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News: The National Concert Hall Presents Metronome

20 Feb 2023

The National Concert Hall Presents Metronome: A New Collaborative Series of Emergent Music, New Projects and New Artists this Spring

The National Concert Hall (NCH) is excited to announce Metronome; a new collaborative series in The Studio at the NCH. A gallery for sound, it presents emergent music, new projects and new artists. Working with Homebeat, Matthew Nolan Music and Gash Collective, the inaugural Metronome series sees The Studio host a myriad of engaging performances this March and April. Ordnance Survey with Sharon Phelan Thurs. 16 March 8.30pm  Zeropunkt Thurs. 23 March 8.30pm  Everything Shook with Any Odds Thurs. 30 March 8.30pm  Chequerboard Thurs. 13 April 8.30pm 

Media Release 20 February 10am  

The National Concert Hall (NCH) is excited to announce Metronome; a new collaborative series in The Studio at the NCH. A gallery for sound, it presents emergent music, new projects and new artists. Working with Homebeat, Matthew Nolan Music and Gash Collective, the inaugural Metronome series sees The Studio host a myriad of engaging performances this March and April.   

On Thursday 16 March Ordnance Survey (aka Neil O’Connor) bring his Nomos: O’Riada Reimagined to the National Concert Hall. This project uses technology as a mode of expression so compositional processes are informed by sonographic representations - it is hoped that this variation adds to the language of experimental electronic music in Ireland. Neil will be accompanied by pedal steel player David Murphy on the night and support comes from Dublin artist Sharon Phelan.  

On Thursday 23 March improvisational group Zeropunkt bring their genre-defying show to The Studio stage. According to The Irish Times they are "The most enigmatic and uncompromising trio on the free Irish scene". They describe their music as ‘the sound of now, the moment’. An exhilarating experience guaranteed.  

The following week three-piece electronic band Everything Shook (named as one of the Irish Times’ Best Irish Acts 2014 and Golden Plec’s Women Who Rocked 2015) launch their album Blacking Out on Thursday 30 March. The new long-player boasts a dizzying array of layered vocals, analog synths, beats and bass guitar and follows on from the acclaimed Drinking About You (2016). Everything Shook’s live show is injected with theatrical elements and synchronised choreographies to form a unique aesthetic. Support on the night comes from Any Odds.  

The final show of the series on Thursday 13 April sees celebrated Dublin contemporary guitarist Chequerboard return to launch his new album Souvenir. John Lambert brings this new material to a live setting with the help of Barry Halpin (Crash Ensemble) on guitar and Mary Barnecutt and Lioba Petrie on cellos.  

Ordnance Survey and Everything Shook are presented by NCH and Matthew Nolan Music.  
Zeropunkt and Chequerboard are presented by NCH and Homebeat.  

Tickets €15   
10% Discount for Friends of NCH

ENDS  

Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. (S. Doyle Tel: 087 1775334 / R. Dwyer 085 7129628)  
  

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ordnance Survey

Electronic music composer Neil O ‘Connor has been making electronic music for the past 24 years, most notably under Somadrone. Ordnance Survey is a collaborative project and attempts to fuse the worlds of electronica, new music, jazz, improvisation and with modular synthesizers. Recent collaborations include Relative Phase (2019) which features collaborations from Seán Mac Erlaine, Linda Buckley, Kate Ellis, John Mc Entire (Tortoise) and Ampere (2020) which features Donal Lunny and Cormac MacDiarmada (Lankum). Nomos:O’Riada Reimagined (2022), is a reworking of O’Riada’s work for electronics and pedal steel (David Murphy).  

Zeropunkt

Zeropunkt began as the quartet called ¡NO! in 2013 and became Zeropunkt in 2016. The band comprises Fergus Cullen (sax, clarinet, piano and more), Jamie Davis (drums, percussion) and Damien Lennon (bass). They are well-known for their energetic, improvisational performances. Over the years, individually and collectively, they have collaborated live with an array of underground pioneers including Glenn Branca, Damo Suzuki, Kawabata Makoto, the late Itaru Oki. Since 2015 they have released 15 albums across all formats. The most recent is 2022's ZPEP, and it appears on cassette courtesy of Last Of Our Kind.  

Everything Shook

Everything Shook is a three-piece electronic band from Ireland, consisting of Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy and Áine Stapleton. Named one of the Irish Times' ‘Best Irish Acts 2014’ and Golden Plec's ‘Women Who Rocked 2015’, the trio have played major music festivals, music venues, theatres and art spaces across Europe and the US. They play with vintage synthesizers, bass guitar and Korg DS to create a unique, theatrical sound. The band released the album Drinking About You in 2016 to much acclaim and will follow this up with Blacking Out.  

Chequerboard

Irish musician John Lambert has been quietly crafting his music under the moniker Chequerboard for some time now. He released his debut album Gothica in 2002 followed by Penny Black in 2008 and The Unfolding in 2013 which features legendary producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins) on mixing duties, it has been described as a record of serene and shimmering beauty. With a growing listenership amongst fans of modern classical and ambient, Lambert continues the pattern of emerging every few years with a new carefully crafted chapter in the unfolding Chequerboard story.

 

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