Matthew Nolan Music


Matthew Nolan is a Dublin based musician, music curator, and academic. He was the founder and artistic director of 3epkano from 2004 to 2015, an instrumental music ensemble who specialised in the production of original music for movies from the silent era.

Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in producing new music for several award winning Irish films including Exile in Hell, Runners, and Somewhere Down the Line. He teaches Film Studies at Dublin Business School and Trinity College Dublin. Ongoing and current projects include Dracula and People on Sunday.

Matthew has also worked on commissions from a range of performing arts institutions and arts organisations, including: The Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, National Gallery of Art, Cork and Dublin French Film Festivals, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Cork Midsummer Festival, Film Society at Lincoln Centre in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

With Barry Adamson (UK), Seán Mac Erlaine, Adrian Crowley, & Kevin Murphy.

1921 I 132mins I Rex Ingram I USA

In celebration of internationally renowned Irishman and film director Rex Ingram who emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1911, a rare screening of the 1921 American silent epic war film will take place in the spectacular gothic surroundings of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Based on the Spanish novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, it was adapted for the screen by June Mathis. The film stars Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Beery, and Alice Terry.


Solaris – 50th Anniversary Screening with Live Musical Accompaniment

Matthew Nolan & Stephen Shannon

Andrei Tarkovsky | 1972 | Soviet Union | Russian with English subtitles 166 minutes

New York Film Festival October 12th at 515pm Walter Reade Theatre (Lincoln Centre) Possibly the most emotionally devastating science fiction


Seas Between

Adrian Crowley, Matthew Nolan, Anna Mieke, Kevin Murphy and Sean Mac Erlaine

May / June 2022

Matthew Nolan and Adrian Crowley returned to the resplendent environs of the Old Physics Theatre to present a glimpse at the unfolding of their latest collaboration: Seas Between


Pomes Penyeach

Lisa Hannigan with Matthew Nolan, Adrian Crowley, Sean Mac Erlain, Cora Venus Lunny and Kevin Murphy

March 12th 2021

James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach gets a modern makeover from Lisa Hannigan, Matthew Nolan, and Adrian Crowley at the National Concert Hall.


People on Sunday / Menschen am Sonntag

with Rachel Grimes

1931 I Siodmak, Siodmak, Wilder, Zinneman, Ulmer I Germany I 74mins

One of the great modernist portrayals of urban working-class reality, Menschen am Sonntag was produced by a cooperative that included Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Eugen Schüfftan, and Fred Zinnemann, as well as theorist Béla Bálasz, who provided the idea for the script.


Häxan – Witchcraft through the Ages

Matthew Nolan, Sean Mac Erlaine, Lisa Dowdall & Catherine Sikora Mingus, live narration by Eric Mingus and Matthew Causey

Sweden I 1922 / 1968 I 74 minutes

Häxan was made in Sweden at the invitation of Svensk Filmindustri and released in 1922. It is one of those legendary films that many people have heard about but few have seen. It really should be better known.


NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century

With Matthew Nolan, Seán Mac Erlaine, Erik Friedlander & Jan Bang

2017 I dir. Andrea Mastrovito I USA I 60 mins I Black & White

The Irish premiere of the stunning NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, directed by Andrea Mastrovito, an animated interpretation of the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu with a live score specially commissioned for Bram Stoker Festival by Matthew Nolan.


Night of the Living Dead

With Matthew Nolan, Stephen Shannon, Kevin Murphy & Catherine Sikora Mingus

1968 I George Romero I USA I 96 mins I Black & White

Night of the Living Dead has long been associated with the derogative term ‘splatter movie’. Directed by George A. Romero in 1968, it is so much more than that.


Stories from the Half Light

Chris Brokaw & Matthew Nolan

presents the films of Peter Hutton

He likened the films to paintings, and described watching them as ‘a little like daydreaming’. His concerns about information overload even in the 1970’s were uniquely prescient



with Margie Lewis, Erik Friedlander, David Kitt, Catherine Sikora

1932 I 72mins I Carl Theodor Dreyer I Germany & France

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channelled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. Adapted from the work of Sheridan Le Fanu, the result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside of Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds create a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut Ireland


A Page of Madness

Matthew Nolan – guitar and synth. Clive Bell – shakuhachi.
Seán Mac Erlaine – reeds and electronics.

1926 I Japan I Teinosuke Kinugasa I 60mins

A rare screening of arguably the most important Asian film from the silent era, in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel at Trinity College Dublin. This presentation will be accompanied by a new score produced by acclaimed Irish musicians and composers Matthew Nolan and Seán Mac Erlaine in collaboration with London based shakuhachi (Japanese flute) master, Clive Bell.

March 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.



with Seán Mac Erlaine, Eivind Aarset, & Sharon Phelan

1931 I Tod Browning I USA I 75mins

Dracula is one of the first early horror sound-film classics, which became an icon for many future vampire, thriller, and gothic films. The transition from silent films to talkies brought about tremendous changes and challenges for the film industry which in turn determined the way Dracula was produced.


Football as Never Before / Fußball wie noch nie

with David Stalling, Bryan O’Connell, Seán Mac Erlaine, Mary Barnecutt and Kevin Murphy

1970 I Hellmuth Costard I Germany I 105mins

This hypnotic portrait of Man United legend George Best trains multiple cameras on the revered footballer over the complete course of a match against Coventry City.



Matthew works as a freelance music programmer and curator. He established the WIRED music strand at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, which ran from 2008 until 2013. During this time he brought an array of indie music luminaries to perform in the Marble City. They include, naming but a few: Spiritualized, Lisa Hannigan, Agnes Obel, Damo Suzuki, Tindersticks, Amiina, Low, Rachel Grimes, The Fall, James Vincent McMorrow, The Divine Comedy, The Sea and Cake, Erik Friedlander, Jape, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Since 2013 he has run Note Productions, a music promotion company dedicated to expanding the Irish audience for jazz, world music, electronic and contemporary classical music. During his time with Note Productions, Matthew has brought some of the most important figures in contemporary music to play in Dublin, including acts such as The Bad Plus, Brad Mehldau, Marc Copland, Jeff Ballard, Andy Sheppard, Ernst Reijseger, and Evan Parker.