Seán O'Dálaigh (photo, Padraig Daly) Seán O'Dálaigh (photo, Padraig Daly)

Dublin Sound Lab is pleased to announce that the Music Current Commission 2019 has been offered to the Irish composer Seán O'Dálaigh. Seán will collaborate with Dublin Sound Lab throughout 2019 to develop a new work for chamber ensemble and electronics, which will be premiered in Dublin at the MUSIC CURRENT Festival 2020.

The commission is offered annually as part of MUSIC CURRENT with the newly commissioned work being prepared for the following year’s festival. Last year, Argentinian composer Patricia Martinez was awarded the 2018 commission and her new work, A state of divinity, for Retro Disco trio (synth, horn, cello, lights and electronics) was a highlight of Music Current 2019, and was described by the Journal of Music "darkly theatrical" and "utterly gripping".

We were very much impressed by Seán's very direct and deliberate engagement with his locality and local community in his compositions, as well as in the performance and presentation of his work. We look forward very much to seeing how this sense of locality and materiality will translate into his work with Dublin Sound Lab.

Seán says, "I am humbled and honoured to be offered a commission for next year's Music Current festival. The festival and Dublin Sound Lab are doing incredible work in bringing the most exciting musicians and composers to Ireland. The expert programming of the concerts also places contemporary Irish music in this wider international context. I am very much looking forward to working with Dublin Sound Lab and the resident musicians in 2020."

The new work will be premiered at Music Current Festival, April 2020. Learn more about Seán's work and music at: