The Dock Music Commissions
About Siobhán Cleary
Based in Boyle, Co Roscommon Siobhán Cleary’s music has been performed and broadcasted throughout the world. Her concert music has been performed and broadcast widely in Europe, Australia and USA and much of her music has being released on CD. Siobhan’s film work embraces many genres from restored art house movies and contemporary docudramas to thriller and sci-fi features. Her opera “Vampirella” based on Angela Carter’s radio play was premiered in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin in 2017 to much critical acclaim and a sold out house for its four night run. It has since been optioned as a film and will be going into production later this year under the title “The Lady of the House of Love”
Siobhán studied music in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and completed a Composition Masters at Queen’s University Belfast. She also has a Masters in music and media technology from Trinity College, Dublin. In 1994 she attended the Siena summer school where she studied film music under Ennio Morricone and concert music under Franco Donatoni. She also participated in a film scoring course under Don Brandon Ray, (former music supervisor of CBS Television and composer for Hawaii-Five O from 1968 to 1980). Siobhán has received several commissions from Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the Irish Public Service Broadcasting Organisation. Her orchestral work,Threads (1992 rev.1994), was selected by Vienna Modern Masters for performance at the Second International Festival of New Music for Orchestra in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, and was later released on CD. Other orchestral works include ‘Alchemy’ (2001) and Cokaygne (2008) both commissioned by RTÉ and performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
About Siobhan's commission
Over the course of this new commission, Siobhan will be developing a work titled "Pilgrimage" which is the first in a seres of planned works based on the works of the writer, artist and cartographer Tim Robinson. Based on material from Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, the piece will be a soundscape of Robinsons clockwise ("the circuit that blesses") walk around the bays, storm-beaches and cliffs of Arainn the largest of the Aran islands. Composed for the harpist Úna Monagahan, the work will also incorporate live electronics and field recordings.
Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, researcher and sound artist from Belfast. Her recent work has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTÉ television and radio, and in theatre productions, festivals and conferences internationally. She performs with harp and computer, and released an album of her compositions for Irish harp and electronics, named “For” in 2018.
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