Music Sans Frontières. A Talk by Nick Roth | Mother Tongues Festival

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  • 2 Mar
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • All Welcome
  • Free

Music is a universal language, spoken amongst every society from all corners of the globe, and occurring throughout history.

The common tongue of music - its fundamentals of rhythm and melody, are far more closely connected than the subtle differences that mark regional styles. In this talk we take a look at (and a listen to) what it is that connects music from everywhere, finding that not only is there a thread joining all music, but also with the sounds of our environment and the world in which we live.

Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. A curious predisposition and a steadfast refusal to accept the existence of boundaries between the real and the imaginary have led to collaborations with an array of international performers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, poets, sculptors, directors, festivals and ensembles. Engaging in conversation with mathematical biologists, astrophysicists, canopy ecologists and hydrologists, his compositions interrogate the inherence of meaning in form, whilst simultaneously subsumed by an insatiable appetite for literature and exploring the symbiotic resonance of language as sound and text.

In 2017 he was artist-in-residence at the European Space Agency (ESTEC) and dlr LexIcon, and in 2015 at the California Academy of Sciences and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He is artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble, a founding member of the Water Project, and a partner at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music. His work is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.