Ulysses Journey 2022: Newly-commissioned music & film works, screening throughout New Music Dublin

28 April 2022 09:00 - 1 May 2022 23:00

Room 103, National Concert Hall

An illustration in sea blue, black and white, of Joyce's tower in Sandycove, Dublin, with the rocky coast and the sea in the foreground. Ulysses Journey 2022 is written in large 1920's style type.

Presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland & Centre Culturel Irlandais in partnership with New Music Dublin.

As part of Ulysses Journey 2022 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce, CMC and CCI co-commissioned six new works by composers Ed Bennett, Darragh Kelly, Garth Knox, Anselm McDonnell, Ailís Ní Ríain and Ultan O'Brien, which are inspired by, reflect on and/or respond to Ulysses, together with films to accompany these new works by filmmakers Jonathan C. Creasy, Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair, Ailís Ní Ríain, Ultan O’Brien, Laura Sheeran and Ross Wilson BEM & Art Ward.  

Ulysses Journey 2022 at New Music Dublin will be complemented by a live recording of CMC's podcast amplify discussing responses to the works of James Joyce in contemporary music, for further details on this event on 29 April, click here.

These new music and film works are supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme; New Music Dublin 2022; and One Dublin One Book 2022.

Film Programme

Luminary Reflection by composer Ed Bennett and filmmaker Laura Sheeran 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Thomas Bennett (spoken word), Ed Bennett (electronics), Stephanie Dufresne (dancer) 

Penelope by composer Darragh Kelly and filmmaker Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Hannah Mamalis (spoken word)

Luteofulvous Ebullition : the qualities of water by composer Garth Knox and filmmaker Jonathan C. Creasy  

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Barry McGovern (spoken word)

Water sounds by Garth Knox and Carol Robinson

Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray by composer Anselm McDonnell (with poetry by Euan Tait) and filmmakers Ross Wilson BEM, Art Ward

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Nicole Rourke (spoken word), Anselm McDonnell (electronics)

I will see if I can see [Feicfidh mé má thig liom feicsin] by composer filmmaker Ailís Ní Ríain 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Jim Henry (spoken word / archival recording provided with kind permission of the Henry family), Ailis Ni Ríain (prepared piano)

cling(ing) like fire by composer filmmaker Ultan O’Brien

Performers: Ultan O’Brien (fiddle, viola and electronics), Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (voice and concertina), Paul Roe (clarinet and bass clarinet), Camilla Houstoun (spoken word), Eimear Walshe (performer) 


This is a FREE event, drop in to the National Concert Hall over the NMD festival weekend to view the films which will be screened on a loop.


Room 103, National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Venue Contact Info

01 417 0000