Released on limited edition, transparent orange vinyl, with stunning artwork by Craig Carry, 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 is an explorer at the frontiers of sound.” ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ — The Irish Times
The first release devoted entirely to the music of Judith Ring. Painterly, sensuous, dark and beautiful music from one of Ireland's most important composers, featuring performances from some of the finest exponents of new Irish music, including Paul Roe, Kate Ellis, Malachy Robinson, Michelle O'Rourke, Natasha Lohan and Concorde, as well as genre-crossing performers such as Laura Moody and Beau Stocker.… the Vinko Globokar-esque imaginings of composer Judith Ring … – I Care If You Listen Magazine
Working closely with the members of Ergodos Musicians, composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly arrange, re-compose, weave and stitch material drawn from the songs they love, spanning over 800 years of music, from John Dowland and Vivaldi to Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and The xx.'Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition' ★★★★ 'CD Choice' – The Irish Times
Star features three meditative string duos by Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O'Connor. These three works, each composed specifically for the incomparable Baroque violin/double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, are a reminder of the value of concentration, quietude, and slowness. Star is now available on limited edition vinyl.
Long After the Music is Gone is the new solo album from Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist and composer Seán Mac Erlaine. It's an album of extraordinary ambience, rich with Mac Erlaine's distinctive supple reed work and subtle electronics. With each track Mac Erlaine seems to channel the atmosphere of a space or vista, immersing us.An extraordinary solo recording... consistently one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation. ★★★★ — The Irish Times.Curiously lovely tunes... I want to hear everything that Seán Mac Erlaine’s ever done. Compliments don’t get much bigger. — Hot Press
Sensitively curated from live recordings of improvised performances around Ireland over a four year period, A slender song, is a compelling listen. 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.
Released on limited edition, transparent orange vinyl, A slender song features a breathtaking collage by the Cork artist Craig Carry. Mac Erlaine considers this to be a sister album to his 2012 release, Long after the music is gone. Where the former was recorded entirely in a small room in County Leitrim, A slender song reflects a life on the road, taking in the flavours and aspects of Cork, Dingle, Dublin, Galway, Laois, Louth, Meath, Mitchelstown, Skibbereen, Sligo, Tralee and Wicklow.
Mac Erlaine’s distinctive combination of his instrumental sound with innovative live electronics runs through A slender song. “The electronic processes have been designed to respond to the instrument and its soundworld,” says Mac Erlaine. “I wanted the acoustic and electronic sounds to meld into one new soundworld.”
“In a sense, the music on A slender song is from playing with all the things I learnt from the first album.” Mac Erlaine continues. It’s the sound of a process.” For Mac Erlaine, it’s a process that keeps on giving.
Seán Mac Erlaine is a Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer, recognised as one of Ireland’s most forward-thinking creative musicians. Mac Erlaine works in a variety of settings from free improvisation, contemporary jazz, folk music and experimental theatre.
Within a busy performance schedule, Mac Erlaine works with a hugely diverse range of musicians and artists reflecting his own versatility and interest in cross-platform work. He has performed with leading musical figures and groups including Bill Frisell, David Toop, This is How we Fly, The Smith Quartet, Hayden Chisholm, Lisa Hannigan, Ronan Guilfoyle, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Damo Suzuki, Underground Resistance and The Gloaming.
Mac Erlaine plays alto and soprano saxophones as well as clarinet and bass clarinet, and holds a PhD and Master of Music Performance. Fascinated by performance and movement, he is also a qualified practicing teacher of Alexander Technique in Dublin.
“Across ten tracks, Mac Erlaine moves in a slow fashion, building gasping melodies, droning lines, threadbare ambient electronics and flushes of majestic horn passages puncturing the silence. It’s an exercise in restraint yet has has imaginative limits. It creates a space that has knowledge of modern jazz, improvisation techniques, electronica and folk but bows to none.” – Nialler9
“Seán Mac Erlaine is an explorer at the frontiers of sound, a fearless and generous experimenter who interrogates his instruments for all their sonorous possibilities.” – Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
“…a quite beautiful album that deserves wide exposure adding to Mac Erlaine’s already burgeoning reputation….” – Stephen Graham, Marlbank.net
“Seán Mac Erlaine understands pacing in the world of live electronics like few other performers.” – Bernard Clarke, Nova, RTÉ lyric fm
“Texture and mood are key players in a sound world where dissonance and melody gently flirt. The overall effect is subtly hypnotic and ultimately rewarding.” – Ian Patterson, allaboutjazz.com
“… experimenting beautifully with the textures of the various woodwind instruments used on the record, subtle electronic loops and rhythmic layers, distortion or digital delays all enrich the sonic tapestry of flowing, fluttering or droning notes […] A haunting collection of slow airs, A slender song sometimes plays like an ambient field recording, expressing all the colours, organic nuances and natural sounds of a quiet landscape.” – Spellbinding Music
“Mac Erlaine is consistently one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation.” — The Irish Times
Franz Schubert's ever-popular Four Impromptus, Opus 90 presented in a totally new context, performed with rare sensitivity by Belfast-born pianist Michael McHale."...a nuanced masterpiece..." – The Sunday Business Post"Spirited, well-shaped Schubert" – BBC Music Magazine
Composer Simon O'Connor and vocalist Michelle O'Rourke present a collection of haunting songs inspired by the stories of the widows of rebel leaders involved in the 1916 Easter Rising."There was no shortage of music contributions for the 1916 centenary, but I doubt if there was anything more original or insightful than this thought-provoking collection that focused not on the rebel leaders, but on their wives and sweethearts." – The Sunday Business Post
I Call to You is a 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. ...perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year. ★★★★★ — RTÉ Ten...characteristically intelligent, inquisitive and full of altogether beguiling sounds. With Baroque sensibilities left intact, the overall tone here is contemplative and quietly celebratory ... one of the year’s most beautiful and moving discs ★★★★★ — Classical Ear