Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office announces appointment of Musicians-in-Residence

04 July 2018

PRESS RELEASE

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently announced the appointment of Musicians-in-Residence 2018 in a scheme jointly funded by the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network. Three residencies were offered in 2018: residencies for established musicians were awarded to Susan McKeown and Conor Linehan, and a residency for an emerging musician was awarded to Craig Cox.

The residencies will culminate in a series of free concerts at the dlr LexIcon Studio and Library from July to September as follows:
Grammy award‐winning and BBC Folk Music Award nominated vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown will perform a series of songs about her experience as a woman living in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown today, taking inspiration from her own life and everyday encounters with people in the town as well as the Pier, the Forty Foot, Killiney Hill and beyond. Susan will be joined by collaborators Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) for two concerts - Sunday 29th July and Thursday 6th September.

Sound artist and composer Craig Cox will perform a new work inspired by and incorporating the incidental rhythms and percussive sounds made by the inhabitants of the area. Performing on violin and electronics, he will be joined by his frequent collaborator Aoife Hammond, an experimental guitarist and Sebastian Jezzi, jazz drummer. Composers Nikki Sheth and Aurelie Ferriere will also present intriguing spatial compositions as part of the concert programme on Thursday 13th September.

Pianist and composer Conor Linehan will perform a concert on Sunday 16th September which will include a showing of work in progress 'Madame Violante's Commodious Booth' and a piece for piano and dancer based on Ravel's cycle 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' featuring Emma O'Kane. On Sunday 30th September Conor will present a concert for violin and piano with Oonagh Keogh which will include a new piece based on and incorporating interviews with friends and family around growing up in Blackrock in the 70s and 80s. 

Throughout the residencies the wider community will have an opportunity to gain an intriguing insight into the creative process through a regular online video diary created by each musician – a series of recordings where they talk about their progress throughout the residencies.

The aim of the Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is to provide opportunities to develop and showcase new work which may be compositional and/or performance focused, i.e. to create a new work/body of material and/or to develop a new artistic collaboration. Previous Musicians-in-Residence have included musician and composer Sebastian Adams, The Eidola Trio which features Malachy Robinson (viola de gamba), Eamon Sweeney (baroque guitar, lute) and Anita Vedres (baroque violin), Elizabeth Hilliard and Grainne Mulvey (Opera), Matthew Jacobson (Jazz Drummer) and Metier (Jazz Quintet led by Ronan Guilfoyle).

 

For Listings Editors

Sunday 29th July, 2pm
Susan McKeown (voice), Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass)
dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Free
Booking: musicnetwork.ie/concerts

Thursday 6th September, 7pm
Susan McKeown (voice), Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass)
dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Free
Booking: musicnetwork.ie/concerts

Thursday 13th September, 7pm
Craig Cox (violin & electronics), Aoife Hammond (guitar), Sebastian Jezzi (drums), Nikki Sheth (sound artist), Aurelie Ferriere (sound artist) 
dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Free
Booking: musicnetwork.ie/concerts

Sunday 16th September, 2pm
Conor Linehan (piano), Emma O'Kane (dancer)
dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Free
Booking: musicnetwork.ie/concerts

Sunday 30th September, 2pm
Conor Linehan (piano) and Oonagh Keogh (violin)
dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Free
Booking: musicnetwork.ie/concerts

ENDS/

For media queries please contact: Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224 pr@musicnetwork.ie.

NOTES

Susan McKeown
Susan McKeown is a Grammy award winning and BBC Folk Music Award nominated vocalist and songwriter who is widely acknowledged to be one of the most powerful and innovative voices in Irish music. In a distinguished career, McKeown has performed with Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie and The Klezmatics. She has recorded mariachi music, klezmer music, African music, Celtic music, and contemporary song writing, and has performed at Glastonbury, The Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Susan is the only Irish artist ever signed to the Harmonia Mundi label for which she produced three albums. An inventive arranger and producer, she has received composer commissions from the Poetry Society of America and United Nations’ NGO Fourth World.

Conor Linehan
Conor Linehan is a pianist and composer based in Dublin. As a pianist he has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin Philharmonic and Crash Ensemble amongst others. He has written scores for theatre companies Druid Shakespeare (Lincoln Center Festival), The Abbey, Royal Shakespeare Company, British National Theatre, The Gate Theatre, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, Coisceim Dance Theatre, The Corn Exchange and Siren Productions. He was awarded the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Award (with Ben Delaney) for Best Sound Design for his score for The last Days of A Reluctant Tyrant by Tom Murphy. Conor is a member of the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Performance in association with Trinity College Dublin.

Craig Cox
Craig Cox is a sound artist and composer. He has been resident sound designer with acclaimed aerial company Loosysmokes since their formation, and is an active part of Dublin's experimental music community. His work is based in improvisation, collaboration and site responsiveness. He is currently on a collaborative residency with dance artist Deirdre Griffin at Dance Limerick, and will be premiering a new work with Loosysmokes at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival.