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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 Department of Music News and Events page and past events are listed below.

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. 

  • Join the School of Creative Arts as we celebrate compositions by M.Phil. and Ph.D. student composers in Music
  • Première of Dr Evangelia Rigaki's Playthings as part of William Dowdall's visit to Ionian University
  • School congratulates Darragh Kelly and Jack Oades on composition competition successes!
  • Of Night and Light - Mornington Singers and Laetare Vocal Ensemble in concert
  • Current PhD student due to speak at Trinity Long Room Hub Coffee Morning
  • Mornington Singers concert
  • Gala opening of ENESCU International Chamber Music Festival
  • Performance of TWO 2 TANGO Accordion and Cello as part of ENESCU International Chamber Music Festival
  • 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. 

    Archive of past events

    Music Composition Centre Lectures

    Date:

    Friday 1 June 19:00hrs

    Title:

    Jazz Composition workshop

    Speaker:

    Will Todd

    Venue:

    Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building

    Description:

    One of the leading contemporary British Jazz composers working today will host a workshop in Trinity. This workshop will be aimed at all students and members of College with an interest in music and particularly Jazz. He will conduct it with active participation of these as well as Goethe Institut choir members. Due to the kind support by the Trinity Fund for Visual and Performing Arts, attendance at the workshop will be free for TCD staff and students.
    In addition to the workshop, Will Todd's Mass in Blue, featuring the composer himself on piano, along with soprano Sinead O'Kelly and saxophonist Patrice Brun will be performed at 8pm on 2nd June in St Ann's Church, Dawson Street featuring the Goethe Institut Choir. The concert also features works by Tallis and Tartini.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday 3 May 18:00hrs

    Title:

    Contemporary Music for Flute and Piano

    Speaker:

    Ria Georgiadis and Sven Birch

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

    Description:

    Greek-Austrian flutist Ria Georgiadis is a versatile musician with a broad repertoire and a busy concert schedule. A great number of compositions have been dedicated to her and premiêred by her. She has been awarded a number of international prizes and scholarships. Ria received her musical education in Thessaloniki (New Conservatory), Linz, Austria -Anton Bruckner University and University of Music Freiburg-Germany (Prof. Robert Aitken). Furthermore she attended postgraduate studies in Breathing and Voice Education for Windplayers with Dr Bernhard Riebl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Additional studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kathinka Pasveer and Janos Balint (Budapest) have been of formative influence. Ria is a sought after pedagogue and teaches flute, relaxation techniques and mental training for wind players at the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, Greece. A special field of her interest is the application and crosslinking of knowledge and findings gained in various fields of science in order to permeate and promote musical and music-related educational content.
    Sven Birch was born in Denmark. He received his pianistic education in Aarhus, where he obtained the soloist diploma. Several scholarships enabled him to study in Vienna with Prof. Alexander Jenner. He also attended masterclasses with distinguished pianists Tatjana Nicolajewa, Conrad Hansen, John Lill, Leonid Brumberg and Peter Feuchtwanger. Birch is a much sought after musician with a broad repertoire from Bach to contemporary music. He is a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and conductor. Concert tours have taken him to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, the USA, Brazil and Japan. Sven Birch is teaching piano at the Anton Bruckner University of Music where he is head of the keyboard Institute. He has also taught in the Royal Conservatory Copenhagen, and the Mozarteum Salzburg.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday 21st Match 18:00hrs

    Title:

    Transcending conventional habits: music and the collaborative process in joint works

    Speaker:

    Dr Rhona Clarke

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

    Description:

    Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide. Currently, she is associate professor at the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Dublin City University.
    Since 2009 she has been collaborating with visual artist Marie Hanlon, including short experimental films with music, live music with visual projections and joint exhibitions. The latter led to a joint exhibition with Hanlon at Draíocht, Dublin in 2014 containing six sound installations. Choral works have been commissioned and performed by Chamber Choir Ireland, the BBC Singers, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and by many amateur choirs in Ireland and in the USA. Her chamber music includes three works for piano trio, which have been performed by Concorde, the Fidelio Trio and the Vienna Mozart Trio. A portrait CD, A Different Game, was released in March 2017 under the Métier label; this includes her latest piano trio and previous works for trio, duo and solo, performed by the Fidelio Trio.
    Rhona Clarke is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday 14th Match 18:00hrs

    Title:

    Audio for film, video games and virtual reality

    Speaker:

    Alex Wilmer

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

    Description:

    This presentation will feature a Skype interview with Alex Wilmer, a BAFTA-nominated sound designer and Trinity graduate, living in Berkeley, California. Following sound design for films and video games, including Tomb Raider at Crystal Dynamics and Star Wars at Electronic Arts, Alex is working in virtual and augmented reality at Facebook. The presentation will include the showing of a short documentary film called “One in a Million” (which is being shown for the first time in Ireland after its February premiere at the Boddinale Film Festival in Berlin – music by Bobby Tahouri). This 18-minute film about a Pakistani asylum seeker in Berlin was directed by Alex, with assistance from Steve Wilmer, former head of the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity, who will also participate in the session.
    Alex Wilmer is a BAFTA-nominated sound designer, mixer and sound supervisor in the Film and Video Games industry. He is currently working in virtual and augmented reality at Facebook after being Senior Audio Artist at Visceral, Electronic Arts. He wrote and directed the story for the 2017 VR game, Raw Data, for Survios. Previously he was Studio Audio Director at Juicebox Games, Audio Director on the Lara Croft Series at Crystal Dynamics and Music Director on Tomb Raider. Formerly, Alex served as Sound Designer at Berkeley Sound Artists where he worked on Oscar-nominated films such as Conscience of Nhem-en and The Most Dangerous Man in America. He has been Chair of the San Francisco International Game Developers Association for the past ten years.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday 7th Match 18:00hrs

    Title:

    Conducting Comtemporary Choral Music

    Speaker:

    Róisín Blunnie

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

    Description:

    Róisín Blunnie, conductor of award-winning mixed choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble, explores the commissioning, interpretation, teaching and performance of choral works by contemporary composers.
       

    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.

     

    Archive of past events 2016-17

    Lectures

    Date:

    Wednesday April 5, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Time is Illmatic': Disability Studies, non-normative Flows and Hip Hop ILLNESS

    Speaker:

    Dr Rollefson, J. Griffith, University College Cork, National University of Ireland

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    In this talk I theorize "illness" in hip hop, focussing on a handful of MCs whose "ill flows" embody disjuncture, incomprehensibility and brokenness. Using Jeru's freaky arrhythmia on the track "Come Clean" as a starting point to examine non-normative flows from Missy Elliot and Craig Mack, I argue that illness is a critical theory at the core of hip-hop‘s performed aesthetic. By articulating the work of Joe Strauss and broader disability studies frameworks to Afro-diasporic and postcolonial theorizations, I show how this embodies theory might elaborate and sonny our understandings of black Atlantic cultural theorizations from "the blues code" and "dé calage" to "articulation", "the break", "detour" and "signifyin(g)".
       

    Date:

    Wednesday March 22, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Site-specific noise

    Speaker:

    Dr Danae Stefanou, School of Music Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    A consideration of the shifting relations between music, landscape, site and environment, with reference to current and recent site-specific initiatives involving intermedia, experimental and improvised music. Dwelling particularly on cases involving remote, disadvantaged or contested sites, I will examine the shifting role of various agents, including curators, institutions and media, in the process of situating (or de-situating) soundworks.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday March 8, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Music as Translative Epistemology (MaTE)

    Speaker:

    Nick Roth - composer, saxophonist, producer and educator

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    This talk explores the function of music as translative epistemology or the possibility of a "coming to know" via the art of music. Through an investigation of compositional praxis, the potential of music to operate as an interrogative medium analogous to linguistic, numeric or visual media is delineated, demonstrating the potential for the embodiment of knowledge by interfacing with sound as listener, performer and composer.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday February 15, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Italian New Wave

    Speaker:

    Emanuele Torquati, pianist

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    A lecture-recital on the works by the most original and adventurous representatives of the Italian New Generation of composers.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday February 1, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Melody, style and the threshold of the arbitrary

    Speaker:

    Dr John Croft, Brunei University London

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    Composers often talk about things like texture, density, time and rhythmic complexity. And pitch, certainly - but usually in the form of "pitch structures" (rows, fields, sieves, spectra). These are the sites of radical change in recent music - to talk about melody, on the other hand, seems somewhat old-fashioned. In this talk, I hope to rectify that situation and to introduce a number of my pieces in the process.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday January 18, 2017, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Concept, content and craft in composition

    Speaker:

    Dr John Buckley, Dublin City University

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    This presentation will focus on my principal concerns as a composer. While my stylistic approach has changed over the forty years in which I have been acting as a composer, there are nonetheless, common abiding fundamentals, amongst them a focus on concept, content and craft.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday December 14, 2016, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Travelling phonographs in fin-de-siècle Spain: recording technologies and national regeneration in Ruperto Chapí‘s El fonógrafo ambulante.

    Speaker:

    Dr Eva Moreda Rodriguez, University of Glasgow

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    When Edison‘s phonograph arrived in Spain in the late 19th century, the country was immersed in discourses and uses of the nascent recording technologies did not remain unaffected. My talk focuses on the 1899 zarzuela El fonógrafo ambulante (The travelling phonograph) to illustrate the importance of cultural context in the development, reception and fashioning of recording technologies, especially in its early years.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday November 30, 2016, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Contemporary piano writing

    Speaker:

    Cathy Krier, Pianist

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    Over the last centuries, composers have explored the potential of the piano. The repertoire is vast and immensely varied. What are the possibilities to expand the musical achievements on the instruments and what are the paths that composers look to develop their ideas for the piano?
    This lecture will showcase different approaches in relation to composing for piano, through recent new compositions written for Cathy by Catherine Kontz, Denis Schuler and Wolfgang Rihm (Irish premieres).
       

    Date:

    Wednesday November 16, 2016, 6:00pm

    Title:

    Making connections

    Speaker:

    Dr Jane O‘Leary, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    While composition is a solitary and single-minded act, it is not without complex connections. My compositional process has evolved with input from performers, places, poets, music from the past, listeners - it is in the sharing of ideas that music happens. I will take a look at some connections that have enriched and inspired my music-making over the years.
       

    Date:

    Wednesday October 12, 2016, 6:00pm

    Title:

    What Noises Remain

    Speaker:

    Prof. Peter Swendsen, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Jennifer Torrence, Norwegian Academy of Music

    Venue:

    Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

    Description:

    What is the potential of creating new musical works from old, even iconic, texts such as The Tempest? After so many have re-imagined Shakespeare’s plays into musical narrative, what, if anything, is left to be done? In this transmedial age, how might now (re-)engage with these narratives? What performative extensions could be demanded from the musical objects, the solo performer, and the stage? With these questions as launch pads, Peter Swendsen and Jennifer Torrence will present their latest collaborative work, What Noises Remain.
    What Noises Remain is an evening-length piece for percussion, electroacoustic sound, text, and video. Composer Peter V. Swendsen and percussionist Jennifer Torrence take as their starting point Shakespeare’s iconic play, The Tempest, to create a collaborative piece that is part archaeological dig, part musical narrative - an expression of confinement, control and, ultimately, wonder.
       

    Date:

    Monday April 4, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    Seeing how it is done:the sketches for Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

    Speaker:

    Michael Taylor, Department of Music, TCD

    Venue:

    Trinity Long Room Hub - Music Composition Centre presentation.

    Description:

    With these words Arnold Schoenberg drew an unflattering distinction between Rudolf Kolisch’s attempts to trace all the rows in his Third String Quartet, and what he, Schoenberg, had ‘always helped people to see: what it is!’ There are, however, some works in which the difference between the how and the what is apparently blurred, if not abolished, Harrison Birtwistle’s tenth birthday tribute to the London Sinfonietta, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, being a case in point. ‘The transformation from the mechanical to the magical’ Birtwistle observes in the juxtaposition of sketch and picture in Klee’s Notebooks perhaps offers a context in which his unusually clear description of the piece may be read: six mechanisms…juxtaposed many times without any form of transition. The dynamics…have a time-scale independent of the mechanisms, creating an independent dynamic life of their own. This process is also applied to the registers.
    Part of the Birtwistle Collection in the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, the sketches for Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum––while encouraging us to take with a pinch of salt the composer’s later recollection that he ‘didn’t make any decisions in writing Carmen’––do indeed enable us to see how it was done, but also pose broader questions concerning the relationship of automatism, intuition and perception.
       

    Date:

    Monday March 21, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    Introducing TRINITY 360

    Speaker:

    Enda Bates, MMT composer

    Venue:

    Trinity Long Room Hub

    Description:

    The Trinity 360 Project consists of a newly commissioned work of spatial music for Trinity Orchestra, the Cue Quartet and an eight-channel loudspeaker array, to be performed on campus on April 8th 1916. In this talk, composer Enda Bates discussed the inspiration behind this multi-movement work, the 360 audio and video recording techniques which will be used to record the performance, and how the commencements bell in the Trinity campanile (which will also be used in the concert) influenced the harmonic language of the piece. 
       

    Date:

    Monday March 7, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    Sustainability as a model for musical form

    Speaker:

    Christopher Fox, composer

    Venue:

    The Printing House

    Description:

    Christopher Fox will discuss two recent works, qui(nt)et and Topophony, and the ways in which they use acoustic phenomena as a means of creating large-scale musical forms. Christopher Fox (b.1955) is a composer who sometimes writes about music too. He is widely regarded as one of the most individual composers of his generation, often working at a tangent to the musical mainstream and basing his compositional career around close collaborations with a number of performers, including the instrumental groups the Ives Ensemble, KNM Berlin and Apartment House, and the vocal ensembles The Clerks and EXAUDI. He lives in London and is Professor of Music at Brunel University.
       

    Date:

    Tuesday February 23, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    Recording an island in the mist

    Speaker:

    Chris Watson, composer

    Venue:

    Printing House

    Description:

    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

    Title:

    Shaping Narratives: Opera, Film Music and Technological Approaches

    Speaker:

    Jürgen Simpson, composer

    Venue:

    Trinity Long Room Hub - - Music Composition Centre presentation.

    Description:

    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

    Title:

    ‘Whose music is it anyway?’

    Speaker:

    Dominic McGonigal, Consultants For Creative And Digital Business

    Venue:

    House 5, Room 511 (NOTE: venue!)
       

    Date:

    Monday February 1, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    ‘Undercover composer — uncovering and exploring unlikely connections in high and low places’

    Speaker:

    Dr Neil Burns, composer

    Venue:

    Trinity Long Room Hub
       

    Date:

    Monday January 25, 2016, 6:15pm

    Title:

    ‘Entrepreneurial Approaches to Music Technology’

    Speaker:

    Dr Dan Rogers, Trinity Innovation Academy

    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

    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)

    Conference Information 2016

    Trinity 360 - Concert Performance
    April, 2016 Front Square

    Creative Challenge 2016 winner composer Enda Bates directs TRINITY 360, a newly commissioned composition of spatial music for multiple loudspeakers and performers, including many performing groups associated with Trinity (Trinity Orchestra, Cue Saxophone Quartet, and Spatial Music Collective), presented as a large-scale live immersive performance in the Front Square of Trinity College. The performance will be filmed to create a 360 virtual reality presentation and surround sound recording of the event.

    Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic at Trinity College Dublin where he lectures on the Music & Media Technologies Programme. He is a founder member of the Spatial Music Collective and is an active performer, both of his own work and with The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Miriam Ingram, Nina Hynes/Dancing Suns, Chequerboard, among others. He has also worked as a producer/engineer for a variety of artists and groups such as the Crash Ensemble, Mumbling Deaf Ro, Somadrone, Conor Walsh and Daniel Figgis. In 2010 he completed a PhD entitled ‘The Composition and Performance of Spatial Music at Trinity College Dublin’. Scores and other material are available from his page at the Irish Contemporary Music Centre, see www.endabates.net and www.tcd.ie/trinity-creative

    Dublin Musictown 2016
    10-19 April, 2016

    Several House 5 alumni are featured artists in this year’s Musictown Festival. This festival, sponsored by Dublin City Council, aims to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of Dublin’s music and ‘music-makers’ through concerts, talks, workshops and walks. The streets will be animated with live and contemporary opera performances, buskers, rappers, and Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane will offer a range of Classical performances.

    Trinity Week 11-15 April, 2016

    2016 is the turn of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to host Trinity Week. Alongside other musical events, it will include performances by other winners of the Trinity Creative Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Provost of Trinity College, to foster the development of innovative interdisciplinary projects and works, see http://www.tcd.ie/trinity-creative/index.php.

    Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II
    23-24 April, 2016


    A Festival of Sound Art and Electronic Instruments (Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin)

    ‘Ideopreneurial Entrephonics’ switches prefixes to liberate ‘entrepreneurial’ (a word we hear too much) and ‘ideophone’ (a word we’d like to hear more) for a festival comprising a ‘Modular Synthesizer Car Show’, concerts, workshops, meet-ups, and public talks. The ‘Car Show’ invites amateur and professional makers of custom-built synthesizers to showcase their home-brew/boutique instruments in Dublin’s historic Freemasons’ Hall. Participants can collaborate in one of the festival concerts, as well as offering audio demonstrations.

    Background
    The synthesizer is as important, and as ubiquitous, in contemporary music as the human voice. The simple concept of a circuit generating a tone, manipulated by human or other control, has led to the development of numerous instruments over the last century. In the last few decades, synthesizer construction has evolved from modular to digital and now inhabits a hybrid space between the two, necessitating various adjustments in its relation to sonic objects. Electronic instruments have played a central role in rethinking musical materials ‘from scratch’, in creating open situations where all forms of participation are accepted or rendered acceptable. These instruments allow multiple forms of practice (social, sculptural, choreographic, geographic, etc.) to be expressed in musical terms.

    Festival
    Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II invites scholars and practitioners to explore the synthesized, natural, and modified voice. Ron Kuivila will perform his homage to Robert Ashley, TED/Mencken (a glossetalia in which a lengthy text is read, interleaved with TED talk-style explanatory digressions, and sonically retransmitted so that no intake of breath is ever apparent; Matt Fairclough will present Steve Reich’s My Name is… (processing and re-processing voices of audience members introducing themselves). Historic electronic works will be presented alongside new works, including the debut performance of Analogon, the electronic music group formed by Richard Duckworth in 2015 to explore early electronic voicings. The 7pm concert on Saturday 23 April will begin with a massed-choir performance of Kuivila’s A City of No Allusions. Groups of singers (minimum 11 people) will each perform for at least 8 minutes, overlapping to create a seamless performance that lasts one hour.

    Call for Presenters, Performers, and Sound Artists
    Papers (for 20-minute formal presentations or 5-minute ‘interruptions’) and proposed discussion panels are invited on the history of analogue synthesis, its current reemergence, sound transmission and processed sound objects, other musical voicings, and the social, musical, technological, and cultural use of electronic instruments. Performers should indicate whether they wish to be included in the Modular Synthesizer Car Show or sing in the massed choirs piece. Abstracts (250 words) of proposals should be sent to duckwor@tcd.ie by 19th February, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 14th March, 2016 and the final programme announced on 28th March, 2016. 

    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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