April 6, 2017 Ensemble

Ensemble Extracts brings together a collection of new music, articles, interviews, and events that grabbed our attention in the last week. So we thought we might share them with you.

From a drum machines affect on the music industry, to a mysterious new venue promising great things, here are some interesting extracts that we think are definitely worth a read…

Engineer behind Roland TR-808 Ikutaro Kakeshahi dies aged 87

Last weekend, on 01.04.2017, the founder of Roland Corporation Ikutaro Kakehashi died at the age of 87. Kakehashi was the engineer behind the revolutionary drum machine the Roland TR-808. In a recent article for The Verge, Zainab Hasnain describes how the 808 revolutionized music. Originally a complete flop when it was first released, the 808 is now one of the most recognisable drum sounds in music. The 808 has been used by countless artists from Whitney Houston to Kanye West. In fact, Kanye even dedicated a whole album to the sound. Read all about the 808 here.

New Dublin Venue

DBD is a new intimate venue booked by u:mack on Eustace Street in Temple Bar, Dublin (Under The Mezz). They had their launch on Friday 31.03.2017 with Wolf Eyes. Up next is Author & Punisher on Tuesday 18.04.2017. As well as KXP, Tropic of Cancer, and Melt Banana in the coming months. Like their Facebook page here.

Bridging the gender divide in music

Sounding The Feminists is a movement working to improve the gender balance within the music sector in Ireland. They recently took twitter by storm by using the hashtags #EqualityTime #HearAllComposers and sending tweets with pictures of female composers which tagged Irish venues and ensembles such as the National Concert Hall and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. This Friday, they host a meeting at which a working group will be selected to further the aims of the movement. All are invited along. RSVP to jenny.m.oconnor@gmail.com if you wish to attend. Venue :: Library, Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Dublin 8.

Irish Women in Electronic Music

Emily Carson recently wrote an article for The Greedy Pig on Irish women in Electronic music. Emily talks to some of the emerging female electronic artists about their experiences in a heavily male-dominated music scene. Read the full article featuring Dreamcycles, Lolz, ELLLL and more, here.

LOAH and Farah Elle listed as top Irish female artists

In a recent article for Lovin.ie, Sarah Layton-Lea listed 13 Irish female artists you need to listen to right now. We were very happy to see our very own LOAH among some great company on the list including Farah Elle, Rosa Nutty, AE MAK, SOULÉ among others. Read the full article here.


Recommended Events

 :: Thursday 6.04.2017 :: MART curators Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan present Transmission, an exhibition featuring Sofie Loscher and Helen Mac Mahon :: The MART Gallery  ::  Full details 

 :: Friday 07.04.2017 :: Bodytonic present their monthly Bodytonic Label Night. This month is the launch party for their newest release Ben Bix and Feather:: Bernard Shaw :: Full details

 :: Saturday 08.042017 :: Katie Kim performs with Crash Ensemble presented in association with MusicTown :: The Grand Social :: Full details 

:: Saturday 08.04.2017 :: Neil Ó Loclainn’s Cuar release their debut album Roscana :: The Complex :: Full details

 :: Sunday 09.04.2017 :: Laetare Vocal Ensemble and conductor Róisín Blunnie launch their first CD, In Circling Flight :: Dublin Unitarian Church :: Full details

 :: Sunday 09.04.2017 :: A once off collaboration between Young Hearts Run Free and Nialler9, From Darkness into Light is a unique BYOB gig with a secret lineup of new and established Irish Artists :: Dlight Studios :: Full details 

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