16 - 18 Apr. 2010

Sligo New Music Festival 2010

The Sligo New Music Festival returns to The Model from 16th – 18th April 2010 with the early, ground-breaking music of Gavin Bryars, including his classic works The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Gavin Bryars will be in Sligo for the festival, and will participate in a public discussion about his work over the weekend. Bryars’ long-term collaborators The Smith Quartet will be the guest ensemble for the festival, coming to Sligo from London for the event.

Gavin Bryars

Leading Irish improvising duo Morla — saxophonist Seán Óg and guitarist Simon Jermyn — will provide another counterpoint to the programme. Performing alongside The Smith Quartet for Bryars’ Jesus Blood, Morla and The Smiths will also perform a major new work for sextet composed by the duo.

The festival is also proud to present the world premiere of a new work for electric guitar and string quartet by leading Northern Irish composer Frank Lyons.

Championed for offering such a rich and diverse programme of contemporary music each year, the Sligo New Music Festival, produced by The Model and curated by Ian Wilson, has been one of the highlights of the Irish contemporary music calendar since its inception in 2002. An offsite, one-day format for the festival was experimented with during the closure in 2008, and 2010 sees the festival making a welcome return to The Model, and to its popular full weekend format.

“The day’s performances… were a model of what the presentation of such challenging music needs to achieve – a sense of absolute identity with the composer’s wishes.” – The Irish Times

2010 Programme
Fri 16 April, 8.30pm – Opening Concert
Sat 17 April, 1pm Concert 2
Sat 17 April, 3.30pm Gavin Bryars in Conversation
Sat 17 April, 8.30pm Concert 3
Sun 18 April, 12.30pm, Concert 4

The 2010 Sligo New Music Festival is supported by The Arts Council and IMRO and is delighted to have LYRIC FM as festival media partner.

In This Series
Other Events
  1. 31 Dec: In Conversation: Gavin Bryars & Bernard Clarke
    Composer Gavin Bryars in conversation with Bernard Clarke (Lyric FM) 3:30pm


Simon: Was there for the Friday performance and the first Saturday performance. Both were excellent and I am very excited by the possibilities opened up by this wonderful new space. The place itself looks amazing inside. With regard to Morla mentioned above, I saw their performance on Friday and after 5 minutes found myself itching to bolt for the door! But after getting over my inital mental block to people playing guitars with an egg whisk, they compeletely won me over and it became a hugely interesting and enjoyable experience. Apr. 19, 2010
stephen butler: At last we have an acoustically purpose-built space for live performance in Sligo. Well done to the building workers, sound technicians, architects and commissioners at the Model Centre who were involved. The Smith quartet‘s superb performance of the Schnittke quartet No. 3 sounded warm and clear in a space well-designed for the performers and spectators/listeners. re. Concert 3 The concert was worth attending for the first piece alone. However, it was depressing to experience the density of musical ideas decreasing by a couple of orders of magnitude throughout the evening. 1983 -> 2010! I found the piece by Moira smug and soporific. Surely we‘ve had enough of the easy listening / sub-minimalist virus in ‘new music’ by now. Note to programmers: if you decide to put the least interesting work at the end of a concert then turn down the thermostat in the auditorium by a few degrees. Apr. 18, 2010
ray duffy: well i gotta say this swanky new website makes me feel posh just by visiting, absolutely thrilled about ur lovely new white and black and cedar playground and looking forward to seeing uncle Donal and checking out his new collection of angry kids, now where are my white noise goggles? any chance of a sleepover? and where the flip are the smileys? i think i need one right about now Apr. 8, 2010
Jeff: These events look great! Wish we could be in Sligo for the launch of the new space and all this impressive programming. Apr. 5, 2010
Dotty: Looking forward to it :) Apr. 5, 2010

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