Béal Festival

sometimes a word will start it…

Brand new company Béal presents its first ever festival. Through four events, nine new specially-written works of music will be placed side-by-side with readings by performance poets from the experimental wing of contemporary poetry. Come and explore with us the uncharted territory where text and music meet. Our concerts will be vivid productions with text-related artworks scattered throughout the space: new connections will emerge, no assumption about the relationship between music and text will be left unchallenged in this two-day celebration of contemporary music and text.

the phases of the night
7.30 pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano),Paul Roe (clarinets)
Billy Mills (poet)
Ian Wilson: Ballad of Breath and Sleeping, Ailis Ni Riain:
End with words of Hope, Derek Ball: Ar Foluain,
Fergal Dowling: Still, Johanne Heraty: Samhain, Mauricio
Cristales Armas: Excerpts from “Liffey” by Billy Mills, Kala
Pierson: Circle of Ice
conversation drifts up the
ventilation shaft
9.30pm til late, Upstairs, Shebeen Chic, Georges St
The open rehearsals (band), Emily Crossland, Maurice
Scully (poets) and more – An informal evening.
John Ashbery: The System
12.30pm , Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square
Ingrid Craigie (speaker), improvising musicians
cusps of light cut dazzle
8pm, Trinity College Chapel
Milltown Chamber Choir, Orla Flanagan (conductor)
Catherine Walsh, Maurice Scully (poets)
David Bremner: Novelette (words of one syllable),
Jonathan Nangle: then falls thy shadow, Gráinne Mulvey:
Dead Earth, Laura Kilty: As You, Dónal Sarsfield: Repeat
that, repeat