The Quiet Music Ensemble is a Cork-based Experimental music group led by composer and performer John Godfrey.
The QME is dedicated to music that invites deep attention and perceptive listening; music that is immersive, reflective, and introspective; music that is an experimentation with, and meditation on sound itself and our relationship with it.
The ensemble’s 2008 launch event, the Quiet Music Festival, was a celebration of Experimental Music from Ireland and abroad. It brought new and dynamic artistic practices and musical repertoire to Ireland by focusing on work which presents exciting challenges to our preconceptions of the nature of music and how we interact with sound. The festival was engaging for experienced listeners and equally accessible to new audiences through active, creative education projects and an innovative performance programme. QME premiered newly commissioned works by Alvin Lucier, David Toop, Mark Applebaum, Juraj Kos, Karen Power and John Godfrey, all of whom attended. The Festival also featured performances, both solo and in a duet with John Godfrey, by Pauline Oliveros.
QME’s performances have been broadcast on a number of occasions by RTÉ Lyric fm, and interviews with the major figures of the Quiet Music Festival were broadcast in 2008. John Godfrey was interviewed on RTÉ Lyric fm’s Nova programme in 2009 about his work with the QME. In October 2010, RTÉ Lyric fm’s Nova dedicated its entire show to live performances and interviews with the QME and Toop.
QME personnel: John Godfrey, QME Artistic Director/electric guitar; Dan Bodwell, double bass; Roddy O’Keefe, Trombone; Ilse De Ziah, ‘cello; Séan Óg, clarinet; Aisling Ryan, Ensemble Manager.
To contact QME or to receive news and updates on performances email quietmusicensemble[at]gmail[dot]com