Five Swords at the Crossroads

Director & Producer - 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.

Free Improvisation Session with Nick Roth (saxophone) and Lucas Niggli (percussion) at Middlesex University TV Studios

Performed during the Breaking the Sound Barrier symposium at Middlesex University on 23 June 2015, this improv with percussionist Lucas Niggli, guitarist Benjamin Dwyer and saxophonist Nick Roth closed the 

sin título
 
Commissioned by Music Network in 2018, sin título is performed here by guitarist Thibaut Garcia and cellist Isang Enders at St. Ann's Church, Dublin on 25 April 2018. sin título (‘without title’) is a quiet meditation on the music of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa.
KnowingUnknowing
KnowingUnknowing is an improvised triptych for dance (Helen Kindred) and amplified guitar/prepared guitar (Benjamin Dwyer). Inspired by various texts by Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes and Martin Heidegger, KnowingUnknowing explores the liminal spaces between the body and the zones it occupies, the conscious and the unconscious, movement and stillness, sound and silence, sight and gesture.
KnowingUnknowing [promo short]

Director & Producer - David Zbirka (2016)



 

KnowingUnknowing [four short excerpts from a film by Pete Gomes]
Below are four short excerpts from a film version of KnowingUnknowing by Pete Gomes. The work represents a trans-disciplinary event in which dancer (Helen Kindred), guitarist (Benjamin Dwyer) and film maker (Gomes) come together in acts of improvisation. Inspired by various texts by Samuel Beckett, Ted Hughes and Martin Heidegger, KnowingUnknowing represents unique 'moments' in which gesture, sound and the nomadic eye of the camera move in response to each other; space, music and vision overlap within a 'third space' (Soja) where artistic expression remains ambiguous, where it emerges out of an 'in-betweeness' that dissolves the boundaries of defined artistic practices...

'...to and fro in shadow from inner to / outershadow / from impenetrable self to impenetrable / unself by way of neither / as between two lit refuges whose / doors once neared gently close, once / turned away from gently part again...' (NEITHER by Samuel Beckett) 


 

Benjamin Dwyer Interview with
Jonathan Grimes of the Contemporary Music Centre (Ireland) 
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 Association of Irish Composer's 
series entitled 'Irish Composers on Irish Composers' series features guitarist, composer, writer and educator Benjamin Dwyer in conversation with Peter Moran. Dwyer analyses the work 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.
‘Pasillos’ from Voces Críticas by Benjamin Dwyer with Pavlos Kanellakis
Unitarian Church (Dublin), 30 May, 2015.
‘Passacaglia’ from Voces Críticas by Benjamin Dwyer with Pavlos Kanellakis
Unitarian Church (Dublin), 30 May, 2015.
AIC's IRISH COMPOSERS on IRISH MUSIC
Benjamin Dwyer talks about the guitar music of Paul Hayes (interviewed by by Peter Moran)
Rajas, Sattva, Tamas (Percussion Concerto) Concerto No. 1 for Guitar and Strings
Benjamin Dwyer talks about writing concertos in an interview with the CMC (Ireland)
Improvisation for Barry Guy
Nick Roth & Benjamin Dwyer:
Performed at Smock Alley (Dublin) at the CMC launch of my book Different Voices (6 Nov 2014) .
Quasimprovisation No. 1
the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin as part of the Association of Irish Composers concert series 'Irish Composers on Irish Music'. 26 March 2015
Enharmonic Harmonics by Peter Moran
The world premiere performance of Enharmonic Harmonics by Irish composer Peter Moran for amplified guitar and tape, given at the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy, 2016 while artist-in residence.
KnowingUnknowing I
This is a version of KnowingUnknowing for solo, prepared guitar performed at the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy, 2016 while artist-in residence.
KnowingUnknowing III
This is a version of KnowingUnknowing for solo guitar (with bow) performed at the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy, 2016 while artist-in residence.