Can I ask you a favour?

Can I ask you a favour? I’m doing a new experiment with Troy McConnell (UCD Colleague and tech entrepreneur) and his new startup… all about engaging differently with audiences through social media.

As you probably know, I’m Chairwoman of Crash Ensemble and we are currently trialling Troy’s new company, , in the lead up to our concert in the National Concert Hall next Saturday 13th (Music of Bryce Dessner of The National).

What I want you to do… is ask Crash Ensemble a question!!!

Basically, if you have ever wanted to ask a professional music performer, classical musician, performing ensemble who tours the world and performs all sorts of amazing music and collaborates with a variety of award winning stars a question… now is the time!

All you have to do:

  1. Open on your PHONE web browser.
  2. Click on ‘Upload your Video’
  3. Read instructions and click ‘select video’
  4. Login with Facebook (just needed for ‘voting purposes’ doesnt take anything personal!)
  5. Click ‘select video’ and then ‘take video’
  6. Allow Safari permission to access your camera and microphone so that you can upload a video direct.
  7. Record yourself asking Crash Ensemble a question
  8. Use video and then share it on social media!!

Its a new way to interact with audiences and is very much in test mode. As you know, we are all about user testing in the Innovation Academy and at Invented so if you could upload questions and interact with the site it would be greatly appreciated! All in the name of an experiment for an experimental ensemble!!

You can find out more on Fanapo here:

THANK YOU in advance :-)

Diatribe Records: Solo Series Phase II – exclusive launch

Solo Series Phase II

Launch date: 7th August 2014, The Grand Social, Dublin
Doors: 18.45 | Tickets €10/8 |

19:15     Adrian Harte – Cuisle
20:00     Caoimhín ó Raghallaigh – Music from an Elliptical Orbit
20:45     Cora Venus Lunny – Terminus (Conscientiae)
21:30     Kate Ellis – Jump

In 2009 Diatribe Records initiated the Solo Series Phase I with the belief that: “No other critic is as severe or as exacting of a musician as oneself, and it is for this reason that performing or recording solo is one of the most challenging idioms. The rewards, however, are correspondingly great, and form a vital step in evolution of the musician over a lifetime’s development.”

The four artists selected to form SOLO SERIES PHASE II of the Series are four of the most talented, focused, intelligent and creative musicians working in Ireland at the present moment. Collectively, they have been involved with many of the most critically acclaimed and innovative projects to come out of Ireland in the last decade.

Solo Series II is documentary proof that Ireland’s performers and composers may rightfully take their place as leading practitioners of their art amongst their international contemporaries.

The Solo Series Phase II was produced by Nick Roth for Diatribe Records, in partnership with the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and presented with funding from the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, managed by Music Network.

Future Makers Award 2014 – Masterclass

On Wednesday the 11th of June I gave a masterclass to the finalists in the Future Makers competition, run by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland.

My talk was entitled “Entrepreneurship and how Designers have the Advantage”, which seemed to go down well, to the extent that there was much demand for a copy of the presentation!

Therefore, due to popular demand, you can download my presentation here that has all the links to all the tools that I talked about.



Yurodnitaur – There will be a Yurodnification of Ireland this December!


5 December CAFE MUSIC NIGHTS Tullamore 8pm
8 December GLENS CENTRE Manorhamilton 8.30pm
12 December DOLANS Limerick 9pm
13 December THE GRAND SOCIAL Dublin 8pm
14 December CAMPBELLS TAVERN Headford 8pm
15 December MERMAID ARTS CENTRE Bray 8pm

The internationally acclaimed and award-winning YURODNY embark on a nationwide tour of Ireland this December with their huge repertoire of Balkan dance rhythms, wealth of traditional songs from around the world, and crazed instrumental virtuosity. In Switzerland the press told them that they ‘self-inseminate’. They call it Yurodnification.

Founded in ‘07 by the saxophonist, composer and producer Nick Roth, YURODNY comprise a diverse mix of many of Ireland’s leading musicians from across the musical spectrum. They have travelled widely and performed at numerous major international festivals and venues across Europe. In 2013 so far they headlined the Songlines Encounters Festival in Kings Place, London and toured Scandinavia, Switzerland and the UK. Upcoming projects for 2014 include a new collaboration with virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstenson (of Farmers Market fame) and a new Yurodny SciLens record ‘Haivka’ with Ukrainian choral ensemble and electroacoustic composer Alla Zagaykevych.

Performing in Ireland though is the band’s favourite touchstone and this tour sees them reuniting with many old friends and making new ones…their debut Odd Set recording was made at the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton in 2008, and the band has played some notable and riotous dates in Dolans and at Campbell’s Tavern (Evenset Tour, Halloween ’09). They took up a residency at The Grand Social in ’12 and this date on the star-crossed Friday 13th will be in conjunction with Goulash Disco, who will be ensuring a continuation to the Balkan craziness until the small hours. Their last performance in close proximity to the Mermaid Arts Centre was HOPA during the Bray Jazz Festival last May and saw some 27 musicians from 11 countries join together with 500 people on the outdoor stage in the Civic Plaza. This will be their first performance at Café Music Nights in Tullamore and they look forward to performing there on the 5th with Dermot Dunne (previously Yurodnified with Mamoru Fujieda) and Adele O’Dwyer.

“Music sans frontières…exhilarating perfection.”(The Journal of Music)
“Evenset is surely one of the most significant records to come out of Ireland in decades.”    (AllAboutJazz)
“One of the best and most adventurous world music discs I’ve heard in a long while.”    (Downtown Music Gallery, NYC)
“The music emerged triumphant, vibrant and irresistable!” (The Irish Times)

Oleg Ponomarev – violin
Cora Venus Lunny – violin, viola
Kate Ellis – cello
Adrian Hart – violin, electronics
Nick Roth – saxophones
Francesco Turrisi- accordion, percussion
Colm O Hara – trombone
David Redmond – double bass
Phillip Macmullan – drums

Presented with support from the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Award 2013

Invented at Womex

I’m delighted to have been awarded an Arts Council grant to be part of the Irish delegation at this year’s Womex conference in Cardiff. I’m really looking forward to building new relationships for my artists here in Invented and hopefully also catching some amazing music!

Fingers crossed lots of great new plans will come from this.

Watch this space.

Another busy Invented week!

This week has plenty to musically delight from different Invented artists.

Tonight (Monday 2nd September) Francesco Turrisi features in a concert of the Gregory Walkers, 8pm in the National Concert Hall and tickets are only €15. Featuring Laoise O’Brien on Recorders, Malachy Robinson on Violone, Eamon Sweeney on Baroque Guitar and Francesco Turrisi on Percussion, the Gregory Walkers will be performing works from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries from Ireland, Europe and the New World.

On Tuesday the 3rd of September, Isabelle O’Connell is over from New York to premiere a newly commissioned work by Andrew Hamilton. The concert will also include works by Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Jennifer Walshe and Lainie Fefferman. The concert is at 8.30pm in the National Concert Hall and tickets are only €12.

On Thursday Kaleidoscope celebrates their 4th birthday with a splendid celebration in the Sugar Club. Co-artistically directed by Invented artist Kate Ellis, the concert will feature performances of Alessandro Scarlatti – Selection of Arias from ‘7 Ariel Con Tromba Sola'; Adrian Hart – Cuisle ‘s Tonnta (Irish Premiere); Zoe Conway (fiddle), John Mc Intyre (guitar)
Selection of works from their latest release: ‘Go Mairir i Bhfad _ Long Life to You'; Igor Stravinsky – The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du soldat); and Tan Dun – Concerto for Six. Tickets are €15 and there is a drinks reception at 8pm and the music starts at 9pm.

Hopefully see you at some of the events!


New Client, Isabelle O’Connell, Added to the Roster of Invented

The internationally renowned Irish pianist, Isabelle O’Connell, is the newest addition to the artist roster of Invented.

Invented is a creative consultancy with a focus on strategic representation of artists. Established in 2012, Invented has grown its remit to include internationally focused artists such as Cora Venus Lunny, Nick Roth, Francesco Turrisi and Kate Ellis. Invented also works with composers, including George Higgs, and younger artists, including Michelle O’Rourke. We are delighted to welcome on board such an exceptional talent as Isabelle O’Connell and look forward to working with her on the development of her Irish based projects.

Whilst living in New York over the last number of years, Isabelle has established herself as an important player on the contemporary music scene. The New Yorker described her as “the young Irish piano phenom”, upon the release of her debut solo CD entitled Reservoir in 2010. Since then she has performed as soloist at Lincoln Center, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Princeton University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Last year she co-founded Grand Band: a six-piano ensemble featuring “six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary classical music scene” – New York Times. They debuted at the Bang on a Can Marathon, performing a rousing rendition of Steve Reich’s Music for Six Pianos. In a subsequent NYC concert at Le Poisson Rouge, the New York Times described the group as “the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene”. Performances with Grand Band in the upcoming season will include the Gilmore Piano Festival and Detroit Institute of the Arts.

While becoming increasingly active on an international level, Isabelle has continued to maintain strong ties with her native homeland. In 2012 she made five separate visits to Ireland for concerts and recordings, including performances with Crash ensemble, Ergodos musicians and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Upcoming European solo performances:

Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th August – Bochum, Germany

Recital of works by Chopin and Schubert

Tuesday 3rd September – Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Recent solo piano works by Jennifer Walshe, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore and the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Andrew Hamilton, with funds from the Arts Council.

For further listening:




Busy time for Invented Artists

Kate Ellis with Crash Ensemble

Kate has been performing with Crash Ensemble in the US as part of an album tour. There is a really nice New York Times article on the Carnegie Hall gig here, where Kate features! Kate has also traveled straight from the US to Cork to prepare for the Irish premiere of Piazzola’s Tango Opera Maria de Buenos Aires in Cork Opera House as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Nick Roth and Yurodny

Nick built a really special afternoon of Baltic music for the Bray Jazz Festival. They really got the crowds dancing in a great outdoor mini-festival. You can read more about what happened here. Yurodny also had a 2 week Baltic tour in Norway and Denmark as part of the EU presidency and are playing at the GAIA festival in Switzerland tonight!

Francesco Turrisi and Arpeggiata.

Francesco is currently touring with Arpeggiata to promote their latest album. September 6th will see Francescoadding a third title to his highly successful Diatribe catalogue. ‘Corti’ is a unique record combining three musical formats in one album; Francesco’s working piano trio with Dan Bodwell and Sean Carpio featuring Clara Sanabras on vocals, an instrumental quartet ‘FRET’ with Nick Roth, Kate Ellis and Zohar Fresco, and a duo with Sean Nos singer Róisín Elsafty.

Michelle O’Rourke, Ergodos and Efterklang

Michelle O’Rourke is currently performing with Efterklang in Norway. You can also buy Ergodos’s new album ‘I Call To You‘ which features the beautiful voice of Michelle.

George Higgs and Love Live Music

George will be playing on Love Live Music day at a mini Christchurch Festival organized by Le Cool. He will be playing under the guise of the Acoustic Battery Company, which will feature George playing a variety of percussion instruments and banjo. The Love Live Music website is still being updated but keep time free on the 21st of June to check out George!

St. Patricks Celebrations with Invented Artists

There are a wide variety of different events happening this weekend, all to celebrate our national holiday, St. Patricks Day!

You will also see a variety of Invented Artists out and about, performing and workshopping. It’s going to be a busy weekend!

Resound – Kate Ellis
Kate Ellis’s project, Resound, will happen in a variety of rooms in the National Gallery, Dublin this evening (15th March) at 7.30pm. Resound is an exciting collaboration between musicians, artists and poets that creates a unique live experience. This special collaboration, developed exclusively for the St. Patrick’s Day festival is not to be missed!

The Lost and Found Sound Assembly – George Higgs
George Higgs is back with more exciting work. Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd of March sees further performances of the new piece by The Lost and Found Sound Assembly, a new work by US composer George Higgs. The project is part of Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme and was first performed at Ringsend Recycling Centre, with George joined by percussionist Sean Carpio and student musicians from St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls (Cabra).

Yurodny – Nick Roth
Yurodny, the Baltic-Irish music group directed by Nick Roth, are to perform on an outdoor stage as part of the St. Patrick’s Day festival. You can catch the wild and exciting strains of Yurodny’s music at 7pm on Saturday 16th March on the Dame Court stage in Dublin 2.

I for one am looking forward to a weekend of rich cultural and musical experiences! Hope to see you there.