Keepers of the Port Screens in Dublin

A new film that “brings to life personal reflections, stories and memories of dockworkers, boatmen and port managers” in Dublin, which features extensive music by Seán Mac Erlaine, will screen in Dublin from 18 January to 8 March 2018. Keepers of a Port, by filmmaker Moira Sweeney, runs at the LAB Gallery, Foley Street, as … Continued

Join the community at Portobello Harbour

Ergodos’ new HQ in the MART Creative Hub at Portobello Harbour combines a purpose built studio, work space, rehearsal space and performance space. We’re looking for some sympathetic people working in music and audio to share the space with us and build a vibrant community. Community members receive a desk space, free rehearsal and meeting space, … Continued

A real-life mixtape

With a new season of Santa Rita Concerts kicking off on this week, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly told Culture on RTÉ the story behind the series’ eclectic programme. “A desire to present artists from a vast diversity of musical traditions lies at the heart of our programming ethos,” he writes. “A relaxed atmosphere and deepened experience of the … Continued

There is an Island begin tour of Ireland

There is an Island kick off a tour of Ireland this week, stopping first at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on Thursday, 14 September. Book now The Dublin trio combine rich vocals, earthy violin textures, minimal piano and etherial soundscapes to form songs inspired by the memories and places that linger in our hearts. Singer Michelle … Continued

Ergodos Studio Featured in Dublin Inquirer

An article in the Dublin Inquirer tells the story of the new Ergodos studio on Portobello Harbour. Visiting the space, Laoise Neylon writes of some of the challenges we faced in finding “this more permanent home near the skateboarding square and water-spilling locks” – and how the new venture is a turning point for the … Continued

Jonathan Nangle’s “music of sustained contemplation”

“The photograph of an abstract woven landscape, hand-knitted by the composer’s brother, is what first meets the eye.” So begins Michael Lee’s eloquent and comprehensive review of Jonathan Nangle’s new album, Pause, in GoldenPlec. Lee describes the recordings as “music of sustained contemplation and balance”. “Calmly deliberate, the strips of green, gold, blue, and grey, … Continued

New season of Santa Rita Concerts Announced

Dubliners can once again experience magical evenings of fine wine and beautiful music in the heart of the city: the Santa Rita Concerts will run from September to March at The Little Museum of Dublin, with a mouth-watering programme of music in Dublin’s most charming museum. Curated by Ergodos, the series features some of the most eclectic … Continued

Jonathan Nangle writes for RTÉ Culture

Composer Jonathan Nangle has written a revealing essay for RTÉ Culture about his new album with Crash Ensemble, Pause. “I am drawn to the analogy of spinning threads,” writes Nangle, “patterns woven in time, how each individual stitch, significant at the time, pales when one stands back and absorbs the result, a sum of years, … Continued

Simon O’Connor appointed director of Ulysses Centre

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“…elasticated interruption, momentary stillness…”

Classical Ear’s Michael Quinn gave Jonathan Nangle’s new album a five-star review this week, describing the title track, Pause, as “elasticated interruption, momentary stillness disturbed and broken by unexpected disturbances both glancing and reiterated, random and meaningful”. “Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds is musical oil on water: a plaintive theme and variations … Continued

“No stranger of the soldering iron”

Jonathan Nangle was the focus of RTÉ lyric fm’s Culture File, covering subjects as diverse as soldering, shopping, knitting and 3D printing. Culture File’s Luke Clancy visited Nangle at his home to talk about his approaches to composition and his new album with Crash Ensemble, Pause.

A new studio for Dublin

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Jonathan Nangle’s Tessellate

[spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ simplified_controls=”yes” custom_css_percentage=”no” padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ margin_vertical=”0″ custom_css=”margin-top: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;” border_size=”0″ border_styling_global=”default” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Tessellate, the second track to be released from Pause, Jonathan Nangle’s new album with Crash Ensemble, hits Spotify, iTunes and many other platforms today. Combining the cello of Crash Ensemble’s Kate Ellis (pictured) with spry electronics, Tessellate is inspired … Continued

“…music of serene focus…”

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“The stuff of hallucination” – The Wire

Peter Adriaansz’s recent release, Enclosures is reviewed in The Wire magazine’s December issue. “Listening to the music on Enclosures,” writes Julian Crowley, “is like wandering through a laboratory filled with strange botanical specimens or weirdly florescent chemical gardens. The context is rational; the content is the stuff of hallucination.”

“Perfect for Autumn and the colder months ahead”

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s new record, The weathered stone is “perfect for the Autumn and the colder month’s ahead”, according to the Peterborough-based music website Irregular Crates. “This is a very strong modern classical work,” says the writer. “Highly recommended.” Read the full review here. Purchase The weathered stone here.

“Filled with a haunting beauty”

“A wonderful experience for anyone in a quiet mood.” Another fine review for Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s new release, The weathered stone has reached us from Canada’s The Whole Note magazine, where the record is said to be “filled with a haunting beauty”.

The weathered stone on Arena

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly was on RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena to talk about his new album, The weathered stone. In the interview, Benedict talked about the inspiration behind the music and, among other things, its connection to the mercurial Irish weather.

Pre-order The weathered stone

The new album by composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, The weathered stone is now available to pre-order. Due for release on 28 September, the album will be available on heavyweight 180g vinyl and to download. Place your order today and you’ll receive complete album artwork plus a preview track from the album to download right away. Pre-order … Continued

Ergodos at the London Independent Label Market

Ergodos will be joining over one hundred other record labels at the Independent Label Market in London on Saturday, 23 July from 11am to 6.30pm. Held at the London Brewers’ Market in Spitalfields, the Independent Label Market attracts over forty-five thousand music lovers across the day. The market is a great opportunity to discover Ergodos’ … Continued

Peter Adriaansz’ Enclosures Launches in the Hague

Ergodos is proud to be releasing composer Peter Adriaansz’ new album, Enclosures, on 15 June 2016. Written between 2008 and 2013, this record is a treasury of chamber music highlighting the Netherlands-based composer’s fastidious artistic mind. Enclosures will be launched at a special double-album launch concert at Korzo in the Hague, featuring performances by pianist Saskia … Continued

Save 33.33% on all vinyl on Record Store Day

We’re celebrating Record Store Day by offering a 33.33% on all vinyl on 16 April. Simply use the offer code “lovelyrecords” at the checkout and enjoy beautiful music in a timeless format. Now available on vinyl: Star – Maya Homburger & Barry Guy Long after the music is gone – Seán Mac Erlaine A slender … Continued

David Collier’s Smacht to Launch on 2 April

Irish composer David Collier’s debut album, Smacht, will be released on vinyl on 2 April, with a special event in Dublin to mark the occasion. Admission to this event is free, but booking required: for full details on the launch event, which will feature live music by an all-star string quartet, plus a screening of a new … Continued

“…beautifully modulated and full of glistening details…”

We’ve come across some very positive reviews of violin:piano, our recent release of chamber music by composer Kevin Volans. In The Wire, the release is described as an “absorbing release”, with the comment that “violin:piano” shows a composer “too flexible to be locked into expectations”. “Immediately obvious in Kevin Volans’s hypnotic new chamber compendium is … Continued

Songs on the road

Ergodos Musicians hit the road from 3 to 11 February, bringing the celebrated Songs project to seven venues around Ireland, presented by Music Network. “Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition,” wrote the Irish Times about the music that will reach Dundrum, Carrick-on-Shannon, Clifden, Carlow, Bray, Tralee and Waterford. “The eclectic … Continued

The world according to Bob

Ergodos is proud to be curating and producing a concert in London on in March 2016 as part of a two-day event to remember the musician and musicologist Bob Gilmore, who died earlier this year. “A night of Irish music” will take place at Café OTO on 2 March, and will follow two days of … Continued

Give vinyl this Christmas

Thinking about giving the timeless gift of music this Christmas? The Ergodos store is filled with beautiful vinyl records for the music lover in your life. From exhilarating orange vinyl to stunning artwork, these are wonderful objects to unwrap, hold and own. Use the offer code givevinyl on or before 11 December on any vinyl … Continued

Ergodos Musicians tour Songs project in February

Promoted by Music Network, the Ergodos Musician’s Songs project will reach seven venues across Ireland in February 2016. “Prepare to be utterly entranced as five of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms,” write Music Network. “The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias … Continued

Ergodos at the ECM Weekend Fringe

Ergodos is honoured to be part of a must-see weekend of events at Triskel in Cork celebrating the German record label ECM. On Saturday, 28 November, Ergodos founders Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly are joined by Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Seán Mac Erlaine (bass clarinet) and Linda Buckley (voice/electronics) in a performance in the Triskel Project … Continued

“A pure delight.”

Siobhán Long gave a fine response to The master’s return in the Irish Times. In her four star review, Long writes that “hearing the spry notes hop and skip through the ether conjures worlds long gone, but hankered after, for all their devil-may-care nonchalance”. The album, a tribute to Sligo-American fiddle player Paddy Killoran, is … Continued

Music to Lean On

Ahead of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork, Seán Mac Erlaine has contributed a very fine mixtape to the Fractured Air website. “These are musicians I feel I can trust, to lean on, to deliver the goods when you might need them,” he writes. “I hope some other listeners find some of … Continued

Sounds from a Safe Harbour

If you’re within a few hundred miles of Cork this weekend check out the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival, which features a number of artists on the Ergodos label. Seán Mac Erlaine performs twice at the event – once with This is How We Fly and once in a specially curated show by Eat … Continued

The master’s return

Renowned fiddle player Frankie Gavin, who co-founded the highly influential supergroup Dé Danann, joins forces with the father-and-son duo of Malachy Bourke (fiddle) and Brian Bourke (bodhrán) to explore the spry and athletic repertoire of early twentieth-century Sligo-American fiddler, Paddy Killoran (1904-1965). The master’s return: A tribute to Paddy Killoran features their joyous, quicksilver versions … Continued

Support ‘What is living and what is dead’

We’re looking for your help to bring out a recording and published score of Simon O’Connor’s landmark solo piano work, What is living and what is dead. Today, we launched a FundIt crowd-funding campaign, and we would be grateful for your support bring about this compelling project. You can view the campaign and pledge your support here. … Continued

Central and Remote

Seán Mac Erlaine was featured in an in-depth interview on the music website Fractured Air recently. The interview, titled ‘Central and Remote’ and conducted by Mark Carry, goes into the making of Mac Erlaine’s two solo albums and delves right back to the earliest stages of Mac Erlaine’s musical development. Mac Erlaine says in the … Continued

Remembering Bob

Today we are in Amsterdam for the funeral of Bob Gilmore, who died in the early hours of Friday, 2 January with his beloved Elisabeth next to him. Bob will be remembered as a great musician, musicologist, teacher and father — but also, and by so many, as a warm, inspiring and funny friend. Just … Continued

“An explorer at the frontiers of sound”

Writing in the Irish Times about Seán Mac Erlaine’s new release A slender song, Cormac Larkin described the Dublin woodwind multi-instrumentalist and composer as “an explorer at the frontiers of sound, a fearless and generous experimenter who interrogates his instruments for all their sonorous possibilities”. A slender song received an impressive four stars in the … Continued

“A quite beautiful album”

Seán Mac Erlaine’s A slender song has received its first review, and it’s a fine one! Stephen Graham, writing at Marlbank.net, describes it as “…a quite beautiful album that deserves wide exposure adding to Mac Erlaine’s already burgeoning reputation….”

<em>A slender song</em> is out now

Woodwind instrumentalist and composer Seán Mac Erlaine’s second solo album is a place where haunting melodies are living, growing things, developing in sympathy with nuanced loops and fluttering particles of sound. Mac Erlaine officially launched A slender song in Little Museum of Dublin this week, and the album is now available from the Ergodos web … Continued

<em>Star</em> now available on vinyl

Ever since we recorded Star with the Baroque violin and double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy in a small church in County Sligo back in September 2010, we harboured an ambition to bring this record out on vinyl — the three-track release, so expansive, singular and warm, always seemed to deserve this … Continued

&#8220;Contemporary music making at its most intelligent, lyrical and accessible.&#8221;

The smartphone music app Classical Ear gave the Ergodos Musicians’ Songs five stars in a review published today. The album is “further evidence of something remarkable happening in Dublin”, writes Michael Quinn. “The sense of ambition that has come to characterise this formidable ensemble of equals is evidenced by the nine-century sweep of this celebration … Continued

<em>Songs</em> gets ★★★★ in The Irish Times

Songs, the latest album by Ergodos Musicians is the ‘CD Choice’ in the Irish Times. The Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin gave the album a ★★★★ rating, writing: ‘Young Dublin composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper- Connolly recognise the enduring influence that songs have had on their own musical journeys. The latest offering from their … Continued

The Shape of Irish Jazz to Come

Seán Mac Erlaine was featured in a Sunday Times piece this week about the current state of Irish jazz, with attention drawn to both his recent work with This is How We Fly and his 2012 album, Long After the Music is Gone. In a selection of titled labelled ‘the shape of Irish jazz to … Continued

Premiere of Sholdice Piano Concerto

Garrett Sholdice’s first piano concerto will receive its premiere performances on 6 and 7 March 2014. Pianist Michael McHale and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy, will premiere the work in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, as part of the ICO’s ‘Haydn in Paris’ programme. The work was commissioned by the Irish Chamber … Continued

Quinn and Bourke at Session with the Pipers

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke take part in the Session with the Pipers at the Cobblestone Pub, Smithfield, Dublin, on Tuesday, 4 March. The duo will appear on a bill with the uilleann piper Peter Browne and concertina player Noel Hill from 9.30pm. Quinn and Bourke’s debut album, described as ‘ so simple and so … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine Receives Doctorate

We were delighted to hear this week that Seán Mac Erlaine became a doctor — a PhD in Music to be precise. Mac Erlaine, whose album Long After the Music is Gone is released on Ergodos Records, undertook practice-based research around solo woodwind performance and live electronics through GradCAM, a body that combines the expertise … Continued

Leafzang to Release First Album with Ergodos

One of the most captivating groups to come out of Ireland in recent times is hoping to release its debut album on the Ergodos label – and is seeking your support via a FundIt campaign to bring this about. Ergodos is delighted to be associated with this venture by Leafzang, a sextet comprising musicians of classical, … Continued

Double Praise for Seán Mac Erlaine

Reeds player Seán Mac Erlaine was the subject of an enthusiastic double review on All About Jazz recently. Not only was Mac Erlaine’s recent release with the group This is How We Fly described as ‘elegant and haunting celebration of tradition and modernity that extols the possibilities of modern folk music to surprise and delight’, … Continued

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke Begin Tour of Germany

Fiddle players Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke embark on a German tour this week, with four performances in the state of Baden-Württemburg from 3 to 9 November. Quinn and Bourke’s recent release, Live at the Steeple Sessions recently recieved a four-star review in the Irish Times. 3 November – Schlosskeller, Marbach am Neckar view event … Continued

31% Off All Releases for Halloween

To celebrate Halloween this year, we’re offering a ghoulish 31% discount on all purchases from our online shop until 31 October. You’ll find great releases for download and on CD and vinyl from artists such as Ergodos Musicians, Jonathan Sage, Seán Mac Erlaine in our online shop here. How does it work? Just enter the … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine and Donal Dineen Perform in Bray

One of the most interesting collaborations in Irish music in recent years reaches the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Friday, 11 October. Reeds play Seán Mac Erlaine (pictured) and DJ and filmmaker Donal Dineen team up to present and evening of improvised soundscapes and live film. For more information see the Mermaid Arts Centre … Continued

Quinn and Bourke Feature in Cork Folk Festival

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke, who’s album Live at the Steeple Sessions was released this summer, perform as part of the Cork Folk Festival at An Spailpín Fánach at 6pm on Sunday, 13 October. Also on the bill are Aoife Granville & Johnny Neville, Daithí Kearney & John Cronin. Read about their recent four-star review … Continued

&#8216;A Distilled Delight&#8217;

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke’s two-fiddle album Live at the Steeple Sessions received a glowing review from Siobhán Long in the the Irish Times recently, with the album described as ‘a distilled delight’. ‘This fiddle duo take palpable pleasure in stripping tunes back to barebones essence, their inventive pairings propelling the music into a place … Continued

&#8216;One of Those Epiphanic Moments&#8217;

Seán Mac Erlaine’s music received a glowing account on Spellbinding Music, a music blog run by Guillaume Janssen. ‘I only discovered Seán Mac Erlaine’s music a few months ago when I heard his version of “O Vis Aeternitatis” on the saxophone,’ he writes. ‘It was one of those epiphanic moments when a piece of music … Continued

Another Country Features on Nova

RTÉ Lyric FM’s Nova, presented by Bernard Clarke, featured Jonathan Sage’s debut album last weekend and will be out for another spin on Sunday, 14 July. Tune in from 8pm to 10pm to hear Sage’s recording of Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Another Country, a mammoth piece scored for eleven clarinets, thought of as a sister-piece to Steve … Continued

Celebrating Counterpoint Across Centuries of Music

We are delighted to announce the release of Counterpoint, the debut solo album by English clarinettist Jonathan Sage. Featuring music by Steve Reich, Johann Sebastian Bach and Irish composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, this album is a celebration of the centuries-old musical technique of counterpoint — the act of putting note against note. Read more and purchase … Continued

Free Download in Anticipation of Jonathan Sage Release

Not only is the clarinettist Jonathan Sage visiting Dublin this week — for an unmissable performance with Ergodos Musicians, but we will shortly be releasing his debut solo album on Ergodos Records. Counterpoint (ER10), which will be released very soon, features Steve Reich’s celebrated work for multiple clarinets, New York Counterpoint; Irish composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s … Continued

Culture File Interview with Jonathan Sage

RTÉ Lyric FM’s drivetime culture segment, Culture File focusses on the clarinettist Jonathan Sage on Tuesday, 4 June. The show features a moving interview with Sage, in which he talks about Mozart, the basset clarinet and his late teacher Alan Hacker. Listen back here. Jonathan Sage performs with Ergodos Musicians at Christ Church Cathedral on … Continued

&#8216;Space, Stillness and Beauty&#8217;

Both the clarinettist Jonathan Sage and composer Garrett Sholdice were interviewed this week in The Journal of Music about their upcoming Dublin performance. Speaking about Sholdice’s work, Sage said, ‘Constant features of his work are space, stillness and beauty, and this requires the performer to really engage with the music and get into the right … Continued

State Feature About Ergodos

State Magazine has published a new in-depth article about Ergodos, with a special focus on Ergodos Musicians’ I Call to You. Written by Niall Crumlish, the article includes interviews with Ergodos founders Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly as well as Seán Mac Erlaine, Kate Ellis, Michael McHale and Donnacha Dennehy. ‘Ergodos … exemplifies an attitude … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine on Hayden Chisholm

The multi-instrumentalist Seán Mac Erlaine, whose album Long After the Music is Gone is released on Ergodos Records, spoke to The Journal of Music this week about his upcoming performance at St Audoen’s Church, Dublin, on Saturday, 9 February.

Long After the Music is Gone in Shops

Long After the Music is Gone, Seán Mac Erlaine’s beautiful new solo album on the Ergodos label is now stocked in a number of Irish record stores. Not only can you purchase the album via the Ergodos Bandcamp page, but you can now also stroll into one of the following purveyors of physical media for … Continued

Michelle O&#8217;Rourke at HCMF

Ergodos Musicians vocalist Michelle O’Rourke will perform her own solo short at the prestigous Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including the UK premiere of Judith Ring‘s To Pull An Eerie Twist (where she’ll be joined by Crash Ensemble co-director Kate Ellis on cello), and a version of the opening prologue from Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice‘s minimal … Continued