So grateful to have been part of such an incredible night of music with National Sawdust at Classical:Next in Rotterdam last week. The concert featured a tuning meditation by IONE, Paola Prestini’s “To Tell a Story” played by Forward Music Project’s Amanda Gookin, a live performance by Peruvian composer/performer Pauchi Sasaki, and my piece “Constellations” performed by Young Doelen Ensemble.
Constellations rewards repeated listening. Something new turns up each time. The music is very rich in ideas. As O’Halloran explained, “My music aims to capture the human experience, exploring complex emotions felt in specific moments in time. Getting to the heart of the piece is my main priority, and most often a directness and concise use of material is what drives the music forward.”
You can read the full interview here.
Had a wonderful time at the National Sawdust Hildegard Competition Concert this week! It was such a joy to get to work with Madeline Healey, Lidiya Yankovskaya and the Refugee Orchestra Project, and to hear music by an amazing group of composers: Kayla Cashetta, X. Lee, Camila Agosto, Alexis Bacon, Amy Brandon, Diana Soh, Akshaya Tucker, and Elena Rykova.
Over the past few months, I've been really fortunate to get to work on a new piece with one of my favourite composers, Angélica Negrón, as part of the National Sawdust Hildegard Competition initiative. The piece is called 'Constellations' and it's going to be premiered on June 12 at National Sawdust.
Angélica interviewed me for the National Sawdust Log, and we chatted about music, inspiration, and our shared love of the Spice Girls! You can read the interview here.
Very lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of a panel discussion with #HearAllComposers at the New Music Gathering in Boston last week. Our talk was on 'Aligning Social Values with Musical Practice', and the panel was made up of some of my favourite music-makers: Annika Socolofsky, Angélica Negrón, Amanda Feery, Mika Godbole, Brin Solomon, and Shelley Washington.
For more info on #HearAllComposers, check out our website here!
Beyond excited to have advanced to the final round of Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation, for which I'll be writing a 30 minute vocal work to be premiered during their 2018-2019 season!
You can read more about the initiative here.
Really honoured to be a part of Kinds of Kings, a new composer collective made up of incredibly talented composers from around the world who champion each other's music and put on amazing concerts in Princeton, New York, Florida and Chicago (and hopefully Ireland one day!)
Oh, and here's a little playlist we made:
So thrilled to have been chosen as one of the winners of National Sawdust's inaugural Hildegard Competition, alongside composers Kayla Cashetta and X. Lee.