Sparky Conversations #7: Accessing the Concert Experience with Ailís Ní Ríain

6 October 2023 12:00

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Sparky Conversations are monthly online community conversation events that bring composers, performers and contemporary music practitioners together to explore big topics, dive deep and spark ideas!

All are welcome to ask questions, share experiences and engage with a broad range of issues affecting the music community, and our world at large. 

Composer and writer Ailís Ní Ríain will talk about the concert experience for people with disabilities, and navigating questions of access from the composer perspective.

Ailís Ní Ríain is a composer whose work has been performed worldwide and broadcast worldwide. Her artistic interests are diverse she has worked broadly in the areas of concert music, installation, music-theatre and has collaborated with writers, dancers, visual artists, filmmakers and theatre artists.  In 2016 she was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers. Her Debut Disc portrait album was released by NMC Recordings in 2023. “The sounds are bright, fresh and inventive…wide ranging and often provocative.” – The Guardian 4*

Ailís has hearing impairments and has made work engaging with themes around deafness, disability and mental health since 2006 working with DadaFest, Unlimited, Arts & Disability Ireland, Shape Arts, Drake Music and Outside In. She has been awarded international fellowships, associate artist positions and residences in the USA including Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, ArtOMI; Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. Site-specific music-installations include music installations for a lighthouse in Cumbria, a K6 telephone box in Manchester, a dis-used former cotton mill in Lancashire, the Brontë Parsonage in West Yorkshire, a Clitheroe Castle keep and a railway station accumulator tower at Edge Hill, Merseyside. Current & recent commissions include new work for the RTE Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Evelyn Glennie and the New London Chamber Ensemble, Con Tempo String Quartet, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Unlimited and the Royal Academy of Music.


This is a free, online event designed for composers, performers, and those with an interest in contemporary music on the island of Ireland. Closed captioning will be available. Register for the Zoom event here.

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