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DEAF Highlights - Contemporary Electronic Music Shows 2009

  • 01-10-2009 1:12pm
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    CONTEMPORARY ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENTS AT DEAF 2009

    SOAP & SKIN plus ALEXANDER TUCKER 22.10.09 BUTTON FACTORY 7.30PM €15
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=243
    For this year’s opening night DEAF have the honour of presenting the debut Irish performance of the wonderful Soap & Skin. Eighteen year old Anja Plaschg performs alone, with a grand piano and electronics, her breathtaking vocal’s displaying a depth of talent rarely seen in such a young artist. While many have likened her to both Bjork and Nico, perhaps Cat Power and Antony and the Johnsons are more suitable comparisons, as like theirs, Anja’s melancholic compositions are truly the music of the outsider.
    Very special guest on the night is ATP recordings artist Alexander Tucker. One of the Uk’s most original and exciting artist of the last decade, Tucker takes the British folk tradition deep into the future, twisting and weaving it with drone metal and electronica. While many musicians currently practice live looping, none do it with the hypnotic beauty of Tucker, whose mandolin, acoustic guitar, fantastic voice and bank of pedals create soundscapes which completely mesmerize.

    TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA & CHIP SHOP MUSIC 23.10.09 THE IRELAND INSTITUTE 7.30PM €10
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?p=1533
    I+E present Toshimaru Nakamura (Japan) who has been producing electronic music on self-named “no-input mixing board,” after long unhappy years with the electric guitar. Mostly an improviser, occasionally a composer for dancers, an instrumentalist for compositions. Over the last decade, Nakamura has performed solo and collaborated with a bewildering array of musicians from all over the globe including Keith Rowe, Lucio Capece, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Annette Krebs, Axel Dörner and Rhodri Davies. Recent releases include, a duo with vocalist Ami Yoshida and Dance Music, a collection for compositions performed with dancers.
    Chip Shop Music are an Irish/Swedish quartet that play some combination of reeds, percussion and electronics. Erik Carlsson, Martin Küchen, David Lacey & Paul Vogel began playing as a quartet in the Spring of 2007, releasing their first album later that year, followed by concerts in Spain, Sweden and Ireland. A new album is due for release in early 2010 on homefront recordings.

    SPATIAL MUSIC COLLECTIVE PERFORM ALVIN LUCIERES ‘I AM SITTING IN A ROOM’ 23.10.09 NATIONAL CONCERT HALL 6.30PM FREE
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=973
    One of the best known works by American composer Alvin Lucier, this performance of ‘I am Sitting in a Room’ is realised through the layering of successive recordings made in one place.
    A performer is recorded speaking a text. This recording is played back in the same room and then re-recorded, and this process is repeated multiple times. Each recording is affected by the sonic characteristics of the performance space, and the particular resonant frequencies of the room become increasingly dominant as the process is repeated. Eventually, the original text becomes entirely indecipherable and is replaced by the resonant frequencies and tones of the room itself.

    SPATIAL MUSIC COLLECTIVE PRESENTS 8.5 23.10.09 NATIONAL CONCERT HALL 8.30PM €8/6
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=976
    The Spatial Music Collective presents 8.5 – a concert of spatial electronic music
    The concert will feature original compositions by the members of the collective, along with an electronic realisation of ’Spem in Alium’, a forty-part motet composed in 1570 by Thomas Tallis for eight choirs of five voices. This highly regarded work of Renaissance Polyphonic choral music represents one of the earliest forms of spatial music, as the eight choirs are positioned around (and sometimes above) the audience. In this instrumental version, each choir is rendered electronically, and presented from discrete locations around the audience.

    NAPHTA ALBUM LAUNCH ‘DEMOCRACY.NOW’ 23.10.09 FILMBASE 7.30PM €10 [includes a free copy of the double-pack vinyl]
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=584
    D1 Recordings presents Naphta ‘democracy. now’ album launch. Two years ago, Irish jungle/drum n bass pioneer Naphta delivered his blueprint for the sound that he’d represented through ten years as Bassbin’s original resident DJ. The album ‘Long Time Burning’ both garnered critical acclaim, and went on to lay the foundation for a new Irish-based vinyl label, ‘Ruff Revival’. Since then, only last year’s ‘A Word About Violence’ on DEAF’s compilation CD provided any clue as to what was next. Now D1 is proud to present the launch of Naphta’s latest work. Drawing upon his skills at sample selection and manipulation, ‘democracy. now’ both maps out a new narrative environment that begs further musical exploration – and offers an unflinching engagement with the overtly political that is rarely heard in music these days.

    CRASH ENSEMBLE: MINIMAL - PERFORMING PIECES BY GLASS AND REICH 24.10.09 SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE 7.30PM €15
    plus screening of Philip Glass’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance’
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=1072
    This concert aims to bring together both the long term fans and the newly-initiated for a celebration of the pioneering work of two of minimalism’s greatest composers: Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Their pioneering influence extends through the music of The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Mogwai, Claude Young, Kraftwerk, Orbital and Aphex Twin. Attendees at the concert are encouraged to circulate in the space, seating themselves at the various stages around the room to experience small ensemble and solo performances of seminal Reich works.
    The second half of the concert will consist of a screening of Philip Glass’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance’. Directed by Godfrey Reggio, with cinematography by Ron Frike, this film was premiered in Radio City Music Hall in October 1982, but was out of print for most of the ‚’90s due to copyright issues. Crash Ensemble are delighted to offer this film to a Dublin audience once more.

    ROGER DOYLE @ 60 25.10.09 PROJECT ARTS THEATRE 7.30PM €15
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=850
    Plus Crash Ensemble + very special guest to be announced closer to date, check web
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=850
    Crash Ensemble are a natural choice to lead a 60th birthday celebration for the pioneer they dubbed the “Godfather of Electronic Music in Ireland”. Also apt is the location, due to Doyle’s long association with the Project Arts Centre. Many of his works with his music theatre company Operating Theatre were premiered here. For this event, Doyle will perform some works from his back catalogue, while the key offering will be the world premiere of ‘The Room in the Tower’ a new work commissioned by the Arts Council and written for Crash Ensemble.

    E+S=B WITH ALAN LAMBERT & GAVIN DUFFY 26.10.09 FILMBASE €6 5-7pm
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=797
    Electronic Sensoria Band, (now European Sensoria Band) was formed when long-time Wormhole fan Fergus Cullen asked twin brothers Anthony and David Carroll to play with him at legendary Dublin improv club Lazybird. Ditching the guitars in favour of casio keyboards and adding electro-drumpad player Adrienne Flynn of Memory Cells, E+S=B was born, now having played and recorded with the likes of Damo Suzuki (CAN) and Itaru Oki among others. More recently they’ve taken inspiration from the US free jazz scene of the ‘60s to scale down to a three piece line-up, consisting of Fergus on bass clarinet and guitar and Dave and Anthony on drums and bass.
    Alan Lambert is an Irish filmmaker and musician who launched his first solo album ‘The Man Who Cycled To The Moon’ as a joint release with The Wormholes (the final release on the Dead Elvis label in 1999). In 2008 Lambert re-grouped with David and Anthony for an improvised session with E+S=B at The Shed, where they were joined by Gavin Duffy from Thread Pulls. A former member of Cap Pas Cap, Gavin Duffy co-runs Ninepoint records. Since 2004 he has released several acclaimed records and toured internationally with Thread Pulls.

    YURODNY FEATURING LINDA BUCKLEY 26.10.09 BUTTON FACTORY 7PM €10
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=791
    Diatribe Recordings present this nine-piece ensemble led by saxophonist Nick Roth, Yurodny featuring a string quartet (Oleg Ponomarev, Adrian Hart, Cora Venus Lunny and Kate Ellis), with trombone and rhythm section (Colm O’Hara, Francesco Turrisi, Dave Redmond and Phil Macmullan). As part of the group’s Winter Tour to launch their new record ‘Evenset’, Yurodny will be joined by very special guests Mihaly Borbely, Miklos Lukacs, Tom Arthurs, Paul Williamson and Ben Davis for a live electronic treatment of their set, marking a new collaboration with leading electroacoustic composer Linda Buckley.

    MY HEART IS IN THE EAST – AN EVENING OF SEPHARDIC & PERSIAN MUSIC 29.10.09 SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE 7.30PM €20
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=728
    Performed by the Judith Mok Hamsa Ensemble – featuring Judith Mok (soprano), Javid Afsari Rad (santour), Nick Roth (sax), Oleg Ponomarev (violin), Cora Venus Lunny (viola), Francesco Turissi (percussion & keyboard) and Simon Jermyn (guitars).
    The great 11th century Spanish-Jewish poet Judah Halevi wrote: ‘My Heart is in the East but I am in the West’, a statement reflective of the bountiful cross-fertilisation of Jewish and Arabic culture that flourished in medieval Spain prior to the Christian re-conquest which led to the ultimate expulsion of the Jews from Spain. In exile from their beloved Sepharad (Spain), the Spanish Jews took with them the romances and ballads of their adopted land. As they settled in North Africa, Turkey, the Balkans and the Holy Land, this music of loss and longing absorbed local musical influences to produce the rich variety of Sephardic music known today.
    For some years now, Dutch soprano Judith Mok (herself of Sephardic descent), has been exploring this unique musical heritage. She will be joined by Javid Afsari Rad, one of the worlds leading exponents of Persian music and of its special instrument, the Santour, a hammered dulcimer which has been played in Persia for thousands of years, and is viewed as the ancestor of our Western piano. This promises to be a unique evening, bringing together widely different styles of music from Jewish and Islamic cultures in a spirit of harmony and celebration.The Judith Mok Hamsa Ensemble is grateful to the Norwegian Embassy and Royal Netherlands Embassy for their generous support.

    PASTURES NEW 29.10.09 NATIONAL CONCERT HALL 8.30PM €10
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=715
    This year DEAF features a unique performance from the ‘Pastures New’ project: a confluence of Traditional Irish Music and real-time computer music systems in a concert featuring the combined talents of Paddy Glackin (Fiddle), Emer Mayock (Flute) and Donal Siggins (Laptop). The concert is built around traditional music performance where live electronic elements interact through a musical and tonal transformation of acoustically performed material in real-time by means of specially written computer software. Tickets are available exclusively from the National Concert Hall www.nch.ie tel: 01-417 0000

    GROUPER PLUS JOHN WIESE (Double Headline show) 30.10.09 FILMBASE 7.30PM €12
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=593
    Skinny Wolves present Portland, Oregon based Grouper aka Liz Harris. She specialises in a sound steeped in the world of dream-pop, drawing heavily in mood from the likes of 4ADs Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. John Wiese is an artist and composer from Los Angeles, California. His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with freelance work for and with a number of diverse artists, including Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Evan Parker, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Cattle Decapitation, and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core). This is a Byob event.

    HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES - LIVE SCORE BY 3EPKANO 30.10.09 UNITARIAN CHURCH 10PM €8
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=942
    3epKano compound their reputation for subtle invention and original composition with a specially composed performance for Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 documentary ‘Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. Originally banned in America upon its release, the film is one of the most acclaimed in the canon of Scandinavian cinema, and is a fascinating study of the history of superstition, drawing from the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a 15th century guide for inquisitors. A Young Hearts Run Free presentation.

    ‘A GALLIMAUFRY’ - MOUNTAINS (USA), MARK GARRY, KARL BURKE & CIARAN MURPHY 31.10.09 THE DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY 2-10PM €15
    http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=913
    Now drawing praise that compares them to the likes of Brian Eno and Fennesz, Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp met at the Art Institute of Chicago and devoted their time to a process of musical experimenting that led to the foundation of the Apestaartje label in 1999, and ultimately to the creation of Mountains. Released in 2009, their third album ‘Choral’ was largely performed in real time. The duo seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with field recordings and a plethora of conventional instruments such as organs, 12 string guitars and accordions. ‘Gallimaufry’ will take place from 2pm-10pm, with performances from Mark Garry, Karl Burke and Ciaran Murphy throughout the day (workshops and jam sessions will provide further stimulation and entertainment between the acts).
    www.douglashydegallery.com

    QUIET MUSIC ENSEMBLE WITH DAVID TOOP presents ‘NIGHT LEAVES BREATHING’ 31.10.09 FILMBASE 5-10PM €15/10
    <http://deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=908>
    Specialists in experimental, uncanny and meditative music, the Quiet Music Ensemble will present a six-hour sonic event focussing on pieces created for the hugely successful 2008 Quiet Music Festival. Experience work by leading experimental composers Alvin Lucier, Mark Applebaum, David Toop and others, plus scintillating sonic environments, installations and video. Special guest David Toop will present on his research, perform improvisations and take part in his piece for the ensemble, ‘Night leaves breathing’. Videos shown will include ‘Dreams of the Jungfrau’ by the artistic director of the Deep Listening Institute, IONE. ‘Night leaves breathing’ is presented with funds from the Performance and Touring Award.

    TICKETS: most shows are on sale through http://www.tickets.ie/events.aspx?searchfor=DEAF but if you cannot find a specific show, this means tickets will be available on the door.
    FOR MORE INFO ON ALL SHOWS GO TO WWW.DEAFIRELAND.COM
    DEAF is kindly supported by the Arts Council.


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,883 ✭✭✭ Ghost Rider


    Amazing how little discussion of DEAF there has been on this forum so far. Is anyone planning on attending any of the events?

    Me, I'm off to Naphta's album launch in Filmbase tonight: a playback of the new album ("Democracy. Now") plus a Q&A session, no less, afterwards.

    Promises to be a thought-provoking and enjoyable night...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,059 ✭✭✭ jiltloop


    Unfortunately won't make it to anything this year although was at the main event for the first 2 years when it kicked off. 2 amazing gigs in the guinness store house. It was a fantastic venue with music on in 5 or 6 different rooms so you could wander anround and see what was on, also there was a DJ in the gravity bar too. Good memories!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,408 ✭✭✭ studiorat


    I made it to some of the Spatial collectives proceedings on friday. Very interesting and informative. Linda Buckleys music was very impessive.

    The Crash played selected works of Roger Doyle in the project on Sunday along with Mr Doyle himself who played some pieces from Cool Steel Army and Adolf Gerbler. The performance finished with The Room in the Tower, described as cinema for the ear. This I thought was a fantastic piece except from time to time I felt it was a little too like a radio play where we were sitting watching musicians counting bars. Had it been done in acoustimatic form maybe it may have worked a little better, I don't know, maybe a few actors would have done it. It did have that 1920's feeling though. All in all a great evening's music.

    Also managed to stick my head into filmbase on Sunday afternoon for a while, it was ok, nothing too spectacaluar. It seem to consist or a dark room with guys making pretty random noise with effects pedals etc. One good act did involve a few guys working with modular synths one very impressive job built in a cardboard box.

    Luckily though I managed to avoid the glitchy thing on the whole this year, which I think has really had it's day. The hipsters still seem to like it. I feel it's very dated at this stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 446 ✭✭ paulelectronica


    went to the warp night myself , wanted to go to a lot more but couldnt due to work . thought the deaf line up was great this year , the warp night was good and i really enjoyed Plaids set . i love rest proof clockwork and was great to hear stuff from thet albim live .


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