Join the Irish record label Ergodos on a unique musical walking trail through the city. On a winding route through the city’s back streets and laneways, you’ll discover music from a fascinating range of musicians and composers.
Some not-so-secret highlights include:
- A retelling of music's 12th-century abbess, Hildegard von Bingen, by Fiona Kelleher, Irene Buckley and Linda Buckley
- An immersive soundscape of woodwind and electronics by Seán Mac Erlaine
- New songs by composer Judith Ring, performed by vocal trio Silver Kites
- Jonathan Nangle’s new "kinetic sound sculpture", where music meets technology
- a musical exploration of water by Olesya Zdorovetska, Keith Lindsay and Nick Roth
Visiting some of Dublin's most hidden spaces, you’ll encounter a surprising sequence of performances across more than two hours of musical exploration. Coffee and snack included.
Dublin is a city that lives and breathes music, and the New Music Dublin Trail looks to continue this strong tradition. We’ve invited some of our very favourite musicians and composers to take part, and we’ve found some very special places for their music to be heard.
Garrett Sholdice & Benedict Schlepper-Connolly of Ergodos
Ergodos is a record label and production house based in Dublin. Composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly founded Ergodos in 2006. The name comes from American composer James Tenney, and his concept of “ergodic”, or non-hierarchical, forms in music. Schlepper-Connolly and Sholdice found the idea of ergodic forms to be resonant with their own philosophy of curatorial eclecticism, hence the name.
Since 2010, Ergodos has released twenty-seven recordings.These range from an ep by the internationally acclaimed string duo, Homburger / Guy, to a live album of traditional Irish music, to ambient electronica, to experimental jazz, to J.S. Bach, to Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint to discs devoted to solo and chamber music by composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Christopher Fox and Kevin Volans.
Since 2006, Ergodos has produced numerous concerts and festivals in Dublin, and abroad in venues such as De Badcuyp in Amsterdam, Issue Project Room in nyc, and leap in Berlin. These events have ranged from immersive experimental performances to minimal contemporary chamber opera to Mozart’s clarinet concerto to Javanese gamelan to electric guitar quartets. 2014 saw the inception of the Santa Rita Concerts, a series of eclectic music and wine evenings in The Little Museum of Dublin, now in its fourth season.
Sholdice and Schlepper-Connolly’s curation has often presented new and old music within the context of a single idea or theme, constructing a production as a single continuous work. Music as ritual, as concentrated experience, is a recurring theme. Ergodos is also an active commissioner of new work, having commissioned some two-dozen new works since its inception in 2006. Above all, Sholdice and Schlepper-Connolly are interested in presenting beautiful, enriching music to large, diverse audiences.
In 2017 Ergodos opened a purpose-build composition and post-production studio in Portobello, Dublin. Incorporating offices, a showroom and rehearsal and performance space, Ergodos’ new home is designed to become a hub for musical life in Dublin.
Header: Ergodos. Photo by Fran Marshall.
Fiona Kelleher. Photo courtesy of artist.
Sean MacErlaine. Photo courtesy of Caoimhin Ó Rathallaigh.