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CMC Brings New Irish Music to New York

Concert review

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View a short video preview of the concert featuring interviews with some of the composers and performers involved in the concert.

CMC presented New Music - New Ireland, a concert of contemporary Irish music at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York on 17 October.

The event, which was funded by Culture Ireland, was a major initiative for CMC and marked a new strand of activities around international promotion of Irish composers for the Centre. The event also marked the beginning of a new partnership agreement between CMC and Culture Ireland, which will see a number of high profile events and international promotional initiatives involving Irish composers' work developed over the coming years.

New Music - New Ireland showcased a selection of the best of today's Irish composition played by top-level young New York- and Irish-based performers in this prestigious venue.

The ConTempo String Quartet, Galway's Ensemble-in-Residence, was joined by New York-based clarinetist Carol McGonnell and pianist Isabelle O'Connell, both originally from Dublin, to perform music by Ed Bennett, Ailis Ní Riain, Deirdre McKay, Jane O'Leary, John Kinsella, Ian Wilson and Jennifer Walshe.

Isabelle O'Connell  ConTempo String Quartet  Carol McGonnell
Isabelle O'Connell, ConTempo String Quartet, Carol McGonnell

Jennifer Walshe presented a solo concert of experimental music at the Issue Project Room, New York on 26 October.

A Dublin launch of both events took place in CMC on Thursday, 18 September. The launch was given by the US Ambassador, Thomas C. Foley and also attended by Culture Ireland's Chief Executive, Eugene Downes.

Photos from New York





1: Eve O'Kelly (Director of CMC) and Carol McGonnell (clarinetist) outside Carnegie Hall

2: Adrian Mantu (cellist with ConTempo String Quartet), with composers Deirdre McKay and Jane O'Leary

3: The ConTempo Quartet (Bogdan Sofei, Ingrid Nicola, Garth Knox, Adrian Mantu) with pianist Isabelle O'Connell rehearsing at the Lucy Moses School, New York

4: Ian Wilson (composer) and Isabelle O'Connell

5: from left to right: Bogdan Sofei, Isabelle O'Connell, Garth Knox, Ingrid Nicola, Adrian Mantu and Carol McGonnell

See more images on CMC's Flickr site

New Music New Ireland is funded by Culture Ireland and supported by the Irish Consulate in New York. For more information please see our calendar, or contact the Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, telephone 01-673 1922 or email

Posted: 29 October 2008

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