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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 the south...

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.  "Yaddo holds the...

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 programme...

‘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. Wednesday,...

‘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 through the...

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 Hall, Hong...

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 Ragdale focusing...

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 students, exploring...

Soundless, USA Premiere, 16-17th Nov 2018- Phoenix, Arizona

Soundless, USA Premiere, 16-17th Nov 2018- Phoenix, Arizona

The American GRIT Collaborative will present the USA premiere of 'Soundless' by Ailís Ní Ríain as part of a multi-concert interdisciplinary arts festival in Phoenix, Arizona, USA from November 16-17, 2018.  The two concerts, “Are You Alarmed?” and “Get Woke!” will...

Into the Sea of Waking Dreams, Belfast – 6th Dec, 2018

Into the Sea of Waking Dreams, Belfast – 6th Dec, 2018

The pianist and contemporary music specialist Xenia Pestova will perform Into the Sea of Waking Dreams - a suite of pieces for speaking pianist at Queens University Belfast on 6th December 2018. Reviews for Xenia Pestova “Outstanding” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts...

We Are Still Here – Dadafest/Heart of Glass – 8th Dec, 2018

We Are Still Here – Dadafest/Heart of Glass – 8th Dec, 2018

We Are Still Here a specially commissioned new work for brass instruments - trumpet, saxophones and tuba - in collaboration with digital artist Simon Mckeown for a large-scale outdoor projection, next-gen digital mapping software and immersive soundscape transform the...

These Days Premiere, Manchester UK, 18 & 21 Nov 2018

These Days Premiere, Manchester UK, 18 & 21 Nov 2018

“These Days – The Manchester Peace Song Cycle” A specially commissioned classical Song Cycle to commemorate Manchester’s 100 years of war and peace. Featuring a libretto by celebrated Manchester poet Tony Walsh and music by nine distinguished composers. Ailís has...

2 Steep 4 Sheep at Sound Festival, Scotland – 27th Oct 2018

2 Steep 4 Sheep at Sound Festival, Scotland – 27th Oct 2018

Kate Halsall will give the Scottish premiere of 2 Steep 4 Sheep (some hills are) on 27th October 2018 as part of her recital at 2018's Sound Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. Details.  Kate has performed at international festivals and series, including Marte festival...

Premiere of Sealán – CBSO Birmingham – 14th Oct 2018

Premiere of Sealán – CBSO Birmingham – 14th Oct 2018

The People's Orchestra as part of Contemporary Music for All Festival Sealán - a new work commissioned by COMA - Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs - will be premiered at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham on Sunday 14th October 2018 alongside new work by Nigel Osborne...

Reading of Bitterweed in Cork – 11th Oct 2018

Reading of Bitterweed in Cork – 11th Oct 2018

There will be a reading of Ailís' new play Bitterweed at The Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, Ireland on Thursday 11th Oct at 8pm. BITTERWEED hones in on a splintered family struggling to regain a sense of identity some twenty years after the devastation wreaked...

Shortlisted to represent Ireland at ISCM 2019

Shortlisted to represent Ireland at ISCM 2019

Ní Ríain's Soundless has been shortlisted by the Association of Irish Composers for ISCM World Music Days 2019 international new music festival in Tallin, Estonia. Soundless is a 6 minute chamber work with theatrical elements scored for flute, violin, percussion,...

Interview UCC Alumni Network

Interview UCC Alumni Network

University College Cork Alumni Network Alumni Spotlight - Ailís Ní Ríain, Composer & Writer Ailís Ní Ríain is a contemporary classical composer and playwright. The Yorkshire-based artist was the winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2016. Her...

Phasma Music release ‘Highfalutin’

Phasma Music release ‘Highfalutin’

Award-winning recording artist, the Polish flautist Iwona Glinka presents a recital of 53 pieces by 40 composers from 14 countries whose creativity is rooted in various popular trends in the 21st century.  Glinka has gained a substantial reputation, in Europe...

UK Premiere of Consent #7, Aug ’18

UK Premiere of Consent #7, Aug ’18

Carla Rees (bass-flute) and Sarah Watts (bass-clarinet) give the UK premiere of Consent #7 on Wednesday 1st August at the Rarescale Summer School in Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire in England. Carla Rees is a UK-based low flutes specialist who has developed an...

Article on Residency at VCCA, Virginia, USA – April 2018

Article on Residency at VCCA, Virginia, USA – April 2018

The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland approached Ailis to write an article about her recent residency at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the United States. "...this is one of the few places where a composer/musician can avail of an independent studio...

‘Sklonište’ at Cork Midsummer Festival, 24th June 2018

‘Sklonište’ at Cork Midsummer Festival, 24th June 2018

Following on from performances in Paris, Manchester, Dublin, Derry, London, Birmingham, Leeds and Sarajevo, we present two performances of Sklonište at Cork Midsummer Festival on Sunday 24th June at the Crypt at St Lukes Church. Click here for further information....

XelmYa perform ‘Soundless’ in Berlin, June 2018

XelmYa perform ‘Soundless’ in Berlin, June 2018

Trio XelmYa - Alexa Renger, Freddi Börnchen, Sylvia Hinz - perform Ailís Ní Ríain's Soundless [oboe, violin and recorder] as part of Enact/direct/Escape at Berlin's Unerhoerte Musik on Tuesday 5th June 2018 at 1945. Sylvia Hinz is one of the leading recorder players...

Dutch Premiere ‘2 Steep 4 Sheep’, Amsterdam, May 2018

Dutch Premiere ‘2 Steep 4 Sheep’, Amsterdam, May 2018

The Spanish harpsichordist Silvia Martinez gave the Dutch premiere of Ní Ríain's work for harpsichord and fixed media/tape 2 Steep 4 Sheep (some hills are) on 24th May at Orgelpark, Amsterdam as part of the finalists recital in the Annelie de Man Composition...

Residency – USA Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Residency – USA Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Ailís spent the month of April at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the United States, where she primarily focused on developing new material for altered piano. Here is a short video extract of Ailís playing the altered instrument.

DON’T! at Musical Tales 2018, 23rd April Dublin

DON’T! at Musical Tales 2018, 23rd April Dublin

There will be two performances of Ailís Ní Ríain's DON'T! for bass-clarinet and cello at on Monday 23rd April 2018 in Dublin at both Rathmines Public Library and the Ilac Centre in Dublin City as part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Musical Tales programme which...

Irish Premiere of ‘Fear Is…’ 21st April 2018

Irish Premiere of ‘Fear Is…’ 21st April 2018

The Irish harpist Anne-Marie O' Farrell will give the Irish premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain's of Fear Is from The Falling for harp solo at Riverstown Hall, Maynooth University, Co. Dublin on Friday 21st April 2018. This is the concert version of Fear Is with texts by Ailís...

Finalist 2018 Prix Annelie de Man Competition

Finalist 2018 Prix Annelie de Man Competition

  Ailís' piece for solo harpsichord and fixed audio media 2 Steep 4 Sheep (some hills are) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Prix Annelie de Man in the Netherlands. A competition for composers and harpsichordists to promote and support contemporary harpsichord...

Fellow at VCCA, Virginia, USA – April 2018

Fellow at VCCA, Virginia, USA – April 2018

Serving more than 350 artists a year, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is one of America's largest year-round artists' communities. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards...

Ailís Ní Ríain Receives £50k Paul Hamlyn Award

Ailís Ní Ríain Receives £50k Paul Hamlyn Award

'No-strings-attached' awards designed to give artists the time and freedom to develop their creative ideas. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation in London has announced that Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain is one of the recipients of the Awards for Artists 2016, with a value of...

Showcase New Music::New Ireland 7th Feb 2018 @ Cafe Oto, London

Showcase New Music::New Ireland 7th Feb 2018 @ Cafe Oto, London

SHOWCASE NEW MUSIC::NEW IRELAND This showcase performance, presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland will feature the works of, and short interviews with, composers featured on CMC’s new promotional double CD new music::new Ireland three. Xenia Pestova will...

Shortlisted for ISCM World Music Days Beijing 2018

Shortlisted for ISCM World Music Days Beijing 2018

Ailís' music-theatre work for voice and small ensemble Break Down De Doom has been shortlisted by the Irish Association of Composers to represent Ireland at the International Society of Contemporary Music in Beijing in May 2018. The piece is a setting of extracts from...

MAKE – Irish Theatre Forum Residency 2018

MAKE – Irish Theatre Forum Residency 2018

Ailís was selected to participate in MAKE 2018 as a writer. It took place from 23rd Feb- 4th March 2018 at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a centre for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. Ailís focused on the writing of a new work for theatre in relation to...

Sklonište at Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry

Sklonište at Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry

Dermot Dunne will perform Sklonište - Ailís' 60 minute work for live classical accordion and video combining the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers and the surrealism of war. Sklonište is alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern...

New Music:New Ireland CD Launch, Irish Embassy, London 6th Feb

New Music:New Ireland CD Launch, Irish Embassy, London 6th Feb

The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland releases a new album in its promotional series new music::new Ireland on 6 February. The album, the third in the series, will be launched at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London by the Irish Ambassador to the United...

Premiere – Highfalutin – in Athens & Patra, Greece

Premiere – Highfalutin – in Athens & Patra, Greece

Iwona Glinka and Renata Guzik will premiere Highfalutin for two flutes in December 2017 in Greece in two concerts. Concert No 1 December 18, 20:30 P.M., PATRA Municipal Conservatory of Patra Old Municipal Hospital of Patras Kirillou 13 262 25 Patra Concert No 2...

Populating the Stage – Published

Populating the Stage – Published

Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre: Populating the Stage edited by Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. The publication includes an essay by Dubost on Ailís' 2013 play The Tallest Man in the World which was presented at...

Consent #7 Novi Sad, Serbia

Consent #7 Novi Sad, Serbia

Duo X O - Hanan Hadžajlić (flauta) i Vasa Vučković (klarinet) will give another performance of Ailís' 2017 duo for bass flute and bass clarinet Consent #7 this time in Novi Sad, Serbia on 10th December at 9pm. More info. Venue: Zavod za kulturu Vojvodine Programme:...

Corcadorca Workshop/Sharing, Theatre Development Centre, Ireland

Corcadorca Workshop/Sharing, Theatre Development Centre, Ireland

From 27th November 2017 to 1st December, there will be a development workshop of Manifold - a new theatre piece by Ailís Ní Ríain - directed by Pat Kiernan. Presented by Corcadorca Theatre Company as part of SHOW 2017 at the Theatre Development Centre, Cork City,...

The Tallest Man in the World at The Tank, New York City

The Tallest Man in the World at The Tank, New York City

The Tallest Man in the World received a staged reading at The Tank Theater, Manhattan, New York City on 10th November 2017. Directed by Meghan Finn. "Poetic, rhythmic and highly nuanced."  The Tallest Man in the World was a finalist in the 2015 Eugene O’ Neill...

Soundless premiered at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Soundless premiered at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Soundless composed by Ailís Ní Ríain and performed by XelmYa Trio, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin October 2017. XelmYa is a contemporary music ensemble interested in improvisation, unusual instrumental combinations and collaborations with other arts. The Berlin based...

Xenia Pestova plays Soberado, Cambridge, UK

Xenia Pestova plays Soberado, Cambridge, UK

Currently the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. This programme presents meticulously crafted works...

Music Fellowship Residency at ArtOMI, New York State

Music Fellowship Residency at ArtOMI, New York State

Ailís spent most of August in the USA in both New York and ArtOMI Upstate New York, as the Unlimit Music Fellow as part of OMI's annual international musician's residency where she focused on improvisation, performance and developing solo repertoire for prepared and...

New Voices Interview for Sound and Music

New Voices Interview for Sound and Music

Read the interview on the British Music Collection website here. Sound and Music's New Voices 2017/18 "For me, as someone who considers themselves conceptually led, the term composer can often be too limiting..." Every year, Sound and Music - the UK's national agency...

MOP Monodrama Premiere, Manchester, UK

MOP Monodrama Premiere, Manchester, UK

Ailís Ní Ríain’s monodrama, Break Down De Doom, uses as its text, by special permission, excerpts from 'The Invention of Tragedy' by experimental American playwright Mac Wellman. Mr Wellman is known for his use of unconventional dramatic form, often abandoning the...

Consent #7 Premiere – Belgrade, Serbia 14 June 2017

Consent #7 Premiere – Belgrade, Serbia 14 June 2017

Hanan Hadžajlić (bass-flute) and Vasa Vučković (bass-clarinet) will premiere Ailís Ní Ríain's Consent #7 on 14th June 2017 at Muzej Narodnog Pozorišta (The Museum of the National Theater in Belgrade). Hanan Hadžajlić was born in Slovenia and lives in Sarajevo where...

Quantitas Speaks, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK

Quantitas Speaks, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK

Cobolt piano duo comprising Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi will perform Ailís Ní Ríain's Quantitas Speaks on 19th June, 2017 at 7pm at Coda, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. The programme also includes music by Michael Wolters, Fumiko Miyachi, Howard...

OmiMusic International Fellowship – USA, Aug 2017

OmiMusic International Fellowship – USA, Aug 2017

Ailís has been awarded the Unlimit Fellowship to attend OMIMusic International Residency in Ghent, Columbia County, Upstate New York in August 2017 where she will work alongside 12 international musicians, composers and improvisers. Every summer, Music Omi invites...

The Tallest Man in the World at GPTC, USA, May 2017

The Tallest Man in the World at GPTC, USA, May 2017

The Tallest Man in the World, a play, has been selected for the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, USA. It will be performed on 28th May and directed by Meghan Finn (The Tank, New York). Mac Wellman is this year's honoured playwright. More information...

Ailís Ní Ríain added to SAM’s New Voices 2016/17

Ailís Ní Ríain added to SAM’s New Voices 2016/17

Every year, Sound and Music shine a light on the work of the composers who are currently on their Artist Development programmes and who are coming from a diverse range of musical styles - across the UK - they are pioneering some of the most exciting innovations in...

Sklonište at City Summer Sounds, London 8th June 2017

Sklonište at City Summer Sounds, London 8th June 2017

"During the siege, Sarajevo’s nearly 400,000 inhabitants struggled on without electricity, running water during hot summers or heating during chilling winters, scuttling desperately to get to desperately needed supplies even as they avoided incoming fire from the...

Manifold at La Mama Theatre New York 2nd April 2017

Manifold at La Mama Theatre New York 2nd April 2017

"Take a life. Do with it what you will. Hang a left and shuffle the pack for the next guy. No plan is safe from laughter." A new theatre piece Manifold will be read at La Mama in New York on 2nd April 2017 directed by Mark Cabus. La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for...

Beautiful Cracked Eyes – Belfast 30th March 2017

Beautiful Cracked Eyes – Belfast 30th March 2017

The New York based Irish pianist Isabelle O' Connell will give another performance of Beautiful Cracked Eyes for solo piano at SARC Belfast on 30th March 2017. The piece was commissioned in 2008 and premiered at The Purcell Room on the Southbank, London. Its title...

Sklonište at Sarajevo Irish Festival, Bosnia, March 2017

Sklonište at Sarajevo Irish Festival, Bosnia, March 2017

Following a UK tour in 2016 Sklonište was presented in Sarajevo on St. Patrick's Day 2017 as part of the Sarajevo Irish Festival at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina shown alongside the photographic exhibition which originally inspired the piece by...

End With Words Of Hope, Dublin 24th March 2017

End With Words Of Hope, Dublin 24th March 2017

Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano) & Paul Roe (clarinet) perform End with Words of Hope at Saluting the Feminists at The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin on Friday 24th March at 6pm alongside music by Amanda Feery, Jane O' Leary, Rhona Clarke and Gráinne Mulvey....

Toy Piano Premiere BBC Radio 3 March 2nd 2017

Toy Piano Premiere BBC Radio 3 March 2nd 2017

On 2nd March 2017 Xenia Pestova premiered Soberado for solo toy piano at BBC Radio 3's Open Ear at St John Hackney Church in London which was broadcast on 8th March on BBC Radio 3. 2nd March 2017, 6.45pm St John at Hackney Church, London. Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosted a...

Residency @ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, January 2017

Residency @ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, January 2017

Ailís recently completed her residency at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris in partnership with The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland [Jan-Feb 2017]. She focused on research, composing, performing and writing. More details. Below is a recording made in St....

Sklonište in Paris 9th February 2017

Sklonište in Paris 9th February 2017

We are presenting Sklonište at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris on 9th February. This powerful work evokes the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers, the surrealist circumstances of war as well as the humour of a people determined to survive....

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composer Award 2016

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composer Award 2016

Ailís Ní Ríain has been awarded the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists 2016. Ailís Ní Ríain is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s (PHF) Awards for Artists 2016. The announcement came at a reception hosted by the foundation in London on 10...

WNYC Feature Sklonište from HCMF 2016

WNYC Feature Sklonište from HCMF 2016

New music journalist and broadcaster John Schaefer has broadcast a feature on the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on his legendary radio show New Sounds which includes a substantial feature on Ní Ríain's Sklonište. WNYC is America's most listened-to...

End with Words of Hope, 10 December 2016, Manchester

End with Words of Hope, 10 December 2016, Manchester

An evening of new music inspired by words, poetry inspired by music and things in between. Composed by living composers including Ní Ríain's End with Words of Hope (2010) for soprano and clarinet with texts by Sappho and Ailís Ní Ríain. Guillaume Connesson, Ben Gaunt...

AKA Performances 15-16th December 2016

AKA Performances 15-16th December 2016

First performing at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts (Florida) in May 2016, AKA is comprised of three musicians from Canada, Ireland and the USA who are exploring the depths of their respective instruments through acoustic and electroacoustic means. Sculpting sound...

Sklonište UK Tour 2016

Sklonište UK Tour 2016

Following on from four dates in October, the Sklonište tour continues from 21st November; combining the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers and the surrealism of war; Sklonište tours to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Manchester,...

DON’T! Galway, December 2016

DON’T! Galway, December 2016

Gavin Brennan (saxophone) and Adrian Mantu (cello) gave a performance of Ní Ríain's duo DON'T! (for bass clarinet and cello) in an adapted version for sax and cello as part of Galway Music Residency's Winter Concert. 

New Site-Specific Work for Spitalfields Winter Festival

New Site-Specific Work for Spitalfields Winter Festival

London's Spitalfield's Festival in its 40th anniversary year supports three music creators in laboratory-style commissions; offering opportunities to challenge compositional practice, explore working in new ways and provoke dialogue between composers, ideas and...

Shadow on Summer shortlisted for the Octagon Prize 2016

Shadow on Summer shortlisted for the Octagon Prize 2016

Ailís' theatre monologue Shadow on Summer has been shortlisted for The Octagon Prize in partnership with the Bolton Octagon Theatre. The script was one of over 500 received. The jury included Max Stafford Clarke (Out of Joint), Elizabeth Newman (Octagon Theatre), Sue...

Contemporary Music Centre Salon Performance of DONT’!

Contemporary Music Centre Salon Performance of DONT’!

Gavin Brennan (saxophone) and Adrian Mantu (cello) will perform DON'T! at the Luthern Church in Dublin at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th October as part of the Irish Contemporary Music Centre's Salon Series has been running since 2004 and aims to encourage newcomers and...

BMC/Unlimited Residency 2016/17

BMC/Unlimited Residency 2016/17

A new residency with Sound and Music's Embedded programme at British Music Collection archive (which is housed in Huddersfield) and Unlimited Impact.  This is a disability-led creative response to the collection initially consisting of research and curation. Ailís...

Paul Roe, ‘End with Words of Love’ Canadian Premiere

Paul Roe, ‘End with Words of Love’ Canadian Premiere

The Irish clarinettist Paul Roe performs End With Words of Hope (2010) with Dutch soprano Anne Grimm at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada on 29th September 2016. Paul Roe is one of Ireland’s most creative and...

Skloniste, Northern England October Tour 2016

Skloniste, Northern England October Tour 2016

Sklonište combines live music, photography, video, archive footage, story-telling and texts marking 20 years since the end of the siege of Sarajevo. 1425 days - is a long time to have to run for shelter in your own city. Buy Tickets. Sklonište is an alternative...

New work premieres in Whispers of Heaton

New work premieres in Whispers of Heaton

Following the sold-out success of this beautiful piece in May, Whispers returns by special request. For three days only at this time of Remembrance, the great rooms of Heaton Hall will once again echo with the voices of the past revealing a myriad of timeless stories....

Arts Council Funded Commission 2017 from Temenos

Arts Council Funded Commission 2017 from Temenos

Temenos - Paul Roe (clarinets) and Laoise O' Brien (recorders) have commissioned Ailís to compose a new work for their highly unusual combination to be premiered in Dublin in 2017.  The commission is funded by the Irish Arts Council. Paul Roe is a performer (clarinet...

Dave Kane ‘Dogs in Waiting’, Marsden Jazz Festival

Dave Kane ‘Dogs in Waiting’, Marsden Jazz Festival

The acclaimed jazz bassist Dave Kane will incorporate Ailís Ní Ríain's virtuosic bass solo Dogs in Waiting into a newly commissioned piece for the Marsden Jazz Festival in West Yorkshire on Saturday 8th October 2016. Dave was born in Bangor, N.Ireland where his first...

Xenia Pestova, The Forge, London

Xenia Pestova, The Forge, London

The pianist Xenia Pestova will give the Irish premiere of Into the Sea of Waking Dreams in Cork, at the CIT Cork School of Music on 15th September as part of the Cork Orchestral Society Series. Ahead of this she will give a London performance at The Forge in London on...

Beautiful Cracked Eyes, National Concert Hall Ireland

Beautiful Cracked Eyes, National Concert Hall Ireland

The Irish, New York based pianist Isabelle O' Connell will give the Irish premiere of Beautiful Cracked Eyes (solo piano, 2008) on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at the National Concert Hall of Ireland as part of the Composing the Island. Isabelle is a dynamic...

Mac Wellman Writer’s Retreat at La Mama International

Mac Wellman Writer’s Retreat at La Mama International

Ailís recently completed the 2016 Playwright's Retreat at La MaMa Umbria near Spoleto, Perugia with the renowned USA playwright Mac Wellman where she focused on interrogating his essay on theatre Speculations and writing a new theatre piece. Founded in 1990 by...

‘Dogs in Waiting’, Manchester

‘Dogs in Waiting’, Manchester

The double-bassist Heather Bird will give a performance of Ailís' virtuosic set of pieces for solo double-bass Dogs in Waiting at the opening of a new exhibition of ink drawings of female composers by the artist Margit Van der Zwan at The Koffee Pot, Northern Quarter,...

Soundless – New Work for Kirkos, Dublin

Soundless – New Work for Kirkos, Dublin

Ailís is creating a new work for Kirkos Ensemble in collaboration with the UK visual poet Andrew Topel which will be premiered in Dublin on Saturday 15th October 2016 as part of Fluxfest. Details and tickets. Kirkos is a contemporary music ensemble made up of a dozen...

DON’T! – Dublin, CMC Salon 27th October

DON’T! – Dublin, CMC Salon 27th October

Gavin Brennan and Adrian Mantu will perform DON'T! (2001) as part of a programme of contemporary Irish classical music on Thursday 27 Oct at 7pm at Lutheran Hall, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. This concert is part of The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland's Salon...

Manchester Opera Project Commission

Manchester Opera Project Commission

Manchester based MOP (Manchester Opera Project) has commissioned a new monodrama for solo female voice, video and chamber ensemble from Ailís Ní Ríain to be premiered in July 2017 in Manchester alongside new work by Philip Venables.

‘Linger’ at Gregynog Festival, Wales, 21st June

‘Linger’ at Gregynog Festival, Wales, 21st June

The British pianist Daniel Grimwood will give the Welsh premiere of Linger on 21st June 2016 as part of the Gregynog Music Festival, Wales. Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful...

Fresh Yorkshire Aires online exhibition

Fresh Yorkshire Aires online exhibition

Fresh Yorkshire Aires have published their new online showcase of graphic scores including Ailís Ní Ríain's DOWN (2010). Curated by composer and producer Jacob Thompson-Bell, the project brings together live exhibitions of newly commissioned graphic scores, an online...

Institute of Composing Bronte Article

Institute of Composing Bronte Article

Ailís has been asked to contribute an article to the Institute of Composing's Journal of new music about Linger; a commission for the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, Northern England. "Some listeners have commented on the album’s sense of...

Whispers of Heaton Reviews

Whispers of Heaton Reviews

"Whispers of Heaton is something to shout about." - Manchester Theatre Awards This world premiere is a beautiful piece of site-specific theatre presented by Feelgood Theatre Productions in partnership with Heaton Park and Tangled Dance Company. All performances sold...

Return from ACA

Return from ACA

Ailís spent three highly productive weeks on residency as an Associate Artist working with pianist/composer Myra Melford at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Ailís focused on extending the sonic vocabulary of the piano, improvisation, playing with other...

Shadow on Summer

Shadow on Summer

There will be a rehearsed reading of a new monologue by Ailís Ní Ríain Shadow on Summer at The Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork City, Ireland on 7th May 2016. 'It tells the story of Professor Summer, an eminent female scientist whose life mutates and transforms alongside...