Recipient of PRS Foundation for Music Open Fund Award

Recipient of PRS Foundation for Music Open Fund Award

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Kinetic Light Collaboration New York 2021/22

Kinetic Light Collaboration New York 2021/22

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...

Awarded PRS for Music Foundation Funding for New Commission

Awarded PRS for Music Foundation Funding for New Commission

A new 15 minute work for wind-quintet with Evelyn Glennie in recognition of the New London Chamber Ensemble's 20th anniversary and the Beethoven centenary, both in 2020. NLCE is exploring the effects of Beethoven’s deafness on his music and life, inspired by the...

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...

Aerial/Sparks Galway Capital of Culture 2020

Aerial/Sparks Galway Capital of Culture 2020

Extract from East:West - Where Morning is the SeaAilís' 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 of...

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...

2 Steep 4 Sheep – Eindhoven, Holland 14th Sept 2019

2 Steep 4 Sheep – Eindhoven, Holland 14th Sept 2019

The harpsichordist Goska Ispording gave a performance of Ailís Ní Ríain's 2 Steep 4 Sheep [some hills are] on 14th September 2019 at Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek, Eindhoven, Holland.   Harpsichordist Goska Isphording is one of the most exciting performers in her field....

The Manchester Peace Song-Cycle, 10th Nov ’19

The Manchester Peace Song-Cycle, 10th Nov ’19

On Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019, Feelgood are proud to bring 'These Days - The Manchester Peace Song Cycle' back to the city for a single performance within its historic Cathedral.​ Since its remarkable collaborative creation in 2018, featuring original work...