I’ve been away for a few weeks on an unexpected extended personal leave so have loads to catch up on. Bear with me…
This coming Monday (13 July) sees the Kronos Quartet making an appearance as guests of Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS). The concert in An Táin Theatre, Dundalk kicks off at 8pm and will feature the Irish premieres of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera and Terry Riley’s Cusp of Magic. The Kronos will perform with very special guest Wu Man (site requires flash). I’m hoping to head up but still looking for a lift so if anyone is heading from Dublin drop me an email!
If you’re over on the west coast today or tomorrow then get yourself to The Model’s offsite space on Castle Street, Sligo to catch Soundtrack for a Day; a sound project by commissioned artist Karl Burke. The exhibition will be closing tomorrow evening so get there quickly.
I have a note in my diary telling me that the Irish Composers Collective are performing on Tuesday (14 July) in the National Concert Hall but I wonder now if this is a figment of my very active imagination as I can’t find a thing about it online… Anybody? I do know that the Neil Crowley Trio are performing that evening at 8pm in the NCH promoted by Note Productions. A nice bonus of that gig is a free download of the trio’s new EP for all people who purchase tickets to the NCH gig – nice!
Kinsale Arts Week starts this coming Saturday and I’m not going to get there until later in the week so will be disappointed to miss a good friend Áine Duffy supporting Imelda May this coming Monday. Not surprisingly, considering the calibre of both performers, the gig has already sold out so keep your ears open for any spare tickets floating around if you want to catch Duffy & May.
It’s a few weeks away yet but put a note in your diary to get to the National Chamber Choir performing From the Sublime to the Ridiculous in the National Gallery on Thurs 16 July, a programme of works featuring Macfarren, Hamilton and Bryars among others. I’ll be there and will most likely post a little reminder closer to the time. I did attend the NCC’s last performance in the NGI and wanted to write about the wonderful programme but the past few crazy weeks ran away with my time!
On an entirely different note – I dropped into the NGI on my way home from Music Network yesterday evening and saw the exquisite Harry Clarke illustrations he created in the early 1900’s for a book of Hans Christian Anderson stories. If you get a chance drop in, the illustrations are perfect in detail. Closes 23 August.