New Music Dublin kicks off this Thursday in the National Concert Hall - the 4-day festival promises to make your head spin and your ears ring and features music and performers from Ireland and around the world...

You can find the full NMD programme here  and hear music from some of the artists on last week's Sound Out on RTÉ lyric fm below:

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Úna Monaghan, whose ambitious and amazing work Aonaracht is being performed on Thursday, February 27th, talked to John Kelly about all things music on the Mystery Train Sunday Service - listen to them below:

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Nick Roth will be curating the Diatrbe stage and he talked to Sean Rocks on Arena about what he has planned, accompanied by American flutist, Claire Chase - listen below:

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RTÉ lyric fm will be there and you can watch a pair of the flagship New Music Dublin concerts live here on RTÉ Culture - find all the details you need below:

Saturday, Feb 29th, 19:30

What better way to spend your extra day in 2020 than immersed in new sounds? On Saturday at 19:30, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra take to the stage for a concert of music by Irish and Icelandic composers including a world premiere by Jane O'Leary. 

The concert begins with Siobhán Cleary's Hum!,  a musical theatre piece for two actors and a string orchestra which acts like a Greek chorus, commenting on the dialogue, but not accompanying it. The world premiere of Jane O'Leary's Triptych for string quartet and orchestra follows. Written for string quartet - four solo instruments which act as a unit - the piece is layered with the incredibly soft sounds of the orchestra. Finally, we'll hear Hugi Guðmundsson's Box - a concerto for accordion and barrel organ (!) and symphony orchestra.

Programme: 

Siobhán Cleary - Hum! 

Jane O’Leary - Triptych (World Premiere) for string quartet and orchestra 

Hugi Guðmundsson Box 

Performers:

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Ryan McAdams conductor (O’Leary and Cleary)

Daníel Bjarnsson conductor (Guðmundsson)

Andreas Borregaard accordion

The Ligeti Quartet 

(Guest first Violin Amy Tress)

Ciaran McCauley actor

John Carty actor

Sunday, March 1st, 20:00

There's an Irish premiere on Sunday when the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performs Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto with the violist for whom it was written, Lawrence Power, in a commission by Britten Sinfonia and RTÉ. Any new work by Barry is bound to be fascinating, but the triumphant reviews of the first performance of the Viola Concerto mean that we can't wait to hear what this singular composer has in store.

New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces with the ever versatile RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power, inspired by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960's - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social, and artistic landscapes. This shift brought new spiritual and intellectual explorations, a breakdown of social norms, psychedelic visions, artistic explosion, and a greater and more open expression of love and peace. In Flower Power, Wolfe draws on the optimism and energy of this moment in history. The piece includes projections by Jeff Sugg.   

Gerald Barry: Viola Concerto

Julie Wolfe: Flower Power

Performers:

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Lawrence Power Violist

Ilan Volkov Conductor