“…a city that lives and breathes music…”

This Sunday 4 March, as part of the New Music Dublin festival, Ergodos invites you on a unique musical walking trail through the city. On a winding route through the city’s back streets and laneways, you’ll discover music from a fascinating range of musicians and composers. Some not-so-secret highlights include: A re-imagining of the music … Continued

Adriaansz album in The Wire charts for 2017

Peter Adriaansz’s recent release, Enclosures, has been listed at #8 in Julian Cowley’s end of year Modern Composition chart in The Wire magazine. Reviewing the album for The Wire, Crowley wrote: “Listening to the music on Enclosures is like wandering through a laboratory filled with strange botanical specimens or weirdly florescent chemical gardens. The context is rational; the content … Continued

“…superb performances, fittingly full of clarity…”

William Dougherty, writing in Tempo magazine, has reviewed Jonathan Nangle’s new album, Pause. He singles out the performances for particular praise: – “Featuring superb performances, fittingly full of clarity, transparency and an admirable attention to detail, Pause is a testament to the artistry of Ireland’s Crash Ensemble.” – and quotes art critic Jonathan Jones in his final words on … Continued

Ergodos in “How Music Works”

Ergodos is the subject of this week’s “How Music Works” in The Irish Times – a weekly column in which Niall Byrne talks to “those who make a living in the Irish music industry, who shape the musical landscape and who build up the country’s musical reputation, at home and abroad.”

Michael McHale in the new Kevin Barry Recital Rooms

Pianist Michael McHale will give a performance of Schubert’s Op. 90 Impromptus with Ergodos-curated interludes on Tuesday 31 May, at 7.30pm, in the newly restored Kevin Barry Recital Rooms at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Book tickets here. The Kevin Barry Recital Rooms at the National Concert Hall have been restored as one of the … Continued

Left Behind: album release & National Concert Hall performance

A studio recording of Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows by Simon O’Connor and Michelle O’Rourke is now available to buy via the Ergodos webshop. Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of St. Peter’s Church, Drogheda, the album features O’Rourke and O’Connor on vocals and piano/guitar respectively, as well as Dara Higgins (bass) and John … Continued

Left Behind on tour

Left Behind, a beautiful, transcendent music project marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, will tour Ireland in April and May 2016. Written by composer and curator Simon O’Connor, and commissioned and presented by vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows is a new collection of songs which draw on the … Continued

Bob Gilmore tribute concert in London’s Cafe OTO

Ergodos is proud to be curating and producing “The World According to Bob: A night of Irish music” which takes place in London’s Cafe OTO this Wednesday, 2 March. Tickets here. “A night of Irish music” is an immersive showcase of the vibrant and diverse world of Irish composition to honour the Northern Irish musician … Continued

Launch of Kevin Volans’ “violin:piano” in South Africa

The South African launch of Kevin Volans’ violin:piano takes place in Johannesburg this Sunday, 28 February 2016. Pianist Jill Richards and violinist / violist Waldo Alexander will perform music from the album. Full concert details may be found here. In The Wire magazine, violin:piano was described as an “absorbing release”, with the comment that violin:piano … Continued

Launch concert for new Kevin Volans album

We celebrate the launch of violin:piano, a new record of scintillating chamber music by composer Kevin Volans, with a very special concert from pianist Jill Richards and violinist / violist Waldo Alexander in Dublin’s atmospheric Pepper Canister Church on Sunday 4 October at 8pm. Tickets (€10-€15) are available here. violin:piano features the premiere recordings of … Continued

The feeling of remembering

A luxuriant set of recordings, The feeling of remembering (released on CD) and re:play (released on vinyl), present music for cello by the singular English composer Christopher Fox. Both formats share much of the same music – but each format frames the material in its own unique way, making for a beautiful, mutually enriching, collectable … Continued

“But I grow old among dreams”

Garrett Sholdice’s Unter Träumen for female voice and lever harp will receive its first performances at Kaleidoscope’s “Songs that Fall on the Turn” events in Dublin on 6 May 2015 and Cork on 7 May 2015. Unter Träumen was co-commissioned by Kaleidoscope Night and the Goethe Institute to act as a companion piece for The Poet’s … Continued

“…musical states exposed to time…”

Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a unique string quartet comprising Malachy Robinson, double bass, Kate Ellis, cello, Robin Panter, viola and Anita Vedres, violin, will perform Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s elegantly virtuosic A view from Above, this Sunday in Dublin. The composer writes: “Parallel to the composition of A view from above, I became engrossed in a set of … Continued

<em>Rise up, my love</em>: &#8220;a triumph&#8221;

Rise up, my love, the debut EP from the Irish Youth Chamber Choir under conductor Greg Beardsell, has been hailed as “a triumph” by Tim Thurston, presenter of Gloria, RTÉ lyric fm‘s weekly choral music programme. Plaudits for the EP have also come from Michael Quinn, writing for the smartphone music app Classical Ear: “As … Continued

&#8220;A haunting collection of slow airs&#8221;

Woodwind instrumentalist and composer Seán Mac Erlaine has received yet another glowing review for his second solo album, A slender song, released on Ergodos in late 2014 – this time from the music blog Spellbinding Music. The review references Mac Erlaine’s doctoral research into solo performance with electronics as it manifests in the music of … Continued

Ergodos Musicians: &#8216;Songs&#8217; at MusicTown

Ergodos Musicians present material from their critically acclaimed ‘Songs’ project, along with brand new versions of arias by Baroque master G.F. Handel, as part of Dublin’s MusicTown festival at 8pm on April 14 in The Little Museum of Dublin. When we think of music, we think of songs. They are, perhaps, the most accessible musical … Continued

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly will feature in &#8216;Born in the 80s&#8217; tour

Our friends at Crash Ensemble kick off their Born in the 80s tour on Thursday 2 April at the Wexford Arts Centre. The programme will feature music by Barry O’Halpin, Emma O’Halloran, Jonathan Nangle, Amanda Feery and Ergodos director Benedict Schlepper-Connolly. Crash will reprise Schlepper-Connolly’s gently propulsive meditation, Star, originally performed by Baroque violinist Maya … Continued

Praise for &#8216;Rise up, my love&#8217; on Classical Ear

Rise up, my love by the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, has received a glowing review from Michael Quinn writing for  the smartphone music app Classical Ear. “As a marker of the still infant ensemble’s abilities, this first recording – a 22-minute-long EP – serves as a musical calling card of consummate elegance,” writes Quinn. “Howard … Continued

Irish Youth Chamber Choir to tour debut EP

The Irish Youth Chamber Choir will tour their new EP in venues around Ireland this Spring. Released on the Ergodos label in January, Rise up, my love, is a fresh and vital debut, featuring music by contemporary choral masters Howard Skempton, Gabriel Jackson, Pēteris Vasks and Eric Whitacre. Get your copy of the EP here, … Continued

The Santa Rita Concerts: SnowPoet

The Santa Rita Concerts, our series of music and wine evenings in the Little Museum of Dublin, continues on Wednesday 25 February with SnowPoet. London-based SnowPoet was born out of a musical friendship and understanding. Bringing together the writing duo of Lauren Kinsella and Chris Hyson, SnowPoet bring melody, form and poetry to a new … Continued

&#8216;Rise up, my love&#8217; now on sale

Ergodos is proud to announce the release of Rise up, my love, the passionate debut EP from the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, under their conductor Greg Beardsell. A celebration of the sensual, the vital and the earthly, Rise up, my love is now on sale in the Ergodos web-shop. The title comes from English composer … Continued

Toner Quinn to perform our first Santa Rita Concert of 2015

On Thursday 29 January 2015 in The Little Museum of Dublin, fiddle player Toner Quinn will perform our first Santa Rita Concert of 2015. Quinn will present material from a broad repertoire of traditional Irish tunes, as well as a number of new original compositions – revealing new perspectives on an old language. In 2013 … Continued

Ergodos Musicians at the Listen @ Lilliput 3rd birthday party

Ergodos Musicians will present material from their acclaimed album Songs at the Listen @ Lilliput 3rd birthday party on Sunday 25 January. The evening will also feature performances from Laura Hyland, The Kimberlite Pipes and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde. Listen @Lilliput is a bi-monthly live music event curated by Judith Ring and Laura Hyland, taking … Continued

Ergodos featured in Goldenplec&#8217;s &#8220;Plec Picks&#8221; for 2015

Ergodos founders and directors Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly have been interviewed and photographed for Goldenplec’s “Plec Picks” for 2015. Goldenplec is an online music magazine in operation since 2002. Check out the piece here. Words by Michael Lee and photography by Sean Smyth.

<em>What was</em> by Judith Ring in the Sunday Times Top 100

What was is the debut solo album from Judith Ring, one of Ireland’s most important composers. Released on the Ergodos label in October, the album has already received favourable mention in Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noise blog. The latest accolade has come in the form of a listing in the Sunday Times Top 100 … Continued

<em>All the ends of the earth</em> on sale now

All the ends of the earth reaches across nine centuries to connect three contemporary Irish voices with Christmas music by a mediæval master. Present-day Dublin and 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral have never seemed closer in this, the latest time-shrinking project by the visionary Ergodos Musicians. Music by a French mediæval master, known simply as Léonin, … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine to perform the next Santa Rita Concert

Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer Seán Mac Erlaine (This is how we fly, Quiet Music Ensemble) has been described by The Irish Times as “consistently one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation”. He is the featured artist in the next installment of the 2014/2015 Santa Rita Concerts series at … Continued

Judith Ring&#8217;s music featured on The Rest is Noise blog

Have a look at Judith Ring’s video “GONE”, featured by none other than Alex Ross of the New Yorker on his blog The Rest is Noise. “I spent two weeks hanging around a deserted, derelict factory in Rüdersdorf, Brandenburg, on the outskirts of Berlin,” Ring says about the piece. “It was a desolate place, completely … Continued

<em>What was</em> by Judith Ring now on sale

Ergodos is delighted to announce the release of What was, a new album of music by Judith Ring. What was documents the sensuous, rich and dark results of a painterly, highly personal approach to composition; it is the first album devoted solely to the last decade of music by Ring, one of Ireland’s most important … Continued

EXAUDI to premiere new work by Garrett Sholdice in London

UK vocal ensemble EXAUDI will give the world premiere of a brand new work by Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice as part of their Exposure 2014 event taking place in the Bishopsgate Institute, London, on Saturday 18 October 2014. Sholdice’s work, Col Tuo Lume, sets words from Dante’s Paradiso. The composer writes of the work: Col Tuo … Continued

Homburger/Guy duo returns to Dublin on 29 October

We can’t wait to welcome Maya Homburger and Barry Guy back to Dublin. We first presented the incomparable Baroque violin and double bass duo in the capital five years ago, and now they’re gearing up to perform the second Santa Rita Concert at The Little Museum of Dublin on Wednesday, 29 October. The incomparable Homburger/Guy … Continued

Crash Ensemble call for scores for Free State 9

Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s foremost large contemporary music ensemble, has put out a call for scores for Free State 9, the 2015 installment of its ongoing series of annual showcases for new Irish music. The programme will be selected from the submitted scores by Crash Ensemble and Ergodos co-director and composer Garrett Sholdice. The programme will … Continued

Yet more critical acclaim for Ergodos Musicians albums &#8216;Songs&#8217; and &#8216;I Call to You&#8217;

GoldenPlec.com, a website devoted to musical criticism in Ireland, has recently published two extremely complimentary reviews of the last two Ergodos Musicians releases, Songs (2014) and I Call to You (2013). Michael Lee writes of Songs: “… the eclectic set-list spans some 800 years, crossing and blending traditions in a way that is both thoughtful … Continued

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly at Gaudeamus Muziekweek

Ergodos co-director Benedict Schlepper-Connolly will feature at the prestigious Gaudeamus Muziekweek taking place in Utrecht between 10 and 14 September. Den Haag-based Ensemble Klang will give the world premiere of Schlepper-Connolly’s work, Field, commissioned earlier this year. He writes of the work: “Old maps are captivating for the way they illuminate the passage of time: … Continued

Kate Ellis to perform the first Santa Rita Concert

Cellist Kate Ellis will kick off The Santa Rita Concerts, a new season of musical performances at the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Curated by Ergodos, each concert in the series is conceived to provide a unique, deeply immersive audience experience. The evenings will begin at 7pm with a Santa … Continued

<em>Songs</em> now on sale

Ergodos Musicians’ new album, Songs, is now on sale in the Ergodos shop. Composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly have arranged, re-composed, weaved and stitched material drawn from the songs they love. Working closely with vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, reed player Seán Mac Erlaine and cellist Kate Ellis, they celebrate the way a melody or a … Continued

Ergodos Musicians launch new album

Ergodos Musicians celebrate the release of their new album, Songs, with an intimate acoustic performance in the beautiful Georgian interior of the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green on Thursday 3 July at 8pm. Copies of the new album will be available for sale and the performance will be followed by a complimentary … Continued

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Premiere

The Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a unique new string quartet, will premiere a brand new work by Ergodos co-director Benedict Schlepper-Connolly at Kaleidoscope Night, Dublin, on June 4. Schlepper-Connolly writes of the work: “The Meaning in the Landscape borrows a title from the writings of the filmmaker Patrick Keiller. In his essay ‘Atmosphere, Palimpsest and Other … Continued

Jonathan Sage Upcoming Performances

Clarinettist Jonathan Sage, who features on a number of Ergodos Records releases, including his own solo album, Counterpoint, will perform as soloist with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra on Saturday May 3. May will also see the young English clarinettist tour with the Dark Inventions ensemble. Check out Sage’s performance of a piece by composer Benjamin … Continued

Radio Play for &#8220;there are neither wholes nor parts&#8221;

there are neither wholes nor parts, Scott Mc Laughlin’s extraordinarily singular portrait album on Ergodos Records, has received play on The Wire magazine’s show on Resonance FM, “Adventures in Music & Sound”. Check out the show in question here (go to around the 36:00 mark), then check out the album here.

Another Five Stars for &#8216;I Call to You&#8217;

I Call to You, Ergodos Musicians’ critically acclaimed meditation on music by J.S. Bach, has received yet more praise – this time from Michael Quinn, writing for the Classical Ear app. Quinn gives the album a five-star rating, describing it as “one of the year’s most beautiful and moving discs”. The album features music by … Continued

Philip Lawson in TCD

This Wednesday, 26 March, guitarist Philip Lawson will perform Garrett Sholdice’s Three Interludes as part of a Fractal concert in the TCD Composition Centre ‘Agora’ series.

Ioana Petcu-Colan in Belfast

Moving On Music and Belfast Music Society present Night Music, a new series of short concerts on the first Wednesday of the month, involving top Irish and Northern Irish musicians. On Wednesday 2 April, solo violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan will perform in The MAC as part of the Night Music series. The programme will feature J.S. … Continued

Trailblaze: We Need To Talk About Ireland

We Need To Talk About Ireland, a 90 minute creative celebration of Ireland’s past, present and future takes place in Dublin’s Mansion House tonight, St Patrick’s Night. This innovative cultural event challenges some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED-style … Continued

2014 Barrow River Arts Festival funding appeal

Maya Homburger and Barry Guy have curated yet another eclectic Barrow River Arts Festival. The exciting line-up features, amongst others, Homburger/Guy Duo with Lucas Niggli, percussion, Thomas Demenga cello and Anton Kernjak piano, the Calmus Ensemble from Leipzig, HEXENTRIO, Barry McGovern and Camerata Kilkenny. The festival will take place in Borris House ballroom, Borris, Co. … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine provides music for CARE

Seán Mac Erlaine will provide music for CARE, a WillFredd Theatre production running at the Project Arts Centre between 20 February and 1 March. From the press release: “On a hilltop in Dublin, staff are working around the clock. They make tea. They give baths. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. They throw clay … Continued

Toner Quinn &#038; Malachy Bourke @ Celtic Connections

Fiddle duo Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke will perform at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow on 26 January. Celtic Connections is “the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music.” More info about that performance here. Renowned UK music magazine The Wire has also made favorable … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine at Temple Bar Trad

This Friday, 24 January, the Temple Bar TradFest will host the world premiere of a specially commissioned cycle of songs which span a millennium and contain eye witness accounts of Dublin from 1014 and 2014 commemorating the Battle of Clontarf. Performed and composed by Deep End of the Ford the groups combines four of the … Continued

&#8216;Something to be sought&#8217;

‘I Care If You Listen’, an online contemporary music magazine edited by New-York based composer Thomas Deneuville, has reviewed I Call to You, the latest album from Ergodos Musicians. Reviewer Daniel Garrick writes insightfully of the album’s origins and it’s engagement with music by J.S. Bach: “While the arrangements offer cleverly entwined ways of repurposing … Continued

Counterpoint: &#8216;A Masterful Interpretation&#8217;

Yet more critical acclaim for Ergodos Records this week. RTÉ Ten, the Irish national broadcaster’s entertainment news website, has reviewed both Counterpoint, the recent release from clarinetist Jonathan Sage, and Immersia, Linda Buckley’s 2011 ambient suite. Reviewer Paddy Kehoe writes: “Clarinetist Jonathan Sage’s masterful interpretation [of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint] suitably highlights that lyrical … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine and Donal Dineen play Skibbereen Arts Festival

Woodwind instrumentalist and composer Seán Mac Erlaine continues his collaboration with visual artist/broadcaster Donal Dineen in a performance at the Skibbereen Arts Festival this coming August 2nd. The evening will combine performances of material from Seán’s recent solo album on Ergodos Records with innovative and complimentary visual art from Donal Dineen. In addition, both artists … Continued

Toner Quinn &#038; Malachy Bourke play Galway Arts Festival

Following the release of their debut album on Ergodos Records, fiddle duo Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke will play the Galway Arts Festival. Head along to the Radisson Hotel, Galway at 1pm on Friday 26 July to hear the pair play a highly personal selection of  traditional Irish repertoire with the kind of deeply focused, … Continued

I Call to You: &#8220;&#8230;perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year.&#8221;

RTÉ Ten, the Irish national broadcaster’s entertainment news website, has reviewed I Call to You, the recent Ergodos Muscians album featuring music inspired by J.S. Bach. Reviewer Paddy Kehoe gave the album five stars and described it as “perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year.” “Tremulous piano, slowly drawn cello … Continued

I Call to You

Ergodos announces the release of I Call to You, a new record of music inspired by music by Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, and performed by the Dublin-based group Ergodos Musicians. A project conceived in the darker moments of Ireland’s financial crisis, this is music that underlines a sense of hope, and renewal. Click here … Continued

Seán Mac Erlaine / Donal Dineen duo tour

Seán Mac Erlaine will take his solo album, Long After the Music is Gone, on tour this week. He’ll be joined be regular collaborator Donal Dineen, who’ll provide ambient live visuals to counterpoint with Mac Erlaine’s beautifully sculpted reed/electronics soundscapes. They’ll play a sold out show at Smock Alley, Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day, then The … Continued

Long After The Music Is Gone in Cork, Galway and Limerick

Plugd Records in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, have recently replenished their CD and vinyl stock of Seán Mac Erlaine’s debut solo album, Long After The Music Is Gone. And Wingnut Records at The Bell, Book & Candle in Galway and Moviedrome, Henry St. in Limerick are also now stocking the album, we’re delighted to … Continued

Modelo62 premiere new work by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Bridge, a brand new work by Ergodos co-director Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, will receive its premiere at Nutshuis, Den Haag, on 4 March 2013. The piece has been specially composed for Dutch contemporary music ensemble, Modelo62. Admission is free, and the concert will also feature music by Noah Meites, Maya Felixbrodt, Diderik Wagenaar, Ezequiel Menalled, Justina Siksnelyte. … Continued

Music by Garrett Sholdice at [email protected]

Two miniatures by Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice will receive performances as part of the Ensemble Avalon concert in the ‘Sundays at Noon’ series in Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery on February 10.  The trio’s violinist, Ioana Petcu-Colan, will give the second public performance of Das Graue Licht, which was commissioned for an Ergodos production centered around … Continued

Ioana Petcu-Colan performs Bach

We’re delighted to announce our first event of 2013! On 16 January, we’re teaming up with The Little Museum of Dublin to present violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan in a very special performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sublime Partita in D minor for solo violin. This landmark work (which closes with a famously monumental Chaconne) will be … Continued