Irish Composers on Irish Music: Ryan Molloy (piano)

22 Apr 2015 - 8:30pm
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall

The next concert in the Irish Composers on Irish Music series features composer and contemporary and traditional musician Ryan Molloy.

Seóirse Bodley The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Ryan Molloy Sætre Brygge
Martin O’Leary David’s Air
Breffni O’Byrne Rhapsody
Martin O’Leary Jim’s Air
Simon Mawhinney Ravara
Martin O’Leary Irene’s Air
Michael Holohan Monaincha
Martin O’Leary Maeve’s Air
John McLachlan Vita
John McLachlan Nuance
Bill Whelan Currach

'I made a conscious decision to explore in my programme contemporary Irish works that draw (to varying extents) on traditional Irish music in some way since this is an important aspect of my musical upbringing and continued musical activity. This influence could be present in an extremely overt fashion as in the case with Bill Whelan's The Currach, or only very tangentially as in the case of my own early work Sætre Brygge. These works are also complimented by a few works which have no connection to traditional music (John McLachlan's Vita and Nuance for example) or which draw on wider issues such as the influence of landscape, sense of place and spirituality (as can be seen in Simon Mawhinney's Ravara).' – Ryan Molloy

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Irish Composers on Irish Music is a new series of concerts and talks from Irish composers, on their choice of music for their instrument. These composers bring their extraordinary insight from their experience as composers and performers to these specially selected works.

Irish Composers on Irish Music is supported by Arts Council Ireland. The Association of Irish Composers is supported by IMRO.

About Ryan Molloy:

As a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years, including major concert venues such as Tanglewood (U.S.A.), Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), Holywell Music Room (England) and Waterfront Hall (N. Ireland). In great demand as an accompanist, Ryan has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. The confluence of these two genres formed the basis of his PhD in composition at Queen's University, Belfast, studying under Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell.

Ryan is currently supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in association with Moving on Music. His recent compositions including Gortnagarn, Séamsur II and Third Epistle to Timothy, have been performed by EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Konvergence Ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra, amongst others. Ryan’s work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1 and Ráidió na Gaeltachta as well as on BBC 2, UTV and BBC World. In September 2013, Ryan joined the Department of Music at the National University of Ireland Maynooth as a lecturer in Acoustic Composition.