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
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
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
What is living and what is dead, an album of immersive solo piano music by Irish composer Simon O’Connor, has received a glowing review from Classical Ear.
Ergodos launches new album What is living and what is dead by Irish composer Simon O’Connor at the American Irish Historical Society, New York City, on May 11, 2017. Register to attend the performance here.
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.”
We’re delighted to announce the third series of Santa Rita Concerts at The Little Museum of Dublin.
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
We are delighted to announce the second season of Santa Rita Concerts at The Little Museum of Dublin, which will run between September 2015 and March 2016.
Ergodos is the subject of an in-depth feature article written by Matt Mendez for the latest issue of the digital new music magazine I Care if You Listen.
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
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
All the ends of the earth, the most recent album from Ergodos Musicians, has been featured on New Sounds, the contemporary music programme of New York radio station, WNYC. In the first of a series of programmes focusing on new music from Ireland, presenter John Schaefer put the spotlight on Cork-born composer Irene Buckley, as … Continued
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
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 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
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
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
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, 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
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
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 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
All the ends of the earth II by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is the second part of a two part work featured on the Ergodos Musicians album of the same name, an album inspired by a piece of mediæval vocal music. It’s also the closing track on the Winter Mixtape from the wonderful online contemporary music magazine, … Continued
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.
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
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
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
This Thursday, 20 November, Ergodos Musicians will re-visit the music of their acclaimed album I Call to You, as part of ICC10, the Irish Composers’ Collective ten year anniversary festival at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. You can check out the full programme for the festival here, and you can buy tickets via the Project website here. … Continued
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
Laura Sheeran of of Unit1 Studios has made a beautiful short film about the Ergodos Musicians Songs project. Check it out here. It features excerpts of an interview with Ergodos co-director and Ergodos Musicians guitarist Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, as well as footage from the Songs record launch at The Little Museum of Dublin in early July. If … Continued
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 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
We are transported. From the very first attack of opening track of the debut album from Shannon-born composer Scott Mc Laughlin, we are brought outside of ourselves. With each repetition, each new statement, we are drawn further into the topology of a completely distinct planet. A line-up of luminary musicians from Montréal to Huddersfield to … Continued
Ergodos presents the premiere of What Is Living And What Is Dead by Simon O’Connor in the Pepper Canister Church, Dublin, on 30 January 2014 at 8pm. To book tickets now, and receive a free download, click here. Simon O’Connor, composer and founder member of Dublin psych-rock band The Jimmy Cake, embarks on a major … Continued
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
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
Dublin Culture Night will take place on Friday 20 September from 5pm ’til 11pm. Several Ergodos artists and friends will take part in the multi-venue celebration of the city’s culture.
‘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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Fractal continues to tour Philip Lawson in a programme of brand new music for guitar, including Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice’s Three Interludes. He will perform next at the Cork Film Centre, Ballincollig, Cork on 7 March. More info here and here.
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
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
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
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