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Theater Kapow – I Used to Feel – USA Premiere

Theater Kapow – I Used to Feel – USA Premiere

Theater Kapow - New Hampshire - USA I Used to Feel by Ailís Ní Ríain   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 communication and what...

New commission for violinist Darragh Morgan

New commission for violinist Darragh Morgan

The Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has commissioned Ailís to write a new work. Darragh Morgan (b. 1974) leads a successful career in classical music and is known for his versatile ability to perform music from baroque to contemporary styles. He frequently performs and...

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...

New Commission for Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary 2022

New Commission for 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...

Wired Dance-theatre collaboration USA

Wired 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...

Don’t! USA Performance by Exponential Ensemble

Don’t! USA Performance by Exponential Ensemble

The New York based Exponential Ensemble have given a digital E-portrait performance of Don't! [2001] for bass-clarinet and cello. The Exponential Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble made of top-notch performers and experienced teaching artists. Throughout each...

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.  The album is released by TQN - aut and can be...

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 composer...

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...

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...

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...

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...