concerts archive 2012

Donal Dineen's Christmas Special | 2FM | 10pm-1am
Seán joins a stellar cast of musicians including Lisa O'Neill, Mossy Nolan, Katie Kim, Conor O'Brien, Georgia Cusack, Rhob Cunningham and Maitiu O'Casaide with your host Donal Dineen.


Rave at Close of Day
Bandstand, East Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland | 3pm - 5pm | FREE
Curated by Jennie Moran. Let us sit in confusion together on the shortest day of the year and console ourselves with hot liquid, sheep’s wool and electric light while Seán Mac Erlaine performs a long-form immersive improvisation for saxophones and live electronics.


The Works | RTÉ 1 | 10.45pm
Screening of Prevailing Wind, a short film directed by Ian Cudmore as part of Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts, a major series of exhibitions celebrating 60 years of support for artists and the visual arts by the Arts Council.
With original music by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle,
Maitiu O'Casaide - pipes, Seán Mac Erlaine bass clarinet & electronics.


Sonic Vigil
Quiet Music Ensemble
St. Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork | 3 – 9pm | €5
Curated by Mick O’Shea and Danny McCarthy.
For the seventh year running, The Guesthouse presents SONIC VIGIL, a marathon of new and improvised music, sound art, live electronics, installations and more.
The Vigil features Ireland’s unique Experimental Music group, Quiet Music Ensemble, which will be giving world premieres of 8 new pieces by up and coming composers from Ireland, Scotland and the USA.


Bottlenote Festival
BLOCK T, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 | 8pm | €10/8
Solo performance for clarinets and live electronics
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Bottlenote Festival
BLOCK T, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 | 8pm | €10/8
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Bottlenote Festival
BLOCK T, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 | 8pm | €10/8
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IMRAM Festival / Lorg Merriman
Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
7.30pm | €10/5 | Details here
In 1982 Brian Merriman’s The Midnight Court, which Celia de Fréine translated and dramatised, was produced by the Dublin Shakespeare Society. To mark the publication of these plays by Arlen House, IMRAM is delighted to present a dramatised reading, featuring actors Séamas Ó Scanláin and Fidelma Ní Ghallchobhair. Seán Mac Erlaine and Máire Breatnach will provide musical accompaniment.


This is How we Fly
Linköping Folkmusic Festival
Folkets Park, Cupolen, Linköping, Sweden.


This is How we Fly
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
8pm | €18/16 (3 for €33)
"This is How we Fly is a group gaining a reputation for their distinctive take on traditional music."
Last Irish date for 2012. Book now!


Neighbourhood Wash
The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 | 8pm | BYOB
A night of music and talk in your neighbourhood gallery curated by Donal Dineen.
Double bill Seán Mac Erlaine + Lisa O'Neill


Long After The Music Is Gone
Album Launch presented by
Solo performance for clarinets and electronics,
with special guest Donal Dineen on visuals and DJ set.
Odessa Club, Dame Court, Dublin 2 | 8pm | Free but ticketed


Culture Night
Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin 2 | 5pm-10pm | FREE
CMC will be alive with sounds as it opens its doors to the public for Culture Night and hosts Live at Our Place, giving visitors the chance to hear what’s innovative and what’s vibrant in new music from Ireland. Curated by composer Karen Power. Seán is performing new solo work and performing works by Cage with The Quiet Music Ensemble.


This is How we Fly
Dublin Fringe Festival, Lir Theatre, Dublin
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle. Seán Mac Erlaine – clarinets, electronics.
Nic Gareiss – percussive dance. Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion.


This is How we Fly
Half Moon Theatre, Cork
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle. Seán Mac Erlaine – clarinets, electronics.
Nic Gareiss – percussive dance. Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion.


In Search Of... / A Life on The Ocean Wave
Nieuw-beerta, Holland. 3pm, FREE
A Life on The Ocean Wave by artist Michelle Browne is a musical performance inspired by the ill-fated voyage of artist Bas Jan Ader. Setting sail to cross the Atlantic single handed, Ader’s 'In Search of the Miraculous' was a utopian journey of man working with the elements.
Performed in the Reformed Church at Nieuw-Beerta by choir and simultaneous broadcast of soloist from a boat at sea. Details here

Long After The Music Is Gone
On-Air & online album launch
Donal Dineen's Alternative Alternative
11am 2XM, repeated 10pm 2FM
The album will be available from Ergodos


The Cave | Mitchelstown Cave, Co. Cork
Duo performance with Donal Dineen (live visuals)
Sharing this bill in this extraordinary space with Iarla Ó Lionáird, The Lost Brothers & Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh.


Quiet Music Ensemble
Hilltown New Music Festival | Hilltown, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
Pieces by Cage, Lucier and improvisations
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love:live music | International Music Day
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2
Performance of new work by composer Linda Buckley
Details TBA -


Is now all seenheard then forgotten?
Bloomsday Festival | Banquet Hall, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8 | 8pm €25
Seán Mac Erlaine presents a new setting of Finnegans Wake for vocals, woodwinds, electronics and live film. Joyce’s final masterpiece provides the jumping off point for this adventurous mix of improvised music and film. Performed by acclaimed vocalist Dorothy Murphy, Barcelonian film maker Héctor Castells and clarinettist Seán Mac Erlaine, this piece is an abstract homage to one of the English language’s great works of abstraction.


Night Town Project / Baile Oíche: an Tionscadal
Dublin Writers Festival | The Workman's Club | 8.30pm | €10/8
A special bi-lingual multi-media project that celebrates the landscapes of Dublin at night. Four poets will read new work responding to images from photographers Jim Berkeley and Mark Granier; transformed into beautiful on-screen projections by designer Margaret Lonergan, and performed to new music by Seán Mac Erlaine.


Seán Mac Erlaine Solo
The Irish Museum of Modern Art - launch at Earlsfort Terrace | 8pm
Improvised site-specific solo show. Multi-channel performance for clarinets, woodwinds, tape and live electronics.


Laura Hyland Solo + Seán Mac Erlaine Solo
The Back Loft, Dublin 8. | 8pm | €10
Curated by Ergodos, both soloists will perform in the atmospheric setting of The Back Loft, part of La Catedral Studios. Hyland will perform completely acoustic, while Mac Erlaine will perform on a portable multi-channel rig designed by Dan Trueman.


Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 | 8.15pm €12/10 | Book Now!
Seán Carpio (Percussion)
Simon Jermyn (Bass guitar and pedals)
Isabelle O'Connell (prepared piano)
Seán Mac Erlaine (laptop and bass clarinet)
Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh (hardanger fiddle, five string viola and fiddle)
Palimpsest will bring together an unusual group of performers all hailing from very different backgrounds but with a shared interest in exploring the new possibilities inherent in traditional Irish tunes. Over the course of the week they will shed a contemporary light on our musical heritage with their unique approach and combined styles of playing.


Solo Show
New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 | 8pm €12
Beyond the Bookshelf is a new independent music
mini festival, staged in Temple Bar's New Theatre.
Supporting Si Schroeder plus other guest TBC. Details here


This is How we Fly
Beckis, Stockholm, Sweden
MUSIKCENTRUM | Nybrokajen 13, 111 48 Stockholm
7pm | 100/70 Kr


Dublin Film Festival | Lighthouse Cinema | 8.15pm
Feature film directed by Pat Collins, featuring a new piece by Seán


The Quiet Music Ensemble
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork | 6pm | FREE - walk in/out whenever you like
Child Of Tree (John Cage).
In the centenary of John Cage’s birth, we celebrate the extraordinary music he created in the last 20 years of his life. Ranging from pieces made of a sparse, seemingly windswept freeze of notes to a delicious hotpot of environmental noise, from re-written Satie to exuberant circuses of sound, this is music of beauty and deep serenity, humour and elation.
This will be recorded for broadcast on Nova, RTÉ lyric fm’s new music programme presented by Bernard Clarke, Sundays from 9pm.

The Quiet Music Ensemble + The Quiet Club
The Glucksmans Gallery, University College Cork | 1.10pm | Free
Inlets: Later works of John Cage.


This is How we Fly
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Horo Gheallaidh TV Show for BBC Alba and BBC Scotland.


This is How we Fly
Celtic Connections 2012
St. Andrews On The Square, Glasgow
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle. Seán Mac Erlaine – bass clarinet, alto saxophone, electronics. Nic Gareiss – percussive dance. Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion.