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Music Current 2018


Showcasing of the best of new Irish and international contemporary electronic music, Dublin’s Music Current will return for its third outing across April 12-14.

Billed as the city’s annual contemporary music festival, the festival – presented by Dublin Sound Lab – will host concerts, panel discussions and a music commission at Smock Alley Theatre on Exchange Street Lower over three days. At the top of the agenda this year is a “distinct celebration” of piano and keyboard music, with several international artist performing in Ireland for the first time at the festival.

On the bill this year is Belgium composer Stefan Prins, pianist Stephane Ginsburgh, virtuosic American ensemble Yarn|Wire, accomplished improviser Izumi Kimura (pictured), rising stars of the Irish contemporary electronic music scene Francis Heery and Elis Czerniak, and in a new commission with the festival, pianist Xenia Pestova will perform new works with Irish musician Fergal Dowling, Spain’s Helga Arias Parra and Silvia Rosani of Italy.

An immersive cycle for midi-keyboard, grand piano, live-cameras, video and live-electronics, the festival will open with Piano Hero on Thursday, April 12, in which Stefan Prins makes his Irish debut as festival guest composer.

This year’s festival will also feature Are We There Yet?, a public panel discussion at the Contemporary Music Centre Library on Friday, April 13. It will consider current composition trends, performance practice, critical perspectives, and new directions, featuring festival composers Stefan Prins and Ann Cleare, pianist Xenia Pestova, sound artist Sven Anderson and musicologist Adrian Smith (DIT). Moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC.

Go here for full information about this year’s Music Current.

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