Documentary Film: Five Swords at the Crossroads
Directed & Produced by Brian Kavanagh
Five Swords at the Crossroads (2007) is a documentary film that explores the relationship between craft and creativity, the craftsperson and the artist. Filmed on location in Málaga, London and Dublin, this film explores three characters: the guitar maker, Joaquín García, the guitar player, Benjamin Dwyer, and the guitar itself.
The Contemporary Music Centre's Amplify Podcast No. 44: Innovations in Concerto Form by Irish Composers
Benjamin Dwyer discusses the concerto works of Raymond Deane, Jane O’Leary, and Kevin Volans, outlining characteristics and innovations.
Director of the Contemporary Music Centre, Yvonne Ferguson, interviews composers Benjamin Dwyer and John Buckley. Dwyer talks about his music and performs a selection of his solo works for guitar alongside the second movement of John Buckley's Sonata No. 1 for Guitar.
The Contemporary Music Centre's Amplify Podcast No. 18: Conversations with Benjamin Dwyer and Nick Roth
Jonathan Grimes of the CMC talks with Benjamin Dwyer on composing, free improvisation and his Beckett-inspired album, ‘What is the Word’; and interviews composer, saxophonist and Diatribe Records co-director Nick Roth about the record label and the role of music in society.
Jonathan Grimes of the Contemporary Music Centre Interviews Benjamin Dwyer
Dwyer discusses his book Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland. The interview took place at the Contemporary Music Centre in November 2014 prior to the launch of the book. The CMC created a dedicated Different Voices Website for the book.
The Contemporary Music Centre's Amplify Podcast No. 66: Joyce & Music
Jonathan Grimes of the CMC hosts composers Benjamin Dwyer and Frank Corcoran, and CMC's Linda O’Shea Farren in a discussion about Joyce & Music, as part of the CMC’s and Centre Culturel Irlandais’ Ulysses Journey 2022 project
The episode was recorded live at the National Concert Hall on 29 April for the New Music Dublin 2022 festival.
The Association of Irish Composer's series Irish Composers on Irish Composers with Benjamin Dwyer
This series features guitarist, composer, writer and educator Benjamin Dwyer in conversation with composer Peter Moran. Dwyer analyses the guitar works of Japan-based composer Paul Hayes, discussing the disintegration of sounds and gestures that are a hallmark of Hayes' music, with a particular focus on Hayes' 1990 work, Sonata a niente. This video was filmed in the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin, 27 March 2015.
Jonathan Grimes of the Contemporary Music Centre Interviews Benjamin Dwyer on his work Umbilical
Prior to the world premiere of Umbilical at Rua Red Arts Centre on 4 and 5 November 2011 in its theatrical version with Butoh dancer Sayoko Onishi; and prior to the work's live concert performance on 6 November at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Dwyer discusses the genesis and development of the work.