Upcoming Events

Thursday 30 October, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC

Research Seminar - Dr. Byron Dueck

Dr. Byron Dueck, Open University
“What Is a Musical Public?”

Across a wide range of musical practices, learning increasingly involves an orientation to imagined others. As young people acquire musical skills, they acquaint themselves with the practices of not only social intimates, but also distant and unknown musicians. They are able to do so in part thanks to the circulation of mass-mediated performances and publications: texts that enable a kind of long-distance allegiance-building. The musical orientation to strangers, long an aspect of the transmission of art musics, is also and increasingly evident in the dissemination of what are sometimes referred to as traditional, vernacular, and folk musics. My talk accordingly begins by exploring several different-yet-similar contexts of musical learning: of jazz, Western art music, and North American powwow singing and dancing. These ethnographic vignettes provide…more details

Friday 31 October, 1:10 pm - St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Vanbrugh String Quartet

Vanbrugh String Quartet

Gregory Ellis - Keith Pascoe - Simon Aspell - Christopher Marwood
Artists-in-residence at UCC, the Vanbrugh String Quartet present the first of their two concerts this season in the beautiful setting of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral.

Dvorak quartet op 96 in Fmaj
• Allegro ma non troppo
• Lento
• Molto vivace
• Finale : vivace ma non troppo

Peter Schickele string quartet no 1 "American Dreams”

1. Opening Diptych
2. Four Studies
3. Music At Dawn
4. Dance Music

Awe-inspiring and infinitely moving… the kind of experience one encounters on only a few occasions in a lifetime… only one or two ensembles in the world plumb such depths. These were among the reactions of Strad magazine to the Vanbrugh Quartet’s twenty-fifth aniversary Beethoven cycle at…more details

Thursday 06 November, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC

Research Seminar - Prof. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

Prof. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Kings College London
“Classical Music: Utopia or Police State?”

The performance of western classical music is surrounded by obligations: to the composer, to the work, to tradition. None of these has a plausible ethical or historical basis. The composer is (usually long) dead and cannot be harmed; the composer’s intentions are unknowable; his expectations are unknown until the invention of sound recording; recordings document changes in performance style so great that the very notion of what is ‘musical’ is revealed as historically contingent. In this context the notion of a ‘work’ is meaningless since nothing but the notes remain unchanged, and recordings show that the notes can sound very different and therefore generate very different meanings in the minds of listeners. Tradition is clearly a fantasy. Recordings show that…more details

Friday 07 November, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC

The Chieftans

The Chieftans

Admission is free and by ticket only. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis only,at the UCC Visitors Centre, UCC, from 3 pm on October 31. Limit of 2 tickets per person.

Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains, have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.

The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney. Enlisting top folk musicians, fiddler Martin Fay, flautist Michael Tubridy, tin whistle virtuoso Seán Potts, and bodhrán player David Fallon, Maloney intended to record a one-off instrumental album, but it was later re-recorded with additional musicians, fiddler Seán Keane, and Peader Mercier replacing Fallon. Harpist Derek…more details

Wednesday 12 November, 6:00 pm - Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Christchurch

Perforum - Gerard Stembridge

Gerard Stembridge is from Limerick. He has written and directed theatre and film for the last thirty years, Guiltrip, About Adam, Lovechild, The Gay Detective and The Whiteheaded boy being highlights. As well as Scrap Saturday he has also written extensively for radio. His novels are According to Luke, Counting Down and Unspoken. His latest novel The Effect of Her was published summer 2013

Admission free
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Friday 14 November, 1:10 pm - St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Niall Vallely

Niall Vallely

Niall Vallely
with special guests
Gerry McKee (bouzouki), Frank Torpey (bodhrán), Caoimhín Vallely (piano) and Brian Morrissey (banjo and bodhrán)

This concert will coincide with the publication of a book of new tunes composed by Niall. The book will feature over 100 tunes composed by Niall over the past 25 years since he came to Cork to study music at U.C.C. and this performance will feature a selection of the tunes spanning that period. Niall will be joined by some of his closest friends and musical collaborators including former members of Nomos - Gerry McKee and Frank Torpey - and members of Buille - Caoimhín Vallely and Brian Morrissey.

Niall Vallely was born in Armagh in 1970 and began learning the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers' Club. Over the years he has developed a unique…more details

Thursday 20 November, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC

Research Seminar - Dr. Derek Foott

Dr. Derek Foott, University College Cork
“Little Thing, Big Thing: Small Sounds, Forgotten Sounds, and Data Sonification”

Derek Foott (PhD & MA, University College Cork; BA, University of Hull) is an intermedia composer working in the field of computer programming, electronic and acousmatic music, and interactive visuals. He co-founded CAVE (Cork Audio-Visual Ensemble) with Jeffrey Weeter in 2013, and recently performed at the International Computer Music Conference in Athens (September 2014). His work has premiered at the National Concert Hall (Dublin), Irish Film Institute, the Bluecoat (Liverpool), and York New Music Festival. Derek is currently a research affiliate with University College Cork, Ireland, where he teaches creative music technology. He specialises in electroacoustic and algorithmic composition, swarm intelligence, multimedia, live electronics, and interactive technologies. With interests in ecology, stigmergy, data sonification,…more details

Friday 21 November, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC

UCC Choir with Karan Casey

UCC Choir with Karan Casey

This week’s Friday Lunchtime concert features an exciting collaboration between the UCC Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eva McMullan, and renowned singer and songwriter Karan Casey, presenting a unique fusion of choral and folk music.
Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.
Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 6 solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an…more details