A4’s Seasonal Shindig – with Patrick Kelleher, Big Monster Love, Andre K’Por and more!

Dust off your Christmas Jumpers and dig out your yuletide-related headwear, it’s time for the A4 Sounds Xmas Party!
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Come one, come all, for a celebratory seasonal shindig wrapping up our year of toil and triumph with a night of eclectic performances in the intimate and comfy confines of our new favourite local establishment, Bleecker St Café Bar, just across from our studio.

Along with the best good cheer and much merriment, expect an evening of wondrous and varied home-grown songwriting and spoken-word talent, from the haunting and hypnotic sounds of Patrick Kelleher (featuring Brian Coniffe), to the poetic hybrid hop-hop performance stylings of Andre K’Por and a rare performance from the idiosyncratic anti-folk Dublin troubadour Big Monster Love. Meanwhile, DJ Dave Kelly will be taking us into the wee hours with his own brand of power pop delight!

All funds raised on the night will go towards installing workshop facilities for our members.

Doors €10 // €6 for A4 Studio Members

Patrick Kelleher
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Dublin-based Patrick Kelleher has been making echo-drenched ghost pop since 2008. His performances, cryptic yet honest communications, are at once soberly engaging and eerily detached.
Evolving out of the frenzy of his Cold Dead Hands, the instrumentation of Kelleher’s solo act has been stripped to little more than his somnolent vocals, heavy beats and sporadic arpeggios.


Check out more of Patrick’s releases at http://patrick-kelleher.bandcamp.com/ or take a peek at the video above.

Big Monster Love
Big Monster Love has been called “the anti-folk poet of North County Dublin”, with a live show renowned for impromtu bouts of comical banter. His songs are sincere, enchanting and entertaining, with an unaffected lyrical style that takes in such lesser-spotted subjects as internet dating, 90s megamix discos and lots of local flavour. He can be one of only very few artists who’s been tricked into contributing to a tribute album to himself, compiled by Popical Island a couple of years back.

You can listen to his album “Game Over” at http://bigmonsterlove.bandcamp.com/ and poke around his previous releases here. Also check out the awesome stop-motion video for his cult anthem “Free Gaff Forever” above.

Andre K’Por

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Pic by Anto Kane

Andre K’por is a spoken word performer whose work bridges the gap between poetry and hip-hop. He was born in the city of Sarajevo a couple of years before the Balkans war, and has lived a relatively nomadic life since. Writing since the age of eight, and performing his work regularly in front of audiences since fifteen, he has established a distinct range of performance styles adaptable to a variety of settings, from the most prestigious festivals, to the dingiest of basements.

Have a listen at http://soundcloud.com/andre-kpor, or catch a video of a recent live performance above.

Harvard students mentored by A4’s Education Officer Donal Holland win design awards!!

This is not a humble brag, it’s a straight up brag! Our Education Officer is awesome. Congratulations Donal and good luck with your thesis!

Crafted in a 3D printer and outfitted with rubberized pressure sensors, this inexpensive device offers surgeons a confident grip on delicate tissue. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell, SEAS Communications.)

“I think it proves how worthwhile it is to provide students with hands-on design experiences and access to great facilities.” Donal Holland

 

“With a team of other students, and with mentorship from Holland, Walsh, and Dr. Catherine Wee at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care, Maeder-York designed a soft, wearable device to help patients regain normal thumb movement—and therefore the ability to grasp objects—after a stroke. The project won the Three-In-Five contest at DMD, as did another of Gafford’s devices. The students now have the opportunity to submit their findings for accelerated review by the prestigious ASME Journal of Medical Devices.”

Read the full article here!

 

Photos from Matt’s Exhibition; 100 Portraits of Varying Degrees of Success

DSCF6206Last week A4er Matt Hedigan had his first solo exhibition. The show consisting of 100 portraits was held at our studio, A4 Towers. It was our final party at the towers so we are delighted so many people came to support Matt and help us raise much needed funds for our new studio. Special thanks to Katie Kim, Owensie and Rory Francis O’Brien for playing an awesome gig for us!!

More photographs and details about the exhibition here.

 

 

 

Final Call for Matt Hedigan’s Portrait Project ///Deadline 20th July

Thanks to everyone that has submitted photographs to Matt’s Portrait Project already. For those that still want the final deadline is 20th July.

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If you missed the first call out’ Matt is looking for people to email him an interesting photograph of themselves, from any angle or in any position. He is aiming for 100 images in total which he will then draw, ink or paint in a range of style which will be exhibited in September. Sales from the exhibition will be in aid of the A4 Sounds Studio in Harold’s Cross.

“I’m going to spend 30 seconds on some, maybe an hour on others so hopefully there will be a fairly wide spectrum. Some of them might actually be alright, a lot of them will more than likely be dodgy as fuck. Buts that’s grand.”

Rules for submissions;

No crap selfies please.
No pictures of you scoring a goal for your local Under11′s team, taken by your dad, you get the idea.
A picture you took especially for this project, sitting down, standing up, profile, whatever you think really.

You can email photos to mhedigan19@gmail.com.

Memberships Available at A4 Towers!!

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We have a number of membership types designed to suit the different ways artists work/can afford to work these days.

If you have just finished college, miss having access to equipment and studio space but are still paying off your end of year show our 50 euro membership may suit you. For those that work full-time as an artist, need more storage and desk space our resident membership (140 euro) may be ideal for you.

You can check out our range of facilities here. If you are interested please get in touch via A4Sounds@gmail.com or our contacts page

Introducing Andrew Healy…

A4 Sounds would like to welcome Andrew Healy into the big family!

Andrew is one of A4 Towers newest members and we are delighted to have him on board. Check out his work here

“Andrew Healy is a media artist and designer interested in combining the real and virtual with regards to old and new technologies. His current work is mostly focused on software art and installation. He has studied Visual Communication in Edinburgh College of Art and Fine Art Media in NCAD. In 2012 he was UK & Ireland resident at Digital Arts Studios, Belfast where he released an app for Android. Since then he has developed Stitch’n’Glitch – an image corruption and cross stitch pattern application. He is available for workshops and commissions.”