The Butterfly Sessions: Amanda Feery & Fiachra Garvey

The Butterfly Sessions: Amanda Feery & Fiachra Garvey

The Butterfly Sessions: Amanda Feery & Fiachra Garvey
An online performance of a new commission by Irish National Opera composer-in-residence Amanda Feery, performed by pianist and former NCH Rising Star Fiachra Garvey.

Amanda Feery is an Irish composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, and has written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre, installation, and multimedia. Much of her inspiration comes from literature, cultural criticism, folk music, and the natural world. Many of her recent works have had a charged socio-political focus, with noted projects including: This is the House of, commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, which explores trauma, and the discord between the church as an architectural space and an institution of abuse, and Give Us the Night, commissioned by Third Coast Percussion, an ode to the rapidly disappearing fringe elements of Dublin city and its night spaces.

Amanda has collaborated with leading ensembles and artists in Ireland and overseas, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Mise-en, Gallicantus, Amatis Trio, RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Paul Roe, Michelle O’Rourke, and Lina Andonovska. Her work has featured at New Music Dublin, Cork International Choral Festival, First Fortnight Festival, and Dublin Fringe Festival, among others, and she has been composer-in-residence at Mizzou International Composers Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, SOUNDscape, and Centre Culturel Irlandais.

Future projects include Longwave, a new work for Chamber Choir Ireland, and a film score for Tadhg O’Sullivan’s upcoming film, To the Moon. Amanda is currently resident composer with Irish National Opera’s ABL Aviation Opera Studio, and is currently working on an opera to be premiered in 2021.

First prize-winner of the 2012 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition and former NCH Rising Star, Fiachra Garvey ARAM, grew up on Móin Bhán in the Wicklow mountains. He spent his early childhood being the understudy to the family sheep dog Rex and playing the piano! Other pastimes included swimming in the Blessington lakes and staging plays in the attic with his cohort of friends. Since those more playful days, Fiachra has obtained his Dip Mus, BA and MA degrees from the Royal Academy of Music London, the RIAM Dublin and received prizes at many international competitions including Dublin AXA, EU Prague and Collioure, France.

Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTÉ NSO, RTÉ CO, Cambridge, UCD, and RIAM Symphony Orchestras and the Hibernian Orchestra. Fiachra has recorded and broadcast for BBC and RTÉ and has released two solo albums, For the Piano (RTÉ lyric fm label) and a Live from Wigmore Hall disc.

Memorable highlights include Wigmore Hall, Fazioli Hall, NCH Dublin, St Magnus Festival Orkney, West Cork Festival, Brighton Festival, Spoleto Festival, GOOGLE, Geneva Festival, Wexford Opera, Philia Hall Japan and Zhejiang Concert Hall China.

Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival and Vauxhall One Concert Series and is a board member of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

The Butterfly Sessions

Music Network has commissioned 24 musicians and composers to premiere new music in The Butterfly Sessions, an online performance series.

The 10-week series will feature two premieres each week broadcast on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm. Performances will be hosted on Music Network's YouTube channel and shared across all of the organisation's social media platforms.

This new initiative is one of a number of ways in which Music Network is supporting Irish and Ireland-based artists in the coming weeks during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Listen to some of Amanda Feery's music on Soundcloud