UK and USA Summer Performances

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Hamilton’s work O.A.I.Rfor solo piano will be performed by Eliza McCarthy at the South Bank Centre on Saturday 25th June. Further information and tickets are available here.

 

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London Contemporary Orchestra will perform Hamilton’s music for roger casement at St.John at Hackney on Thursday 30th June. This concert will be presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Tickets for this event are free, but dependent on application. You can read more about the concert and how to request tickets here.

 

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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA takes place between 13 July and 30 July. Hamilton’s music for people who like art will feature as part of of Bang on a Can Marathon on 30 July.

Further information about performance times and festival passes is available here.

 

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Dancehall by United Fall (Trailer)

How, Yeats wondered, can we know the dancer from the dance? It’s a good line, and an even better question. This new piece from choreographer Emma Martin, composer Andrew Hamilton, five dancers and three musicians sets out to explore the relationship between the dancer and the dancehall: the tension between what happens inside the body in response to musical stimuli, and what society imposes from the outside by way of convention and control.

Dancehall begins with the music, and the music at the beginning is skeletal: a chord on an electronic keyboard, held until it pulses with unexpected undertones; a heartbeat from the drum; flashes of cello so brief you wonder if you’ve imagined them. A dancer whose ultra-slow-motion movements recall the controlled fluidity of tai chi. – Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times

RIGHT AND WRONG – The Music of Andrew Hamilton

In 2014 Irish Composer Donal Sarsfield wrote the first extended analytical study of the music of Irish composer Andrew Hamilton. This article was published Tempo Volume 68 / Issue 269 / July 2014, pp 30-41.

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A. Hamilton –  Photo by Ingrid Hora

It explores the aesthetic ideas that inform Hamilton’s music, which often have as much in common with the work of contemporary visual artists and writers as they do with that of other composers. It discusses the particular sense of humour underlying many of his pieces, as well as his music’s use of common and supposedly simple materials, which are put in the service of new and original aims.

Donal Sarsfield, the author of this recent article on Hamilton’s work, is an Irish composer who enjoys recording, transforming and organising sound. His PhD in Electroacoustic Composition, undertaken at the University of Manchester, investigated how a concentrated perspective on one particular sound source has the potential to develop a perceptual link between the listener, the work and the world in which we live.

You can read the article HERE – follow the link and click on the red pdf symbol.

“Dancehall” premieres at Dublin Theatre Festival

Dancehall, Andrew Hamilton’s recent collaboration with Irish choreographer Emma Martin, will premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival this Autumn.

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In this hourlong performance, two artforms unite in an unconstrained bombastic poem – at once classical and hardcore, noble and reckless. It manifests the contagious and vital energy that is revealed through the union of dance and music, both having been created for one another.

Hamilton’s music for Dancehall will be performed by a trio from Ireland’s inimitable Crash Ensemble.

Performances will take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin, from Thursday 8 October to Sunday 11 October.

For more information, including performance times and ticket sales, visit: https://www.dublintheatrefestival.com/Online/Dancehall