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Grand musical ambition for docklands

It appears that changes on Dublin’s docklands are not merely confined to the amount of new buildings sprouting up everywhere you look. In July, the Martha Schwarz-designed Grand Canal Square to the south of the Liffey will host Analog, one …

Fri, Apr 27, 2007, 09:08

   

It appears that changes on Dublin’s docklands are not merely confined to the amount of new buildings sprouting up everywhere you look. In July, the Martha Schwarz-designed Grand Canal Square to the south of the Liffey will host Analog, one of the city’s most ambitious free music programmes in years.

The series of shows kicks off on July 13 with The Cinematic Orchestra, who will be accompanied by Ninja Tune regulars DJ Food and DK.

The following night, Analog will feature the acclaimed Konono No 1, who will be bringing their maverick buckwild street sounds of Kinshasa to Ireland for the very first time. Support comes from Berlin’s Tarwater, who will be plugging their excellent new album “Spider Smile”.

The series concludes on Sunday July 15 with the Irish debut of Glenn Branca’s “HallucinationCity: Symphony for 100 Guitars”. The New York composer will be recruiting local guitar slingers for the performance.

Gary Sheehan from Note Productions is the person responsible for booking Analog, which is part of the Down at the Docklands summer-long series.

“The idea for the series was about looking at where music is going”, he explains. “Docklands is all about the reinvention of a place and all the acts deal in transformative music of one kind or another. You have Cinematic Orchestra, for instance, going from jazz into electronica.”

Sheehan also sees other connections between the Analog acts. “Well, they all make noise of one sort of another! It’s about bringing an analog signal into a public space. It’s difficult to express the exact programming logic, but they are all innovative acts within their own idioms.”

He says they were encouraged by the Docklands Authority to be “adventurous” in terms of programming for the 2,500-capacity Square.

“I think the Docklands people have been very brave. They gave us carte blanche to create something interesting rather than just putting on a programme of nice, hugely subsidised art music.

“Given that the docklands are a new space, everything has to be at a very high level. Because we’re working with music that’s not necessarily the preserve of the commercial promoters in the city, we can put on the best music we can find.”

For those interested in attending the shows, you can register for tickets here from today.

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