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Music Composition Centre

 

Trinity's Music Composition Centre hosts cutting edge public events (lectures, recitals, lecture-recitals) by leading experts in Composition, Musicology and Music Technology. The Centre promotes contemporary composition and it creates an on-going debate about the future of ‘New Music’ throughout the academic year.

In 2014 the Music Composition Centre organized the International Composition Conference ‘Composition in the 21st Century’ that featured Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Raymond Deane as the keynote speakers, alongside 65 selected speakers from all over the world. Through consistent presence during the last couple of years, the Music Composition Centre has become a reference point for ‘New Music’ in Trinity as well as the cultural life in Dublin.

Many of our students and graduates are members of the Irish Composers Collective, the Association of Irish Composers and the Contemporary Music Centre.

The Music Composition Centre is curated by Evangelia Rigaki since the genesis of the Centre in 2012. For any further information please get in touch by contacting Dr Evangelia Rigaki

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Music Composition Centre Lectures 2017-18


Visiting speakers address a variety of topics relating to musicology, composition, performance, music technology, and the recording industry. Events are free and open to the public and to all students. 

Music Composition Centre Lectures

Date:

Wednesday 22 February 18:00hrs

Title:

Sensing Scholarship: Sonic Methodologies for Social Justice Research with Vulnerable Populations (in association with the School of Social Work & Social Policy)

Speaker:

Prof Walter S. Gershon - Kent State University

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Sounds surround and move through us, our bodies buffering, dampening and reflecting as much as we hear. For a hearing person, our ears are always open, receiving an endless stream of information that stretches from birth to death, unlike our eyes, theorized down to the blink (Kim-Cohen, 2009). Yet, given the multiplicity of this cacophonous polyphony, we are also always already mis-hearing, the sonic altered in so many ways before we process the sonic as perceptions, filtered yet again through our sociocultural norms and values (Gershon, 2017). How then might the sonic be utilized to theoretical or methodological advantage for those in the social sciences, humanities, cultural studies, or education? This talk performatively speaks to these and other questions about the potential for sound theories and methods as tools for research in general and for more socially just work with vulnerable populations in specific. Because, if sound studies can queer overly-ocular understandings in education (Gershon, 2017), might they not do the same for normalized, everyday processes that we might hear them and listen differently?
   

Date:

Wednesday 7 February 18:00hrs

Title:

What: No Dialectic?

Speaker:

Raymond Deane

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Raymond Deane will analyse and play a recording of 6th and most recent String Quartet, placing it in the context of ideas explored in his essay Uneventful Music in Eventful Times.
Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and political activist who divides his time between Dublin and Fürth (Bavaria). A member of Aosdána, he has composed over 100 works including 4 operas, the most recent of which - Vagabones, based on a play by Emma Donohue - is to be premiered by Opera Collective Ireland in 2019.
   

Date:

Wednesday 31 January 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass - contemporary voice

Speaker:

Sylvia O'Brien

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

An exploration of vocal writing of the 20th and 21st century.
   

Date:

Wednesday 17 January 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass - percussion

Speaker:

Richard O Donnell, Section Leader RTÉ National Orchestra, Professor of Percussion RIAM

Venue:

Large percussion studio, Royal Irish Academy of Music

Description:

Contemporary Writing for Percussion, 20th & 21 st Century
   

Date:

Wednesday 6 December 18:00hrs

Title:

The Art of Invisibility

Speaker:

John Godfrey (UCC)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

John Godfrey is Head of the Music Department, UCC, a performer and a composer. Godfrey is a co-founder of Icebreaker and founder member of Crash Ensemble; in 2008 he created Quiet Music Ensemble. His work has received worldwide exposure through performances, radio broadcasts and many CDs.
   

Date:

Wednesday 29 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in contemporary clarinet techniques

Speaker:

Paul Roe

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Paul Roe is an internationally renowned contemporary musician who approaches performance, teaching and composition as integrated activities that benefit from co-active and collaborative approaches. He is also a presence-based developmental coach, working with leaders and artists.
   

Date:

Wednesday 15 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Electronic opera and after

Speaker:

Roger Doyle

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Roger Doyle plans to play examples from his opera Heresy with introductions and explanations and then will finish with new pieces based on those examples, fed into a Logic sampler which frangmented the audio files at transient points, placing those tiny samples across a midi keyboard, making new pieces from old.
   

Date:

Wednesday 1 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in contemporary flute techniques

Speaker:

William Dowdall

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

This lecture covers the development of Contemporary Flute Music from Debussy to Rigaki. Also including music by Koechlin, Varese, Fukushima, Takemitsu, Buckley, Wilson and Carlisle.
   

Date:

Wednesday 25 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Voice, Text, Theatre: towards a new monodrama

Speaker:

Dr Robert Fokkens, Cardiff University

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

In starting to develop a new monodrama for baritone and small ensemble, Dr Fokkens has been returning to his previous research into opera and theatre to explore both the challenges and the theatrical and musical potential of a single vocal performer. In this seminar he will discuss his own work in song, opera and theatre, explore theoretical and creative influences on his thinking for this project, and consider some dramaturgical issues and possibilities of the medium.
Robert Fokkens is a South African composer based in the UK. His music has been performed in many major venues in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall), South Africa, Australia, the USA, Japan, and across Europe; and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, Swedish Radio P2 and various South African radio stations.
   

Date:

Wednesday 18 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass - voice

Speaker:

Elizabeth Hilliard

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She sings a wide range of repertoire, bringing a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performances. She combines pinpoint accuracy and razorsharp musicianship with her passion and relish for performing music by living composers.
   

Date:

Wednesday 11 October 18:00hrs

Title:

The European agenda for music: the sector speaks

Speaker:

Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Institute

Description:

The idea for a European Agenda for Music (EAM) emerged from discussions amongst the European Music Council in 2012 about the future of music in Europe. Since then, the European Music Council has brought together representatives from music higher education institutions and universities, specialist music and general schools, the music industry and civil society organisations related to music. The aim of the final document (to be launched in Spring 2018) is for the sector to put forward, with one voice, its own priorities which will improve the situation of music in Europe in the coming decades.
Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), has contributed to the evolution of the European Agenda for Music through her role as a Vice-President of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC). In this lecture, Deborah will share the details of the current draft of the EAM and discuss its implications for music education in Ireland. The RIAM is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally recognised music conservatoire. In 2013 the RIAM became an associate college of Trinity College, the University of Dublin.
   

Date:

Wednesday 4 October 18:00hrs

Title:

The Second Violinist

Speaker:

Donnacha Dennehy, Princeton University

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

Description:

Following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh collaborate once again on an explosive new production, The Second Violinist asking what does he do when he goes home?
Joined by the phenomenal creative team from The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy’s music is infused with lingering echoes of the Renaissance works of Carlo Gesualdo, creating a sonorous backdrop for the haunting orchestrations and pulsating rhythms that drive the opera to its inexorable conclusion. A search for beauty in a dark, dark world.

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For the archive of past events, please visit our archive.