Philip Glass

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Some writers use music to infuse their work with whatever mood is carried with it. Photograph: Getty Images

We often wonder what might have been in the head of an author while writing their book. We don’t always imagine it was Metallica. Or Charles Mingus. O(...)

Director Aoife Kelleher: ‘The first spring in lockdown was hard, but there was a strange novelty to it.’

For the first few months of the first lockdown I was ghostwriting a memoir with Majella Moynihan, so I was quite insulated. My husband was doing all t(...)

Nobody with a sense for contemplative cinema will be left unsatisfied by Notturno

“I work on my own and that allows me a lot of time to wait for the right moment,” Gianfranco Rosi told this writer in 2016. “It’s about transforming r(...)

Grainne Humphreys: ‘George Michael was a consummate artist yet so bloody catchy.’ Photograph: Chris Cuffaro

Looking at my playlist of songs I’ve been listening to during the pandemic, I realised that I’ve been stuck in the 1980s. I was surprised because I wo(...)

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

SATURDAY 22  Fidelio National Concert Hall, Dublin The honour of performing Beethoven’s uplifting opera Fidelio in this special commemorative y(...)

Stephen Shannon and Sinéad Gleeson performing together.

My husband says he has a proposal for me. That he wants my help. I am in the middle of a year of all kinds of mayhem – my debut book has been publishe(...)

Beck: “It would be very easy to come along and make something deliciously krautrock, or hide in the safety of the familiar.”

If there was ever a musician who is capable of whipping something novel out of the unexpected, it’s Beck Hansen. The Californian has spent his career (...)

JoAnn Falletta conducts the RTÉ NSO in a programme of Strauss and Respighi at the NCH on Friday November 1st

Saturday 26  PHILIP GLASS RESIDENCY National Concert Hall, Dublin (also Sunday 27)  There’s a Philip Glass marathon at the National Concert(...)

Philip Glass: ‘Moving furniture was a perfect job.’ Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

In late October avant-garde composer, opera creator and musician Philip Glass will undertake a residency at the National Concert Hall that will includ(...)

Pantha Du Prince

It takes a certain kind of cultural courage to put yourself in a room with music you’ve never heard before. At a time when nostalgia dominates the mu(...)

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