Following the inaugural Cork Sound Fair in March of this year, the non-profit weekender will return in March, with a host of emerging and established artists working in experimental music, sound art, electronica, field recordings and video art.
Each discipline will be showcased in a series of live performances, exhibitions, residencies, and workshops, in various venues across Cork city from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st March. Organisers have revealed the first round of highlights from the busy line-up, with more to be announced in the new year.
Opening the fair on the Thursday evening will be Diaphone, an installation from Cork based audiovisual artist Darren Kirwan, who builds self-made hardware and software systems for generating light and sound as a performance tool.
Friday will welcome experimental hip-hop from masked marauder Naïve Ted; industrial, psychedelic and ambient backdrops from Lighght; Baltic, an experimental/ambient tape-cantered musical project mixing found-sound, acoustic instruments, sampling and tape manipulation composed by Mark Waldron-Heydon; Underling, an audio-visual project exploring experimental digital and video composition through the use of custom-made samples and samplers by visual artist, composer and producer Eoghan Horgan; Mare Tenebrosum, an improvised audio visual performance working with a super-directional Halogen light, by Rachel Ní Chuinn and Renata Pekowski; Last Eden – a live improvised project from Aileen Wallace which unites her practice of sound art/design and ambient/drone music with featured artists, graphic scores, self-built microphones, analogue pedals and tape machines; a performance from UCC Javanese Gamelan Orchestra on their spectacular set of tuned bronze percussion instruments; and UCC‘s Sound Sound Day – a full programme of established artists in experimental sound and an exhibition of music from graduates of UCC Experimental Sound Practice Masters.
On Saturday 30th March, highlights include: Bliss Signal, the Irish debut of a new metal project between James Kelly (Wife, Altar of Plagues) and UK DJ/Producer Jack Adams (Mumdance); Crevice, a collaborative exploration in sound from Irene Buckley, Elaine Howley and Roslyn Steer; atmospheric masterfully manipulated beats from Dream-Cycles; and Repeater, a showcase of the performative multimedia work composed during the 2019 Cork Sound Fair residency.
The events will span over Cork’s alternative spaces: The Crypt at St. Luke’s, The Kino, St. Peter’s, Millennium Hall, Nano Nagle place, and more to be announced.
This independent project sees all proceeds raised in ticket sales going toward funding the event, and directly to the artists who make it happen. Cork Sound Fair tickets, €10 for the opening concert, and €60 for the 3-Day Weekend pass, are on sale now.