Áine O’Dwyer

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Altmusic presents ÁINE O’DWYER!


Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer Áine O’Dwyer tours Aotearoa’s churches and cathedrals, rousing minimalist, reverberant soundscapes from their organs along the way.

In the years following the release of O’Dwyer’s acclaimed double album, Music for Church Cleaners vol. 1 & 2, the organ has become an integral site for her meditative and transcendental experimentation.

Sounding-out used and disused sacred spaces, O’Dwyer glides effortlessly between contemporary performance art and the folk traditions that form her musical heritage. Sometimes ornate and fragile, and at others forceful, even terrific in its vigour, O’Dwyer’s improvisational minimalism has won praise in The Wire, The Quietus, BOMB Magazine, the-attic.net, FACT and Pop Matters.


“Like an invisible banshee haunting the pipes of the church’s organ, O‘Dwyer pummels us with gothic drama from her concealed lair above the altar, the crimson uplighting painting a scene straight from the mind of Dario Argento.”
– FACT, factmag.com/2016/11/23/le-guess-who-2016-review-music-sounds-different/

“As with all improvised music, you come upon something and you follow it. Also, I was always interested in slowing down Irish music, allowing for the melody to become elongated. Because the melodies are beautiful, and they are in touch with something other than ourselves, in touch with the land, with nature.”
– Interview in BOMB Magazine, bombmagazine.org/article/82461119/ine-o-dwyer


Áine O’Dwyer NZ TOUR 2017:
Saturday 20 May, Auckland
Pitt St. Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St.

Tuesday 23 May, Wellington
First Church of Christ Scientist, 285 Willis St.

Thursday 25 May, Dunedin
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 228 Stuart St.

Saturday 27 May, Christchurch
St. Michaels and all Angels, 95-99 Oxford Terrace


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