CHAMBER WORKS


"Freakshow" (2016) - Piano Trio

Commissioned by: Gregynog Festival 2016: Éire for The Fidelio Trio

Duration: 10 min

Inspired by The Circus of Rats at Fron-Goch internment camp, this set of seven miniatures is dedicated to the stars of the "Freakshow”. Traditionally, this type of show exhibited biological rarities, referred to as freaks of nature. In contrast, this work celebrates the remarkable abilities and personalities of these extraordinary people.

Pause (2016) - String Quartet and Slowed-Down Irish Fiddle

Commissioned by: Ortús Chamber Music Festival

Duration: 11 min

Pause is a meditative work in which a live classical String Quartet interacts with a recorded traditional Irish Fiddle slowed-down by 800%. Commissioned by Ortús Chamber Music Festival, the work was written to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and it is dedicated to Thomas Kent who executed during the aftermath of The Rising. The haunting slowed-down Irish tune heard in the work is The Foggy Dew, played from a laptop during the performance and originally performed by Mairéad Hickey. The audience are invited to hum for the end of the piece. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Landay (2015) - Vibraphone and 4 Female Voices

Composed for: Mathilde Dambricourt

Duration: 10 min

A setting of three Pashtun Landay that deal with complex themes such as emigration, suicide, love and gender equality. The singers present the text in a masked manner. The first the text is stretched out to unfold over time at a slower rate so we perceive the poem in slow motion. Following a primordial transition the second poem appears in a fragmentary guise. The third poem is presented in a simpler way; distilled and pure. The final word is wrung for all it is worth, before we experience a second primordial catharsis.

Motor Cortex (2014) - Vibraphone, Harp, Viola and Cello

Composed for: Festival Berio, Lyon / Suona Francese, Bologna

Duration: 6 min

An exciting work for four performers that also includes body percussion and vocal sounds. These other sounds are fused into the musical fabric of the work. Fleeting ideas are explored through the fundamental parameters of music such as line, harmony, rhythm, dynamic, register, articulation, texture, timbre, tempo, pulse, and proportion.

9 Snapshots (2013) - Violin and Piano

Commissioned by: Ruxandra Colan-Petcu / Gabriela Mayer

Duration: 9 x 5 min

Nine pieces for Violin and Piano. These snapshots are inspired by events from the year 2012.

Sonata for Flute and Piano (2012)

Commissioned by: Sabine Ducrot / Michael Joyce

Duration: 20 min

This work is inspired by the Ducrot family, each member being a close friend and a great musician, and each in a different way. Consequently, each of the 4 movements is a character study dedicated to each person. Which movement corresponds to which person is a secret.

I - Epic
II - Runaway
III - Heavy-hearted
IV - Mercurial

Prelude and Fugue for Violin and Marimba (2011)

Commissioned by: Cork New Music Ensemble

Duration: 10 min

The violin and the marimba create such a unique sound when in combination. The Fugue is infused with the flavour of Andean folk music, and is woven from the same materials as the Prelude. The various threads are explored in such a way that the music finds a diverse array of outlets for reflection, while maintaining its exuberant character.

String Quartet (2010)

Commissioned by: Cork Orchestral Society for The Vanbrugh Quartet

Duration: 20 min

So much depends on perspective. How you perceive a piece of music is inextricably linked to what else you have heard before, and to the different references you have to draw upon. In the Quartet there are four movements that spring from a single idea, but each one is from a completely different perspective.