**M U S I C B O O K S**

Louth Contemporary Music Society Presents


Open the pages. Hear the sounds.

Over an evening and a day, musicians of the highest international caliber, many of them making return visits, come to Dundalk to perform five books of music, including contemporary classics and works specially created for this unique occasion.

Book of Light and Shadow

Oriel Centre Dundalk Gaol — Friday 17 June, 8 p.m.

The Book of Light and Shadow is two books. It is a Book of Angels, a collection of 300 mystic tunes by the New York master of sound-magic John Zorn, and it is a book of photographs – heliographs, as they were originally called, pictures made by the light of the sun. Zorn is choosy about the musicians he lets play his Book of Angels. For this concert he has given permission to the outstanding group Saltarello, on strings and percussion, who will make a recording for his Tzadik label. The group is joined by the glorious French soprano Hélène Fauchere for Heliography, commissioned for this concert from the brilliant Lithuanian minimalist Onute Narbutaite.

Tickets €10 available from


Book of Elements

Oriel Centre at Dundalk Gaol — Saturday 18 June, 3 p.m.

Acclaimed as the greatest piano music since Ligeti’s Etudes, the Book of Elements is a central work by the constantly surprising Scottish composer James Dillon. The English virtuoso Ian Pace has been associated with this gripping project from the beginning, and comes to Dundalk for a rare complete performance.

The performance is free but donations appreciated.

Tickets must be pre-booked at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/book-of-elements-james-dillon-tickets-22972578601 www.louthcms.org

Funded by the Arts Council and Create Louth Music Books also received funding under Louth County Council’s Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative. Music Books Media Partner is RTÉ lyric fm, 96-99fm, where life sounds better...