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QME perform at Hilltown New Music Festival, Fri 20 July

QME is delighted to be performing at Hilltown New Music Festival, as the festival enters its 5th year of unorthodox and cutting-edge programming in Westmeath.

On Friday 20 July, Quiet Music Ensemble curates ‘What We Love’, an evening of music by the incomparable John Cage.  2012 is the centenary of Cage’s birth, and has seen international celebrations of Cage’s life and legacy; in January, QME was joined by special guest performers from all over the country to present a major performance event focussing on Cage’s late music (‘Child of Tree’, in association with Triskel Arts Centre and funded by RTÉ Lyric fm ).  Revisiting the spirit of that performance, QME will be joined by the renowned artists collective Strange Attractor, charismatic violinist Barbara Lüneburg and the increasingly successful Kirkos Ensemble to perform works including ‘Child of Tree’, ‘Ryoanji’, ‘Inlets’, ‘ASLSP’ and three simultaneous versions of ‘Four’!

All of the information about the three-day Hilltown festival is available on their website. Stay around for the whole weekend to catch a huge variety of incredible performances, impromptu events, improvisation spectaculars, installations and late-night fireside socialising!

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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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