Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. His work seeks the liberation of improvisation from composition, the poetic syntax of philosophical enquiry, and the function of music as translative epistemology.
A curious predisposition and a steadfast refusal to accept the existence of boundaries between the real and the imaginary has led to collaborations with an array of international performers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, poets, sculptors, directors, festivals and ensembles.
Engaging in conversations with mathematical biologists, astrophysicists, canopy ecologists, orchidologists and hydrologists, his compositions interrogate the inherence of meaning in form, whilst simultaneously subsumed by an insatiable appetite for literature, his work explores the symbiotic resonance of language as sound and symbol.
He is artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble, a founding member of the Water Project, and a partner at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music.
Since 2015, he has served as artist-in-residence at the European Space Agency (ESTEC), dlr LexIcon, the California Academy of Sciences (CalAcademy), the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (CCI), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
His work is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.
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.