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QME participate in Culture Night 2012 with the Contemporary Music Centre

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Open Workshop – Thursday 20 September 2012

Open Workshop

Thurs 20 September, 4.30pm – 10pm

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin

The Quiet Music Ensemble will host an Open Workshop in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on 20 September. The workshop is the second stage in the recent Call for Scores, which aims at expanding the repertoire of experimental music in Ireland. The workshop will allow members of the public access to the unique working processes of artists working in contemporary and experimental music.

The works of eight composers were chosen by the ensemble for a performance in late 2012. During the workshop, each composer will go through their especially written work, and explore the possibilites within that work with the ensemble. This is an opportunity to observe the background workings of often complex music.

The composers involved in this workshop are Charlie Sdraulig, Robin Parmer, Francis Heery , Conal Ryan, Andrea Bonino, Alexander Hunter , Rachel Ni Chuinn and Donal MacErlaine.

Members of the public will be welcome in the Kevin Barry Room from 4.30pm and may come and go as they please until 10pm

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Child of Tree: A Celebration of John Cage

I remember loving sound before I ever took a music lesson.

And so we make our lives by what we love.” – John Cage

QUIET MUSIC ENSEMBLE in association with TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE, supported by RTÉ lyric fm


Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork City

Jan 28th, from 6pm, walk in / out whenever you like!

Tickets FREE from Triskel Arts Centre Box Office

Outrageous, contrary, crazy, profound? The composer John Cage is perhaps best known as the creator of the notorious ‘silent’ piece 4’33”. Bringing chance, environmental sound, new performance methods and much more into the world of music, he questioned most of the deepest held beliefs about what music is… and can be. He scandalized audiences world-wide with astonishing ideas and extraordinary stage-acts. But Cage was no mere sensationalist, out only to shock: his philosophies, drawing upon spiritual practices from all over the world, are deeply considered and profound. He expressed them in many ways, including music, theatre, the visual arts and in written form. With an astonishing legacy of influences that extend far beyond music, he is one of the most important figures of Twentieth Century art. And yet… the deeply humane nature of his work is seldom recognised, not least because so little beyond the ‘enfant terrible’ pieces is well known.

2012 is the centenary of Cage’s birth, and Child of Tree is a celebration of the unjustly neglected music he created in the last 20 years of his life, 1972 to ’92. This is music of beauty and oftentimes deep serenity. Ranging from pieces made of a sparse, seemingly windswept freeze of notes to a delicious hotpot of environmental noise, from re-written Satie to exuberant circuses of sound, this is music of amazing variety and scintillating colours, deep meditation, humour and elation. It is a joy to be celebrating the work of this incredible artist!

Child of Tree will be recorded for broadcast on Nova, RTÉ lyric fm’s new music programme presented by Bernard Clarke, Sundays from 9pm. 

Other Cage related events taking place on Friday 27 January, in University College Cork:

On Friday afternoon Quiet Music Ensemble and Quiet Club perform a lunchtime concert starting at 1.10pm in The Glucksmans Gallery, UCC, followed by Branches; a seminar exploring the works of John Cage involving renowned collaborators & composers, including John David Fulleman, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Danny McCarthy, Mary Nunan, Jennifer Walsh, Evangelia Rigaki, Martin Iddon and John Godfrey. The seminar will take place between 3pm and 6pm in the Ó Riada Hall, Department of Music, Sunday’s Well Road.

Information on UCC’s website.

(Please note that although included in the information supplied on the UCC website for events taking place on Friday 27 January, the QME performance in Triskel Arts Centre will take place on Saturday 28 January)

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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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