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Tower Seminar- Composing Traditions

October 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenters: Professor Dan Trueman, Dr Linda Buckley, Kate Ellis

Chair: Professor Mel Mercier

Three leading Irish and international composers, performers and improvisers, Dan Trueman, Linda Buckley and Kate Ellis talk about the creation and performance of new music, their interest in composing and improvising out of and across traditions, and the role of the university in the teaching of music composition.


Professor Dan Trueman (Princeton University) Dan Trueman is an American composer, fiddler, and instrument builder. He collaborates frequently with a wide range of ensembles and musicians, including So Percussion, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Eighth Blackbird, Brittany Haas, the JACK Quartet, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Gallicantus, as well as other artists like choreographer Rebecca Lazier, poet Paul Muldoon, director Mark DeChiazza, and scientist Naomi Leonard. He has taught in Princeton University’s renowned composition program for over a decade and been recognized by grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, the Bessies, the Fulbright Commission, the American Composers Forum, the American Council of Learned Societies, Meet the Composer, among others.


Dr Linda Buckley (Trinity College Dublin) Linda Buckley’s music has been described as “exquisite” (Gramophone) “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers” (Journal of Music). Her work has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra and at international festivals including Bang on a Can at MassMoCA and Seoul International Computer Music Festival. Linda studied music at University College Cork and is a member of the Irish Gamelan Orch-estra. She holds a PhD in Composition from Trinity College and was RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence 2011/13. In 2016, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship supporting a year of composition and research in New York, affiliated with NYU.


Cellist Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music. Kate is the Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, and a member of the Taquin Experiments, Yurodny and Fovea Hex. Kate’s great range of musical collaborators include the Irish Gamelan
Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Martin Hayes, Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy, Gavin Bryars, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey. She has commissioned new music from a diverse range of Irish composers, including Niall Vallely, Adrian Hart, Linda Buckley and Donnacha Dennehy, and she has premiered numerous works by composers, including Nico Muhly, Gerald Barry, David Lang and Terry Riley. Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.


October 25, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Theatre 2, Irish World Academy
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