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Dr. Ann Cleare
Assistant Professor, Electronic & Elect. Engineering

Biography

Ann Cleare is an Irish composer working in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments, and hybrid instrumental design. Her work explores the static and sculptural nature of sound, probing the extremities of timbre, texture, colour, and form. She creates highly psychological and corporeal sonic spaces that encourage a listener to contemplate the complexity of the lives we exist within, exploring poetries of communication, transformation, and perception.

A recipient of a 2019 Ernst von Siemens Composer Prize, her work has been commissioned and presented by major broadcasters such as the BBC, NPR, ORF, RTÉ, SWR, WDR for festivals such as Gaudeamus Week, The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik, International Music Institute Darmstadt, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, IMATRONIC Festival of Electronic Music at ZKM, MATA Festival, Taschenopernfestival, Sound Reasons Festival in India, Shanghai New Music Week, Transit Belgium, GAIDA, Totally Huge New Music in Perth, Trattorie Parma, Rainy Days in Luxembourg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Ultraschall. Through working with some of the most progressive musicians of our time, she has established a reputation for creating innovative forms of music, both in its presentation, and within the music itself. She has worked with groups such as Ensemble SurPlus, The Crash Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Nikel, The Curious Chamber Players, Yarn/Wire, ensemble mosaik, The Experimental Ensemble of the SWR Studios, Talea Ensemble, österreichisches ensemble für neue music, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ensemble recherche, TAK, Ensemble Garage, Argento Chamber Ensemble, The Fidelio Trio, Distractfold, Longleash Trio, Riot Ensemble, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemblekollektiv, and WasteLAnd.

Recent projects have focused on creating experiential environments where sound is given a visual as well as sonic dimension, such works include eyam i-v, a series of five attacca pieces, centred around clarinet and flute writing in various solo, ensemble, electronic, and orchestral settings, spanning just over two hours of music that is continuously transformed in shape, time, and motion around the listener; rinn, a time travel chamber opera involving a multichannel sonic sculpture that the singers and actors wear, interact with, and are amplified by; spatially choreographed chamber pieces such as I should live in wires for leaving you behind, anchor me to the land, and on magnetic fields; a newly-designed instrument that a musician simultaneously wears and plays in eöl.

Current and future projects include a chamber piece & curated concert with Musikfabrik for the National Concert Hall of Ireland's Beethoven 2022 celebrations, a solo flute work for Claire Chase, an opera for Munich Biennale 2022, a large scale work for soloists, chorus, orchestra, and electronics for New Music Dublin 2023, a DVD of filmed works released by Kairos, and the creation of outdoor sonic sculptures with Lay of the Land, Crash Ensemble, and Fionnuala Conway.

Ann studied at University College Cork, IRCAM, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. In October 2019, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland for her contribution to music. Her scores are published by Project Schott New York and she is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC). As an artistic collaborator with Dublin Sound Lab, she will work on developing their programming and production of electronic music over the coming years. Ann is Projects Officer with Sounding the Feminists (#STF), a collective championing principles of equality, fairness, inclusivity, and diversity in Irish musical life.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ann Cleare, 'The Little Lives: An Opera', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Periscope 1: Léas for voice, A gift for the Royal Academy of Music's 200th Birthday Celebration, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK', 2022, - Musical Score, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Inner for cello and piano, performance by Louise McMonagle and Neil Georgeson, Music & Wine at St. Luke's, Brighton, UK', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either for piano and electronics, by Ensemble Suono Giallo, Il Suono Contemporary Music Week, Auditorium Santa Chiara Sansepolcro, Tuscany, Italy', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Fossil Lights for quartet, performance by Musikfabrik, Studio Musikfabrik, Cologne,Germany', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Dorchadas for ensemble by International Ensemble Modern Academy, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK), Frankfurt, Germany', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for Solo Bb Clarinet, performance by Carlos Cardeiro, University of Music Chamber Hall, Freiburg, Germany', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Inner for cello and piano, performance by Trio Feedback & ARTSOM, Mostra Sonora, València,Spain', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin for string quintet, performance by Crash Ensemble, West Cork Chamber Festival, Cork, Ireland', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, '93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano, performed by Collegium Novum Zürich, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, Places in my Music/My Music in Places, Tempus Konnex's International Composer Exchange Week, Leipzig, Germany, 2022 Conference Paper, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'The Little Lives', The Little Lives: an Opera, 2022, - Musical Score, 2022 URL

Ann Cleare, 'I am not a clockmaker either for piano and electronics, performance by Isabelle O'Connell, New Music Dublin, National Concert Hall, Ireland', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Fossil Lights for quartet, performance by Musikfabrik, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Periscope 1: Léas, performed by Angharad Rowlands, Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'performance of where cobalt waves live by Emma Mistele, Yarn/Wire Institute, DiMenna Centre, New York, USA', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Ceo|Glór|Eitilt for voice and piano, performance by Gavan Ring & Fiachra Garvey, Streamed from Wigmore Hall, London, UK', London, UK, 2022, - Music Production, 2022 URL

Ann Cleare, Places in my Music/My Music in Places, Yarn/Wire International Institute, Stony Brook University, USA, 2022 Conference Paper, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner for cello and piano by Tempus Konnex, Leipzig, Germany', 2022, - Music Production, 2022

Ann Cleare, 'Tintrí (Lightings) for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano', Commissioned by Kissinger Sommer, Germany. Premiered 11 July 2021, 2021, - Musical Score, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by Rachel Beetz, Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory', Boston, USA/Online, Schott Music, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by Louise McMonagle and Neil Georgeson, Saint Anne's Kew, London, UK', 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'anfa for augmented contrabass flute with visuals, Premiere by Claire Chase, Flute, The Kitchen, New York ', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for Bb Clarinet by Carol McGonnell & Argento, National Opera Centre/Online, New York, USA Chamber Ensemble', Schott Music, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'performance of on magnetic fields by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie, Germany', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either for accordion and electronics by Bastien Pouillés & Giovanni Onorato, Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan) & Online', Stockholm, Sweden, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'anfa for augmented contrabass flute with visuals', New York, 2021, - Musical Score, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano, performed by Uusinta Ensemble, Kallio Church, Helsinki, Finland', Finland, 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'mire| |veins for brass quintet, performed by Ensemble Apparat,', Luxembourg, Schott Music, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'Tintrí (Lightings) for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano, Ekaterina Chayka-Rubinstein and Jan Philip Schulze', Bad Kissingen, Germany, 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'surface station #2: the relighting of the sun for double-bell trumpet with electronic sculpture and video', Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Places in my Music/My Music in Places in, editor(s)John Zorn , Arcana IX: Musicians on Music, New York, Hip Roads, 2021, pp47 - 55, [Ann Cleare] Book Chapter, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble', Luxembourg, Rainy Days Festival,, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either for piano and electronics at Ljubljana New Music Forum', Slovenia, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'Fossil Lights for quartet, Premiere by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonic', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'performance of mire | | veins by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie, Germany', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'Fossil Lights for quartet', Commissioned by the Office for Public Works and the National Concert Hall. Premiered by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonic, 5 Sept., 2021, - Musical Score, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble performed by the Cabinet of Curiosities, Goethe-Institut Hall, Tokyo, Japan', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'where cobalt waves live for piano, performed by Daniel Browell/Hard Rain Ensemble', Northern Ireland / Online, 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble and live electronics, Performance by Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie', 2021, - Music Production, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by House of Fire, Neighborhood Unitarian Church, California, USA', 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Ann Cleare, 'where cobalt waves live for piano, performed by Mabel Kwan, In the Key of Now: Online Concert,', Chicago, USA/ Online, 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at Yarn/Wire Summer Institute, Stony Brook University/Online, Stony Brook University, USA/Online, June , 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by Austin Wulliman and Conrad Tao, Miller Theatre, New York, USA', 2020, - Music Production, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either for piano and electronics by Malgorzata Walentynowicz, Gdanck New Music Days, Poland', 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by Handwerk, Freiburg, Germany', 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, SPARK OFF A FIRE MEMORIES OF MY COMPOSITION TEACHER CHAYA CZERNOWIN, NEUE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR MUSIK, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Tizia Zimmermann, Musikhochschule Berne, Switzerland', 2020, - Music Production, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'performance of surface station #1: in the upper atmosphere by Samuel Stoll, NUMU Concert Series, Baden, Switzerland', Baden, Switzerland, 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory, Boston/Online, 16-25/06, 2020 Conference Paper, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by Sarah Saviet and Joseph Houston, Radial System, Berlin, Germany', 2020, - Music Production, 2020

Ann Cleare, Guest Presenter at Webinar on 'Re-Making the Creative Arts Canon, Re-Imagining the Creative Arts Curriculum', Online, NUI Galway, 12/02, 2020 Conference Paper, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by Sarah Saviet and Joseph Houston, KM28, Berlin, Germany', 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by ICTUS, Ghent, Belgium', 2020, - Music Production, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano', Wien Modern, Vienna/London/Online, Schott Music, 2020, - Music Production, 2020 URL

Ann Cleare, 'Spiral Nebula', developed in collaboration with Fiona Breen, Mary Cooney Power, and Brendan Farrell,, Birr Castle, Offaly, 2020, - Music Production, 2020

Ann Cleare, 'Solo Portrait Concert performed by Musikfabrik, Cologne, October 2019', Cologne, Germany, 2019, - Music Production, 2019 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of on magnetic fields by Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Ensemble, UK', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eöl by Musikfabrik, Cologne Portrait Concert', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of on magnetic fields by Musikfabrik, Cologne Portrait Concert, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by airbourne ensemble, Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Julia den Boer, Frequency Festival, Constellation, Chicago', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Stephane Ginsburgh, Columbia University Global Centre, Paris', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam i by Contemporary Insights Ensemble, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'Ceo, Glór, Eitilt', Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre, 2019, - Musical Score, 2019

A Silent Building Sings and Radically Changes its Matter: On Ann Cleare's a Sonic Theatre in, One Here Now: The Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland Project, Ireland, co-published by Sirius Arts Centre and Paper Visual Art, 2019, pp74 - 88, [Mary-Ruth Walshe & Ann Cleare] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of unable to create an offscreen world by WasteLAnd, Walt Disney Hall, LA', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Electronic Theatre in eyam iv (Pluto's Farthest Moons) in, editor(s)Dániel Péter Biró, Jonathan Goldman, Detlef Heusinger, Constanze Stratz , Live Electronics in the SWR Experimentalstudio, Germany, Hofheim Wolke Verlag, 2019, pp293 - 301, [Ann Cleare] Book Chapter, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna for saxophone by Michele Bianchini, Contrasti Festival, Trente, Italy', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of phôsphors (...of ether) by UC Davis Symphony, Mondavi Centre for the Performing Arts, California, USA', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either airbourne ensemble, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin, Performance by Ensemble Vortex, Festival Archipel, Geneva, Switzerland', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'Solo Portrait Concert performed by Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival', 2019, - Music Production, 2019 URL

Ann Cleare, 'the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble and live electronics, performance by Kollektiv Ensemble, Wittenertage Festival, Germany 2019 ', 2019, - Music Production, 2019 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano by The Fidelio Trio, Beijing Festival of Modern Music, China', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of unable to create an offscreen world by TAK Ensemble, Album Launch Concert, New York', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna/lithe/lair by LSTwo, Leeds University, UK', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Julia den Boer, Aréte Gallery, New York', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'the physics of fog, swirling ', the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble and live electronics, Premiered at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2019, 2019, - Musical Score, 2019 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of teeth of light, tongue of waves by Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of mire | | veins by Musikfabrik, Cologne Portrait Concert, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by by Leia Slosberg, Mise-en-Place, New York', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of on magnetic fields by Musikfabrik, Ernst von Siemens Composer Award, Prinzregententheatre, Munich, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna for saxophone by Ryan Muncy, Unerhörte Musik, Berlin', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna/lithe/lair by ensemble mosaik, Kesselhaus, Berlin', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano by The Fidelio Trio, National Concert Hall, Dublin', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by handwerk, Kunststation St. Peter, Cologne, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano by The Fidelio Trio, Tufts University, Boston, USA', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by collective lovemusic, Strasbourg, France', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'Performance of teeth of light, tongue of waves by The International Contemporary Ensemble, Lincoln Centre, New York', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance by 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano, The Long Leash Trio, Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by by handwerk, Rheinsburg Church, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano by The Riot Ensemble, Petworth Festival of Music, UK', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano by Contemporary Insights Ensemble, Kultuehalle, Leipzig, Germany', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore by Musikfabrik, Cologne Portrait Concert', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iv (Pluto's Farthest Moons) by Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK,', 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Ann Cleare, 'surface station #2: the relighting of the sun, for double bell trumpet, electronic sculpture and lights, Performance by Callum G'Froerer, Unerhörte Musik, Berlin', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest composer at the Irish Composition Summer School, Dublin, July, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'surface station #2: the relighting of the sun, performance by Callum G'Froerer, PROGR Foundation, Berne, Switzerland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by Roberta Michel, La General NE, Paris, France', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of to another of that other by The International Contemporary Ensemble, Miller Theatre, New York', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Keith Kirchoff, SLIPCE Festival, Western Michigan University, USA', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'One Here Now: A Sonic Theatre ', One Here Now: A Sonic Theatre for voices, percussion, and electronics , 2018, - Musical Score, 2018 URL

Ann Cleare, 'One Here Now: A Sonic Theatre, Performance by Tonnta Vocal Ensemble, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by Ensemble Nikel, Darmtadt Festival, Germany', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Krassimir Sterev, GNOM Concert Series, Baden, Switzerland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'teeth of light, tongue of waves, performance by The International Contemporary Ensemble, Miller Theatre, New York ', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore by Contrechamps, Festival de Geneve, Switzerland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Dorchadas by Resident Ensemble, SoundSCAPE Festival, Cesena, Italy', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna for saxophone by Nicole Strum, Mount Allison College, Canada', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by International Contemporary Ensemble, Ultraschall Festival, Berlin, Germany', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam i by Carol McGonnell, Great Music in Irish Houses, Dublin', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by Nief-Norf, Natalie L. Haslam Centre, Knoxville, USA', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'where cobalt waves live for solo piano, performances by pianists of The Dublin International Piano Festival', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I should live in wires for leaving you behind by Gageego Ensemble, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by Laura Cocks, 1850 Amsterdam Ave, New York', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore by ensemble mosaik, Akademie der Kunst, Darmstadt, Germany', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Irish Artist-in-Residence at SoundSCAPE Festival, Italy, July , 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance by The Fidelio Trio, York University, UK', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by International Contemporary Ensemble, Frequency Festival, Constellation, Chicago ', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Dorchadas by The International Contemporary Ensemble, Miller Theatre, New York', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna for saxophone by Ryan Muncy, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, USA', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by Ensemble Nikel, Felica Blumenthal Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Inner by The Curious Chamber Players, Silence Festival, Lapland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'Earth Waves', for Solo Trombone, Spatialised Vocal Ensemble, and Moving Electronics, Commissioned by The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation for William Lang and Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble. , 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance by The Fidelio Trio, Spitalfields Festival, London', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam i by Heather Roche, Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by Ensemble Nikel, Nauriz Music Festival, Kazakhstan', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance by Ensemble Platypus, Echoraum, Vienna', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by Musikfabrik, WDR Concert Hall, Cologne', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'Earth Waves for Solo Trombone, Spatialised Vocal Ensemble, and Moving Electronics, William Lang and Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, DiMenna Centre, New York', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iv (Pluto's Farthest Moons) by Ensemble Caput, HARPA, Iceland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'where cobalt waves live for solo piano ', The Contemporary Music Centre Dublin, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018 URL

Ann Cleare, 'teeth of light, tongue of waves ', teeth of light, tongue of waves for soprano, bassoon, bowed guitar, viola, cello, and double bass, Miller Theatre, New York, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window by International Contemporary Ensemble, Miller Theatre, New York', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii Ensemble Dal Niente, Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois, USA', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of on magnetic fields by Riot Ensemble, Goldsmiths University, London, UK', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance by The Fidelio Trio, National Concert Hall, Dublin', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii by ensemble mosaik, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I am not a clockmaker either by Krassimir Sterev, Felica Blumenthal Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel', 2018, - Music Production, 2018

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for solo bass flute, performance by Bettina Junge/ensemble mosaik, Visual Resonance at Cycle Music and Art Festival, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window for quartet, performance by Ensemble Nikel, Adevantgarde Festival, Black Box, Gasteig, Munich, Germany', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for solo Bb Clarinet, performed by Kathryn Vetter, School of Music, University of Oklahoma, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin, performance by Crash Ensemble, Mountshannon Arts Festival, Co. Clare, Ireland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna (the eye that opens the other eye) for solo alto saxophone, performed by Ryan Muncy/International Contemporary Ensemble, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of unable to create an offscreen world (b) for piccolo and percussion, performance by Lina Andonovska and Alex Petcu Colan, Lutheran Hall,Dublin, Ireland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of I should live in wires for leaving you behind for piano and percussion, performance by Yarn/Wire, Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore for clarinet and string trio, performance by ensemble mosaik, Kunstraum, Tosterglope, Germany', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of fiáin for violin, viola, cello, electric guitar, and electric bass guitar, performance by Crash Ensemble, CrashLands at The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of to another of that other for clarinet(s), trumpet, and trombone, performance by ELISION, Shanghai New Music Week, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for solo bass flute and two shadowing instruments, performance by Laura Cocks & TAK,Niente/Forte Festival at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano, performance by LONGLEASH Trio, Bailey Powell Elebash Recital Hall @ CUNY, New York, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'Inner for cello and piano,performance by Duo TÖ, Anna Christensson and Torun Sæter Staving,Förstaparkett,Stockholm, Sweden', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore for clarinet and string trio, performance by Distractfold, Kalv Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna (the eye that opens the other eye) for solo alto saxophone, performed by Ryan Muncy/International Contemporary Ensemble, OpenICE at Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window for quartet, performance by The International Contemporary Ensemble, Williams College, Massachusetts, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of luna (the eye that opens the other eye) for solo alto saxophone, performed by Casey Grev,Centre for New Music, San Francisco, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window for quartet, performance by Ensemble Nikel, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Yorkshire, England', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of 4 x 4 miniature for two French Horns and two Trombones,performed by Samuel Stoll, Adrian Städeli, Stephen Menotti, and Jon Roskilly, Geben Sie Zeit Räume, Kantonsbibliothek Baselland, Liestal, Switzerland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest composer/lecturer, DJBFA Course, Engelsholm Castle, Denmark, May, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for solo bass flute, performance by Bettina Junge/ensemble mosaik, mosaik 20th Birthday Celebrations, Acker Stadt Palast, Berlin, Germany', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of ore for clarinet and string trio, performance by ensemble mosaik, Traiettorie Festival, Parma, Italy', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of surface station #2: the relighting of the sun for double-bell trumpet with electronic sculpture and lights, performance/presentation by Callum G'Froerer, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'eyam v (woven) for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet, and orchestra, premiered by soloists Richard Craig and Carol McGonnell, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney,National Concert Hall,Dublin, Ireland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of Surface station #1: in the upper atmosphere for extended French horn solo,premiere by Samuel Stoll, Dialog Series, Gard du Nord, Basel, Switzerland', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin for violin, viola, cello, electric guitar, electric bass guitar ', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of re for clarinet and string trio, performance by ensemble mosaik, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, Festival für Neue Musik, Berlin, Germany', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'perfomance of surface station #2: the relighting of the sun for double-bell trumpet with electronic sculpture and lights, performance by Callum G'Froerer, la la la concert series, Sydney, Australia', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of surface station #2: the relighting of the sun for double-bell trumpet with electronic sculpture and lights, performance by Callum G'Froerer, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of the square of yellow light that is your window for quartet, performance by Ensemble Nikel,Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Bludenz, Austria', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin, Performance by Crash Ensemble, GAIDA Festival of Music, Lithuania', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'surface station #2: the relighting of the sun for double bell trumpet, electronic sculpture and lights ', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017 URL

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for solo bass flute and two shadowing instruments, performance by Kamraton, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Pittsburgh, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of IRK for violin and electronics, performance by Aysel Taghi-Zada & Jenn Kirby, soundSCAPE Festival, Maccagno, Italy', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'fiáin, performance by Crash Ensemble, National Concert Hall, Dublin', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'performance of eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for solo bass flute, performed by Richard Craig, Kalv Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for Bb Clarinet,performed by Carol McGonnell,The Barnes Collection,Philadelphia, USA', 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Ann Cleare, 'ore for single reed wind instrument (cl/ob/sax) and string trio', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Ann Cleare, '93 million miles away for violin, cello, and piano', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eyam ii (taking apart your universe) / Solo Contrabass Clarinet and Large Ensemble ', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Composer (presenting, teaching and curating) at Music Current, Dublin Sound Lab's new Festival of Electronic Music, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, April, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Ann Cleare, 'surface station #1: in the upper atmosphere / multi-belled, electronic French horn solo with video, commissioned by Samuel Stoll, 12 mins, premiered in Gard du Nord, Basel, Swaitzerland ', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eyam v (woven) for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and orchestra', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Ann Cleare, 'rinn / Chamber Opera with Electronic Staging', 2015, - Musical Score, 2015 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eöl for Sonic Sculpture and Chamber Ensemble', 2015, - Musical Score, 2015 URL

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at NUNC!2, presenting, teaching, and coaching at Northwestern University's Festival of New Music, Chicago, November, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Ann Cleare, 'luna (the eye that opens the other eye) for Solo Alto Saxophone', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'anchor me to the land for Large Ensemble ', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'I should live in wires for leaving you behind for Theatrically Choreographed Piano/Percussion Quartet ', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'the square of yellow light that is your window for Mixed Quartet ', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eyam iv (Pluto's Farthest Moons) for contrabass flute, spatialised ensemble, and electronics', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'luna/lithe/lair for Spatialised Large Ensemble ', 2014, - Musical Score, 2014 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eyam iii (if it's living somewhere outside of you) for bass flute, 16 mins, commissioned by Richard Craig', 2013, - Musical Score, 2013

Ann Cleare, 'to another of that other: a Triple Concerto ', 2013, - Musical Score, 2013 URL

Ann Cleare, 'eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for Solo Bb Clarinet ', 2013, - Musical Score, 2013 URL

Ann Cleare, 'phôsphors (...of ether) for orchestra', 2013, - Musical Score, 2013 URL

Ann Cleare, 'mire | | veins for Brass Quintet ', 2013, - Musical Score, 2013 URL

Ann Cleare, 'on magnetic fields / Large Ensemble divided into Three Chamber Groups ', 2012, - Musical Score, 2012

Ann Cleare, 'unable to create an offscreen world a, b & c for electronics, duo, quintet, supported by Harvard University', 2010, - Musical Score, 2010

Ann Cleare, 'Inner for string instrument and piano, supported by Harvard University', 2009, - Musical Score, 2009

Ann Cleare, 'I am not a clockmaker either for keyboard instrument and electronics, supported by IRCAM', 2008, - Musical Score, 2008

Ann Cleare, 'Dorchadas for ensemble, supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude, 12 mins, 2007, published by Schott ', Project Schott New York, 2007, - Musical Score, 2007 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dr. Ann Cleare, Places in my Music/ My Music in Places, Visiting Artist of Composition Seminars, Boston Conservatory at Berklee/Online, 3/11/21, 2021, Boston Conservatory at Berklee Invited Talk, 2021

Derek Scally/Ann Cleare, Loud and Cleare: The Offaly woman wowing audiences with breakthrough sounds, Irish Times, (11/09/2021), 2021 Review Article, 2021 URL

Ann Cleare, Guest Composer, Royal Academy of Music, London, London/Online, 12/03, 2020 Invited Talk, 2020

Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at The University of Buffalo Colloquia, The University of Buffalo, USA/Online, 16/11, 2020 Invited Talk, 2020

Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at lineuponline's Composer Talks, Online/Texas, 16/10, 2020, lineuponline Invited Talk, 2020 URL

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Composer at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, December 2 & 3, 2019 Invited Talk, 2019

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Panelist, 'are we there yet?': discussion on current composition trends, performance practice, critical perspectives, and new directions as part of Dublin Sound Lab's Music Current Festival, Ireland, April , 2018, Dublin Sound Lab Invited Talk, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest presenter at Columbia University, New York, February, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Panelist, Fremde/Heimat - Komponieren im Exil, Bochum Concert Hall, Germany, October, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Presentation at DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin, December , 2018, DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin Invited Talk, 2018

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest presentation at CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield, UK, March , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest panelist for New Opera in Ireland in the 21st Century, CMC, Dublin, Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland, March, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest presentation at Musik-Akademie Basel, Switzerland, January, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Presenter at The Sydney Conservatorium , October , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest artist, CultureSummit, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, April, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest presenter at University of Western Australia, October , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Artist at Campus Musikfabrik, Cologne, Germany, February, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Discussant with Roger Reynolds, Shaping Form, Darmstadt, Germany, August, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Panelist for Can Music Change the World? Dublin Piano Festival, July , 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Presentation at Maynooth University's Department of Music, December, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Presentation at the University of California, San Diego's Music Department, USA, April, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Presenter at University College Cork's Music Seminar Series, Ireland, February, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Dr. Ann Cleare, Guest Composer (presenting and teaching) at The New England Conservatory's Composer Presentations, Boston, USA, April, 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Research Expertise

Description

I am an artist and technologist, creating and researching through the medium of sound. This research extends to the areas of concert music, opera, sonic environments (site-specific, installation works), and hybrid instrumental design, involving both hardware design and software engineering. I am particularly fascinated by timbre (the colour of sound) and texture (the physicality of sound), and how these parameters can be engaged in order to explore places, people, and ideas through sound. In all of my work, my goal lies in expressing the sound of now, the sonic texture of what it means to be alive in the 21st century. Examples of current and future research involves the national and international presentations of the following large-scale projects, which investigate subjects ranging from Information Wars to the Regeneration of Rural Ireland to the Climate Emergency: - A new opera, The Little Lives, 2.5 hours in duration, commissioned by The City of Munich for Munich Biennale, to be premiered in May 2022. A collaboration with Scottish author A.L. Kennedy, The Little Lives explores the effect of powerful propaganda on the domestic and national scale and the progressive and regressive roles of national identity in post-colonial Ireland/UK - A new large-scale work for moving voices, large chorus, orchestra, and film, commissioned by RTÉ to be premiered in The National Concert Hall in April 2023. Connecting to the Midlands of Ireland, and particularly to the ancient, lost province of Midhe, this work seeks to recover, reclaim, and reanimate perceptions of the Midland region and to explore how its past can teach us many democratic and environmental lessons about our future. - An interdisciplinary project, Earth Observers, will be developed in collaboration with Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading Contemporary Music Ensemble, which I am artist-in-residence with, throughout 2023 to 2025. By imaginatively weaving the disciplines of land art, music, extended realities, and geology into an expressive tool for cultural exploration, this project will literally allow the public to see more deeply into the world around them, encouraging an awareness of our place in deep time and our responsibility to the epochs and beings that will follow us.

Projects

  • Title
    • Development Bursary
  • Summary
    • to create new immersive musical experiences that integrates practices from performance art, movement, sculpture, and text-based art forms - to finance the collaborative processes and material resources necessary to craft this new work - to produce concert experiences that expand my artistic language
  • Funding Agency
    • The Arts Council of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 01/05/20
  • Date To
    • 01/12/21
  • Title
    • Composition Fellow
  • Summary
    • Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Perugia, Italy, 2023
  • Funding Agency
    • Civitella Ranieri Foundation
  • Date From
    • 14/06/23
  • Date To
    • 24/07/23
  • Title
    • rinn: a video opera
  • Summary
    • rinn: a film version of a recent chamber opera, developed with funds from the Next Generation Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland, 2018-23
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts Council of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 01/01/2018
  • Date To
    • 01/01/24
  • Title
    • New Cycle of Works/Multi-Layered Theatre
  • Summary
    • for brass instruments and electronic sculptures in extended concert/theatre environments, for Callum G'Froerer, Max Murray, Weston Olencki, and Samuel Stoll, Developed with funds from The Arts Council of Ireland's Music Bursary Award 2016,The Australian Arts Council Ireland/Germany/Australia/USA, 2017-2025
  • Funding Agency
    • The Arts Council of Ireland, The Australian Arts Council
  • Date From
    • 01/01/2017
  • Date To
    • 01/01/2025
  • Title
    • One Here Now: A Sonic Theatre
  • Summary
    • A Sirius Arts Centre Commission, created in collaboration with Tonnta Music. Premiered at Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Sirius Arts Centre
  • Date From
    • 01/10/17
  • Date To
    • 25/04/18

Keywords

Creative Arts; Creative technologies

Recognition

Representations

External Examiner for Ph.D., Leeds University November 2021

Examining Master Thesis at Sydney Conservatorium of Music March 2020

Examining of Masters Thesis at Music Department, Trinity College Dublin September

Examination of Ph.D. Confirmations, Music Department, Trinity College Dublin May

Awards and Honours

Solo Portrait Concert at the Berlin Philharmonic, Musikfest, Berlin 5/09/21

International Society for Contemporary Music - work selected from International Call for New Zealand Festival 2020 April 2020

Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland for Contribution to Music October 2019

Solo Portrait Concert performed by Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 November 2019

Solo Portrait Concert performed by Musikfabrik, Cologne October 2019

Ernst von Siemens Composer Prize February 2019

Solo Portrait Concert at Miller Theatre, Columbia University with The International Contemporary Ensemble March 2018

Recipient of MATA Commission for 2015 Festival, one of three composers chosen from over 950 applications April 2015

Staubach Honorarium recipient from IMD (Darmstadt Music Courses), Germany June 2013

Derek C. Bok Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard University 2012

Named one of NPR's top composers under 40, WQXR, New York 2012

Shortlisted for the Gaudeamus Prize, Holland 2010

Received the title of College Scholar from University College Cork for achievement and excellence in academic studies 2006

Memberships

Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland 2008 – Present

Association of Irish Composers 2008

Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) 2008

Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Association 2021 – Present