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‘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...

London Sinfonietta – new commission – Premiere – Summer 2022

London Sinfonietta – new commission – Premiere – Summer 2022

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 2022

Ní Ríain Debut Disc Release NMC Recordings 2022

NMC Recordings will release the first portrait album by Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2022/23. 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....

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...

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...

East:West-Where Morning is the Sea – RTE Lyric FM – July 2021

East:West-Where Morning is the Sea – RTE Lyric FM – July 2021

  East:West - Where Morning is the Sea is featured on RTE Lyric FM radio on 12th July 2021. Listen here. The work is a 12 minute audio-visual installation commissioned by Aerial Sparks for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and created after three weeks...

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...