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A Winged Victory for the Sullen & Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final symphony for New Music Dublin festival next month

A Winged Victory for the Sullen & Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final symphony for New Music Dublin festival next month


Billed as the festival of new music for curious minds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen are one of the highlights of the New Music Dublin programme this April.

Among festival shows from contemporary collective Crash Ensemble, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Stone Drawn Circles supergroup, fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, sonic turntablist Mariam Rezaei, and Diatribe Records-hosted performances, is this brilliant double bill.

Ambient / Symphony – A Winged Victory for the Sullen / NSO takes place at the National Concert Hall on Saturday April 27th.

The return of American ambient duo Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran’s stirring cinematic soundscapes as A Winged Victory For The Sullen will be preceded on the night by a performance of their friend and collaborator Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final symphony A Prayer to the Dynamo, by the National Symphony Orchestra.

A Prayer to the Dynamo was inspired by Jóhannsson’s fascination with technology; in particular field recordings he made at Iceland’s Elliðaár power plant. Underpinned by the hypnotic reverberations of these recordings.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen is a collaboration between Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and Berlin based composer Dustin O’Halloran.

The duo met in Italy many years ago and initially only intended to release a single record as A Winged Victory for the Sullen, but the project has continued to live on and the pair have recorded a total of three full length albums and an EP since forming in 2011. Their most recent release is 2023’s All Our Friends Are Vampires.

1st Half
National Symphony Orchestra 
Daníel Bjarnason, conductor
Jóhann Jóhannsson A Prayer to the Dynamo (2012)

2nd Half
A Winged Victory For The Sullen original set

Nialler9 has a pair of tickets to give away to this stunning night on Insta.

See more from the New Music Dublin festival programme.

About New Music Dublin

New Music Dublin is Ireland’s foremost contemporary music festival, taking place in Spring each year within the National Concert Hall and other venues throughout Dublin.

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