#3723: New Music from Ireland Part 7

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New Sounds presents a whole week of programs surveying the Irish new music landscape to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland on Sunday, April 24.

For the final installment of our New Music from Ireland series, John Schaefer talks with two Cork-based composers: performer and improviser John Godfrey and improviser, educator and curator Karen Power. Listen to their works, featuring the Quiet Music Ensemble, and Power’s electro-acoustic found-sound compositions.

Godfrey is no stranger to New Sounds, as he’s been featured on the show back with the band Icebreaker (which he co-founded), along with the Crash Ensemble (also a founding member), and now he’s founded the Quiet Music Ensemble, dedicated to experimental and improvised music. Power’s work is rooted in both acoustic instruments and the sounds of everyday environments, like field recordings; her compositions that blur the distinction between what most of us call ‘music’ and all other sound. Plus, hear music from the Quiet Music Ensemble’s recent release, "The Mysteries Beyond Matter," and more.

PROGRAM #3723 New Music From Ireland, Part 7 (First aired on 5/7/2015)  

ARTIST: Icebreaker
WORK: John Godfrey: Euthanasia and Garden Implements, excerpt [1:30]
RECORDING: Rogue's Gallery
SOURCE: Felmay/New Tone fy 7002
INFO: Out of print, but download from iTunes
Watch the whole piece: youtube.com

ARTIST: Mick O’Shea, Danny McCarthy, Karen Power, John Godfrey
WORK: Improvisation [7:44]
RECORDING: Live at the Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland
INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Quiet Music Ensemble
WORK: David Toop: night leaves breathing [2:32]
RECORDING: The Mysteries Beyond Matter
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com | quietmusicensemble.com

ARTIST: Quiet Music Ensemble
WORK: Alvin Lucier: Shadow Lines, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: The Mysteries Beyond Matter
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com | quietmusicensemble.com

ARTIST: Karen Power & Quiet Music Ensemble & Tape
WORK: forever ricefields, excerpt [4:00]
RECORDING: Karen Power - is it raining while you listen?
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com |  karenpower.ie

ARTIST: Karen Power & Quiet Music Ensemble & Tape
WORK: relocating elk...by train [2:05]
RECORDING: Karen Power - is it raining while you listen?
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com |  karenpower.ie

ARTIST: Mick O’Shea, Karen Power, John Godfrey
WORK: Improvisation [3:30]
RECORDING: Live at the Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland
INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Quiet Music Ensemble
WORK: Pauline Oliveros: The Mystery Beyond Matter, excerpt [8:06]
RECORDING: The Mysteries Beyond Matter
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com | quietmusicensemble.com

ARTIST: Quiet Music Ensemble
WORK: John Godfrey: Hand Tinted, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: The Mysteries Beyond Matter
SOURCE: Far Point Recordings 
INFO: farpointrecordings.com | quietmusicensemble.com