schedule below.

For further information on the above please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.Tel: 01 417 0057 / 087 1775334 E-mail: Sinead.doyle@nch.ie  or Gavin O’Sullivan at New Music Dublin. Tel: +353 87 2456971/ Mail: press@newmusicdublin.ie

Ticket and Box Office Information:

Tickets available from the National Concert Hall Box Office 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday.
Telephone 01 417 0000, Online: www.nch.ie (no booking fees) Email: info@nch.ie
For further information on any aspect of New Music Dublin please contact Gavin O’Sullivan
Phone: +353 87 2456971/ Mail: press@newmusicdublin.ie

NEW MUSIC DUBLIN 2013 at the National Concert Hall
Festival Schedule in brief

Date Time Concert Venue
Fri 1 March 1.05pm Garth Knox: Saltarello JFR
  8pm RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg (conductor and trombone)
Sandström and Lindberg.
Sat 2 March 10.30am-1pm

Here is the News – Participatory Choral
Project with composer Brian Irvine
  1.05pm Counterparts: Joyce in Dublin and Paris
by Ronan Guilfoyle
  7.30pm RTÉ Concert Orchestra/ Arvo Pärt and Louis Andriessen MA
  10pm A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Adam Wiltzie (musician) and Dustin O’Halloran (composer)
Sun 3 March 1.05pm Callino Quartet
Webern, Silvestrov, Wilson, Tavener, Volans
  5.30pm Crash Ensemble
Europa/ Andersen, Haas, Goebbels, Van Der Aa
  8pm Jóhann Jóhansson and The Hilliard Ensemble MA


DAY 1 – Friday 1 March 2013

John Field Room, 1.05pm €9/10
Garth Knox, viola, Agnès Vesterman, cello, Sylvian Lemêtre, percussion

Many instrumental compositions in music history, even if they’re called sonata, suite, sinfonia or even fantasia, are essentially dances. Under the title Saltarello, a 14th-century fast Italian dance in ¾ time that survives today as a folk dance, viola player Garth Knox couples works stretching from the 12th century to the present day and demonstrates how fragile, even arbitrary, is the line drawn between art and folk music, but also that between old music and new sounds. Knox presents his own works alongside music by Hildegard von Bingen; he juxtaposes the exquisite Renaissance sounds of John Dowland against pieces by Kaija Saariaho that make subtle use of electronics, and sets arrangements of traditional melodies and anonymous dance movements against Henry Purcell’s Music for a while – a sensuous survey of 1000 years of musical events. Having reached Number One in the Billboard Classical Charts, Irish musician Garth Knox brings his ECM project Saltarello to Dublin for the first time.

Main Auditorium, 8.00pm €18/20
Christian Lindberg conductor/trombone

Jan Sandström Ocean Child
Christian Lindberg Kundraan and the Arctic Light - World Première
Jan Sandström Indri /Cave Canem
Christian Lindberg Peking Twilight

Jan Sandström and Christian Lindberg, two astonishing Swedish artists, who share an infectious pleasure in virtuosic music that celebrates life, disregards boundaries and which frequently surprises. Following the success of his 2011 collaboration directing and conducting the RTÉ NSO, and his solo recital in which he was hailed by the Irish Times as ‘a virtuoso at the top of his game’ (Irish Times), Lindberg returns to direct from the trombone the world première of Kundraan and the Arctic Light, the third part of a trilogy based on Lindberg’s own fictitious character Kundraan who wrestles with angels and demons within himself.  With this, three orchestral works conducted by Lindberg: his own virtuosic Peking Twilight,‘a tribute to the city of Norrköping, with its great football team with the nickname "Peking” ’; Jan Sandström’s Ocean Child, inspired by a snorkelling trip taken by the composer with his daughter in Thailand and described by him  as 'a tribute to life, to curiosity and childish naivety...an attempt to recreate my childhood dreams about music’ and Indri/Cave Canem  (Beware of the Dog), which, with its free form, rhythmic vitality and colourful writing reflecting a 'pack of wild dogs with no other thought than to go where their noses lead them exudes a boundless curiosity and joie de vivre.

DAY 2 – Saturday 2nd of March 2013

John Field Room, 1.05pm €9/10
Dominique Pifarély, violin Michael Buckley, saxophones Stéphane Payen, saxophones Ronan Guilfoyle, bass, Christophe Lavergne, drums

A new work by Ronan Guilfoyle commissioned by the National Concert Hall with funds provided by the Arts Council is an innovative musical piece inspired by the music quoted in the works of James Joyce, specifically the works written in Dublin and Paris. Partly written and partly improvised, as well as utilizing street sounds from Dublin and Paris, the piece also uses text from various works both as a generator for the music, and in spoken word format as an integral part of the piece. The suite reveals new aspects to the musicality of Joyce’s prose, and creates a unique environment for improvising musicians to explore the work of Joyce through musical means.

Main Auditorium, 7.30pm €18/20
Reinbert de Leeuw conductor

Arvo Pärt Symphony No. 4
Louis Andriessen De Staat
Music as a political tool as conceived by two of Europe's elder statesmen of composition, two remarkably individual voices, both of whom strive for a purity of approach but with startlingly different results. Arvo Pärt's Symphony No 4 is a recent work (2009) that offers direct criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pärt dedicates this work to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oil executive and political dissident who has been jailed by Putin. It is also offered to all Russians jailed without rights. Andriessen's De Staat (1976) considers the relationship of music to politics; how it can and can't have an influence. Regarded as a seminal work of contemporary European composition, its dynamic, pulsating score has attracted a strong cult following over its lifetime. This is the Irish premiere of both works.

Main Auditorium, 10.00pm €13.50/15

For the uninitiated, ‘A Winged Victory for the Sullen’ is the first instalment of the new collaboration between ex-Sparklehorse musician Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O'Halloran, a friendship that has brought forth an offspring of truly curative compositions for the world to savour. AWVFTS mix classical, ambient and post-rock sounds to create sonorous and cinematic music that moves.

DAY 3 – Sunday 3rd of March 2013

John Field Room, 1.05pm €9/10

Anton Webern Langsamersatz
Valentin Silvestrov Ikon of joy and sorrow
Ian Wilson In fretta in vento
John Tavener Ikon
Kevin Volans String Quartet No 11 (Chakra for String Quartet) - World Première

Kevin Volan's new quartet is presented in the context of a rich programme of soul-searching music. From the ravishing sounds of early Webern in his starting point of uber-romanticism to the spiritually based Ikon works of Valentin Silvestrov and John Tavener, both devout and contemplative, harking back to early music sounds. Also including Ian Wilson's personal reflection on the 9/11 attacks, his quartet ‘In fretta in vento’. The concert culminates with Kevin Volan's new work, the latest offering from the composer of hit string quartets such as ‘White Man Sleeps.’

Engineering Library, 5.30pm €13.50/15
Alan Pierson conductor
Sylvia O’Brien guest vocalist

Simon Steen Andersen Chambered Music
Georg Fredrich Haas String Quartet No.5
Heiner Goebbels Red Run (Nine Songs for Eleven Instruments)
Michel Van Der Aa Here (In Circles)
Crash Ensemble continues its pioneering work of introducing the work of major international composers to Irish audiences. This programme surveys some creative European names in a programme that revels in the diversity of approach of these artists.  Danish composer Simon Steen Andersen’s ‘Chambered Music’ uses texts from Nelson Mandela’s prisoner diaries, but mostly in unrecognizable forms. The work is both virtuosic and theatrical. Austrian Georg Fredrich Haas smashes open the string quartet by placing the players apart from one another with the audience on the inside, revelling in the complex textures. Heiner Goebbels, one of Germany’s most distinctive voices, wrote Red Run as a ballet – this is a concert reduction, with a deconstructed jazz-club feel. Dutch composer Michel Van Der Aa’s ‘Here’ trilogy, explores the relationship of the individual (soprano) to her surroundings, using theatrical and visual elements.

Main Auditorium, 8.00pm €18/20

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Iceland-born musician, composer and producer. Jóhann's stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002 on the well-respected British label Touch. Jóhannson is also an award-winning film composer with eight international feature film credits to his name as well as a composer for theatre and contemporary dance. He is a prolific collaborator, having worked and performed with artists such as Marc Almond (Stranger Things album), Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic, The Hafler Trio, Jaki Liebezeit, Laetitia Sadier, David Tibet, Baby Dee, Larsen and many more.

The Hilliard Ensemble is unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music. Its distinctive style and highly developed musicianship engage the listener as much in medieval and renaissance repertoire as in works specially written by living composers, often in an orchestral context. Collaborations include; the world-première of Stephen Hartke’s 3rd Symphony with Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, they have also collaborated with the Munich Chamber Orchestra with a new work by Erkki-Sven Tüür.  In 2007 they joined forces with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra to premiere Nunc Dimittis by the Russian composer Alexander Raskatov, also recording this for ECM. With the release of their third collaboration with Jan Garbarek on the ECM label, Officium Novum, the group continues to tour extensively in Europe.  The Hilliard Ensemble remains one of the world's finest vocal chamber groups.


Workshops: Saturday 2nd March 2013 from 10.30am-1pm and 2:30-5pm.Sunday 3rd March 11am-1:30pm with Informal Performance Sunday 3rd March at 3pm.
Here is the NEWS…… Participatory Choral Project with composer Brian Irvine

This two-day project is aimed at experiencing the sheer excitement and joy of creating and performing a new piece of music. Under the direction of composer Brian Irvine the participants will work together to create a completely new piece of contemporary choral music. The making of the piece will be inspired by the news of the day and will involve playing and discovering different composition / improvisation / performance / recording and sampling techniques. At the end of the sessions the participants will perform the completed work at an informal public concert. Based on the philosophy that making and singing music is great fun and something that we all can do - we welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. All you need is a willingness to sing and a rather self- effacing attitude to life!
Fidelio Trio / Johannes Maria Staud  - Composer Workshops and Performance

Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud (whose piano trio will receive its Irish premiere at the Festival) and the Fidelio Trio will be working with a number of Irish composers over the weekend. The Fidelio Trio will also be performing a programme of new European music featuring three Irish premières.

Luke Bedford:                      Chiaroscuro
Pascal Dusapin:                     Trio Rombach
Salvatore Sciarrino:             Piano Trio
David Fennessy:                   Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman
Johannes Maria Staud:       Für Balint Andras Varga
Raymond Deane Focus
Celebrating his 60th birthday in 2013, the Festival will feature a screening of a new documentary by Mark Linnane about Raymond Deane commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre. This will be followed by a performance of his works by members of Concorde and others.
Further aspects of New Music Dublin will be announced over the coming month including details of Contemporary Music Centre’s New Music Marathon and Art of Sound Exhibition, 1:1 Concerts, Creative Labs for emerging ensembles, panel-discussions, a performance of the winning work in the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Award and a Festival club.