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.

A4 are now taking applications for our new Studios and Gallery Opening June 1st 2014

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If you are interested in becoming a member please get in fill out our membership contact form.

Membership starts at 50 euros per month for basic membership, allowing you 24/7 access to;

Shared Studios & Desk space
Electronics Area
Darkroom
Screen-printing Facilities
Workshop & Tools

For an additional fee you can add;

Personal Desk Space for 100 euros per month (Limited to 10 so get in soon for those)
Storage Space for 20 euros per month (Limited to 50)

Coming later in the year at an additional cost you can gain access to our Recording Studio and Gallery & Event space.

Thanks
A4 Team

Wolf Visuals Now On Vimeo!

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We have uploaded all the Wolf Visuals from our Wolf Party to Vimeo so you can have a gawk!!


Due to a massive power cut in the Dark Horse on the Night we could not show any of them. Even after a few hours changing fuses and calling in an electrician we could just get power from a few sockets 😦

We will do it again with sillier visuals for our next fundraiser. Thanks to Maeve Brosnan and Lisa Crowne we have lots of brightly coloured and glittered T.VS ready to go!!

Thanks again to Wolfgang NoesArt;  Pauliina Jokenin, Maeve Brosnan, Donal Holland and Lisa Crowne for putting together the animations. I think you will agree you can’t tell who works in the industry and those that maybe just winged it the week before!!

Special Thanks to everyone that sent us wolf images

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Bronadh O’Brien
Loreana Rushe
Pippa O’Neill
Adam Power
Donal Holland
Alex Mclean
Aukse Petruliene
Eleanor Phillips
Dale O’Brien
John Donlon
Grainne Mc Hale
Sarah Mix Tapes
Jojo Hynes
Finn Williamson and The Hong Kong Wolfgang

If you didn’t come along but would still like to help us out you can make  donation here or pick up some merch over at our shop!! Donations over 20 euro will recieve a signed A3 Screen-print by one of our Artists!

If you’d like to take part in more A4 Sounds Projects we have one running at the minute; A4 Warped Records: Help Us Build The Biggest Record Collection Ever

Thanks
A4 Team

Introducing Andrew Edgar

Andrew is one of our new members at A4 Towers. He is a founding member of Gamepak Collective and member of Open Learning Ireland so we are delighted to have him and his skills on board.

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“Andrew Edgar is a circuit-bender, audio experimentalist, self-taught electronic tinkerer, and irrepressible hoarder. In 2009 he co-founded the Gamepak Dublin chiptune/DIY-electronics collective, and is now also actively involved in the Open Learning Ireland alternative learning initiative.”

Memberships available at A4 Towers

We have 2 types of membership available at A4 Towers. If you are interested you can get in touch here or via A4SOUNDS (at) gmail (dot) com.

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“The mission of the A4 Sounds art collective is to foster multidisciplinary collaboration, curate innovative participatory art events and broaden engagement through community arts education. The purpose of the ‘A4 Towers’ workspace is to act as a base for these group activities, as well as a resource for individual members to develop their professional practice.”

Have a look here for info about our facilities.

Resident Membership

We are looking for energetic individuals who are interested in artist led spaces and the possibilities for collaboration they offer.

We are an interdisciplinary studio and invite applications from a wide range of “artists” whether you work in education, engineering, computer programming, curation, music, TV, electronics, fine art or design etc it doesn’t matter, as long as you have a keen interest in collaboration and co-operatively run spaces.

Resident membership of the studio is based on shared responsibility (8 hours per week) for the upkeep and running of the space, and involvement in group shows, collaborative projects and proposals. Our current members come from a range of backgrounds including visual art, music, engineering, education and community based work.

To apply please send us an email at a4sounds at gmail dot com with a statement of interest, (why you want to join A4 Towers specifically), artist cv and a few examples of your work (jpgs, pdf, or link to online portfolio). Application is based on interview and committee decision.

Membership

A4 Towers membership will include:

  • Access to our facilities which include a workshop, a darkroom, screen-printing facilities, desk space, woodworking tools, and an electronics bench. Members can book time on tools from 10am – 10pm, Thursday to Sunday each week..
  • Opportunities to exhibit work and take part in organising events
  • Opportunities to hold workshops and classes in the space
  • Reduced rates for taking part in training workshops and classes
  • Access to the online A4 forum to collaborate with other artists, musicians, etc.

Numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 30 people, to ensure that each member can get access to the facilities. Membership will cost €50 per month, which is very cheap compared to other art spaces in Dublin, but will help us to cover the costs of materials, bills, rent and buy new equipment. A4 Sounds is a non-profit organisation, and our main aim with this new membership is to build a community around the space and get a buzz going. We hope that this will lead to more collaboration between creative people in Dublin, as well as more play-dates!