Dave Flynn

(b. 1977)
© John Kelly 2017

“Dave Flynn occupies a unique position in the world of music: his work reflects an intimate and respectful knowledge of the Irish folk tradition along with deep insight and skill in the world of modern classical composition.” Martin Hayes (fiddle player)

Described as a “Genre-Jumping Genius” (Tradreview.com) Dave Flynn is an award-winning composer/guitarist and founder of the unique Irish Memory Orchestra. He has worked with some of the world's top soloists & ensembles. His music is acclaimed internationally for it's “power and grittiness” (New York Times).

Flynn has redefined the possibilities of orchestral music by creating the cross-genre Irish Memory Orchestra, a “formidable collective of musicians” (The Irish Times) who are the only orchestra in the Western world to perform exclusively by memory.

2017 marks Dave's 40th birthday year with events around the world scheduled including a tour of Japan, the premiere of his 'Memory Symphony' by the Irish Memory Orchestra in Dublin, the release of 'Genre Jumping' on Frisbee Records and Mel Bay publishing his complete works for guitar. In 2017/18 he is Associate Artist with Clare's Arts Centre, glór in Ennis.

Flynn's music has been performed in prestigious venues including MoMa (New York), Moscow Cathedral and Ireland's National Concert Hall. He has featured in performances of his own music in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and all over Europe including Germany, the UK, Russia, Estonia, Romania, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, New Julliard Ensemble, Smith Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

He regularly collaborates with some of the most renowned traditional Irish musicians including Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Máirtín O'Connor.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Eamonn Ceannt Commission, 2004 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composers' Award, the 2002 IMRO/Feis Ceoil Composition Award and multiple grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.

His music, published by Mel Bay, Reed Music and his own company Frisbee Publications, is regularly featured by broadcasters including RTÉ Lyric FM's Carl Corcoran (The Blue of the Night) and WNYC's John Schaefer, who dedicated a special edition of New Sounds to Flynn's work in 2009.

He has a distinguished career as a music academic, holding a PhD from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for his much cited thesis 'Traditional Irish Music: A Path to New Music' (2011). His writings have been published by The Journal of Music and Na Piobairí Uilleann.

As a performer Dave is “A masterful guitarist” (Sing Out) who plays a nylon string guitar custom made by the German Luthier Friederike Linscheid.

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