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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:

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.

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