The Butterfly Sessions: Jonathan Nangle & Deirdre O'Leary

The Butterfly Sessions: Jonathan Nangle & Deirdre O'Leary

The Butterfly Sessions: Jonathan Nangle & Deirdre O'Leary
An online performance featuring a new commission by electro-acoustic composer Jonathan Nangle, performed by Crash Ensemble clarinettist Deirdre O’Leary.

Jonathan Nangle is an Irish composer whose work explores many diverse fields ranging from notated acoustic and electro-acoustic composition, through live and spatially distributed electronics, to video, field recording, interactive sound installation and electronic improvisation.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he studied composition under Donnacha Dennehy and Rob Canning and Electro-Acoustic composition with Roger Doyle. Since 2008 he has continued to study privately with composer Kevin Volans.

His work has been commissioned and performed internationally by, amongst others, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Signum Quartet, Ensemble Scratch the Surface, The Dublin Guitar Quartet, The Chatham Saxophone Quartet, Ergodos Orchestra, New Dublin Voices, Irish Youth Choir, the Spatial Music Collective, violinist Darragh Morgan and pianist Thérèse Fahy.

He has represented Ireland twice at the International Rostrum of Composers. First in 2009 where his work ‘our headlights blew softly into the black, illuminating very little’ was awarded a commendation and again in 2011 with his first orchestral piece ‘now is night come quietly’.

His work has been released by the Ergodos, Diatribe, RTÉ Lyric FM, Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and Metier Divine Art Record Labels, featured at numerous festivals, been choreographed for film and stage, and has been broadcast internationally both on radio and television.

His debut album Pause featuring works for combinations of strings and electronics, performed by Crash Ensemble, was released in July 2017 on the Ergodos label. Jonathan is a lecturer in Music Technology and Electro-Acoustic Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Deirdre O’Leary is a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player. As a student at the RNCM, Manchester, Deirdre also travelled to the Accademia Chigiana summer school in Siena on scholarship and toured with the EUYO. On returning from Manchester, she began playing regularly with the NSO of Ireland, the RTECO, Wexford Opera Festival, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Since joining Crash Ensemble in 2003, Deirdre has toured throughout Europe, Australia and the US and recorded for the Nonesuch label. Over the past five years, Crash has played Carnegie Hall, NY, with Dawn Upshaw and Iarla Ó Lionáird, the Barbican, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Edinburgh festival, and Dublin & Galway theatre festivals. They have premiered Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s award-winning operas The Last Hotel and the The Second Violinist.

Deirdre is a founding member of Cassiopeia Wind Quintet. Since coming together in 2010, Cassiopeia has performed at the Galway Midwinter Festival with the Con Tempo Quartet, Rolf Hind, Lore Lixenberg; at the New Ross Piano Festival with Finghin Collins, Melvyn Tan, and Lise de la Salle; at the Sligo Chamber Music Festival at the invitation of the Vogler Quartet; on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany; and has toured Ireland with assistance from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Since 2018, Deirdre has played all over Europe with the Berlin-based contemporary group Stargaze, and performed and recorded with Caitríona O’Leary’s band Anakronos. She is currently co-creating a project focusing on homelessness with film maker Christopher Ash, composer Andrea Molino and project manager Karina Lundström.

Deirdre lives in Cloughjordan ecovillage where she and her family have built a cob house by hand.

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 Jonathan Nangle's music on Spotify