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New Music Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra Commission 2022

New Music Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra Commission 2022

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

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 8th August 2021

End with Words of Hope at IMMA/Gallery Music 8th 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 15th August 2021

New Music Gathering USA Premiere 15th August 2021

The outstanding 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...

Ní Ríain Debut Disc Release NMC Recordings 2022/23

Ní Ríain Debut Disc Release NMC Recordings 2022/23

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....

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...

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 spent at...

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...

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...

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 – Without17 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...

Don’t! USA Premiere Performance by Exponential Ensemble Feb 2021

Don’t! USA Premiere Performance by Exponential Ensemble Feb 2021

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. 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 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...