New music heads Off Grid in the upcoming Ergodos Festival, a celebration of the kind of music that falls between the conventional cracks, bending genres and defying definition with creative aplomb. Many of the concerts take place at the NCH, but fiddle player Caoimhin O Raghallaigh kicks off proceedings at the Unitarian Church on Fri 17 Apr, with Salil Sachdev on hand percussion. Gamelan Sekar Petak on Sat 18 features Javanese gamelan, metallophones, gongs and drums playing works by composers from Ireland, England and the US, while Prism on Sun 19 brings together traditional and new gamelan, shakuhachi (bamboo flutes) and hand percussion, with clarinet and voice.
Composer Judith Ring is guest curator for the electronic and improvised sounds of Portrait on Mon 20; electronic meets acoustic in Liminality on Tue 21, with hexaphonic guitar, piano and clarinet. It’s back to the Unitarian Church on Wed 22 for Morla’s electro jazz mix of alto sax, guitar and drums; multiples of electric guitars feature in Expressway to Yr Skull on Thur 23; Trio Scordatura play around with keyboard, viola and voice on Fri 24; and the Ergodos Orchestra get together on Sat 25 at St Bartholomews, Clyde Rd for James Tenney’s In a large, open space.
Tickets are €10, or €39 for the whole festival – that’s a lot of music for your money. There’s free Gamelan workshops at the NCH on Sat & Sun (1pm) as well as talks and installations. More info @ www.ergodos.ie