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Music Generation Louth students perform with the Louth Contemporary Music Society this Saturday

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In a unique evening of sounds and silence, performers from Music Generation Louth and Louth Contemporary Music Society will take you on a journey through intricate soundscapes and absolute stillness. This exclusive performance of asleep, forest, melody, path (2013), which takes place this Saturday 17 October at 8pm, was composed by Michael Pisaro for musicians and field recordings.

Using recordings made at various locations in Louth by composer David Stalling and our Music Generation students, Carol Robinson (clarinet) and Severine Ballon (cello) will perform Pisaro’s beautiful work, which was described by The New York Times as a “patient, unpredictable, exceedingly beautiful mingling of simple structures, improvised textures and field recordings.”

Pisaro uses silence and stillness as key aspects of his work, crafting intricate soundscapes and beautiful experiences for the listener.

Listen in to one of the field recordings captured by the Music Generation students in Louth, supervised by David Stalling, on Soundcloud.

Performance details:

Venue: Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol
Date: Saturday 17 October 2015
Time: 7pm (doors) / 8pm start
Tickets: €10

Tickets can be purchased online now at or on the door, pending availability.

About the Composer

A guitarist and composer from Buffalo, Michael Pisaro explores the use of silence as one of his key compositional tools. In 1993 he joined Jurg Frey and Manfred Werder – and later Radu Malfatti and Craig Shepard – to become a member of the Wandelweiser Group of composers, originally founded by Antoine Beuger and Burkhard Scholthauer. Taking their cue from Cage’s seminal 4’33”, the ensemble creates works frequently referred to as ‘silent music’ – although it is a lot more about exploring the fruitful relationship between sound and the absence of sound than a fetishisation of silence as such. Pisaro has found it hard to explain his aesthetic predilection (“There’s no reason to love this music. One just does (or one doesn’t).”, as he once pointed out). And yet, it is gaining new followers with each year. Along with teaching composition at The California Institute of the Arts, Pisaro has composed over 80 works that have been performed all over the world at music festivals and smaller venues. Taking cues from poetry and literature in the past, Pisaro now follows his interest in field recordings to further explore the relationship between listening and sound.