Totally Dublin Weekender | March 3 – 6


Posted March 1, 2016 in Weekender

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Weekender: |wiːkˈɛndə|– noun – what to do in Dublin this weekend.

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Home Beat presents: LUBOMYR MELNYK

Thursday 3 March | D-Light Studios | 8pm, €12-€20

Like his Erased Tapes labelmate, Nils Frahm, Lubomyk Melnyk is also a pianist who is taking minimalism is strange directions. Melnyk’s style takes the form of lengthy keyboard incantantions full rippling, seemingly endless arpeggiated patterns and making heavy use of the sustain pedal creating washes of overtones from the note patterns building up. Originally hailing from Ukraine, Melnyk has been performing and composing since the late 1970s, and this Home Beat gig in D-Light Studios is a debut Irish performance for him. Tickets are available here with more details here.

JOANNA NEWSOM

JOANNA NEWSOM

Thursday 3 March | Olympia Theatre | 7.30pm, €40.05-€45.05

Coming on five years since her last visit when she played Marlay Park, Joanna Newsom returns to the Olympia Theatre where she put on spellbinding performances in support of her second album Ys in 2007. Newson has been busy playing with a three piece band pretty much constantly since the release of her towering fourth LP, Divers in October and – use of controversial ‘Madonna mic’ aside – performances have been met with appropriately reverent reviews. Playing sets that feature work ranging from her breakthrough Bridges and Balloons through to the climactic Time, As A Symptom that closes Divers, Newsom is guaranteed to make jaws drop and spines tingle. More info here.

 

 

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM

 

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM: SOLO PIANO

Friday 4 March | National Concert Hall | 8pm, €29.50-€39.50

Another year, another host of intriguing concerts from the National Concert Hall’s ‘Perspectives’ series. This time sees a solo performance from South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, referred to by no less an authority than Madiba as “South Africa’s Mozart”. With over half a century of music behind him, Ibrahim draws from a deep well of influences including traditional African forms as well as classic American jazz, swing and boogie-woogie. More info here.

 

 

 

MOLLY NILSSON

MOLLY NILSSON

Friday 4 February | The Grand Social | 8pm, €12

Mixing jaunty Scandi-pop with a lo-fi aesthestic, Molly Nilsson first impinged on our consciousness when her vocals were layered daintily on John Maus’ morose classic Hey Moon. Her work is reminiscent of Sean Nicholas Savage and Maus himself, doused in a deflective layer of gothic reverb, the sound of old synthesisers and full of sweet, eminently hummable melodies. Support on the night comes from the wonderfully named Menage a Trois and the much vaunted Maria Somerville. More details here.

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