Hello, I'm an Irish composer, currently completing a PhD in Composition at Princeton University. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin, having completed a B.A in Music in 2006 and an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies in 2009. Past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Contempo String Quartet, Dither Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Mivos String Quartet, Orkest de Ereprijs, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Lisa Moore, Michelle O'Rourke, Cora-Venus Lunny, Zoe Conway, and Paul Roe. Over the past few years I've participated as a composer fellow at festivals and residencies including Ostrava Days Festival (Czech Republic), Soundscape Festival (Italy), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (U.S) and the International Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands). Nice things like this and this happened too.
A lot of my musical ideas come from literature, landscape, humour, and the mundanities and upheavals of everyday life. I'm interested in how place, folklore, and migration hold clues to the style and identity of Irish traditional music and song, in the hope of uprooting hidden histories and connections to folk music from Europe and beyond. I also sing, play piano as often as possible, and make visual things when music ideas are few and far.
Current and future projects include a large-scale multimedia work for vocal quartet and So Percussion based on the diary entries of Donald Crowhurst, and commissions from Ensemble Mise-en, Bearthoven, Jacquin Trio, and cellist Amanda Gookin.