Long After the Music is Gone is the first 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.
Conceived and recorded in rural Leitrim, Long After the Music is Gone stands as a meditation on Irish landscape, dipping into the chants of Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen and the work of Irish philosopher John O’Donoghue. It’s all in the blood of this record, assimilated into a language of rare elegance and originality.
Seán Mac Erlaine is recognised as one of Ireland’s most forward-thinking jazz musicians. Mac Erlaine works in a variety of settings maintaining a busy performance schedule in Ireland and internationally, working in free improvisation, contemporary jazz, folk music and experimental theatre. He performs with a hugely diverse range of musicians and artists, reflecting his own versatility and interest in cross-platform work — recent collaborators have included Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, This is How we Fly and Donal Dineen.
Seán Mac Erlaine has been described as “an encouraging example of the spirit of innovation current in Irish contemporary music” (The Journal of Music) and “one of the most original voices on the Dublin scene” (The Sunday Tribune).
An extraordinary solo recording… consistently one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation. ★★★★ — The Irish Times.
It’s one of the finest in the Ergodos stable, which is saying something… Perhaps the most beautiful of its kind in many a year… So beautifully intimate… The wonderful melancholy, lyricism, beauty and invention in his Long After The Music Is Gone… — Bernard Clarke, Nova, RTÉ lyric fm
An impressively exploratory work…refreshing and vibrant — Thumped.com
Minimalist in conception though grand in execution, Mac Erlaine’s music carves a path between timeless folkloric melodies and more abstract ideas. Regardless of the font of his inspiration, the music is uniformly engaging and quietly hypnotic. — Ian Patterson, allaboutjazz.com