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As part of its ongoing commitment to social engagement and educational outreach, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin offers a series of lectures and recitals. These events are possible thanks to collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the department’s own Music Composition Centre. All upcoming events are listed on the School of Drama, Film, and Music News and Events page and past events are listed in the Archives [provide direct link].

Lectures
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. 



Archive of past events:

 

Michaelmas Term, 2015 and Hilary Term 2016.
ARCHIVE

Lectures

 

Date: Tuesday February 23, 2016, 6:15pm
Speaker: Chris Watson, composer
Title: Recording an island in the mist.
Venue: Printing House
Chris Watson will recall and reference some of his recording trips to Ireland and those in particular which inspired his work Hy Brasil. Watson will highlight his compositional techniques and some of the fieldcraft required for these location recordings. The presentation will also feature some of the component tracks used in the work as well as unpublished examples.

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. For example. the unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson's words, putting a microphone where you can't put your ears. He was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, tv & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

Born in 1953 in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College, Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and recordist for Film, TV & Radio, Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with sound design in post production.

Date: Monday February 15, 2016, 6:15pm, TLRH
Speaker: Jürgen Simpson, composer
Title: Shaping Narratives: Opera, Film Music and Technological Approaches
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub - - Music Composition Centre presentation.
An insight into the genesis and development of a body of work, including works for film and sound installation, that resulted in the creation of the opera "Air India [redacted]² that premiered in Vancouver 2015. This talk will also delve into the dramaturgical, political and creative challenges associated with this opera¹s engagement with the largest mass murder in Canadian history: the bombing of Air India Flight 182. It will additionally provide an insight into the compositional technologies and approaches used with a particular focus on score prototyping and algorithmic orchestration.

Jürgen Simpson is a composer, performer and academic, and is the director of the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has worked extensively in the fields of dance, film, opera and installation art. His work has been supported by RTÉ, The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The British Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Canada Council for the Arts. His operatic works include Thwaite (2003) with librettist Simon Doyle, which received the Genesis Opera Project¹s top award, and Air India [redacted]
(2015) with librettist René Sorojini Saklikar. He was a member of the band The Jimmy Cake from 2000 to 2008 and recorded and produced their third album Spectre and Crown. He is currently one of the cultural programmers for Limerick 2020 and is the co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance.

Date: Monday February 8, 2016, 6:15pm
Speaker: Dominic McGonigal, Consultants For Creative And Digital Business
Title: ‘Whose music is it anyway?’
Venue: House 5, Room 511 (NOTE: venue!)

Date: Monday February 1, 2016, 6:15pm
Speaker: Dr Neil Burns, composer
Title: ‘Undercover composer — uncovering and exploring unlikely connections in high and low places’
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Date: Monday January 25, 2016, 6:15pm
Speaker: Dr Dan Rogers, Trinity Innovation Academy
Title: ‘Entrepreneurial Approaches to Music Technology’
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

 

Date:

Monday December 7, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

No Say No Way
a show by François Sarhan
performed by Jennifer Torrence

François Sarhan (composer/director) and Jennifer Torrence (performance) collaborate to create an evening-length solo production about reticence, obsession, and the failure to execute. Through body, voice, and ritual, Jennifer Torrence presents No Say No Way, a fascinating lecture-performance on the history, mystery, beauty, truth, and transcendence of the iconic percussion instruments, the triangle (△).
No Say No Way is commissioned by Jennifer Torrence with funds from the Arts Council Norway.

Further materials:
A trailer here: https://vimeo.com/140718755
Images here: https://nosaynoway.wordpress.com/no-say-no-way/

Speaker:

Jennifer Torrence (solo percussionist, Norwegian Academy of Music)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre
   

Date:

Thursday December 10, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

The 15th-century English Carol

Speaker:

Professor David Fallows (Manchester University)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Trinity Long Room Hub
   

Date:

Monday November 30, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

“It just seemed to go out of fashion” [Adrian Boult] The mysterious disappearance of orchestral string portamento

Speaker:

Dr Simon Trezise (Trinity College Dublin)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Trinity Long Room Hub

 

 

Date:

Wednesday November 25, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

Composing the Tinnitus Suites for TRAUMA, Science Gallery to be presented with a film by Catalina Jordan Alvarez titled Unseen Sources / Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015 c

Speaker:

Mr Daniel Fishkin (freelance composer, New York)
Venue: Boydell Room, Department of Music, House 5

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
Film Information:

Unseen Sources / Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015 c

A film by Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Composing the Tinnitus Suites is an ongoing work by Daniel Fishkin that investigates the aesthetics of hearing damage through an invented instrument called Lady's Harp. Catalina J Alvarez recorded a performance of Tinnitus Suites in the summer of 2015. She is developing a video connecting the words of Michel Chion with the phenomenon of subjective tinnitus. Wednesday's presentation will integrate live performance into the screening of their forthcoming work. 

 

 

Date:

Monday November 23, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

Byrd and the Age of Exploration.

Speaker:

Dr Kerry McCarthy (Portland, Oregon)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:


Monday November 16, 2015, 6:15pm

 

Title:


Constructed Melodies: Film Music & Architecture

 

Speaker:

Professor Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University)

 

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

 

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

   

Date:

 

Monday November 2, 2015, 6:15pm

 

Title:

 

Kubrick, Music and the Auteur Problem

 

Speaker:

 

Professor Chris Morris (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

 

Venue:

 

Trinity Long Room Hub

 

Sponsors:

 

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

   

Date:

Monday October 5, 2015, 6:15pm

 

Title:

 

The Musical Discourse of Servitude: Authority, Autonomy and the European Musical Imagination, 1700-1750

 

Speaker:

 

Professor Harry White (University College Dublin)

 

Venue:

 

Trinity Long Room Hub

 

Sponsors:

 

RIAM with the School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

   

Date:

Wednesday September 30, 2015, 6pm

Title:

Lecture recital on contemporary violin music

Speaker:

Darragh Morgan (freelance musician and Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)


Hilary Term, 2015 ARCHIVE

Lectures

Date:

Monday 2 February, 6pm

Title:

'Classical Music as Enforced Utopia'

Speaker:

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (King's College, London)

Venue:

Katharine Brennan Hall, RIAM, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

Sponsors:

inaugural lecture of a series co-hosted by the RIAM and Trinity College, School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:

Thursday 12 February, 6pm

Title:

'Elgar as an interpreter of his own music'

Speaker:

Simon Trezise (Head of Discipline, Trinity College)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College
   

Date:

Wednesday 4 March, 6pm

Title:

Irish Composers on Irish Music

Speaker:

David Bremner (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)
   

Date:

Thursday 5 March, 6pm

Title:

'Space, Place, and the Local in Dublin's Underground'

Speaker:

Jaime Jones (University College, Dublin)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:

Wednesday 11 March, 6pm

Title:

'Big Dada: Distancing and the Technics of Dissociation'

Speaker:

Ron Kuivila (Wesleyan University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm

Title:

'(Pre)Compositional Strategies and Computer-Generated Notation in Transience (2014) for String Quartet'

Speaker:

Sam Hayden (Trinity Laban University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)

 

 

Date:

Thursday 19 March, 6pm - *Cancelled*

Title:

'The Prague Provisional Theatre and its audiences – connection and disjunction'

Speaker:

Jan Smaczny (Queen's University, Belfast)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

co-hosted by the RIAM and Trinity College, School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Thursday 26 March, 6pm

Title:

'"Un pezzo … di una grandissima serietà e con una grandissima emozione … e con elementi totalmente bruti": Aesthetic and Socio-Political Considerations and the Failure of their Integration in Mauricio Kagel's work post-1968'

Speaker:

Bjorn Heile (University of Glasgow)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)

 

 

Date:

Monday 30 March, 6pm

Title:

'Dark Star: Biography of a Song' (click here for abstract)

Speaker:

Graeme M. Boone (The Ohio State University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Wednesday 1 April, 6pm

Title:

Irish composers on Irish music

Speaker:

Ryan Molloy (Maynooth University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)

 

 

Date:

Monday 13 April, 6pm

Title:

TBA

Speaker:

Music postgrad student presentations

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

 

 

Date:

Monday 20 April, 6pm

Title:

TBA

Speaker:

Music postgrad student presentations

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

 

 

Date:

Tuesday 28 April, 6pm

Title:

'Pedagogy for the Development or Inhibition of Creativity'

Speaker:

Juniper Hill (University College, Cork)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

Concert Series

Date:

4 February, 6pm

Artist:

David Bremner and Elizabeth Hilliard

Description:

A performance and discussion of Irish works for voice and piano. Part of the Irish Canon series. Featured composers: Seóirse Bodley, David Bremner, Rhona Clarke, Siobhán Cleary, Tom Lane, Ryan Molloy, Peter Moran

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)

 

 

Date:

25 March, 8pm

Artist:

Campanile Consort directed by Eileen
Venue: Chapel
   

Date:

3 April, 8pm

Artist:

Mornington Singers
Venue: Chapel
   

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