Not another Irish music festival! (well SILENZIO is something a little different)
The last few years it feels as if the summer calendar is inundated with new festivals and cultural events. Well SILENZIO festival is kicking off from June 23–24 and is offering something a little different. The festival is being organised by a group called The Louth Contemporary Music Society and the aim of the gig is to turn Dundalk town into an unlikely European destination for contemporary music.
The society recently made headlines for having their own music sampled by this years Electric Picnic headliners The xx. Check out the interview their Director Eamonn Quinn did with Dave Fanning on RTE 2FM…
For its inaugural year the festival is welcoming to Ireland two of Europe’s most important composers Jürg Frey from Switzerland and Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino. At age 70, Sciarrino is considered to be one of the world’s most important composers amoung his various accolades, the self-taught artist was the recipient of the prestigious 250K prize from the BBVA Foundation.
Salvatore who the Guardian newspaper recently described as “Italy’s most prominent Contemporary Composer” will be attending a number of concerts and talks over the two days in Dundalk. One of the highlights to check out will be Sciarrino’s Twelve Madrigali performed on Saturday June 24 at 8pm in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland. Tickets for the gig can be booked here HERE
Joining Sciarrino at Silenzio in Dundalk will be Jürg Frey. The Swiss Composer is world renowned and counts music icon Björk as one of his biggest fans.
The festival will be presenting the world premiere of a new work by Frey called “I Listened to the Wind Again”, it’s happening on on Friday June 23 at 8pm in The Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol and tickets for the concert can be booked here HERE.
The SILENZIO festival Dundalk will host a number of talks and concerts from June 23–24th. The majority of the events are FREE, but booking is required. You can check out the list of venues HERE.
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