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Music Current 2019


Individual shows €15/€10 conc

The festival includes a public panel discussion at the Contemporary Music Centre, Fishamble Street, on Thursday 11 April at 6pm. All welcome!

DUBLIN SOUND LAB presents MUSIC CURRENT 2019 a four-day festival of the best in new Irish and international contemporary electronic music, 10–13 April 2019.

Considered as the ‘Fringe’ of Irish new music festivals, MUSIC CURRENT, now in its fourth year, gives a platform for the newest contemporary electronic music, hosting five concerts over four days. This year’s festival has a decidedly theatrical flavour featuring Steven Takasugi’s ‘Sideshow’, a concert-length masterwork for ensemble and electronics, in which the players – Ensemble Tzara from Switzerland – ‘perform’ in the theatrical sense. The theatrical theme continues with Swiss trio Retro Disco who take inspiration from Dadaist aesthetics and create absurdist performances.

The festival opens with a double-bill programme: Sweeney Lives! featuring three major ‘radiophonic’ work by Irish electronic music pioneer Frank Corcoran’s; and Stock11 collective from Germany, one of the most thought provoking music groups performing today.

Retro Disco will also perform a new commission by Argentinian composer Patricia Martinez in a special concert of new international works developed during the festival by participating composers, one of whom will receive this year’s Music Current Commission award of €2,500.

‘One of the finest electroacoustic ensembles on the island at present, The Dublin Sound Lab.’
Bernard Clarke, Nova, Lyric FM

‘Dublin Sound Lab has been… …flying the flag in Ireland over the past decade for European modernism.’ ‘Dublin Sound Lab is doing an important job for those in Ireland who remain passionate about music in the post-war avant-garde lineage and who rarely get the opportunity to hear such ‘difficult’ music performed.’
Liam Cagney, Journal of Music

‘Where we are at musically these days in terms of technology’
Liam Cagney, Musical Criticism


Sweeney Lives! | Stock11

Double-bill. Frank Corcoran (IE) | Stock11 (DE)

Wed 10 Apr | 7pm | Main Space

Tickets €15 / €10

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Sideshow

performed by ENSEMBLE TZARA

Thu 11 Apr | 8pm | Main Space

Tickets €15 / €10

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Retro Disco

In their first visit to Dublin, Swiss trio RETRO DISCO (horn, cello, synthesizer and electronics) showcase new music from Switzerland written specially for the group.

Fri 12 Apr | 8pm | Main Space

Tickets €15 / €10

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Currents

RETRO DISCO Trio perform new works for horn, cello, synthesizer and electronics by participant composers, selected following the annual Music Current ‘call for participation’.

Sat 13 Apr | 8pm | Main Space

Tickets €15 / €10

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