Quiet Music Ensemble at Hilltown New Music Festival

The QME are delighted to announce their appearance at the opening evening of this year’s extraordinary Hilltown New Music Festival. The festival, situated on the grounds of Hilltown House, Castlepollard, has developed a name for presenting cutting-edge contemporary works in a beautiful outdoor rural setting.

On Friday 15 July, at 9pm on the Main Stage, the QME presents a programme of both familiar and new work. Featured are two ensemble classics, both commissioned in 2008 for the Quiet Music Festival: Shadow Linesby Alvin Lucier; and night leaves breathing by David Toop. Last October, a live performance of night leaves breathing was a central feature of a programme dedicated to QME and Toop on RTÉ Lyric FM’s ‘Nova’.  Irish composer Susan Geaney wrote Vacuum for the QME and has revised it especially for this performance; this is the premiere of its latest version. The final work in the programme is a ‘sonic meditation’ by Quiet Music Ensemble Artistic Director John Godfrey. Made up of a ‘walk-through’ sonic landscape and improvisation by QME and special guests, this is a work especially designed with the extraordinary spaces of the Hilltown House gardens in mind.
QME’s performance is preceded by a Slow Food event, sonic installations and improv: this is sure to be an incredible evening! See http://www.hilltown.ie/hilltown_programme.html for details.

Quiet Music Ensemble at Hilltown New Music Festival

Friday 15 July

9pm, Main Stage

Events begin at 6.30 with Slow Food!

Programme to include:

Alvin Lucier Shadow Lines

Susan Geaney Vacuum {Premiere of new version]

David Toop night leaves breathing

John Godfrey New Work [Premiere]


Dan Bodwell,  Double Bass

Ilse De Ziah,  ‘Cello

John Godfrey Electric Guitar, Director

Seán Mac Erlaine, Saxes, Clarinets

Roddy O’Keeffe, Trombone

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Nights of New Music

As a part of the ongoing series Nights of New Music, the QME will be performing at the National Concert Hall on Wed 27 April at 8.30pm.

The ensemble are guests of the Irish Composers Collective and will perform new works by Alyson Barber, Solfa Carlile, Patrick Connolly, Susan Geaney, Aristides Llaneza and Adam McCartney.

The performance is a part of a whole evening of events, kicking off at 6pm with a Contemporary Music Centre Salon event. QME Artistic Director John Godfrey will give a talk at 8.15, before the performance starts, so get there early to join in the conversation.

6-7pm CMC Salon

8.15pm Talk by John Godfrey

8.30pm Performance by Quiet Music Ensemble

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QME on RTÉ lyric fm – Listen Back

For the next few weeks the live broadcast by the QME on RTÉ lyric fm’s Nova programme is available to listen back.

The link will be live for the next few weeks. Bernard Clarke interviews John Godfrey and guest performer David Toop. Toop also reads from his book Sinister Resonance and the ensemble perform night leaves breathing, Toops 2009 commission for the QME.

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Live Broadcast on RTÉ Lyric fm

On Sunday night next (17 Oct), the  Quiet Music Ensemble and composer David Toop will make a live appearance on RTÉ Lyric’s NOVA.

The QME and Toop will improvise and perform his specially-commissioned piece night leaves breathing; Toop will read from his new book Sinister Resonance; and host Bernard Clarke will talk with Toop and the QME about their experimental and improvised music.

Tune in to RTÉ Lyric fm on the wireless between 9 and 10pm or listen online here. The broadcast comes as a part of RTÉ Music Week
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Jitney Trio plus guests Quiet Music Ensemble

The QME will perform a programme of completely improvised works as guests of The Jitney Trio in The Roundy, Cork Monday 15 March at 9pm.

Consisting of Marian Murray, Neil O’Loghlen and director Han-Earl Park, The Jitney Trio is a “small scale, real-time, improvised music chamber ensemble”. This performance comprises a new approach for the QME – a completely improvised performance, which promises to be a very exciting concert.

Tickets are €12/6 conc. are available on the door  and more information is available on Han-Earl Park’s website.

Facebook event details

(UPDATE: the tickets are priced €12/6conc. and not €126 as previously advertised.  Although you know it’s going to be a pretty amazing performance ;-)! )

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Images from QME @ DEAF09

They were a while coming but there are some great pics from the Quiet Music Ensemble’s performance at DEAF in October last year.

QME perform Applebaum at DEAF09

The Quiet Music Emsemble perform Mark Applebaum’s Medium

David Toop and QME

David Toop and the complete QME (incl. Alexis and Aisling) at DEAF09

Ilse & Dan perform Brecht Drip Music

Ilse de Ziah and Dan Bodwell perform Brecht’s Dripping Music – one of the most powerful moments of the evening

Piaras Hoban silhouette

Piaras Hoban

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QME@DEAF09: 31 October

night leaves breathing, DEAF09

Featuring the Quiet Music Ensemble with guest artist David Toop

5pm-10pm, Sat 31 Oct, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin

The Quiet Music Ensemble concludes this year’s Dublin Electronic Arts Festival with a 5-hour spectacular of pieces by masters of experimental music, incredible  sonic environments and drone-music, uncommon Dreamhouse and video.

The event features the Dublin premieres of pieces especially written for the group by Alvin Lucier, David Toop, Mark Applebaum and others, plus rare electronic immersive works  by Eliane Radigue, John Godfrey and many more. Video will include the extraordinary Dreams of the Jungfrau by the artistic director of the Deep Listening Institute, Ione. This is also a rare occasion to catch some of the wealth of new music coming out of Cork city’s enviable Sound Art scene.

The climax of the event features author, artist and improviser David Toop, who will present on his research, perform improvisations and take part in his piece for the QME, night leaves breathing.

Tickets €15/€10, available from Tickets.ie or on the door

QME musicians for the DEAF09 performance: John Godfrey, QME Artistic Director/electric guitar; Dan Bodwell, double bass; Roddy O’Keefe, Trombone; Ilse de Ziah, cello; Sean Óg, clarinet.

Further information on Dublin Electronic Arts Festival

Presented with funds from the Performance and Touring Award with thanks to The Arts Council and Music Network