Rather than simply booking artists and hosting concerts like a normal festival or promoter, Louth Contemporary Music approaches music with a curatorial eye. The events that emerge dare us to peer under the surface of current musical culture, creating moments that can challenge, infuriate, engage, amaze—or all of the above at once.

The concert on May 4 brings sonic and visual art together, in an encounter with the work of Canadian composer Nicole Lizée. Her ear for filmic sound, and the glitch-laden possibilities of inter-media sampling, have led to an impressive output of haunting film ‘studies’. These include the ‘Hitchcock Études’ and ‘Kubrick Études’, scored for piano, electronic tape and video, both of which will be performed alongside Lizée’s new work—and a special Louth Contemporary commission, receiving its premiere—the ‘Spielberg Études’, exploring the soundworlds of Steven Spielberg’s films. Live piano, played by Megumi Masaki, will mesh with film excerpts shown on screen, plus segments of original soundtracks alongside other recorded material.

The effects promise to be unique, unpredictable, and possibly the most fun you’ll have at a concert of ‘serious music’.

Louth Contemporary Music Society at Drogheda Arts Festival presents the World Premiere of Nicole Lizée’s Spielberg Études.

Saturday 4 May 2019 at 8pm in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda.

Tickets €15 available from www.droghedaartsfestival.ie or https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/spielberg-etudes-tickets-54999310418