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
Dubh is the debut album from Trio Scordatura and the first release on the Ergodos Records imprint. Dubh is about a certain generation of Irish composers, a generation that is finding its place between tradition and the modern world. A consistent atmosphere of slow-burning introspection prevails.
"... a startling disc ... the nub of everything here is Trio Scordatura: an idiosyncratic voice, Harry Partch inspired-viola and MIDI keyboards. Whatever the approach or challenge set, this ensemble investigates with such thoroughness and panache so that each work sets one on a sonic adventure." – Bernard Clarke, cmc.ie
The debut album from Scott McLaughlin, an Irish composer of immersive, experimental music, currently based in the UK. Immediately arresting and all-consuming, the album features highly focused performances by Quatour Bozzini, Trio Scordatura, Jonathan Sage, Iain Harrison, and the Metastable Collective.
This album is a delivery system for concentrated listening [...] it comes highly recommended... – Stephen Graham, Tempo
A complementary CD (The feeling of remembering) and vinyl (re:play) set, this release presents beautifully introspective music for cello by English composer Christopher Fox, performed by Anton Lukoszevieze.
"...a distinct flavour of distilled Elizabethan melancholia." – Philip Clark, The Wire
Written between 2008 and 2013, this record is a treasury of chamber music highlighting Netherlands-based composer Peter Adriaansz’ fastidious artistic mind. These works all possess seductive surfaces, but their extremely careful designs make for profound, even revelatory experiences.
‘His work is abstract music of a high order, reanimating the mediaeval idea of music as applied number,’ wrote the late writer and performer Bob Gilmore, to whose memory this record is dedicated. ‘But the questions it asks are defiantly of the twenty-first century, questions about musical perception, about the nature of sound and the passage of time.’
Attachments, written for pianist Saskia Lankhoorn, carefully explores and exploits different sonic aspects of a specially-prepared piano. Supple rhythmic patterns are back-lit by droning sine tones to create redolent atmospheres, gently flickering and undulating.
Phrase and Fraction were composed as companion pieces for the Hague-based Ensemble Klang. The former is nearly hallucinatory in its singular treatment of a melody on soprano saxophone. The latter – a fervent world of stummed, picked and hammered metal strings – takes after American composer Henry Cowell’s harmonic tempo scales, where the music’s speed is intertwined with the intervals of the harmony.
The record finishes with Enclosures, composed for Amsterdam microtonal music specialists, Trio Scordatura. Over time we become attuned to the most subtle gradations of sonic interval – we are deeply immersed, and emerge newly sensitised.
“You become attached to the pitch deviations and a meditative peace ensues. Gamelan-like sounds transport you to Eastern locations, exerting a continually increasing power of attraction. Saskia Lankhoorn (piano), Ensemble Klang and Trio Scordatura bestow an authentic beauty on each of the four pieces on the CD. Blissful to experience.” – De Volkskrant
“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 is the stuff of hallucination […] Each of these mesmerising pieces combines precise construction with an otherworldly sonic halo, its crystalline clarity of design tinged with complicating radiance.” – The Wire
Peter Adriaansz (pronounced ‘pay-ter ah-dree-ons’) was born in Seattle in 1966 and studied composition at the conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam, where his teachers included Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough and Peter-Jan Wagemans. Adriaansz’ work can be characterized by a systematic, research-oriented approach towards music. An approach in which sound, structure and audible mathematics constitute the main ingredients. Starting in 2005 an increasing interest in flexibility, variable forms and – especially – microtonal reflection can also be observed in his work. This latter interest led, among other works, to several large-scale compositions for amplified ensembles, such as Prana (2007), Three Vertical Swells (2010) and Scala II (2014), works for orchestra (Verdichtingen, 2009, Rising & Falling, 2013), music theater (Comfortzone, 2015), two extended series, on spatial harmony (Structures I-XVI, 2005) and microacoustics (Waves 1-13, 2008) and many (electro-) acoustic works for incidental commissions.
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
Appearing together for the first time in many years, fiddle duo Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke performed Dublin's Unitarian Church in June 2011. This is a record of that concert – a document of two of Ireland's finest traditional musicians re-visiting and evolving a shared, highly personal language.
'A distilled delight' – The Irish Times
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