March 8, 2016 Ensemble

The stunning photography/narrative series, created by journalist Louise Bruton and photographer Ruth Medjber, is currently residing in Homebeat’s café Thirty Four on Lennox Street. In her article in The Irish Times, Louise Bruton describes how the series celebrates some of the incredible women in the Irish music industry, such as Soak, Heathers, sister Loah and  Feather, and Sorcha Brennan from Sleep Thieves. Feeling like “there is a noticeable absence of female musicians being celebrated at a professional level”, they “want to showcase the phenomenal women in the creative industries in Ireland”. We couldn’t agree more.

Read Bruton’s full article in The Irish Times here and check out the exhibition in 34 Lennox Street all this week.




In a recent article for Noisey, Dan Ozzi puts forward an interesting argument questioning the relevance of the opinion of ‘professional’ critics nowadays.  Album reviews once carried a lot of weight, but that importance has now shifted and is shared over the many different platforms out there. Are the critics playing catch-up to the 18 year old on Twitter with a legion of followers?

Full article here.

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As a response to Ozzi’s article in Noisey, Geoff Nelson puts forward 5 different reasons why the album review will never die for Consequence of Sound. Presenting the idea that we are left to consider the new complexity of qualitative judgments in an era of democratic technology, and in citing Oscar Wilde that criticism is a ‘sustaining element for art’, we are forced to consider both sides of the debate.

Full response here.

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Discogs gives listeners an encyclopaedic music catalogue and online store, and you’ll be glad hear they’ve launched a new app for iOS, with an android version to come later.

For more info see here.





It can be difficult for a listener to know if one’s own music taste has been self-made or has been moulded by the countless services that supply us with music. In Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plentyauthor Ben Ratliff presents 20 essays that explore listening in terms of ‘sound’ rather than ‘genre’. In one case comparing the musical qualities of classical composer Franz Liszt to hip-hop duo Outkast, this is a very interesting and thought-provoking read.

Read an interview between Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork and Ben Ratliff here and purchase the book via Macmillian here.


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Space is central to the experience of sound, and one truly special space hidden in Dublin is Dlight Studios. While recently attending Lubomyr Melnyk‘s performance hosted by our good pals at Homebeat, the magic of his playing combined with the natural acoustics of the space created a truly unique sonic experience. This old factory turned studio is on our doorstep and should be celebrated for its unique qualities, to maximize its own potential and the potential of the music that could be showcased there.

Photo courtesy of Homebeat ::




While performing Steve Reich’s ‘Piano Phase’ on harpsichord at a concert in Cologne, Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani was jeered, whistled and hissed at by certain members of the 1800-strong crowd. Lizzie Dearden of the Independent describes how on realising the response from the crowd, Esfahani stopped, took to the microphone and asked ‘What are you afraid of?’.

In a response on Slipped Disc, Esfahani explains how he feels the people of Cologne should be proud to live in a city where its people participate so actively in culture. That the harpsichord inspired passion, opinion and total order breaking down is ‘indescribably awesome’ according to Esfahani.

Read the full report from The Independent here, and Esfahani’s response via Slipped Disc here.

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Described as a “knockout, the kind that makes you see cartoon stars” by Laura Snapes for Pitchfork, Meredith’s debut album Varmints inventively combines synthesisers with acoustic instrumentation to create a subtle electronic pop sensibility. From the bold brass fanfares of ‘Nautilus’ to the subtle atmospheric feel of instrumental ‘Blackfriars’, it’s a different side to the typically classical composer, and we absolutely recommend a listen ::

See official release page here.


 :: Saturday 05.03.2016 – Saturday 12.03.2016 :: Women of Notes/Mná na Notaí, new photography and narrative series by photographer Ruth Medjber and journalist Louise Bruton featuring prominent Irish musicians:: Thirty Four :: Full details

 :: Friday 11.03.2016 :: Presnce presents Swiss trio Schnellertollermeier with Dublin band ReDiviDeR as part of their Irish tour :: The Grand Social :: Full details

 :: Saturday 12.02.2016 :: F Festival, one day festival of art, comedy, film, music, spoken work, and talks (aimed at generating visibility and equality for women in the arts). :: Dublin venues, including Hangar, The Grand Social, Wigwam, Film Base and The Back Loft  ::  Full details 

 :: Saturday 12.02.2016 :: Listen At present Listen at Arthurs, concert series featuring, vocal/bass/drums trio Berri, folk group The Sons of Mary, flautist Mirium Kaczor and historian Kian Geiselbrechtinger :: Arthur’s Pub :: Full details

 :: Saturday 12.03.2016 :: Otherworld: The Lalala Choir with Riona Sally Hartman perform The Story of Tír na nÓg, with a unique ensemble of trad and jazz musicians featuring surrealist storytelling :: Smock Alley Theatre :: Full details 

 :: Saturday 12.03.2016 :: Note Productions present Irish improvisers OKO & prolific composer Tim Berne :: The Sugar Club :: Full details

 :: Monday 14.03.2016 :: Dulciana choir present Theotoke, performing some of the finest Marian music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, including music by Holst, Tavener, Durufle and Biebl, and Irish composers Eibhlís Farrell, Eoghan Desmond and Raeghnya Zutshi, alongside selections of other devotional music :: Freemasons’ Hall :: Full details 

 :: Sunday 20.03.2016 :: In association with Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, I Love My City, Ensemble presents ‘Future Composers’, featuring the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Kirkos Ensemble, and Tonnta Music performing works by emerging Irish composers for electronics, acoustic instruments, and voices respectively, as well as a group performance of a large scale by award winning composer Linda Buckley :: The Chocolate Factory  :: Full details

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