This screening will be followed by a discussion with composer Benjamin Dwyer on Joyce and Ulysses with CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren.
As part of Ulysses Journey 2022, the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland and Centre Culturel Irlandais have co-commissioned six new works by composers from Ireland, which are inspired by, reflect on and/or respond to Ulysses, together with films by filmmakers from Ireland to accompany these new works. These new music and film works are supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 programme; by One Dublin One Book 2022 through funding from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council; and by New Music Dublin 2022.
Following an open call, composers Ed Bennett, Darragh Kelly, Garth Knox, Anselm McDonnell, Ailís Ní Ríain and Ultan O’Brien were selected to compose new works inspired by Ulysses for accordion, spoken word and/or electronics, which are performed by Thomas Bennett (spoken word), Dermot Dunne (accordion), Jim Henry (spoken word/archival recording provided with kind permission of the Henry family), Hannah Mamalis (spoken word), Barry McGovern (spoken word), Ultan O’Brien (fiddle, viola and electronics), Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (voice and concertina), Paul Roe (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Nicole Rourke (spoken word). The composers have collaborated with filmmakers Jonathan C. Creasy, Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair, Laura Sheeran and Ross Wilson BEM & Art Ward to create visual landscapes for their new music, and Ailís Ní Ríain and Ultan O’Brien have created films for their own works.