Music Current Soloists


First Music Current Workshop, 2011

Seán O'Dálaigh, Blue for Marja, with Marja Gaynor (for Baroque viola and electronics, 2021)
Elis Czerniak, and the Acceptance of Death, (for bass flute, bass clarinet, cello and electronics)
Jane Deasy, Blossom, with Ilse de Ziah (for cello and electronics, 2021)
Gráinne Mulvey, Texts for a Civil War, with Joe O'Farrell (for bass flute and electronics, 2021)
Darragh Kelly, Self Attention, with Darragh Morgan (violin, 2021)
Paul Scully, Shall We Give it a Bash? with Paul Roe (clarinet and electronics, 2021)
Neil O'Connor, Frisson / Rapture, with Paul Roe (for bass clarinet and Morphagene synthesizer, 2021)

Date: 7pm, 9/11/12
Duration: 1 hour

A central theme of the Music Current Festival is the participation and collaboration of composers and performers in developing new work. Usually this takes place within the context of the festival, but this year these collaborations took place in a new format with composers working closely with individual instrumentalists over an extended period.

In this concert the seven composers and five soloists involved in this project reveal the results of their extended in-depth collaborations, and present seven new works exploring new instrumental resources mediated by electronic forces. Each work, although developed separately in one-to-one relationships, was also developed in a parallel process, with all composers meeting regularly to discuss and exchange ideas.

The group also met online in a series of roundtable discussions throughout 2021 with festival guest composers Alexander Schubert (who is featured in Zubin Kanga's Wiki-Piano concert) and Brigitta Muntendorf (who is featured composer in Lina Andonovska's Public Privacy flute concert).

"Alexander Schubert and Brigitta Muntendorf are two of the most critically engaged voices amongst the current generation of European composers and we were delighted to have them take part in these round-table sessions and to contribute their observations and insights on the workshop process and the development of these new works."
– Fergal Dowling, Music Current Artistic Director

This year the composition programme involved a wide range of composers at all career stages, from early-career composers to established composers, such as Graacute;inne Mulvey. Similarly, the instrumentalists have a wide range of interests and backgrounds, including Baroque, traditional, early music and jazz, as well of course as contemporary music. So the collaborative nature of the programme and the opportunity for shared development was an especially strong feature of this year.

Read composer and performer biographies and programme notes.