Seán Mac Erlaine loves live music

April 23, 2012



I love live music because…

It's great to have a day to remind ourselves about music. There's so much great music in this country and you can hear it all on love live music day.

What made you decide to pursue a career in music?

I always wanted to play music and I believe that your career should be the thing that you want to do with your life, so it was a simple decision!

Where have you found inspiration?

From master musicians on CDs, from musician friends, and from every snippet of life outside music

I’ve always wanted to play in....

The turbine hall in the Tate Modern. I did get to play in an empty oil tank once, so that's that wish used up.

If you could have been present at any live music event throughout history, what would it be?

First performance of John Cage's 4:33

If you could hear any one song or piece of music performed live, what would it be?

Something I had never heard before. I want to be surprised by the next note I am going to hear, freed from the known.

Which musicians/bands would you invite to your fantasy dinner party and why?

Dead ones, so I wouldn't have to talk about music over dinner!

What will you be doing on 21st June?

Performing music in Meeting House Square, wondering which note to play next, to surprise myself.
 

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Cora Venus Lunny loves live music

April 18, 2012

I love live music because…


It's always a unique event in space-time which will never be repeated. I have a theory that the medium of musicians is not tonal but temporal; as a performer you have the opportunity to radically alter the listener's experience of time. Haven't we all been to a gig that was really great and seemed to be over in a flash? Conversely, John Cage's 4'33" is a perfect example of how long such a short amount of time can feel. Even though it's wonderful to look everyone up on YouTube, there's a kind of magic that happens between performers and an audience which can't be replicated on a recording, so in this digital age live gigs are more special than ever.

What made you decide to pursue a career in music?

I got into music very young and became hopelessly addicted through no fault of my own. So I never really decided to pursue it; I just got very motivated to practice as a teenager and work seemed to naturally follow.

Can you remember your first ever live music experience?

I remember my Mum taking me to an Elton John gig when I was absolutely tiny. I think I might have been two or three! The music didn't make much of an impression on me at the time but I clearly remember sitting really high up and watching some guy at a white piano.

Where have you found inspiration?

I enjoy soaking in inspired creations like movies, music and art, but what really inspires me to be creative is modern life, and how much of it seems to be in direct opposition to human instinct and emotional need. I get a lot of time to think about this sort of thing these days hanging out with my 7-month old son.

I’ve always wanted to play in....

I like to play anywhere people will listen, out of the rain! I really enjoy sharing music in an informal environment, especially when people aren't really expecting anything. One of my fondest memories is of busting out the fiddle and playing a few Bach tunes for an extremely diverse group of women at a hostel I was staying in. None of them were musicians and they only knew me from breakfast. I once played the Bach Chaconne at a bus stop in Prague in the middle of the night. It would be interesting to see live music in such banal places as, say, supermarkets or airports. They're the sort of place you really just want to leave as soon as possible, so what would it be like to play there, and what would it be like for the public? Would the music take on a more functional aspect?

If you could have been present at any live music event throughout history, what would it be?

Perhaps the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. I hear it was a riot.  

If you could hear any one song or piece of music performed live, what would it be?

Harawi - Songs of Love and Death by Messiaen. 

Which musicians/bands would you invite to your fantasy dinner party and why?

Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Niccolo Paganini, Ludwig van Beethoven, James Brown (with band, of course), and Yurodny, because we have the best parties and could show these guys a good time!

What will you be doing on 21st June?

Playing with Niwel Tsumbu, Julie Feeney and Laoise Kelly in Cork for Love Live Music.
 
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Linda Buckley loves live music

April 10, 2012

I love live music because.......

In our internet age it gives a great opportunity to experience the excitement, subtle nuance and spontaneity of live performance – nothing can compare to that.


What made you decide to pursue a career in music?

It was always a part of my family, but when I was younger I was a little torn between becoming a composer or a writer. I am a writer now, but of music, not of words. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world, to express what cannot be said in words, through sound – I was drawn to it, to create a memorable experience for the listener.


Can you remember your first ever live music experience?
I remember in school being taken on a trip to see a ballet. I’ll never forget the sense of awe and anticipation at the beginning, hearing the orchestra tuning up, all of these musicians together producing this massive sound.


Where have you found inspiration?

In many different genres of music, from Javanese gamelan to medieval, from Irish traditional to electronica and post-rock. Also I find inspiration in natural phenomena, clouds, glaciers, the night sky.


I’ve always wanted to play in....

I've always wanted to play in big reverberant spaces like cathedrals, there’s something about the atmosphere, acoustic and sense of history that resonates with me and my own music.


If you could hear any one song or piece of music performed live, what would it be?

This is difficult to narrow down, but it would be amazing to hear Elizabeth Frazer of the Cocteau Twins singing the This Mortal Coil version of ‘Song to The Siren’.


Which musicians/bands would you invite to your fantasy dinner party and why?

First I would ease everyone into the evening with some music from Baroque ensemble Beyond the Pale. They are Cork-based musicians who perform with such a joyous energy – the sound of Marja Gaynor on Baroque violin and Conor O’ Connell on recorders would transport our guests to another time and place. This would be followed by the Dublin-based group I Draw Slow, where the worlds of Irish traditional music and old-time Americana merge in a seamless unity. The night would end with dancing to the English electronic/post-rock band Stereolab.  They use vintage keyboards layered with driving rhythms and memorable melodies which makes for an uplifting experience.


What will you be doing on June 21st?

Having a new piece premiered for ensemble, Irish traditional instruments and electronics at Meeting House Square Dublin – the whole event promises to be a wonderful day of live music.


About Linda

Linda Buckley is a composer from the Old Head of Kinsale, currently based in Dublin. Her music has been described as "strange and beautiful" (Boston Globe, July 2004), a "fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics" (Irish Times, Nov 2006), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music, Sept 2008).


Linda is currently RTÉ lyric fm's Composer-in-Residence 2011/12 in association with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. As part of this residency, she is commissioned to create a ten minute piece of music that illustrates the progression from traditional Irish music to orchestral and on to contemporary and electronic that will be performed in Dublin for love:live music on 21st June.

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