Festival: MUSIC CURRENT 2019

Posted April 9, 2019 in Music Features

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MUSIC CURRENT opens on Wednesday, 10th April 2019 with a double-bill programme: Sweeney Lives! featuring three major ‘radiophonic’ works by Irish electronic music pioneer Frank Corcoran; and German music collective Stock11, one of the most thought provoking music groups performing today.


Returning to Smock Alley Theatre, this unique four-day event runs from 10–13 April, with a jampacked programme of concerts, panel discussions, composer talks, and a special music commission for artists.

This year’s festival sees Retro Disco Trio perform new works for horn, cello, synthesizer and electronics by participant composers, selected following the annual Music Current ‘call for participation’. A regular and unique feature of Music Current festival, this concert offers a rare chance to hear the most original voices in contemporary composition from around the world showcasing their work in Dublin.

One of the participating composers in this programme will be offered a commission to prepare a new work for Music Current 2020.This concert will also feature the premiere of a new work by Argentinian Patricia Martinez – recipient of Music Current 2018 commission – written especially for RETRO DISCO.

Also including works by:

Claire Fitch
Alessandro Perini
David Bremner
Seán Ó Dálaigh
Weston Olencki
Luke Smyth
Maya Verlak

Speaking about the Music Current Commission of €2,500, Fergal Dowling of Dublin Sound Lab explains “Each year we offer a commission to one of the composers participating in the festival to write a new work for the following year’s festival. This creates a sense of continuity between each year’s programmes and also helps us develop long relationships with particular composers. Last year we commissioned the Argentinian composer Patricia Martinez to write a new work for the Swiss trio Retro Disco, for horn, cello and synthesiser for this year’s festival. Patricia has a strong interest in the theatrical music performance so her work fits very well with the highly visual and performative programme we have this year. Her new work, ‘A state of divinity’, is an intense performance piece which effectively uses the theatre space and integrates lighting within the score and the fabric of the musical composition. So we are thrilled to have commissioned such a visual piece this year.”

Last chance to book now!

More on the 2019 lineup here

Music Current runs from Wednesday April 10th to Saturday April 13th

Further info at: http://www.musiccurrent.ie

SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin

Box Office – Tel: 01 677 0014 / www.smockalley.com


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