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Wednesday April 21st
Celebrating 10 years of the Kevin Parker’s debut with a live show from the Wave House. The band will perform the album from start to finish. Located four hours from their home-town of Perth and perched on the Indian Ocean, Wave House is the legendary studio where Kevin Parker recorded the album 10 years ago,
Crash Ensemble Reactions from April 15th to 25th , Free, 7pm
Crash Ensemble commissioned 9 Irish composers – established, up and coming and from outside of the contemporary music sphere – to write unique new works for duos within the group including Steve Shannon (Mount Alaska), Rachael Lavelle, Bébhinn McDonnell (SYLK) and more. Each film by Laura Sheeran is broadcast on the Musictown Youtube channel.
Word Up Collective present ULYSSES 2021 @ 9pm, Free
Through the medium of spoken word, music and videography, Ulysses 2021 will tell the story of a modern Dublin. This live online event will interweave several narratives, to repaint the city and its occupants in this new age. featuring Tebi Rex, Daire Patel, Natalya O’Flaherty, Raji Music, Sasha Terfous and host Nathan Sauramba. Musictown show.
Thursday April 22nd
Live DJ sets from Wigwam in Dublin.
Musician Ronan Kealy and voyeur Bob Gallagher invite you to have a gawk at a specially created Junior Brother concert stream and discussion where they will strip bare their creative process in uncomfortably close quarters. The conversation will touch on past, present and future collaborations (but with no touching). Musictown show.
Friday April 23rd
Live performances from Smock Alley of work from Judith Ring, Donnacha Dennehy,
Amanda Feery and John McLachlan.
The Dundalk punk poet celebrates his new album Liferafts For Latchicos with a live show.
Glasshouse presents Golden Hour: an intimate concert film of contemporary music performed in the warmth of The Space Between in Dublin as part of MusicTown 2020. The concert will be a fusion of work from home and abroad, with new music from Irish composers Rachael Lavelle and Aran O’Grady and some of their favourite pieces by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Caroline Shaw, Johann Johannson and Joni Mitchell.
In lieu of the Trinity Ball, watch performances from Malaki, Nealo, Ailbhe Reddy, Big Sleep, Tertia and Ellie O’Neill.
Adrian Crowley presents ASCENSION OF LARKS @ 9pm, Free
A special cinematic one-person show performed by Adrian Crowley Written and performed by Adrian Crowley. Weaving together a unique tapestry of spoken word, ambient soundscapes, songs, stories poetry and home movie footage in this special presentation for Musictown.
B2b DJ set. Donation proceeds to benefit Good Room.
Saturday April 24th
World premieres from up-and-coming Irish composers alongside new music set to film for New Music Dublin. Three brand new works from Darragh Kelly, Gemma Doherty and Ultan O’Brian as part of Free State 13, commissioned by Crash and NMD, alongside [REACTIONS] – new music from Anselm McDonnell, Seán Ó Dálaigh, Rachael Lavelle and Stephen Shannon (Mount Alaska) set to film by videographer Laura Sheeran.
After friends Tolu Makay and Felispeaks appeared on Tommy Tiernan together, they hatched a plan to do a weekly Youtube and Spotify show that starts tonight.
The Tolu & Feli Show is a new show premiering on YouTube and Spotify next Saturday 24th April at 6pm. Singer-songwriter Tolu Makay @tolu_makay – And poet and performance artist @felispeaks team up and chat vulnerability. #ToluAndFeliShow #GetVulnerable pic.twitter.com/5ZnlRBJBau— The Tolu and Feli Show (@ToluAndFeliShow) April 19, 2021
An orchestral piece of music exploring the component parts of the atom as a metaphor of our current human experience. The themes of the work express the variable and fluctuating nature of our existence spanning activity, connectivity, dormancy, and ultimately hope.
Recorded remotely at home, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performs Atomic Hope by Natasa Paulberg. This is the second time the RTÉ CO has worked with Paulberg, having recorded her soundtrack to the TV documentary The Great Hunger in 2020. As part of New Music Dublin.
Aiteach: Cú Chulainn to the Quare Fellow is an exploration of sexual identities in Irish music and literary traditions. Lead by filmmaker-turned-balladeer Bob Gallagher and filmed at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, a group of musicians (Ronan Kealy of Junior Brother, Claire Kinsella of Lemoncello, and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Quinn Redmond) will perform songs drawn from archival research, with guest appearances from Sallay Garnett (Loah) and Pamela Connolly (Pillow Queens), as well as spoken word performances by poets Jane Clarke and FeliSpeaks.
ChoiceCuts present STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS @ 10pm, Free
Streams of Consciousness is a 3-part production presented by ChoiceCuts at The Sugar Club. Incorporating an in-depth discussion on music, DJ culture, Club Culture and the future of the city in discussion with 7 prominent Dublin DJs Aoife Nic Canna, Arveene, Juthan, Billy Scurry, Kelly-Ann Byrne, Mark Murphy, Sally Foran and Sunil Sharpe. The project will also be music sets and personal interviews and conversations with all DJs to celebrate the craft of djing and the many musical styles on showcase in Dublin club culture. Musictown show.
Sunday April 25th
An experimental anthology to help you hear, see and taste your environment in new ways, and redefine what you mean by the word performance. New commissions are from: Eimear Walshe, Elis Czerniak, John Godfrey, Judith Ring, Rachel Ní Chuinn, Robbie Blake and Susan Geaney. New Music Dublin show.
Rooftop Lullabies will see artists sing their lullabies to the city of Dublin and her people before, during and after dusk, as the city winds down as it settles into another night during these trying times. Reworked and reimagined versions of Irish classic songs, known and loved by millions will find their way into the homes in the form of an online live performance film, and will be delivered from the rooftops of Dublin City.
Where we would normally see people commuting into the city, people meeting to explore the softer sides of Dublin, places where family come to celebrate the happy times, and the busy hustle and bustle of everyday city life, these reimagined songs will fill the void of these empty spaces and will once again fill them with songs of hope, love and loss. Featuring Faye O’Rourke of Soda Blonde, Brigid Mae Power and Monjola.
Crash Ensemble: This Is The Space/Part II @ 3:30pm, Free
This Is The Space//Part II features the world premiere of Free State 13 works by Robert Coleman and Lara Gallagher commissioned by Crash and NMD, alongside [REACTIONS] – new music from Amy Rooney, Bébhinn McDonnell (SYLK) and Deirdre Gribbin set to film by videographer Laura Sheeran, and the film premiere of INVITATION TO A JOURNEY with music by Deirdre Gribbin and film by Eoin Heaney.
The world premiere of ‘Metamold’ by the 2019 Barlow Prize Winner, Bekah Simms and the world premiere of ‘Images & Sensations’ by Irish producer and DJ Ellen King (ELLLL), a Crash Ensemble & New Music Dublin co-commission alongside [REACTIONS] – new music from David Fennessy and Anna Murray set to film by videographer Laura Sheeran. Live from Smock Alley.