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Premiere of There Once Was with the Dublin Laptop Orchestra

  • National Concert Hall 2 Earlsfort Terrace Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)

he Dublin Laptop Orchestra returns! The Dublin Laptop Orchestra's very first concert was with the ICC – since then they've taken their unique approach to electronic music performance to festivals and venues across the country, including collaborations with Crash Ensemble and even the National Symphony Orchestra. We're delighted to have them return now to where they started, with brand new pieces, and a collaborative work by the ensemble themselves.

Dublin Laptop Orchestra:
Rory Caraher | Brian Dillon | Jenn Kirby | 
Ben McKenna | Rachel Ní Chuinn

Stephen Kavanagh – Phonetinuss
Robert Coleman – There Once Was
Daniel Reid – Nightblue Fruit
Stephen O'Brien – Taciturnity
Christopher McCormack – Sundown
Dublin Laptop Orchestra – Wakey Wakey

The group was founded while Dan Trueman, Princeton professor of music and co-founder of Plork (the first ever laptop orchestra), was on sabbatical in Dublin. The core emphasis is to bring theatricality and movement to live electronic performance. We use Gametrak controllers (originally designed for an X-box golf game) as effective ways of physically manipulating musical parameters within software. We also use the built-in cameras and accelerometers in the laptops to control different elements of the electronic sound.

The group has een very fortunate to collaborate with some of the finest acoustic musicians in Ireland, including This Is How We Fly, Yurodny, Crash Ensemble and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The Irish Composers' Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the Dublin City Council, Arts Council and the National Concert Hall