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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Éamonn Cagney, percussion

Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, percussionist Éamonn Cagney and guitarist Niwel Tsumbu are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances. For Hotter than July the duo will be coming from Dublin’s Camden Studios straight into your living room, and ahead of these performances, Éamonn chatted to us a bit about their style as a duo, thinking about creativity in lockdown and the magic moments of music-making. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS: Indonesian gamelan music with Dr. Peter Moran

The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra was established by Dr. Peter Moran in 2014 when Ireland received a specially-built gamelan as a gift from His Royal Highness Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta. For Hotter than July 2020, techniques of binaural recording will bring you from the tranquil setting of The Space Between yoga studio into an immersive 3D musical experience from the NCH Gamelan Orhestra performing the ancient traditional music of Indonesia. Ahead of their performance at Hotter than July, Peter gave us a background on the traditional Indonesian music played by the ensemble. – posted

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Hotter than July ONLINE, 17-26th July 2020

Proudly presented by Improvised Music Company in association with Dublin City Council, Hotter than July has become a staple of the Dublin summer calendar, celebrating the cultural diversity of Dublin city through music and dance from around the world. This year, from the 17th to 26th of July, you can access 10 days of events on Facebook and YouTube, including short performances of everything from Cuban dance music to Indonesian gamelan, songs and story-telling for young audiences, and chances to participate through instrument-making workshops and an online choir! – posted

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Wood Quay Summer Sessions returns ONLINE for July 2020.

Wood Quay Summer Sessions return in July for a series of online lunchtime concerts broadcast from Dublin City Council’s beautiful Wood Quay Venue. Now in its sixth year, this ever-popular outdoor series is moving online for 2020, with four unique online concerts streaming from 1pm on Thursdays throughout July on the Wood Quay Summer Sessions Facebook page. Mesmerising jazz from BigSpoon kicks off the series on Thursday 9th July. – posted

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Cancellation of 12 Points festival 2020

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Note from Irish Jazz: John Daly, Limerick Jazz

In our Notes from Irish Jazz series, we're shining a light on some of the people who create the jazz scene around Ireland! To give us an insight into jazz in Limerick, we chatted to drummer John Daly, founder and director of the Limerick Jazz Festival, which is approaching its 40th anniversary in 2022. – posted

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Eighth Piece: Úna Monaghan

Completing the sequence for the Piece by Piece series is Belfast harper and sound artist Úna Monaghan. Monaghan examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies. She frequently mixes electro-acoustic textures and ambient sound recordings with traditional tunes and harp improvisations. Often strongly narrative, her work can dwell on darker aspects of human experience alongside re-imaginings of traditional dances and airs. Ahead of her performance on Friday 29nd May, 20:00 GMT+1, Úna shared some of her thoughts with us on what she took from the preceding piece by Izumi Kimura, and what lockdown has meant for her, and people around her. – posted

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Seventh Piece: Izumi Kimura

The 7th creation in the sequence comes from pianist Izumi Kimura. The Japanese-born, Irish-based pianist has worked with many of the top names in contemporary and improvised music and performed all over the world, and is praised by the Irish Times for her “heroic level of technical fearlessness”. Izumi shared some thoughts with us on how she engaged with the Piece by Piece project and how she's reflecting on the current crisis, ahead of her performance on Friday 22nd May, 20:00 GMT+1. – posted

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