Workshop: Ailís Ni Ríain (composer)

Wednesday September 12th, 2012

Born in Cork, the international prize-winning classical composer and published playwright Ailís Ní Ríain aims to produce work which challenges, provokes and engages. She is particularly interested in cross-discipline collaboration, new writing for performance, concert music,sound installation, opera, music-theatre and presenting contemporary music in diverse spaces including the public realm.  Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘The Verb’ & ‘Hear and Now’, BBC 4′s The Today Programme and Woman’s Hour, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ One in addition to a documentary for Channel 4′s Big Art project.  She received her Purcell Room, Southbank debut in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. Ailís Ní Ríain describes herself as ‘a conceptual composer,’ for whom the concept for the music-based theatrical or site-specific experience comes first––everything else has to comply with that vision. Ailís composes for a variety of media, which often result in ‘Music-based Experiences.’ Key to this is collaborative work and facilitating others in contributing within a devising environment (not unlike the modus operandi of theatre). This seminar will consider the Composer of the 21st Century as someone who facilitates their work in a ground up way, devising collaboratively with other musicians and artists.