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Haptic Voices Toronto Canada Feb-April 2024

Haptic Voices Toronto Canada Feb-April 2024

Dendrocopos for Haptic Voices was premiered and installed as part of Haptic Voices at the Centre for Artistic and Social Practice Toronto & Hamilton, Canada during May and June 2023. This was followed by showing in Hamilton, Ontariao, Canada. In 2024 Haptic...

World premiere of Oneiric in Vienna Austria 18th April 2024

World premiere of Oneiric in Vienna Austria 18th April 2024

Commissioned by the Irish violinst Jane Hackett with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland. Oneiric for solo violin by Ailís Ní Ríain will be premiered at Brick 15 in Vienna, Austria on 18th April 2024 as part of a deaf-focused work The Body That Breathes

German Premiere of Consent#7 in Berlin 24th March 2024

German Premiere of Consent#7 in Berlin 24th March 2024

Launched by Diatribe Records as part of the Culture Ireland GB:18 Programme in 2018, Éiríocht: New Music from Ireland is an international series presenting radical alternatives to perceived notions of “Irishness”. Lina Andonovska [bass flute] and Dermot Dunne...

International Women’s Day Interview BBC Ulster March 2024

International Women’s Day Interview BBC Ulster March 2024

Ailís Ní Ríain recently featured on BBC Ulster's Classical Connections with John Toal to recognise International Women's Day and discuss her recently performed BBC Invitation Ulster Orchestra Irish premiere of Calling Mutely Through Lipless Mouth - a co-commission...

Calling Mutely Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 New Music Show Feb 2024

Calling Mutely Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 New Music Show Feb 2024

The BBC Radio 3 New Music Show has given the broadcast premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's orchestral work Calling Mutely Through Lipless Mouth, a joint commission between the Ulster Orchestra and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on 24th February 2024. Recorded live at the...

Positionen Publication [German] Feature on Deaf/Disabled Artists

Positionen Publication [German] Feature on Deaf/Disabled Artists

Listen to Sandris Murins Contemporary art music blogger interview with Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain for POSITIONEN [German] publication. Transcript available for deaf/hard of hearing listeners via contact form on this site. "The November issue of Positions is here...

The Guardian ‘Pick of the Week’ – The Last Time I Died Album

The Guardian ‘Pick of the Week’ – The Last Time I Died Album

The Guardian have recommended Ailís Ní Ríain's debut album The Last Time I Died as Album of the Week describing "The sounds are bright, fresh and inventive, the extra-musical ideas behind them wide-ranging and often provocative". Buy The Last Time I Died here from NMC...

Dendrocopos for Haptic Voices Premieres in Toronto May/June 2023

Dendrocopos for Haptic Voices Premieres in Toronto May/June 2023

Dendrocopos for Haptic Voices will be premiered and installed as part of Haptic Voices at the Centre for Artistic and Social Practice Toronto & Hamilton, Canada during May and June 2023.. Haptic Voices brings VibraFusionLab’s haptic technology to an interactive...

BBC Radio 4 Front Row Appearance July 2023

BBC Radio 4 Front Row Appearance July 2023

Aileis Ní Ríain featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row arts programme in an episode dedicated to Manchester International Festival 2023. She talks about her BBC Philharmonic ORchestra's commission The Land Grows Weary of its Own for orchestra and birds. Listen here....

The Morning Star 4* Review for The Last Time I Died

The Morning Star 4* Review for The Last Time I Died

The Morning Star recently reviewed Ní Ríain's debut album The Last Time I Died recently released on NMC Recordings giving it 4 stars. IN HER debut album, Ailis Ni Riain’s The Last Time I Died is a broad demonstration of her curious and unique creative mind. The works...

Watershed – German Premieres – June 2023

Watershed – German Premieres – June 2023

  The German premiere of Ní Ríain's song-cycle Watershed takes place on Thursday 22nd June 2023 at Kulturkirche St. Stephani in Bremen, Germany. Yonit Kosovske, Julie Camparini & Jessica Brown present the song cycle as part of a live literature installation...

BBC Classical Music Magazine 4* Review for Debut Disc

BBC Classical Music Magazine 4* Review for Debut Disc

BBC Classical Music 4* Review for Ailís Ní Ríain's The Last Time I Died. Review the review here More information about the release The Last Time I Died is the first full-length album from the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain. The latest in NMC's Debut Disc series...

London Sinfonietta Premiere Kings Place 24th June 2023

London Sinfonietta Premiere Kings Place 24th June 2023

  London Sinfonietta will give the premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's new work for cello and electronics Doomed. Done for. Damned. But still. at Kings Place, London on 24th June 2023 as part an evening programme of electro-acoustic music and manipulated sound.    Full...

Debut Disc Album Released by NMC Recordings May 2023

Debut Disc Album Released by NMC Recordings May 2023

The Last Time I Died is the first full-length album from the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain. The latest in NMC's Debut Disc series features a group of musically diverse artists performing a rich selection of Ní Ríain's chamber and small-scale works, the "theatre,...

RLPO 10:10 Ensemble Premiere, Liverpool 19th April 2023

RLPO 10:10 Ensemble Premiere, Liverpool 19th April 2023

  The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10:10 will give the premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's new work for chamber orchestra 'Calling Mutely Through Lipless Mouth' [2023] on 19th April 2023 at the Tung Auditorium in Liverpool. This work is a co-commission with...

New Music Dublin Premiere by Elizabeth Hilliard 20th April 2023

New Music Dublin Premiere by Elizabeth Hilliard 20th April 2023

Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard will give the work premiere of Refuse to be Wrecked for voice and fixed audio media by Ailís Ní Ríain at New Music Dublin Festival 2023. Great Women at Richmond Barracks Date: Thursday 20th April Time: 4.30pm Venue: Richmond Barracks,...

Kate Halsall performs 2 Steep 4 Sheep 28th April, Glasgow 2023

Kate Halsall performs 2 Steep 4 Sheep 28th April, Glasgow 2023

Kate Halsall - adventurous piano and keyboards player gives a performance of Ní Ríain's 2 Steep 4 Sheep [some hills are] in Glasgow on 28th April 2023. New music and improv with pianist Kate Halsall, from her 2021 album release, Breathe in Me. Music for piano and...

London Sinfonietta – new commission – Premiere – Summer 2023

London Sinfonietta – new commission – Premiere – Summer 2023

Ailís has been commissioned by London Sinfonietta to create a new work for instrumental solo with film.  Resident at Southbank Centre, the London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s finest contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on cutting-edge programming...

Ní Ríain Debut Disc Release NMC Recordings 2023

Ní Ríain Debut Disc Release NMC Recordings 2023

NMC Recordings will release the first portrait album by Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2023. The album will comprise a rich selection of diverse works created over a period of fifteen years. "NMC Recordings is an award-winning record label with charitable status. We...

‘Wired’ – New York Premiere at The Shed – August 2022

‘Wired’ – New York Premiere at The Shed – August 2022

  Wired - a dance-theatre production by Kinetic Light [New York] with music by Ailís Ní Ríain opens at The Shed in New York 25-27 August 2022. Immense and intimate, Wired meditates in sound, light, and movement as it questions and ruminates on power, belonging,...

Disability Arts Online – In Conversation – ‘Wired’

Disability Arts Online – In Conversation – ‘Wired’

  An interview published by Disability Arts Online September 2022 between Alice Sheppard of Kinetic Light and composer Ailís Ní Ríain. Kinetic Light Dance Company is an internationally-recognized disability arts ensemble whose production Wired played in New York...

Ulysses Journey – Budapest and Paris – June 2022

Ulysses Journey – Budapest and Paris – June 2022

Ulysses Journey 2022 Film Screening and Discussion on Joyce and Music at FUGA :: Budapest Center of Architecture 17 June 2022 19:00   The following events include Ailís Ní Ríain's 'I will see if I can see'  for accordion & prepared piano with film and archival...

Royal Academy of Music Premiere July 2022

Royal Academy of Music Premiere July 2022

Double-bass player and singer Eleanor Grant will give the world premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's Mascaron for double-bass and recorded prepared piano on 1st July 2022 at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Mascaron has been commissioned by the Royal Academy as part of...

Irish Times Feature April 2022

Irish Times Feature April 2022

A feature about Ailís was published in The Irish Times in April 2022 in advance of the premiere of her orchestral work Flower Scar Road for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as part of New Music Dublin Festival in the National Concert Hall, Ireland. The piece is written by...

‘Wired’ World Premiere Chicago USA 5th-8th May 2022

‘Wired’ World Premiere Chicago USA 5th-8th May 2022

World Premiere May 5-8 2022 Chicago, USA Wired is a passionate and potent aerial and contemporary dance experience that tells race, gender, and disability stories of barbed wire in the United States. In this world premiere, the dancers of Kinetic Light partner, spin,...

New Music Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra Premiere 1st May 2022

New Music Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra Premiere 1st May 2022

Ailis has been commissioned by the Ireland's leading contemporary music festival New Music Dublin to compose a new orchestral work for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  Flower Scar Road which will be premiered at The National Concert Hall of Ireland 1st May 2022....

RTE Radio Culture File Interview on ‘Watershed’ March 2022

RTE Radio Culture File Interview on ‘Watershed’ March 2022

An interview for RTE Culture File in March 2022 with composer Ailís Ní Ríain & poet Jessica Brown where they discuss their 2020/2021 collaboration on 'Watershed' - a song-cycle for vocalist Julie Comparini and pianist Yonit Kosovske. Funded by the Arts Council of...

‘Watershed’ Premiere Ireland & Tour Spring 2022

‘Watershed’ Premiere Ireland & Tour Spring 2022

"Watershed is a new song cycle for voice and piano inspired by the natural bodies of water and land in Ireland’s mid-west region and along the Atlantic coast. With music by renowned Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain and text by Killaloe resident and poet Jessica Brown, it...

Ulysses Journey – Premiere – 3rd February 2022 – Dublin

Ulysses Journey – Premiere – 3rd February 2022 – Dublin

The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris present Ulysses Journey 2022: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce - in Dublin, Belfast, Paris & Budapest   2 February 2022 17:30 - 18 June 2022...

Elected to the Ivors Academy Senate – November 2021

Elected to the Ivors Academy Senate – November 2021

Ailís has recently been elected to the Ivors Academy Senate The Ivors Academy is one of the largest professional associations for music writers in Europe and exists to support, protect and campaign for the interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers. It...

‘Hex’- Jerwood Arts/Outside In – until February 2022

‘Hex’- Jerwood Arts/Outside In – until February 2022

Ailís' work for 'pencil' piano Hex is currently part of an exhibition at The Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire. The show, entitled, Kindred Spirits pairs work from the Jerwood Collection with Outsider Art made by UK artists, offering a fascinating insight into the...

Soundless  – New York Premiere – October 2021

Soundless – New York Premiere – October 2021

Soundless - New York Premiere - 21st October, 2021 New York's Exponential Ensemble  Thursday, October 21 - 7pmNational Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue (7th floor), New York City This concert explores a variety of emotions experienced when people come together, either in...

James Joyce Ulysses Centenary Commission 2022

James Joyce Ulysses Centenary Commission 2022

The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland and Centre Culturel Irlandais announce Ulysses Journey 2022 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce. Ailís has been commissioned to create a music and film work as part of the celebrations....

‘Watershed’ Song Cycle Album Launch – November 2021

‘Watershed’ Song Cycle Album Launch – November 2021

This album, the newest release from Now and Then Media, premieres a new song cycle commissioned by Yonit Kosovske with funds from the Arts Council Music Commissions Award (2020).   Composed by Ailís Ní Ríain on poems by Jessica Brown from her book And Say (Revival...

Aerial Sparks released on Vinyl – August 2021

Aerial Sparks released on Vinyl – August 2021

A vinyl recording of Ní Ríain's Aerial Sparks/Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 commission East:West - Where Morning is the Sea was released in July 2021. Seven artists, writers and composers from across Europe have produced a series of compelling standalone...

RTE ConTempo String Quartet New Commission 2022

RTE ConTempo String Quartet New Commission 2022

Music for Galway and Cúirt Literary Festival, Ireland have commissioned a string quartet from Ailís Ní Ríain to be premiered by Ireland's leading quartet RTE ConTempo Quartet in April 2022. The 25 minute work is inspired by the poem 'Wait' by the American poet Galway...

End with Words of Hope at IMMA/Gallery Music – August 2021

End with Words of Hope at IMMA/Gallery Music – August 2021

Contemporary specialist soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and leading clarinettist Paul Roe join forces to produce a concert experience that will resonate around the walls and arches of the IMMA courtyard on 8th August 2021. "Revisiting work we’ve performed before with fresh...

New Music Gathering USA Premiere – August 2021

New Music Gathering USA Premiere – August 2021

The Irish violinist, Darragh Morgan premieres Ní Ríain's new commission for solo violin and fixed media [altered piano] Hiding Out 'neath the Everything as part of New Music Gathering 2021 in the USA. New Music Gathering is an annual conference/festival hybrid...

Developing your Creative Practice Award 2021

Developing your Creative Practice Award 2021

  Ailís has been awarded an Arts Council England Developing your Creative Practice Award 2021 to develop new work for percussion with Dame Evelyn Glennie. DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their...

Commission – Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary 2022

Commission – Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary 2022

The Royal Academy of Music turns 200 in 2022 and, as part of its bicentenary celebrations, has launched the 200 Pieces project. As part of this Ailís Ní Ríain has been commissioned to compose a new work for solo double bass. The ‘200 Pieces’ project celebrates Royal...

I Used to Feel – USA Premiere 30th April – 2nd May 2021

I Used to Feel – USA Premiere 30th April – 2nd May 2021

Theater Kapow - New Hampshire - USA I Used to Feel by Ailís Ní Ríain 30th April - 2nd May 2021 A woman has not been seen since she checked into this hotel room, alone, three days ago. This intimate music-theatre piece set in a hotel room questions the essence of...

Recipient of PRS Foundation for Music Open Fund Award 2021

Recipient of PRS Foundation for Music Open Fund Award 2021

Ailís has been awarded funding by the PRS Foundation for Music Open Fund to support 'Ailís Ní Ríain Debut Discs NMC Recordings' – the first portrait album of compositions by the Irish classical composer Ailís Ní Ríain.  The album will be produced and released by NMC...

Disability Arts Online – New Board Member

Disability Arts Online – New Board Member

Ailís is delighted to have been invited to join the board of Disability Arts Online. Ailís is deaf/hearing-impaired and has been making work which references sensory disability since 2006. More detail here Established in 2004 with support from Arts Council England,...

New commission from Darragh Morgan

New commission from Darragh Morgan

The Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has commissioned Ailís to write a new work for solo violin and altered piano. Hiding Out 'Neath the Everything will be premiered in the USA at New Music Gathering 2021. Darragh Morgan leads a successful career in classical music and...

Irish Museum of Modern Art – Concert 17th June 2021

Irish Museum of Modern Art – Concert 17th June 2021

IMMA OUTDOORS CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD The Irish Museum of Modern Arts presents Within – Without 17 June, 6.30pm Contemporary specialist soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and leading clarinettist Paul Roe join forces to produce a concert experience that will resonate around...

Kinetic Light Dance Theatre Collaboration USA

Kinetic Light Dance Theatre Collaboration USA

Ailís continues her ongoing collaboration with the USA dance company Kinetic Light while the company work in a Covid secure bubble in San Francisco continuing to develop and refine our work on Wired. The collaboration originally start in early 2019 with Ailís joining...

The Royal Opera House: Engender 2021

The Royal Opera House: Engender 2021

Ailís is working with the Northern Irish writer Maria Fusco and the Royal Opera House Engender Programme to develop a new opera. The duo have been awarded time and space by the Royal Opera House, London, as part of their Engender Open Studio, to write a new opera...

Contemporary Music Centre Covid Anniversary Audio Essay

Contemporary Music Centre Covid Anniversary Audio Essay

Ailís was invited by The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland to write an audio essay about her response to the first anniversary of the first Covid 19 lockdown. The piece was released by the CMC on as part of their Amplify series on 17th March 2021 coinciding with St...

Kate Halsall releases 2 Steep 4 Sheep on new album

Kate Halsall releases 2 Steep 4 Sheep on new album

The British pianist/keyboard's player Kate Halsall has released Ailís Ní Ríain's '2 Steep 4 Sheep [some hills are]' on her new album 'Breathe in me'- a solo album for piano, harmonium and electronics, released March 2021. Described as 'intriguing' by The Wire magazine...

Elected to the Ivors Academy

Elected to the Ivors Academy

Ailís is honoured to have been nominated to join the Ivors Academy Classical Committee. She will formally join in October 2020. For over 75 years, The Ivors Academy have represented songwriters, composers and music creators. The Ivors Academy of Music Creators is a...

New Music Album Sound & Music Vol 1

New Music Album Sound & Music Vol 1

  Ailís Ní Ríain's work for solo altered piano Furibund has been included as part of Sound and Music's Vol 1 contemporary release. Sound and Music is the UK's new music development agency.  You can listen/buy the album here. Definition of furibund: full of fury,...

RVW Trust Funding Award 2021

RVW Trust Funding Award 2021

  Ailís has been award funding by The RVW Trust to support the release of her Debut Disc by NMC Recordings. The RVW Trust is one of the most significant sources of funding for contemporary and recent music in the UK since 1956. The trust was established by the...

Aerial/Sparks Galway Capital of Culture 2020

Aerial/Sparks Galway Capital of Culture 2020

Extract from East:West - Where Morning is the Sea  Ailís' commission for the Aerial/Sparks programme curated by Louise Manifold for Galway European Capital of Culture opens to the public on Inis Oirr - the smallest of the three Irish Aran Islands - off the coast...

Unlimited Festival – Southbank Centre 2021

Unlimited Festival – Southbank Centre 2021

Ailís has been invited to give a presentation pitch about her Pencil Piano - supported by Unlimited R & D in 2019/20 at the Southbank Centre in London on 15th January 2021. This session of creative ideas and encounters is curated by the Unlimited commissions...

Kinetic Light Collaboration New York

Kinetic Light Collaboration New York

Ailís has been working as a composer with the New York based dance company Kinetic Light on a new dance-theatre work to be premiered at The Shed in New York from 22nd October 2020. Ailís and Kinetic Light spent two weeks as resident artists at the renowned American...

Where Morning is the Sea at IETM 2020

Where Morning is the Sea at IETM 2020

East:West - Where Morning is the Sea, a composition with video, commissioned by Aerial/Sparks as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture was showcased at the 2020 international IETM [International Network for the Contemporary Arts] meeting in Galway, Ireland...

Under the Rose at New Music Dublin 2020 – 28th February

Under the Rose at New Music Dublin 2020 – 28th February

The Royal Irish Academy of Music presents a concert as part of New Music Dublin 2020 Festival at the National Gallery of Ireland on Friday 28th February 2020 at 1pm. They will perform Under the Rose [2000] for violin, piano, flute and spoons. The piece was originally...

Irish Arts Council Commissions Award 2020: Watershed

Irish Arts Council Commissions Award 2020: Watershed

Ailís has recently been working on a new commission funded by the Irish Arts Council Commissions Award.  Watershed - a song-cycle for pianist Yonit Kosovske, contralto Julie Comparini with text by the Irish based American poet Jessica Brown will be premiered in...

The Abbey Theatre: Engine Room

The Abbey Theatre: Engine Room

Ailís is working with Belfast-born writer Maria Fusco on a new music-theatre/opera work Etna Drive which has been selected by The Abbey Theatre in Ireland for research & development funding through its Engine Room scheme. Peacelines first appeared in Belfast in...

French Publishers L’Arche acquire The Tallest Man in the World

French Publishers L’Arche acquire The Tallest Man in the World

The French publisher L'Arche has acquired the rights to the French translation by Annie Peters of Ailís Ní Ríain's play The Tallest Man in the World  most recently produced at The Tank Theater, in New York City 2019. Details may be found here. "Founded in 1949,...

Sour Morning Crimson at Electric Spring Festival 2020

Sour Morning Crimson at Electric Spring Festival 2020

Lauren Redhead and Alistair Zaldua have worked together as a duo since 2012, performing music for organ and electronics, with a further focus on contemporary experimental music, graphic and extended notation for the organ, and live and interactive electronic...

No Other Word For It, IMBOLC Festival, Jan – Feb 2020

No Other Word For It, IMBOLC Festival, Jan – Feb 2020

IMBOLC Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland presents an immersive installation combining music, sculpture, light, text and video mapping by Ailís Ní Ríain. From Sunday 26 January to Sunday 9 February 2020 [Official opening with reception - Sunday 26 January at 15:00]...

Premiere: Sour Morning Crimson Birmingham, UK 8th February

Premiere: Sour Morning Crimson Birmingham, UK 8th February

Their performances span the possibilities of the combination from organ with stereo fixed media sound, to organ with live diffusion, organ with live electronics and performances incorporating live notation and improvisation. This has included collaborations with many...

2020 Galway European Capital of Culture

2020 Galway European Capital of Culture

The largest city in Ireland’s western province of Connacht, Galway is the third Irish holder of the European Capital of Culture title. Beginning in February to tie in with the ancient Celtic calendar, the Galway 2020 programme is built around the four Celtic festivals...

Seminar at Columbia University, New York, 30th Oct 2019

Seminar at Columbia University, New York, 30th Oct 2019

Ailís has been invited to give a presentation about her work to the graduate students of composition at the music department of Columbia University in New York City on Wednesday 30th October 2019. Ailís will focus on her 'altered piano' research, Sklonište - her...

Irish Art Song Project 2020, National Concert Hall, Ireland

Irish Art Song Project 2020, National Concert Hall, Ireland

Irish is the oldest vernacular written language (i.e. non-Greek) in western Europe, and this longevity of tradition has created one of the great European literatures. Despite Irish language obliteration during colonisation, the language has somehow, miraculously,...

Xelmya perform Soundless at St Thomas’, Berlin 27th Oct 2019

Xelmya perform Soundless at St Thomas’, Berlin 27th Oct 2019

XelmYa+ at Klangräume - the Berlin based trio XelmYa will give a performance of Ailís Ní Ríain's Soundless at St Thomas Evangelical Church in Berlin on Sunday 27th October at 1600. XelmYa+ (Freddi Börnchen - oboe, Alexa Renger - violin, Sylvia Hinz / Sylvia Hinz -...

Our First Lesson in Forgetting, Copenhagen, 27th September 2019

Our First Lesson in Forgetting, Copenhagen, 27th September 2019

The Danish classical guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen will give another performance of Our First Lesson in Forgetting for solo guitar as part of Grand Nordic Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on 27th September 2019. Munk Larsen commissioned the piece from Ailís in 2018...

New Commission for IMBOLC Festival, Derry 2020

New Commission for IMBOLC Festival, Derry 2020

In the few short years of its existence IMBOLC International Music Festival has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and...