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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...

Soundless performed by Xelmya 1st Sept, Berlin

Soundless performed by Xelmya 1st Sept, Berlin

The German trio XelmYa will give a performance of Soundless for recorder, viola and oboe on Sunday 1st September 2019 at Schwartzsche Villa in Berlin. Soundless is based on a work by Andrew Topel - a visual poet from the USA. The promotion of contemporary music and...

‘Our First Lesson in Forgetting’ Denmark, on Tour Summer 2019

‘Our First Lesson in Forgetting’ Denmark, on Tour Summer 2019

Klangveje #2 Tour by Danish guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen takes place in Summer 2019 lasting on month. The tour includes performances of a newly commissioned guitar piece by Ailís Ní Ríain Our First Lesson in Forgetting. The route goes from Copenhagen, to...

2 Steep 4 Sheep – Warsaw, Poland 14th June 2019

2 Steep 4 Sheep – Warsaw, Poland 14th June 2019

The harpsichordist Goska Ispording gave a performance of Ailís Ní Ríain's 2 Steep 4 Sheep [some hills are] on 11th June 2019 as part of the Warsaw Biennale.   Harpsichordist Goska Isphording is one of the most exciting performers in her field. Specializing in...

Residency at Yaddo, USA May-June 2019

Residency at Yaddo, USA May-June 2019

Ailís is very grateful to Yaddo Artist Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA for inviting her to spend a month to focus on her work and to ArtsAdmin Unlimited UK for supporting her travel to the USA to enable her to take up this residency. ...

Unlimited Commission 2019/2020

Unlimited Commission 2019/2020

In May 2019 Ailís embarks on on a new research & development commission with Unlimited which will be a musical response for altered piano/pencil based to the work by the Japanese Outsider Artist Koji Nishioka. Unlimited is an arts commissioning...

‘Soundless’ Columbian Premiere, 12th June 2019

‘Soundless’ Columbian Premiere, 12th June 2019

The acclaimed German recorder player and champion of new music, Sylvia Hinz and her trio XelmYa will give the Columbian premiere of Ní Ríain's 'Soundless' [viola, oboe, recorder] on 13th June 2019 as part of the Festival Mujeres en la Música Nueva FMMN....

‘Loophole’ Premiere 2nd April, University of Wisconsin, USA

‘Loophole’ Premiere 2nd April, University of Wisconsin, USA

A Very Small Consortium's Sam Stranz gave the premiere of 'Loophole' for solo alto saxophone on 5th April as part of the 6:30 Concert Series at the University of Wisconsin, USA. The concert series is designed to connect the campus with the community...

Skloniste premiere Hong Kong 5th April 2019

Skloniste premiere Hong Kong 5th April 2019

  SKLONIŠTE (SHELTER; BOSNIAN) The Irish accordionist Dermot Dunne will perform a programme of contemporary works for solo accordion including Ailís Ní Ríain's Skloniste presented by Hong Kong's Avant Music Association in the Sha Tin Cultural Activities...

Kinetic Light Dance Collaboration New York 2019/20

Kinetic Light Dance Collaboration New York 2019/20

Ailís has been working with New York based dance Company Kinetic Light on a new full-length dance-theatre piece. In October 2019 they took residency at renowned Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts to continue to focus on developing the work which will be premiered at The...

Fellowship at Ragdale Foundation Residency, Illinois, USA

Fellowship at Ragdale Foundation Residency, Illinois, USA

Ailís is very grateful to have been awarded a Fellowship to attend the Ragdale Foundation's Artist Residency for the month of February 2019. Ragdale is a non-profit artists’ community located 30 miles north of Chicago, USA. She will spend her time at...

Regret Not Me – Premiere, Israel 15th Dec, 2018

Regret Not Me – Premiere, Israel 15th Dec, 2018

 Wolodymyr Smishkewych (tenor) and Yonit Kosovske (piano) premiered Ailís Ní Ríain's song Regret Not Me with text by Thomas Hardy on 15th December 2018 at Gan Shemu'el in Northern Israel. "Regret not me;Beneath the sunny treeI lie uncaring, slumbering peacefully.Swift...

Soundless – Leeds University Music Series – 8th Dec, 2018

Soundless – Leeds University Music Series – 8th Dec, 2018

Ní Ríain's 'Soundless' for tenor recorder, violin and oboe will have its UK premiere in Leeds on 8th December 2018. LSTwo ensemble directed by Dr Mic Spencer performs a diverse programme of works by international composers and University of Leeds...