Christopher Fox, Sea to the west
Kaija Saariaho, Lonh
Christopher Fox, Catalogue irraisoné
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)
Fergal Dowling (electronics)
Elizabeth Hilliard is a pioneer and champion of Irish contemporary music. She is renowned for her exceptional musicianship and creative prowess and the emotional intensity she brings to her performances.
In this concert Elizabeth frames Kaija Saariaho's Lonh, a seminal work for solo soprano and electronics, with two more recent works by festival composer Christopher Fox.
Sea to the west, recently released on CD on the Metier label, evokes boyhood nostalgia, while Fox's encyclopaedic Catalogue irraisoné forms a stunning concert-length meditation on language and the fragility of communication.
J'adoreNO (for improvising ensemble)
BEINGBORG (for kitchen utensils)
HADT (for 6 - 8 speakers)
KLANK kauft KOMMERZBANK (for partially amplified improvising ensemble)
Reinhart Hammerschmidt - double bass, stuff
Markus Markowski - electric guitar, stuff
Christoph Ogiermann - violin, voice, stuff
Tim Schomacker - everyday percussion, voice, stuff
Bremen-based music performance ensemble, KLANK have created their own sonic universe from a dizzying array of musical techniques and cultural approaches.
The complex interaction of improvised music and the musical potential of various materials from everyday life combine in the logic of KLANK. Whether using kitchen utensils, office equipment, children's toys or tools from whatever workplace, KLANK is willing to declare almost everything a musical instrument. And in their brand of Klang-Aktionen (sound performances), they can make everything sing.
Des Clarke, Hypoglossa
Elis Czerniak, Kolo
Francis Heery, Unborrowed Light
Edmund Hunt, We Are Apart
Anna Murray, S:NP-VP-NP
Silvia Rosani, Omertà
Steven Whiteley, [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)
Michael Quinn (harpsichord)
Fergal Dowling (computer)
Alexis Nealon (sound)
A concert of new works for soprano and electronics developed by participant composers during the festival workshops and also including S:NPVPNP, Anna Murray's newly commissioned cryptic invention for harpsichord and electronics. Composers can apply to participate in Music Current and to take part in masterclasses and workshops with Christopher Fox. We will select up to eight works for any combination of soprano, computer or live electronics for inclusion in this programme. See below for more details on the participation programme in Music Current 2017.
Gráinne Mulvey, Part I
Fergal Dowling, Part II
Scott McLaughlin, Part III
Mihai Cucu, video photography, projection
Sabina Bonnici, creative producer
Alexis Nealon, sound projection
PERISONIC is an immersive, large-scale, panoramic 'painting' of Dublin, using 8 loudspeakers and 4 video screens. The audience are invited to actively discover and explore different audio-visual perspectives of Dublin, created by three composers and a video artist.
Dublin Sound Lab marks the 230th anniversary year of Robert Barker's patent application for the panorama painting, by extending Barker's vision of a 360˚ visual experience and re-imagining a cityscape constructed in pure sound.
Commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab, this concert-length installation is the result of a major collaboration with composers Scott McLaughlin, Gráinne Mulvey and Fergal Dowling, creative producer Sabina Bonnici and video artist Mihai Cucu.
Dublin Sound Lab invites composers of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in Music Current 2017.
Participation & Commission Opportunity
Composers are invited to submit new or existing works for soprano in combination with tape, computer, live electronics or video. As many as eight composers will be selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses with the esteemed English composer Christopher Fox. Participating composers will attend all festival concerts, and will take part in the masterclasses and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre and Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.
Submitted works will be considered for public performance on the final day of the festival, when one of the participating composers will be awarded the IMRO/Music Current Commission of €2,500 for a new work to be premiered at Music Current 2018.
The commission opportunity is not a prize. It is not awarded on a competitive basis and does not necessarily relate to the submitted work. Instead, Dublin Sound Lab want to use the commission to foster relationships with composers over extended periods. When selecting participant composers for the commission award, Dublin Sound Lab directors will consider a variety of factors but, especially, the potential to develop an ongoing partnership with the commissioned composer.
Masterclasses and Workshops
Thursday 27 April, 4–5pm: Welcome and Presentation by Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
Presentation by festival composer, Christopher Fox, concerning his own recent work, relevant to festival programme, and with reference to use of electronics in his work.
Thursday 27 April, 6–7pm: Music Current Festival Launch (CMC Library)
Festival launch with invited guests, festival composer Christopher Fox, participant composers, Elizabeth Hilliard, Klank, and composers and technicians from Dublin Sound Lab.
Thursday 27 April, 8–9pm: CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)
VOX ELECTRONICA, Elizabeth Hilliard, soprano, programme: Christopher Fox, Sea to the west; Kaija Saariaho, Lonh; Christopher Fox, Catalogue irraisoné
Friday 28 April, 10am–12pm: Masterclass with Christopher Fox (CMC Library)
Participating composers will present their work in round-table discussions moderated by Christopher Fox. Composers will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the selected works in a friendly discursive session involving all participant composers.
Friday 28 April, 12.30–2pm: Composition Review with Elizabeth Hilliard (CMC Library)
Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard will offer observations on participants' compositions with particular reference to vocal technique, presentation, style, and performance-related issues.
Friday 28 April, 3–4pm: Music Current Commission 2016 Presentation with Anna Murray (CMC Library)
Anna Murray, recipient of the 2016 Music Current Commission, will present on her recently completed S:NP-VP-NP (for harpsichord and computer).
Friday 28 April, 4–5pm: Computer Music Realisation with Alexis Nealon (CMC Library)
Sound Engineer Alexis Nealon discusses practical issues concerning computer music performance and real-world issues for computer-based music and mixed music, including: scalable performance, studio audition versus concert reproduction, microphone and loudspeaker selection and placement, distribution and portability of electronic music, understanding sound levels, and engineering terminology. Participant composers will be able to discuss the electronic part of their own works in preparation for later rehearsals.
Friday 28 April, 6–7pm: Public Panel Discussion: (CMC Library)
‘Are You Talking to Me?’ Discussion concerning the relationship between listeners, composers, promoters and performers as viewed from the audience’s perspective. With festival composers and guest speakers, the panel will include members of Klank and Christopher Fox, and will be moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC. Audience members and concert-goers are welcome to participate. Attendance is free, but spaces are strictly limited. To reserve a place, please book online here.
Friday 28 April, 8–9pm: CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)
KLANK PLAYS KLANK, Reinhart Hammerschmidt - double bass, stuff; Markus Markowski - electric guitar, stuff; Christoph Ogiermann - violin, voice, stuff; Tim Schomacker - everyday percussion, voice, stuff
Saturday 29 April, 10am–2pm: Rehearsal of participant works by Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano) (Smock Alley Theatre)
Rehearsal of works by participant composers will be rehearsed in advance of the public performance, at New Voices concert.
Saturday 29 April, 4pm–5pm: CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)
Concert performance of seven selected participant works developed during the festival, and premiere of Anna Murray's 2016 Music Current Commission S:NP-VP-NP (for harpsichord and computer). Announcement of IMRO / MUSIC CURRENT Commission 2017. Elizabeth Hilliard, soprano; Michael Quinn, harpsichord
Saturday 29 April, 8–8.30pm: CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)
PERISONIC, a concert-length, multimedia spectacle and representation of Dublin in surround sound and panoramic video, developed in collaboration between Dublin Sound Lab and composers Scott McLaughlin, Gráinne Mulvey, Fergal Dowling and video artist Mihai Cucu, and produced by Sabina Bonnici.
Saturday 29 April, 9–9.30pm: CONCERT (Smock Alley Theatre)
PERISONIC (second performance)
Participant Composers can also avail of:
Deadline for applications closed on 13 March 2017
Seven composers have been accepted to participate in Music Current and will present works at the New Voices concert at Smock Alley Theatre, 29 April 2017. The selected composers are:
Des Clarke, England
Elis Czerniak, Ireland
Francis Heery, Ireland
Edmund Hunt, England
Elizabeth O'Brien, Ireland
Silvia Rosani, Italy
Steven Whiteley , USA
Smock Alley Theatre is situated on Exchange Street Lower with its façade facing on to Wood Quay.
The Contemporary Music Centre is at 19 Fishamble Street in the west end of Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar, adjacent to Smock Alley Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and is a short walk from Trinity College.
Nearest car parks are Fleet Street Car Park and Christchurch Car Park at the rear of Jury's Hotel.
Both venues are close to the Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay; a 10-minute walk from Tara Street DART station and 5-minute walk from the Jervis Street stop on the red LUAS line, and a 10-minute walk from O'Connell Street.
All buses to Wood Quay, Ormond Quay, Wellington Quay, Parliament Street, and Lord Edward Street.
Dublin Sound Lab is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Music Current Festival is presented in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin and supported by Irish Music Rights Organisation.