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The Liberties is an area in the heart of old Dublin. From the roof of an apartment building you can see right across the rooftops of Dublin, all the way to the Wicklow Mountains. The birds flying in front of the camera shot here were a happy accident. This lent the music its flittering right-hand figurations over the sustained chord in the left.

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Glasnevin is an historic part of Dublin City believed to have been founded by St. Mobhi in the early 6th century. The towers that line the walls of Glasnevin Cemetery were built in the 19th century to keep watch for grave robbers. Other business and residential buildings from that period can still be seen outside the cemetery today.

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The Dublin Docklands area, originally a centre for industry and shipping, has been largely regenerated as a business and cultural space today. Boland's Mills, a building with a long history in Dublin City, was earmarked for renovation before the financial crash. It stands now in stark contrast against its modern surroundings as it has fallen into disrepair. In composing this piece, it was the patterns of broken windows, and perhaps even the imagined sounds of breaking glass, that captured my attention.

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Temple Bar is a predominantly pedestrian area in the centre of the city known as Dublin's cultural quarter. This piece is reflective of a quiet walk through the cobbled streets.

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Medieval Dublin is the area around Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral where the Vikings, and later, the Normans, first settled. Winetavern Street runs underneath the arch of Christchurch. I wrote this piece listening to bells of the cathedral, using simple piano techniques to imitate the ringing sounds.

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Dublin Bay looks out over the Irish Sea, stretching from Howth Head at the north of the city to Dalkey point in the South. The Two Towers, iconic features of the Dublin skyline, are the chimney stacks of a now de-commissioned ESB power generating plant.

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Oxmanstown, located just north of the River Liffey, opposite the original medieval Dublin settlement, is the area to which the Vikings (the East men, or Ostmen) were expelled when the Normans conquered the city in the 11th Century. St. Michan's church was built during this period. Renovations in recent centuries led to the discovery of mummified human remains which are now on display in the crypts below the church. This music was written in the graveyard outside the crypts and seeks to capture the sombre mood.

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Dun Laoighre-Rathdown is an administrative county within Dublin located around the southern end of Dublin Bay. Dalkey is a picturesque village on the coast with many residencies built along the sea front. There is a neat, crisp feel to the area that I tried to capture in the music.

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Upcoming Events

February 18th 2017

Concert: Listen At Arthurs
Performers: Peter Moran
Venue: Arthurs Pub, Dublin
Time: 8pm

May 21st 2017

Concert: Chester Beatty Library Concert
Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
Time: 2pm

May 30th 2017

Concert: NCH Gamelan Event
Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin
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