OF OUR TIMES COMHAIMSEARTHA
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick Dรกmh Chruinne รireann Rince agus Ceol Ollscoil Luimnigh
INTRODUCTION BY PROFESSOR DON BARRY, UL PRESIDENT
FACULTY AND STAFF
LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES
TOWER SEMINAR SERIES
LOGOS SEMINAR SERIES
AG FÉACHAINT SIAR / RECENT EVENTS
BEALACH / COMMUNITY CULTURAL PATHWAYS
CÓNAÍ / ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
TAIGHDE / RESEARCH
IRISH WORLD ACADEMY ENSEMBLES
SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD RECIPIENTS
CLÁR / IRISH WORLD ACADEMY PROGRAMMES
OTHER PROGRAMMES AND ARTS OFFICES
General Editor: Dr Sandra Joyce Editor and Comhaimseartha Coordinator: Jennifer de Brún Text Editors: Fran Garry, Hannah Fahey Photography: Maurice Gunning Design: Joe Gervin Venue Coordinator: Melissa Carty Tuesday Lunchtime Performance Coordinator: Dr Sandra Joyce/Dr Niall Keegan Wednesday Lunchtime Performance Coordinator: Jean Downey Thursday Lunchtime Performance Coordinator: Lisa McLoughlin Tower and Logos Coordinator: Dr Aileen Dillane Taighde/Research Editor: Professor Helen Phelan Ag Féachaint Siar/Recent Events and Special Events Coordinator: Jennifer de Brún
Front cover: Máirtín O'Connor and Brendan McCarthy performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
Students of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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PRESIDENT DON BARRY
A Chairde, I am privileged to introduce this edition of Comhaimseartha and to celebrate this latest phase of the evolution of the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at the University of Limerick. There are many new and exciting initiatives to be considered in this publication as a roadmap along the ground-breaking path being pioneered by the Academy. The new BA Performing Arts is starting in September 2017, evolving from the BA Irish Music and Dance and BA Voice and Dance. With five new streams: Irish Music; Irish Dance; Voice; Contemporary Dance; and World Music, it is sure to attract students from across the globe just as its predecessors have done over the years.
UL continues to be the only third-level institution offering dance on the island of Ireland and it is heartening to note that the Contemporary Dance stream of the new BA Performing Arts is the first programme in contemporary dance in the Republic, addressing a need outlined in a recent Arts Council of Ireland Dance and Education report (2016).
The research profile of the Academy is unparalleled across the disciplines of music, dance and performing arts. There are currently some 40 PhD students based at the Academy, many of whom have been awarded IRC and other scholarships. A number of research clusters have blossomed in recent years in areas such as Arts and Health, Song, Dance and Arts Practice research.
Another innovation is the World Music Stream, which will enable the Academy to accept musicians from any genre and to introduce them to a world of sound. This is being led by the new Chair of Performing Arts, Professor Mel Mercier and I wish this venture well.
Many conferences have been hosted at the Academy in recent years, with many more planned, most notably the ICTM World Conference in July 2017, which is expected to draw up to 1,000 delegates. The recent philanthropic gift from The Atlantic Philanthropies has ensured that the Academy is at the cutting edge of technical provision for performing arts teaching and research, including the Tommy Makem recording suite, which will be launched in 2017.
A new MA programme in songwriting will commence in September 2017 – another first on the island of Ireland. This will draw on the unique contribution Ireland has made to the world of popular music and songwriting in particular. This new programme has been inspired by interaction with Professor Joseph O’Connor, Frank McCourt, Chair in Creative Writing, and the MA Creative Writing offered by AHSS. I welcome the Academy’s recently launched collaboration with the Willie Clancy Summer School, the oldest and most internationally renowned Summer school of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, in partnership with our own Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance. This innovative collaboration will offer an accredited programme hosted both at the University of Limerick and Miltown Malbay.
Kathleen Turner and Dávid Szabó, performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
The Artist-in-Residence programme continues to be an important part of the Academy, bringing new creative energies from across the cultural landscape and including particularly active residencies by leaders in their fields, such as Martin Hayes, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company.
Academy outreach and civic engagement activities continue to grow as welcome and valued contributions to the University’s mission. Recent examples include the Sonas is Sláinte series with the Graduate Entry Medical School, taking place in University Hospital, Limerick; the Irish World Music Cafe, in association with Doras Luimní, taking place on O’Connell Street; and ongoing interaction with Music Generation, Limerick City. And as we bid farewell to respected Academy colleagues such as Dr Mary Nunan and others who have illuminated our campus over many years, it is also fitting to mark the retirement of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Founding Director of the Academy. Mícheál’s remarkable contribution to the Irish World Academy, and to the University, leaves us a legacy that enriches Irish and world cultures.
I am mindful that this is likely to be last opportunity I will have to acknowledge the work of theAcademy formally in my capacity as President and I want to say how much I have appreciated its contribution to the life of UL over the past ten years. In this brief review of the many endeavours that earn the Academy its reputation as a crucible of creativity, it can be seen that it is thriving and finding new paths to explore so that we may examine, consider and know more of ourselves and our cultures, across Ireland and around the world. Ar aghaidh libh!
Don Barry President December 2016
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The development of public performances remains at the heart of the Academy’s mission and, fittingly, these performances happen in local, national and international contexts. These include: the recent acquisition of a Gamelan orchestra and the planned development of the Academy as an important centre for Gamelan performance; the annual Academy showcase in University Concert Hall; a range of collaborative performances in Dance Limerick; the continued development of the ACADEMOS project between the MA Classical Strings programme and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, in association with other third level institutions and international performances by students and faculty in locations such as Switzerland, the US, the UK and Mexico.
FACULTY & STAFF
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Melissa Carty Administrator email@example.com +353 61 202590
Barbara Christie Senior Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202030
Pamela Cotter Director, BLAS International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance email@example.com +353 61 202653
Jennifer de Brún Performing Arts Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202917
Dr Aileen Dillane Lecturer, BA Irish Music and Dance email@example.com +353 61 202159
Dr Alan Dormer Academy Technical Officer firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202726
Jean Downey Course Director, MEd (Music), Professional MEd (Music) email@example.com +353 61 213160
Paula Dundon Academy Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202149
Dr Catherine Foley Course Director, MA Ethnochoreology email@example.com +353 61 202922
Eleanor Giraud Course Director, MA Ritual Chant and Song firstname.lastname@example.org + 353 61 234743
Dr Sandra Joyce Academy Director
Dr Niall Keegan Academy Associate Director
Course Director, MA Irish Traditional Music Performance email@example.com +353 61 202065
Director of Undergraduate Studies firstname.lastname@example.org + 353 61 202465
Dr Yonit Kosovske Lecturer, MA Classical String Performance email@example.com +353 61 234922
Dr Óscar Mascareñas Lecturer, BA Voice and Dance firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202990
Lisa McLoughlin Lecturer, BA Voice and Dance email@example.com +353 61 234967
Dr Mats Melin Course Director, MA Irish Dance Studies firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202542
Professor Mel Mercier Chair of Performing Arts email@example.com + 353 61 202918
Dr Hilary Moss Course Director, MA Music Therapy firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 213122
Professor Helen Phelan Programme Director, PhD Arts Practice email@example.com + 353 61 202575
Dr Niamh NicGhabhann Course Director, MA Festive Arts firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202798
Dr Colin Quigley Course Director, MA Ethnomusicology email@example.com +353 61 202966
Kathleen Turner Course Director, MA Community Music firstname.lastname@example.org + 353 61 213762
Mary Wycherley Course Director, MA Contemporary Dance Performance email@example.com +353 61 213464
Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Course Director, MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202470
Naomi Harris, MA Irish Traditional Dance student Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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Dr Triona McCaffrey Lecturer, MA Music Therapy email@example.com +353 61 234358
Professor Jane Edwards Emeritus Associate Professor Jane joined the Academy in 1999 as course director for the new MA Music Therapy. She founded the Music & Health Research Group in 2004, with initial funding from the European Science Foundation. As project leader for ULâ€™s successful funding bid to found Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, she subsequently directed the start-up of Clinical Therapies. Jane was Director of Psychology at UL for 4 years overseeing the founding of the psychology department. She was an elected UL Governor, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Graduate Education Medical School, and Assistant Dean for Research in FAHSS. While at UL she held research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, and Queen Margaret University, and was a Guest Professor at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She is a founding member, and was inaugural President, of the International Association for Music & Medicine. Jane is currently Associate Professor for Mental Health at Deakin University, Australia, and was recently appointed as the first Australian Editor-in-Chief for The Arts in Psychotherapy. She is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy (2016), a 50 chapter resource featuring international contributions, including those from UL music therapy staff and graduates. She is regularly sought after for healthcare advisory roles, and has recently delivered keynote speeches at conferences in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Dr Mary Nunan Emeritus Lecturer Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist – choreographer, performer and teacher. Her professional career began when she joined Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86). She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999) and Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick (1999-2016). She is visiting guest lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London for this current academic year. Throughout her career Mary has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed in national and international venues. Artists with whom she has collaborated include: Yoshiko Chuma, Joan Davis, Oscar Mascarenas, Katherine O’Malley, Karen Power, Jurgen Simpson, Monica Spencer, Nigel Rolfe and Mary Wycherley Mary was a member of the Arts Council (2005-2008). She was the Chair of the Special Committee that produced the Arts-in-Education report, ‘Points of Alignment’. She earned her PhD from Middlesex University.
MÍCHEÁL Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN
Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Emeritus Chair of Music and Founding Director Inaugural Emeritus Chair of Music and Founding Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is noted for his development of a uniquely Irish traditional piano style. He has recorded extensively with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has released some 15 recordings overall – most recently ELVER GLEAMS: New and Selected Recordings (EMI 2010), and the DVD Irish Destiny (Irish Film Institute 2006) with the RTE Concert Orchestra. In 2004 he was appointed inaugural Chair of Culture Ireland (the statutory Irish governmental body for promoting Irish arts worldwide) and was reappointed in 2008. He was awarded an Honorary DMus from the National University of Ireland at University College Cork (2005), the inaugural Ollamh na hÉigse (Professor of Arts) by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (2005), Boston College Honorary Alumnus Award (2006), Gradam Cheoil (Irish language television award 2011), O’Donnell Chair of Irish Studies at the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies (University of Notre Dame 2012), and honorary citizenship and the Freedom of Clonmel – his native town – in 2016. In 2017 he will tour the USA with the Irish Baroque Orchestra featuring his music, and will also tour internationally with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Mariela Argüello Retana, MA Contemporary Dance student Photograph © Maurice Gunning
Dr. Ferenc Szűcs Emeritus Senior Lecturer Dr. Ferenc Szűcs has worked as Senior Lecturer at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick since 1998 and had a key role in establishing the Masters programme in Classical String Performance, which he directed until 2015. He initiated the innovative collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and was the first Artistic Director of ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings. As a professional cellist, he has performed in over 50 countries and has associations with numerous orchestras,ensembles and institutes worldwide. He made radio and television broadcasts and recordings for BBC, RTE and MRT. and published CDs on ASV, BMG, Hyperion, Arte Nova, Future Classics and RTE Lyric fm labels. He played as principal cellist with several orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, New Queens Hall Orchestra, Oxford Orchestra of Camera, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Symphonia, Orchestra of St. John’s, London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. His research focuses on creative decision-making processes within expert-professional performance practice and argues for knowledge status of arts-professional expertise in academia. He was the first person to complete Middlesex University's Arts Doctorate in Music.
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LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES VENUE: THE TOWER THEATRE, IRISH WORLD ACADEMY (UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) 1.15PM
Anniversary Concert at the University Concert Hall Photograph Â© Maurice Gunning
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ADMISSION IS FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME
TUESDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS
EVERY TUESDAY AT 1.15PM IN THE TOWER THEATRE, THE ACADEMY WILL FEATURE A TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND / OR DANCE PERFORMANCE WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF TRADITIONAL PERFORMING ARTISTS WHO ARE VISITING THE ACADEMY DURING THAT WEEK.
TRAD CAFÉ EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 1.15PM FROM JANUARY 25TH TO MARCH 8TH, FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS FROM THE BA IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE WILL PERFORM MATERIAL THEY ARE PREPARING FOR THEIR FINAL PERFORMANCE EXAMS. COME ALONG AND ENJOY THEIR MUSIC AND HAVE A BITE TO EAT OR A CUP OF COFFEE IN THE RELAXED, INFORMAL SURROUNDINGS OF CAFÉ ALLEGRO IN THE UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL BUILDING. THE STUDENTS’ FINAL PERFORMANCE EXAMS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE IRISH WORLD
Tuesday January 24th
Cork ETB School of Music is one of Ireland's most dynamic multicampus music schools and is committed to reaching out to communities to enhance the quality of young people’s lives. The school provides diverse instrumental tuition programmes in the classical and traditional Irish music styles and offers an exciting portfolio of ensembles, bands, musicianship classes and other music-making activities. The school has an extensive public performance “Let’s Play Together” Concert Series and works closely with partner schools to support formal school music programmes at Junior, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Levels.
Vishtèn For the past decade the members of Acadian powerhouse trio, Vishtèn, have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. This award-winning Canadian trio has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals fusing Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility of rock influence. Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the most remote reaches of Quebec, the windswept Magdalen Islands, twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le-Blanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature. They combine tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion and virtuoso acoustic instrumentation to create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in its sheer complexity, by a quintet. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistles, piano, octave mandolin, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance makes for a unique tour de force of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Thursday January 26th Bart Kiely Currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice Research at the Irish World Academy, Bart has become increasingly interested in the creative possibilities and flexibility afforded by integrating digital music making into live performance. This raises interesting issues in regard to what constitutes liveness in modern music and what defines musical sound, blurring the lines between music and noise, organic and digital, and grooving and chaotic. Please join him for this live set composed and directed from behind the drum kit.
Wednesday January 25th Hear Our Song 2017 Cork ETB School of Music Cork ETB School of Music is pleased to present a showcase of young musicians in the classical, popular and traditional genres, representative of some of the school’s extensive “Let’s Play together” programme of performance-based activities. “Hear our Song”, the school’s signature tune, embodies young people and teachers who are passionate about sharing their music with the community at large. The students today are from the Traditional Music Department.
ACADEMY BETWEEN THE 15TH AND 19TH OF MAY 2017.
CORK ETB SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Wednesday February 1st Hear Our Song 2017 Cork ETB School of Music (See details under Wednesday, January 25th). The students performing today are from the Early Music and Baroque Ensemble Programme.
ACADEMOS ALEXANDER BERNSTEIN NATHANIEL GOW’S DANCE BAND MAOIN CHEOIL AN CHLÁIR
ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings Performance The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Irish Chamber Orchestra present ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings. This Spring, an exciting collaborative project, led by members of the dynamic Irish Chamber Orchestra and directed by Katherine Hunka, brings string students from four of the country’s foremost academies together as part of the ACADEMOS Irish World Academy strings initiative. Students from the Irish World Academy, CIT Cork School of Music, Royal Irish Academy of Music and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will perform works by Glass, Adams and Britten. This tour will also feature a recording to be broadcast by RTE Lyric FM later in the year. February 2nd, 1.15pm Theatre 1, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick February 3rd, 1.15pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork February 4th, 1.15pm John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Monday February 6th Theatre 1 Alexander Bernstein - Innisfail Award-winning American pianist Alexander Bernstein performs Innisfail, a major piano work by Irish composer Ryan Molloy and released on the eponymously titled CD earlier this year. The programme also includes other works by Molloy and Chopin.
Alexander Bernstein is an Artist Diploma Candidate at Shenandoah Conservatory, studying with John O’Conor. Alexander received a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in May 2010, studying privately with Stephen Drury and Patricia Zander of the New England Conservatory. Since his debut in 1999, Alexander has performed concerti with numerous orchestras, recently including Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice Genova in Italy, and the Shenandoah University Orchestra in Virginia. Alexander recently won 3rd Prize in the 2015 Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize in the 2015 Verona International Piano Competition, and 2nd Prize in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition.
Tuesday February 7th Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band Traditional Lunchtime Concert (part of the Past Present Scottish Pulse special event) Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band reimagines the Scottish dance band from the 1780s, exploring 18th century sources for music and dance, and performing on period instruments with a line-up of Scottish smallpipes, gut-strung fiddles, cello and piano. The group brings together early music specialists Aaron McGregor, David McGuiness and Alison MacGillivray with some of the most experienced and creative personalities in Scottish traditional music, including fiddler Lauren MacColl and dancer, viola player, and singer Mairi Campbell.
Wednesday February 8th Leaving Certificate Music Students of Maoin Cheoil an Chláir Students from Maoin Cheoil an Chláir will unite to showcase their talents and performing skills in both group and solo performances.
Vocalists and instrumentalists will take to the stage to entertain you with traditional tunes and classical pieces. So come along and enjoy the talents of our future musicians and singers from County Clare.
Thursday February 9th Theatre 1 Mediated Performance: Dance on film screening Liz Roche, Lucy Cash and Mary Wycherley This event brings together a selection of short films by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and film directors including works by Liz Roche, Lucy Cash and Mary Wycherley. Embracing themes that deal with both historical and current political and social issues, the event invites reflection on that which is relevant to lives today. The screening is an exquisite example of how the fields of dance, film and music come together.
Wednesday February 15th Blas an Earraigh Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ Students This concert aims to provide a snapshot of the musical life of our school with a variety of performance ensembles. From choral singing to solo singing, from classical to traditional, and from renaissance to popular music, we hope to give you a flavour of our musical year. Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for girls in the heart of Limerick City, where Irish is the medium of instruction. The holistic development of every child is at the core of the school’s ethos, and music plays a vital role in this journey. Choral, orchestral and traditional music are accessible to all, and every voice is cherished no matter how small.
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Thursday February 2nd
WRONGHEADED FILM. LAUREL HILL COLÁISTE FCJ STUDENTS LIZ ROCHE COMPANY. PHOTO: EWA FIGASZWESKA.
PROFESSIONAL MASTER OF EDUCATION (MUSIC) STUDENTS
Thursday February 16th
Tuesday February 21st
Claudia Schwab: Attic Mornings (CD launch)
The Claudia Schwab Quartet:
The Blas Summer School at The Irish World Academy and The Meitheal Residential Summer School first developed their synergy for a number of co-operative projects in 2011.
Claudia Schwab (fiddles and vocals) Hannah James (accordion, foot percussion and vocals) Stefan Hedborg (percussion and vocals) Marti Tärn (electric bass and vocals) “Attic Mornings” is the title of Claudia Schwab's second solo album, due for release on February 12th, 2017. Featuring Stefan Hedborg (SE), Marti Tärn (EST) and Hannah James (UK), as well as guest musicians from Ireland and Austria, this collection of genre-hopping, yodelling, contemplative and life affirming musical adventures reflects the cross-cultural spirit of the musician and her collaborators. Rooted in Irish, Austrian and Indian music traditions, Claudia steps out to explore the sounds evoked by her current home in Ireland, memories of her home place in Austria and newly discovered sounds from her ventures around the world. Claudia Schwab is an Ireland based, originally Austrian fiddle player, composer and yodeller. Stomping rhythms, fiery reels, consoling Indian raags and funk-beat yodelling abound in Claudia's blend of Irish, Indian, Swedish and Eastern European folk music styles overlaid with Austrian yodelling. She is described by Professor Mel Mercier, Irish World Academy, as “one of the most creative artists on the Irish music scene today”. Claudia’s debut album Amber Sands (2014) features regularly on Irish national radio and has received impressive reviews by magazines such as FATEA, Folkworld and Songlines. Her brand new EP 'Attic Mornings' was released on October 21st, 2016. The full album will be launched in February, 2017.
Rúnda, the recipients of the group award to play a lunchtime concert at The Irish World Academy are a newly formed group from the Munster area comprising five members: Conor Daly (guitar), Maura O' Connor (concertina), Pádraig Enright (flute, whistles), Thomas Ahern (banjo, mandolin, bodhrán) and Seamus O' Gorman (fiddle). The group were formed at Meitheal 2016 and are influenced by both traditional and modern music. Music plays a big role in the life of each member and they hope to continue with it in the future. Pádraig Enright is also the recipient of the Paul Brady Meitheal scholarship to Blas 2017. A flute & bodhrán player from Listowel Co. Kerry, he is a member of Lixnaw Comhaltas. His style has been influenced by the playing of Mike McGoldrick, Brendan Mullholland and Brian Finnegan. He has been enjoying Meitheal Summer School since 2013.
Wednesday February 22nd Professional Master of Education (Music) Students Lunchtime Concert The Professional Master of Education (Music) students from years one and two join with guest artist Geraldine Mooney Simmie to present a variety of performances which are the culmination of their combined ensemble music-making experiences. The performers are inspired by their diverse musical backgrounds and are influenced by their experiences as beginning music educators. In keeping with the inclusive nature of music education, audience participation is welcome.
The Professional Master of Education (Music) is an inter-faculty programme taught by the School of Education and by the Irish World Academy, UL.
Thursday February 23rd 42 Ella Clarke Ella Clarke Choreography presents “42”, a personal examination of how a dancer becomes an artist. Originally commissioned as a lecture, detailing her arts practice, for the 2011 Absolut Fringe Festival Artists Symposium, it has since evolved as a performed artistic biographical response. Ella explains that “42” is “formed from the attempt to understand what makes me an artist, what governs my practice, why I love precisely ordered chaos and what use it will all be when the plane goes down in flames. Using montage, excerpts from some major ballets, and some of my favourite things, I’ve been writing this dance for years”. Ella Clarke graduated from the Perm State Ballet School in 1993. She performed as a soloist with Perm Youth Ballet and Wexford Festival Opera before radically retraining her technique to that of a contemporary dancer and working with most of Ireland’s major companies and choreographers. A further transformation saw her evolve as a post-modernist solo performer. Her theatre work includes award-winning work with Selina Cartmell at the Gate Theatre and Jason Byrne at The Abbey. She has lectured in dance at The Conservatory of Vocal Opera and Drama, DIT, for 16 years. She has journeyed from the heart of classical ballet to the outer reaches of ‘acceptable’ public behaviour in search of the thing that makes her tick and makes art ‘art’.
TOMMY LUNDGREN & VEGA NORDKVIST
BIAS KATHERINE O’MALLEY
Tuesday February 28th Tommy Lundgren & Vega Nordkvist This Swedish duo came together four years ago having studied together at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In this performance, you are invited to a moment of focused Swedish folk music where two fiddles become one musical unit. Traditional tunes are mixed with our own compositions. Whatever the tune, you will hear our personal touch in arrangements and second voices. MARCH
Thursday March 2nd
Katherine O’Malley is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is a founding member of the Liz Roche Company (1999) and Associate Artist since 2008. Katherine holds an MA from UL and trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Perm State Choreographic Institute, Russia. As a dancer and dance maker, Katherine has performed work by Chamber Made Opera and Maeve Stone, Mary Nunan, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Sara Rudner, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Liv O’Donoghue, CoisCéim, Splinter Productions, Dylan Quinn, Maiden Voyage Dance, Thomas Lehman, Catapult Dance Company, The Abbey Theatre, PanPan Theatre, Bedrock Productions and Opera Ireland. Katherine is an Amatsu Practitioner with the ATA.
Double Bill: Bias Katherine O’Malley & The Stones on the Road Diane Daly and Lisa McLoughlin Bias: Choreographer/Performer: Katherine O’Malley Film: Mark Linnane, Composer: Daragh Dukes Every day we make split second judgements. Do we suffer by taking the path of least resistance taught to us by our experiences? We are composed of our biases, for better or for worse. What patterns are we repeating? With collaborators Daragh Dukes and Mark Linnane the work has evolved in observation of some of these biases, stating, restating and reframing them in a series of new environments and from new perspectives. Each new environment is a sounding board, a testing ground where biases and inclinations will be revealed. Julia Lacherstorfer, from Austrian band 'Alma' performing at the Irish World Academy
DIANE DALY & LISA MCLOUGHLIN
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PERFORMANCE
Diane Daly and Lisa McLoughlin
Wednesday March 8th
Tuesday March 14th
Diane Daly and Lisa McLoughlin are establishing a rare partnership. As two professionals with twenty years of performance experience in their respective fields, they are combining and entwining their art in a creative space that is neither fully music, nor fully dance. Their largely improvised performances are developing a must-see reputation as intriguing and inspirational.
International Women’s Day Performance
Shantala Subramanyam Trio
International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To mark the occasion, this annual concert brings together a host of female performers. Students, faculty and friends of the Irish World Academy will entertain you with music, dance, song and a few surprises.
The Shantala Subramanyam Trio of Flute, Violin and Mridangam, will be led by Shantala Subramyanam, from Chennai, heartland of carnatic music, renowned for its emphasis on improvisation on beautiful ragas within a highly evolved rhythmic vocabulary. Like many Carnatic musicians, she started playing in early childhood under the tutelage of her father, himself an eminent musician. Today she is recognized as an important and authentic voice in this demanding tradition. The concert will comprise of compositions, solo improvisations, melodic and rhythmic dialogues and a special vocal percussion (Kunakkol)! We promise to leave you with peaceful, sober and exciting memories!
This event will feature an excerpt from their respective PhD investigations, drawing upon their shared explorations of somatic awareness in performance through the lenses of Body-Mind Centering and Dalcroze. Diane Daly is one of Ireland’s finest violinists and has toured the world with a number of prestigious ensembles including The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The European Union Chamber Orchestra and many others. She has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1998. In other genres she has performed alongside and recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Bono and the Corrs, Shania Twain and Katie Melua. She is also a member of jazz ensembles and has performed at festivals across Europe. Diane has always blended her performance career with community and education work and is currently a PhD candidate at the Irish World Academy. Lisa McLoughlin trained at the Rambert School, London. She has performed extensively across the globe with companies such as the Liz Roche Dance Company, Daghdha, Coisceim, Marguerite Donlon, Citog, IMDT and Opera Ireland. Her choreographies include Tender hooks of honesty, Fourtold and Below the Tide. Lisa holds a first class honours MA in Dance, combining Dance and Psychology. She is currently a Lecturer in Dance and is undertaking an Arts Practice PhD at the Irish World Academy.
Thursday March 9th Female Composers of 18th Century Lieder Dr Aisling Kenny, soprano & Dr Yonit Kosovske, piano In celebration of International Women's Day, soprano Aisling Kenny will perform songs by female composers such as Josephine Lang, Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel and Maude Valerie White. Featuring German Lieder and English Art Song, these works will take the listener on a journey that intricately weds poetic text with music through elegant and sophisticated writing for both voice and piano. Soprano and musicologist, Aisling Kenny, studied music at Maynooth University, completing a PhD on the Lieder of Josephine Lang in 2010. An experienced soloist, recitalist and ensemble singer, she has presented concerts, lectures and lecture-recitals in Ireland, the UK and Austria. She is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland and co-editor of Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied with Susan Wollenberg. Aisling has lectured in the music departments of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Dundalk IT. Currently based in Switzerland, she specializes in the performance of art song and baroque repertoire with Evelyn Tubb.
Wednesday March 15th Castletroy College Lunchtime Concert Castletroy College opened in 2000, and music has played a major role in the school since the beginning. This lunchtime concert will showcase the many and varied talents of students and will include the school choir, the traditional Irish music group and the ukulele group. Highlights of the concert will come from the worlds of music, dance and theatre.
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Thursday March 16th Virtuoso Baroque Eva Legêne (recorder) & Dr Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord) This program will present virtuoso music by the composers à Kempis, van Eyck, Telemann, and J.S.Bach. A variety of recorders will be presented, including a copy of the Rosenborg Recorder in narwhale tusk. Eva Legêne found the original instrument in the Royal Collection at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen and the copy was made by the late Fred Morgan in Australia. Renowned recorder virtuosa Eva Legêne is a frequent guest artist at early music festivals, workshops and universities worldwide. She has collaborated with Frans Brüggen, Hopkinson Smith, Bruce Dickey, Sigiswald and Barthold Kuijken, Jacques Ogg, among many others. She taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. From 1985 to 2009, she was a Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Eva has published several articles on historical performance, and has recorded for radio and television for the Telefunken, Denon, Focus, and Rondo Records labels.
Wednesday March 22nd Limerick School of Music Student Recital Limerick School of Music Student Performers Students of Limerick School of Music will present a programme of music through the ages, from Baroque to modern, on a variety of instruments. Limerick School of Music was founded in 1962. Located in the heart of Limerick City, it is the largest provider of music education in the Mid-West Region. The teachers are
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performers of the highest calibre and students enjoy being part of an exciting, vibrant and supportive community of musicians. Students are encouraged to take every opportunity to become involved in live performance as individuals and as members of the school’s many ensembles and orchestras. Further information about Limerick School of Music is available at: www.limerickschoolofmusic.ie, and on Facebook or Twitter @LimerickSOM.
Thursday March 23rd Nonsilence Emer O’Flaherty, Paddy Mulcahy and Angelo Heart. This performance features a collection of bilingual (Irish/English) indie-jazz originals peppered with new arrangements of traditional Irish thought-provoking tunes sure to fill the soul. Emer O’Flaherty (piano, flute, vocals) has played Fringe Festivals across Europe, Irish night at The Playhouse and Fredericton, Canada. She previously won Corn Cuimhneacháin Chonaill Uí Fhearraigh at Oireachtas na Gaeilge for contemporary Irish singing. Paddy Mulcahy (guitar, bass, vocals) was awarded an MA in Ethnomusicology from the Irish World Academy, UL. He subsequently released two albums, blending Irish and Kurdish music, and toured all over Ireland and Europe with the group "NoLand Folk". Angelo Heart (drums, percussion) studied songwriting in the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, Dublin.
Wednesday March 29th “Music moves you”. Irish Chamber Orchestra’s “Sing Out With Strings” Programme The choir and orchestra of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s “Sing Out With Strings” programme come together to fill the Tower Theatre with music and song. This year, they have been exploring the idea that “Music moves you”. Come and join us as we celebrate this youthful expression of melodies, rhythms, harmonies and sounds to help move your body and soul. The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings programme is in its ninth year and is based on the immersive Venezuelan ‘El Sistema’ music programme, with Community Music at its heart. In association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), children from Limerick city’s Le Chéile and St. Mary’s National schools engage in violin and songwriting classes three times a week. In addition, over 100 children in the combined orchestra and choir stay behind after school on three evenings per week to take part in extra music sessions. This year, funding from the Music Capital Scheme has facilitated the creation of a mini Chamber Orchestra by adding double basses and violas to the programme.
Thursday March 30th “Like A Lap Dance That No One Asked For” Stephanie Dufresne “Like A Lap Dance That No One Asked For” is a raucous, explosive dance comedy that takes you on a journey of self-discovery, costumes and karaoke. “Why do we dance? How do we value the arts and what are they for? And most importantly, in 2016, is dance and theatre a feasible way to make rent?” Stephanie
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will tackle these and other questions with a unique blend of humour, sensitivity and, of course, an air hostess costume. Stephanie Dufresne is a dancer, maker and performer from the West of Ireland. She graduated in 2012 with a BA in Dance from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. Since then, she has worked nationally and internationally as a performer for companies such as Protein Dance, Dam Van Huynh, Icon Dance, Chrysalis Dance and more. Stephanie is currently pursuing her interest in film as a student at the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting in Dublin. A recent show entitled ‘Changeling’ with director Laura Sheeran and composer Linda Buckley, premiered at the 2016 Clonmel Junction Festival. She is a recipient of Arts Council and Dance Ireland funding for the research of this solo. APRIL
Wednesday April 5th Music Generation Clare in Concert Participants in Music Generation Clare’s performance music education programmes and partnerships This will be a lunchtime concert of uplifting multi-genre musical flavour from across County Clare. Music Generation Clare is a branch of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, transforming the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality. Vocal and instrumental tuition, encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, is delivered by skilled professional musicians. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.
Thursday April 6th Contemplative Centre, University of Limerick Navigatio: A Journey through Irish Chant Cantoral Navigatio is the most recent performance project of Cantoral, the Irish World Academy all-female vocal ensemble. Building on the work of their last project, ‘Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus’, Cantoral continue to create original performance editions of Irishrelated Latin chants, this time focusing on the theme of the journey. Cantoral is an all-female vocal ensemble from the University of Limerick, Ireland. The ensemble specialises in Western plainchant and early polyphony and has a particular interest in medieval Irish repertoire. Formed in 2008 at the Irish World Academy, the ensemble made its first international appearance in 2009 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Since then, it has been invited to perform internationally in Harvard, Yale and at the University of Notre Dame. Cantoral issued its first CD recording, ‘Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud/ Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus’, in 2014. More recently, Cantoral was invited to perform at France's most prestigious early music festival, Festival Voix & Route Romane in September, 2015.
Tuesday April 18th Concertina player, Ernestine Healy, hails from County Mayo. A qualified secondary school teacher, she has also worked as a lecturer at the Irish World Academy. For the past seven years Ernestine has been the director of the Blas International
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Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance where she has led it to become one of the most significant events of its kind in the world, culminating in the twentieth year anniversary celebrations last year. Ernestine has now moved on from this role and this event is a celebration of all that she has given to Blas and the Academy, as well her intense musicianship and virtuosity as a concertina player.
Thursday April 20th Los Paddys “Come Home” to the Irish World Academy Los Paddys de las Pampas Los Paddys de las Pampas includes composer and group leader Paddy Mulcahy on guitar, Kirsten Allstaff on flute, Adam Shapiro on fiddle, Angelo Heart on percussion, James Sheppard on bass, singer Clara Buteler, Irish dancer Lenka Hoffmannova, and Irish/Flamenco dancer Andrea Kafonkova. Los Paddys music is a fusion of Celtic roots and South American rhythm. This unique sound becomes a template for writing original songs. The group has a rotating membership of musicians from Ireland, Argentina, France, South Africa and elsewhere, depending on the particular concert or location. The group is currently led by longtime Co. Clare songwriter, Paddy Mulcahy, and boasts superb traditional musicians, Adam Shapiro and Kirsten Allstaff. James Sheppard and Angelo Heart make up the funky rhythm section. The band tours regularly in Ireland, France and the Czech Republic. In 2016, they played the Doolin Folk Festival, Fleadh Cheoil Main Stage and KELTSKÁ NOC among other European festivals.
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Presenter: Dr Melissa Hidalgo
and cultures. Her book, Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands, examines transcultural Morrissey fandom in the US-Mexican borderlands as means for understanding broader histories of Chicano and Irish colonization, resistance, identity formation, and cultural practices. Hidalgo also sings in Sheilas Take A Bow, an all-woman tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths.
Chair: Dr Aileen Dillane (Irish World Academy)
Wednesday February 1st
Chieftains for Chicanos, Mariachis for Morrissey: Exploring Irish-Mexican and Irish-Chicano Musical Mash-ups
Dr Melissa Hidalgo is from Los Angeles, California. She is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at UL, affiliated with the Popular Music and Popular Culture research cluster (PMPC@UL) and the Department of Sociology. Hidalgo’s research explores the concept of transnational “distant relations” between and among Irish, Chicana/o, and Mexican peoples, borderlands,
This presentation explores the musical collaborations between The Chieftains, the venerable Irish traditional music ensemble, and acclaimed Chicano and Mexican musicians such as Los Lobos and Lila Downs on albums such as Santiago (1996) and San Patricio (2010). I also examine musical projects such as Los Angeles-based Mariachi Manchester and Mexico City-based Mexrrissey, bands who reimagine and perform the music of second-generation Irish musicians Morrissey and the Smiths through Mexican musical stylings. What makes the music of Morrissey and the Smiths musically ‘translatable’ through Mexican and Chicano musical forms? What makes Mexican and Chicano music amenable to Irish traditional music translations and reimaginings? What do these musical mash-ups teach us about larger historical contexts and origins of intercultural and transnational affinities between Ireland, Mexico, and the US Southwest/Mexican border region? These questions represent a starting point for further explorations of Irish, Mexican, and Chicano convergences in music and culture.
House of Light Seminar: The Origins of Creativity ritual, time, space and place. Presenters: Professor Karaikudi Subramanian, Mattu Noone and Professor Helen Phelan Chair: Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann (Irish World Academy) The House of Light is a biennial event including a Tower seminar & ritual performance celebrating the Irish World Academy Building. Seminars over the years have included presentations about the Celtic / Zen garden, the Sionna mosaic, the ritual pit, as well as the story of the building as told by its architect, Daniel Cordier. Rituals have ranged from ceremonial performances by Nepalese shamans to Celtic monks. This year, House of Light is being curated by Mattu Noone who recently completed his doctoral studies at the Academy. The seminar and ritual focuses on the Festival of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and learning. Professor Karaikudi Subramanian is a ninth generation musician from the Karaikudi Veena Tradition. He is one of the senior most performers and teachers on the Veena. In 1985, Prof. Subramanian earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, USA, with a dissertation on “South Indian Veena Tradition and Individual Style.” He retired as a Professor from the University of Madras in 2002. In 1989, he founded
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Brhaddhvani, a premier research and training centre for musics of the world, in Chennai. Matthew 'Mattu' Noone, is an Australian-Irish ex-indie rocker and performer of the 25 stringed lute called Sarode. He has studied North Indian Classical music for over a decade with Sougata Roy Chowdhury in Kolkata and, more recently, with UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar. Matthew has also explored the performance potential of Irish traditional music on the sarode and regularly collaborates with percussionist Tommy Hayes in a project called AnTara. He was an Irish Research Council scholarship recipient for his Arts Practice PhD at the Irish World Academy where he continues to lecture on performance studies and ethnomusicology. Professor Helen Phelan is the programme director of the PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy. She also served as course director of the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme for nine years. Her research interests are in the areas of performance studies, migrant studies, ritual studies, ritual song, arts practice research and music education philosophy. She is the founderdirector of Sanctuary, a Higher Education Authority initiative supporting the cultural expression of new migrant communities in Ireland. Her Irish Research Council funded project, Singing & Sustainable Social Integration is run in partnership with Doras Luimní. Her most recent book, Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish is due for release from Oxford University Press in April, 2017.
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Past Present Scottish Pulse with Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band
A Common European Heritage in the mid-19th century songs of Ireland and Germany
Thoreau’s Sound Experience
Presenter: Dr David Robb
Chair: Dr Colin Quigley (Irish World Academy)
Chair: Dr Sandra Joyce (Irish World Academy)
Among 19th century American writers of the first rank, Thoreau stands alone as the one who paid prolonged and serious attention to sound. Among other accomplishments, he was a singer and musician (flute player). He sought and found ecstasy in sound, particularly the sounds of the natural; and he noted these in his daily journals. John Cage wrote that he could find his every idea “about music that was worth its salt” in the writings of Thoreau.
Presenters: David McGuinness and Steven Player Chair: Dr Mats Melin (Irish World Academy) Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band reimagines the Scottish dance band from the 1780s, exploring 18th century sources for music and dance, and performing on period instruments, with a line-up of Scottish smallpipes, gut-strung fiddles, cello and piano. The group brings together early music specialists Aaron McGregor, David McGuiness and Alison MacGillivray with some of the most experienced and creative personalities in Scottish traditional music, including fiddlers Lauren MacColl and dancer, viola player, and singer Mairi Campbell. A short presentation will be followed by an 18th century country dance experience led by dancer and guitarist Steven Player. David McGuinness is the director of the group Concerto Caledonia, who have made 13 albums mostly of historical Scottish music, and he is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Glasgow. He was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Bass Culture in Scottish musical traditions’ which led to the setting up of the web resource www.hms. scot, hosting printed sources of fiddle music from before 1850. He has worked as a composer for television, most notably on Channel 4’s teen drama series Skins, and for many years was a BBC radio producer, producing John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland. Steven Player is a dancer, musician, choreographer, actor, teacher and lecturer, specialising in dance from the renaissance and baroque periods. He has appeared worldwide with leading period ensembles as a soloist and in ensemble, and is renowned for his spontaneous, humorous and highly skilled performances.
This paper deals with thematic similarities between German and Irish folk songs of the nineteenth century, particularly the period surrounding the 1848 revolutions. While clear commonalities can be seen to exist in songs about exploitative masters, hunger, emigration and the striving for national statehood, there are, nonetheless, differences in terms of Germany’s situation as a rapidly expanding industrial nation, while Ireland was rural. At the same time the plight of the displaced German craftsmen, due to industrialization, does have echoes in the struggles of the craft trade expressed in Irish songs. While the German and Irish narrative styles and approaches differ from one another – for example in the religious imagery which is not so prevalent in the German songs – there is, nonetheless, evidence of a common folk language and musical heritage between the two countries, which has been affirmed by the cultural exchange between their respective folk movements since the 1970s. Dr David Robb is Senior Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. He was formerly in German Studies. He has researched extensively on the history of German folk and political song with particular a focus on the periods of the 1848 Revolution, the Weimar Republic and the post-WWII era of East and West Germany. Since 2008 he has been involved in a collaborative project with the German Folksong Archive in Freiburg on the ‘History of Reception of Songs of the 1848 Revolution’. He is currently developing a research network looking at songs from this period across the whole of Europe.
Presenter: Professor Jeff Todd Titon
Jeff Todd Titon taught in the departments of English and Music at Tufts University, 1971-86, and was head of the PhD program in ethnomusicology at Brown University, USA, from 1986 until his retirement in 2013. He is an honorary life member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and a member of the executive board of the American Folklore Society. His most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (2015). He is credited with pioneering work in experiential ethnography and friendship-based field research, in ecological approaches to musical and cultural sustainability, and in an applied ethnomusicology involving collaborative research and community action. His most recent project theorizes a sound‐ centred ecology for all beings, based in a relational ontology and epistemology, that leads to sound communities and economies, in an effort to sustain life on planet Earth.
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Wednesday March 1st Catholicism, Masculinity, and Femininity Through the Lens of Tiwi Dance Presenter: Professor Andrée Grau Chair: Dr Catherine Foley (Irish World Academy) The Tiwi of Melville and Bathurst islands were the first Australians to develop sustained relationships with a variety of Europeans, commencing when Dutch ships landed on Melville island in1636. The seminar will focus especially on the relationship with the Catholic missionaries of the Sacred heart, examining how the Tiwi found ways to build bridges of understanding between very different engagements with the world and how this can best be explained through their dance practices where kinship relations are both reflected and developed in the dance. Professor Grau will discuss the Tiwi traditional understanding of femininity and masculinity when in rituals men dance that they are pregnant and women that they find the spirits of unborn children, an activity only men can perform in everyday life, and how this gender “interchangeability” fits with their Catholic faith. Professor Andrée Grau F.I.Chor, MA, PhD is Professor of Anthropology of Dance at the University of Roehampton, London. She leads the MA in Dance Anthropology and the Erasmus Mundus CHOREOMUNDUS: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. She has trained in Benesh Movement Notation, Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology. Fieldwork took her to Australia, South Africa and India. She has published widely in French and in English on a variety of topics including Tiwi and South Asian dance, ice-skating, identity, and bodily practices. Her children’s book Eyewitness
Dance (1998) has been translated into eight languages. Some of her publication can be downloaded from https://roehampton. academia.edu/AndreeGrau
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Female Composers of 18th Century Lieder Presenter: Dr Aisling Kenny
Chair: Dr Hilary Moss (Irish World Academy)
Chair: Dr Yonit Kosovske (Irish World Academy) In celebration of International Women's Day, Aisling Kenny will discuss her role as a scholar and performer of songs by female composers. Her ongoing research focuses on lieder, pieces for solo voice and piano within the German 19th century tradition of Western Art Music. Through lecture presentation and live performance, this seminar celebrates the work and lives of composers that include Josephine Lang, Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, and Fanny Hensel, among others. Soprano and musicologist, Aisling Kenny, studied music at Maynooth University, completing a PhD. on the Lieder of Josephine Lang in 2010. An experienced soloist, recitalist and ensemble singer, she has presented concerts, lectures and lecture-recitals in Ireland, the UK and Austria. She is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland and co-editor of Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied with Susan Wollenberg, published by Ashgate in 2015. Aisling has lectured in the music departments of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Currently based in Basel, Switzerland, she is specializing in the performance of art song and baroque repertoire with Evelyn Tubb.
Music with Minimally Responsive Populations: How and why it works
Working with children and adults who are minimally responsive is challenging for health professionals. Finding ways to assess and work with a client’s strengths can be impeded by her or his minimal movements, variable arousal, no means for verbal communication, unknown sensory impairments, and unconfirmed cognitive impairments. This presentation will discuss music as a diagnostic assessment and therapeutic treatment with children and adults who are minimally responsive following acquired neurological conditions. “Minimally responsive” can include conditions such as end-stage dementia, disorders of consciousness from acquired brain injury and end-stage terminal illness. The focus of this presentation will be the role of music in diagnosis and intervention with people who are minimally responsive with complex needs, and the science underpinning why it works. Wendy L Magee PhD is Associate Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia. She has practiced in neurological rehabilitation since 1988 as a music therapy clinician, researcher, manager and trainer (USA, UK and Australia) with adults and children. Her publications span neuroscience, medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, music therapy and health sociology. The topics of her research include evidence-based practice in neurorehabilitation including a Cochrane Review; music therapy measures for rehabilitation; music therapy and identity; and new and emerging music technologies in health and education with her published book Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings. Awards include a Leverhulme Fellowship and the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award (2015).
Wednesday March 22nd Singing and Social Justice Presenters: Professor Randall Everett Allsup, Dr Aileen Dillane, Dr Sandra Joyce, Dr Hilary Moss, Professor Helen Phelan and Kathleen Turner Chair: Professor Helen Phelan (Irish World Academy) In 1957, Martin Luther King heard Pete Seeger sing a rendition of ‘We Shall Overcome’. On his way to a speaking engagement the following day, he was famously heard to say: ‘that song really sticks with you, doesn't it?’. It is now impossible to think about the African-American Civil Rights Movement without thinking of ‘that song’. The relationship between singing and social justice is a rich and complex one and a growing area of interdisciplinary research at the Irish World Academy. At this seminar, Academy staff draw on arts practice research community music, ethnomusicology, Irish traditional song, music therapy, and ritual studies to share aspects of their current research in this area. The seminar will culminate in a presentation from invited speaker Randall Everett Allsup, one of the foremost international scholars working in the area of music education, equity and social justice. Dr Aileen Dillane is Course Director of the MA in Irish Music Studies at the Irish World Academy. She has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago where she was a Fulbright Scholar and Century Fellow. Her research interests include ethnicity, identity and performativity in music, singers and songs, and social protest. Recent publications include the co-edited volume Public and Political Discources of Migration: International Perspectives (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016),
the forthcoming Songs of Social Protest (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) and a special edition on ‘Singers and Songs of Social Protest’ for the MUSICultures journal. Professor Randall Everett Allsup holds degrees in music performance and music education from Northwestern University and Teachers College Columbia University. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Education at Teachers College. Randall has taught at the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan; the Arts College of Xiamen University, Xiamen City, China; and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He is the recipient of a Fulbright research and teaching award, and the Teachers College Outstanding Teacher award. He is the author of over 50 publications, including the book Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education (2016) Indiana University Press. Dr Sandra Joyce is the Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Together with Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Dr Niall Keegan, she founded the BA Irish Music and Dance and MA Irish Traditional Music Performance at UL, and has been Course Director of both programmes. Her research interests include the Irish song tradition, the Irish harp tradition and historical sources of Irish traditional music. Her co-edited volume, Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp (with Dr Helen Lawlor) has recently been published by Four Courts Press, and her first solo song recording is due for release shortly. Dr Hilary Moss is Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and, until recently, the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Desmond
O’Neill. She is a musician and Music Therapist and has an MBA in Health Service Management. Her research interests include arts therapies; singing and health; arts and health; health humanities and inter-disciplinary research. For more information on her work see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hilary_Moss and http://www.irishworldacademy.ie/postgraduateprogrammes/ma-music-therapy Prof Helen Phelan is the programme director of the PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy. She also served as course director of the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme for nine years. Her research interests include performance studies, migrant studies, ritual studies, ritual song, arts practice research and music education philosophy. She is founderdirector of Sanctuary, a Higher Education Authority initiative supporting the cultural expression of new migrant communities in Ireland. Her Irish Research Council funded project, Singing & Sustainable Social Integration is run in partnership with Doras Luimní. Her most recent book, Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish is due for release from Oxford University Press in April, 2017. Kathleen Turner is the Course Director of MA Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she also teaches Gospel and related repertoire. She is a singer, songwriter and community musician and holds two master’s degrees from the University of Limerick, MA Community Music and MA Ritual Chant and Song, as well as a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Stirling. Kathleen is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy, exploring the role of the community musician in the process of social regeneration.
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Wednesday March 29th
Presenters: Bart Kiely and Efrain Toro Chair: Dr Niall Keegan While the role of rhythm in music is never underestimated, our understanding of it is largely assumed and rarely articulated. In this seminar we bring two rhythm practitioners and thinkers together to discuss rhythm’s nature and function, with reference to recent findings from various cognate disciplines. Participants will be invited to reexamine and reimagine their relationship with, and awareness of, this quintessential phenomenon. Efrain Toro taught at MI’s Percussion Institute for over 16 years. He has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Cape Town University, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and at UCLA Extension Department. Having worked for 6 years as a clinician, product specialist and designer for the Roland Corporation, Efrain is considered an expert in MIDI technology. He has been called to speak at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference on eight occasions. Efrain has recorded and performed with artists such as Stan Getz, George Benson, Los Lobos, Chicago, Kiss, Placido Domingo, John Klemmer. Bart Kiely is a performing musician and educator specialising in drum-set and percussion. He holds a BA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Ethnomusicology. He is currently a PhD Arts Practice researcher at the Irish World Academy. His research explores the distance between explicit and implicit forms of knowledge, how people learn, and how this information is applied to consciously close the gap between the musician he is and the musician he aspires to be.
Wednesday April 5th Legacy - developing and maintaining vibrant and sustainable festivals Presenters: Woodrow Kernohan, Liz Dunne, and David McLoughlin Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann This seminar will explore sustainability in festivals. How can a festival maintain its position in society, remaining relevant to its audience, developing a strong financial base, and continue to innovate in response to the changing world? Festival directors will speak about their insights into the challenges and opportunities for established arts festivals in Ireland today. Woodrow Kernohan is Director/CEO of EVA International – Ireland’s biennial festival of contemporary art in Limerick City and was Curator of the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, presenting Sean Lynch ‘Adventure: Capital’. He is a member of IBA – International Biennial Association and IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. The 2016 edition of EVA International ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ featured 57 Irish and international artists and received 100,971 visitors across multiple locations in Limerick City. The open call for the 2018 edition of EVA International, curated by Inti Guerrero, has recently launched and will close on 31 January 2017. www.eva.ie Following a career in the education of reluctant learners, Liz Dunne retired to Ireland in 2009 to relax and read. Volunteering to join Listowel Writers Week changed all that. Her promotion of the children’s element of the festival lead it to becoming The National Children’s Literary Festival.
Liz currently holds the title of Chairperson of Listowel Writers Week. David McLoughlin is the Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera. He has occupied various senior positions in the Irish film and television industry including CEO of Dublin Film Festival, Head of Production with Irish Screen, Director of his own production company: Distinguished Features Ltd, CEO of Screen Producers Ireland and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Dublin International Film Festival.
Wednesday April 19th Embracing stakeholder inclusion in mental health: Case studies from music therapy. Presenters: Professor Randi Rolvsjord, Dr Tríona McCaffrey and Paula Higgins Chair: Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain (Irish World Academy) The concept of multiple stakeholder inclusion in modern mental health service delivery and design is increasingly emphasized. As this idea gains traction, it is essential that practitioners in this field identify ways in which stakeholders’ experiential knowledge and expertise can be engendered so as to meaningfully inform mental health provision. This seminar will explore how music therapists are addressing this challenge in research. Through a presentation of case studies, the presenters will highlight how service user perspectives are informing music therapy practice but also how music therapists’ skills are being creatively used to accommodate interdisciplinary research in mental healthcare.
Randi Rolvsjord is Professor in music therapy at the Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT), University of Bergen, Norway. Her research and publications include qualitative research, theoretical explorations and critical perspective. She holds a PhD from Aalborg University and has published extensively about music therapy in mental health, user-involvement and feminist perspectives. Her book entitled Resource-Oriented Music Therapy (2010) published by Barcelona is well known internationally.
Paula Higgins completed the MA Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2008. She has worked with younger people who have emotional and behavioural issues at the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre. She has also operated a private music therapy practice for children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum, refugee families, and adults experiencing mental health difficulties. She currently works at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin where she has introduced music therapy within a recovery oriented framework. Since 2013, Paula has worked as a part-time lecturer, placement coordinator and clinical supervisor on the MA Music Therapy Programme at UL. She also holds a Diploma in Cross Professional Supervision. Image presenter: Paula Higgins.jpg; Image Caption: Paula Higgins Image presenter: Randi Rolvsjord.jpg; Image Caption: Randi Rolvsjord
Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance
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Dr Tríona McCaffrey is a lecturer in music therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Tríona has practiced as a music therapist in community mental health, psychiatry of old age and also mental health recovery where she developed an interest in service user involvement in healthcare. Her PhD focused on service user evaluation of music therapy in mental health. Her research interests include recovery-oriented service provision and stakeholder involvement in health service delivery.
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Thursday February 2nd Continuity and Change in Music Tradition in Contemporary South India – A Case Study of Brhaddhvani Presenter: Professor Karaikudi Subramanian The available musicological literature and methodologies of practice, based on cultural, stylistic, and linguistically bound procedures, tend to be intimidating to aspiring students of music who do not belong to musically ‘elite communities’. The complexity in Indian music due to gamakas, intricate and intertwining cross-rhythms, eludes easy communication also due to linguistic limitations. The research at Brhaddhvani is to reveal the process of Karnatak music-making with clarity at all levels towards intimate experience, and effectivepractice and appreciation, leading towards self-learning and enjoyment.
The rediscovery of democratic traditions of folk song in Germany after WWII was not just thecounter-reaction of singers and academics to the misuse of German folk song by the Nazis. Such a shift to a more ‘progressive’ interpretation of folk tradition had already taken place in other parts of the Western world. This paper will look at how the New Social Movements of West Germany and the folk scene of the GDR provided channels of transmission for a forgotten revolutionary song tradition. In doing so, a collective cultural memory was created whereby lost songs – such as those of the 1848 Revolution – could be awakened from extinction.
commons and community; Sound ecology; Music of climate change; Music, sound, and environment; Music is not a cultural asset; Anthropological economics, heritage, and musical sustainability; and on and on. Attendees are invited to read this blog from 2012 to the present (about 12-15 entries each year) for consideration and discussion at the seminar.
Dr David Robb is Senior Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. He was formerly in German Studies. He has researched extensively on the history of German folk and political song with particular a focus on the periods of the 1848 Revolution, the Weimar Republic and the post-WWII era of East and West Germany. Since 2008 he has been involved in a collaborative project with the German Folksong Archive in Freiburg on the ‘History of Reception of Songs of the 1848 Revolution’. He is currently developing a research network looking at songs from this period across the whole of Europe.
Jeff Todd Titon taught in the departments of English and Music at Tufts University, 1971-86, and was head of the PhD program in ethnomusicology at Brown University, USA, from 1986 until his retirement in 2013. He is an honorary life member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and a member of the executive board of the American Folklore Society. His most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (2015). He is credited with pioneering work in experiential ethnography and friendshipbased field research, in ecological approaches to musical and cultural sustainability, and in an applied ethno-musicology involving collaborative research and community action. His most recent project theorizes a sound-centred ecology for all beings, based in a relational ontology and epistemology, that leads to sound communities and economies, in an effort to sustain life on planet Earth."
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Thursday March 2nd
Music and Sustainability
Prof. Karaikudi Subramanian is a ninth generation musician from the Karaikudi Veena Tradition. He is one of the senior most performers and teachers on the Veena. In 1985, Prof. Subramanian earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, USA, with a dissertation on “South Indian Veena Tradition and Individual Style.” He retired as a Professor from the University of Madras in 2002. In 1989, he founded Brhaddhvani, a premiere research and training centre for musics of the world, in Chennai.
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Dance, Sociality and Evolutionary Theory
Thursday February 16th
Presenter: Professor Jeff Todd Titon
Presenter: Professor Andrée Grau
The Mobilizing of the German 1848 Protest Song Tradition in the Context of International Twentieth Century Folk Revivals
Chair: Dr Colin Quigley (Irish World Academy)
Chair: Dr Catherine Foley (Irish World Academy)
Professor Titon has since 2008 maintained “Sustainable Music: A research blog on the subject of sustainability and music” (http://sustainablemusic.blogspot.ie/). It is wide ranging in its exploration of this topic and the implications of thinking about music in this way. Its posts comprise such topics as: Sound
Dance, along with song and body percussion, emanates from the body. All three therefore can be said to belong to the most elementary artistic processes. Anthropologist John Blacking believed that they were ‘a special kind of exercise of sensory, communicative and cooperative powers that is as fundamental
Presenter: Dr David Robb Chair: Dr Sandra Joyce (Irish World Academy)
to the making and remaking of human nature as speech’. This seminar engages with such an idea and examines the significance of dance in human evolution. It proposes that the ability to move together in time allowed for collaboration among individuals, which led to the acquisition of language, and, therefore, culture. Grau examines dance as a multi-sensory pursuit that connects human beings in a particular kind of relationship, which gives dance its power. Andrée Grau is Professor of the Anthropology of Dance at the University of Roehampton, London. She leads the MA in Dance Anthropology and the Erasmus Mundus CHOREOMUNDUS: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. She has trained in Benesh Movement Notation, Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology. Fieldwork took her to Australia, South Africa and India. She has published widely in French and in English on a variety of topics including Tiwi and South Asian dance, iceskating, identity, and bodily practices. Her children’s book Eyewitness Dance (1998) has been translated into eight languages. Some of her publication can be downloaded from https://roehampton.academia.edu/AndreeGrau
Thursday March 16th Music and the Historical Development of the Museum Presenter: Eva Legêne Chair: Dr Yonit Kosovske (Irish World Academy) This presentation examines how music – historically a part of the quadrivium and the seven liberal arts – held a prominent place in science. As such it played a natural role in the development of the Italian Studiolo and the encyclopaedic Kunstkammer, north of The Alps. A special insight in the origins of the museum and the importance of music are found in the cultural surroundings of Isabella d’Este (1474–1539), her Studiolo in Mantua, and
in the vast correspondence of Augsburg kunstagent and diplomat Philipp Hainhofer (1578–1647). Renowned recorder virtuosa Eva Legêne is a frequent guest artist at early music festivals, workshops, and universities worldwide. She has collaborated with Frans Brüggen, Hopkinson Smith, Bruce Dickey, Sigiswald and Barthold Kuijken, Jacques Ogg, among many others. She taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. From 1985 to 2009 she was a Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Eva has published several articles on historical performance, and has recorded for radio and television for the labels Telefunken, Denon, Focus, and Rondo Records.
Thursday March 23rd Observing the Passion, Burial and Resurrection of Christ in the Byzantine Rite under Venetian Rule Presenter: Dr Alexander Lingas Chair: Dr Eleanor Giraud (Irish World Academy) Robert Taft and other modern scholars have noted that many of the most popular elements of services for the Paschal Triduum in the received traditions of the Byzantine rite – notably among which are the deposition and burial rites for Christ – appeared only at the end of the Middle Ages or even later. This paper offers a preliminary look at how late Byzantine tendencies towards greater emphasis on mimetic rituals in observing the Passion, Burial and Resurrection of Christ developed during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Venetian-ruled Crete and Cyprus. In particular, it will note some parallels with Latin commemorations of these events as recorded in Italian sources of the same period.
Dr Alexander Lingas is Reader in Music at City, University of London, Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre, and Artistic Director and founder of the Amercianbased vocal ensemble Cappella Romana. Much of Dr Lingas’s work as a scholar and performer revolves around Cappella Romana, whose projects include early music (especially medieval Byzantine chant), contemporary art music, and the transmission of Byzantium’s musical heritage to the modern West.
Thursday March 30th A New Means of Comprehending Musical Rhythm Presenter: Efrain Toro Chair: Dr Niall Keegan (Irish World Academy) Everything in the known universe vibrates at particular frequencies. Is there a relationship between rhythm in music and the dance of molecules or the rotation of galaxies? Efrain applies the teachings of physics in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of the rhythms of life, for which rhythm in music serves as a useful analogy. His understanding of rhythm in music is an application of the harmonic overtone series to pulse which provides a new means of comprehending musical rhythm and opens up many possibilities with which to play with it. Efrain Toro taught at MI’s Percussion Institute for over 16 years. He has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Cape Town University, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and at UCLA Extension Department. Having worked for 6 years as a clinician, product specialist and designer for the Roland Corporation, Efrain is considered an expert in MIDI technology. He has been called to speak at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference on eight occasions. Efrain has recorded and performed with artists such as Stan Getz, George Benson, Los Lobos, Chicago, Kiss, Placido Domingo,John Klemmer.
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Professor Mel Mercier, Academy students and staff, and colleagues from UCC relax after unpacking and assembling the Academy’s new Javanese gamelan Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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INBHEAR RESEARCH EVENT
Inbhear Research Event 10.30am - 4pm, Theatre 1, Irish World Academy Inbhear is a research development initiative based at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance dedicated to supporting the publication and dissemination of postgraduate and early career research. This initiative is being launched with a day-long seminar on January 19th, 2017, and is free and open to all. The research event will include a keynote address, and a series of workshops designed to support the development of research outputs. Events, where possible, will be podcast, and workshop materials will be made available online, creating a multi-media repository on the Irish World Academy website dedicated to supporting research dissemination. The materials collected will form part of an online resource hub, titled Inbhear, hosted on the Academy website. The aim of Inbhear is to provide targeted supports around research and dissemination for students working in the fields represented at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. There will be an emphasis on exploring the publication and dissemination opportunities for students and researchers, as well as methods of representing performance, practice as research, and fieldwork within existing and emerging scholarly journals, books and related resources.
Thursday January 19th
ACADEMY STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL LIMERICK
Wednesday February 1st ‘Sonas is Sláinte’ 1.15pm, University Hospital Limerick Students and staff of the Irish World Academy The Irish World Academy and University Hospital Limerick have been exploring ways in which to improve people’s experiences and change their impressions of a hospital environment. In Autumn 2015, a pilot project invited students of the Academy’s MA Music Therapy, BA Voice and Dance and BA Irish Music and Dance programmes to perform in a shared café space within the hospital. Following an extremely positive response, this new programme of concerts brings music to a healthcare setting with the aim of providing calm and restoration to patients, staff and visitors. ‘Sonas is Sláinte’ is a joint initiative of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Dr Hilary Moss and Kathleen Turner) and University Hospital Limerick (Dr Paul Finucane).
Friday February 3rd The House of Light Ritual 9pm - 9am, Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy The House of Light is a biennial event including a Tower Seminar & ritual performance celebrating the Irish World Academy Building. Seminars over the years have included presentations about the Celtic/Zen garden, the Sionna mosaic, the ritual pit, as well as the story of the building as told by its architect, Daniel Cordier. Rituals have ranged from ceremonial performs by Nepalese shamans to Celtic monks. This year, House of Light is being curated by Mattu Noone, an Irish Research Council scholar who
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NATHANIEL GOW’S DANCE BAND
recently completed his doctoral studies at the Academy. The seminar and ritual focuses on the Festival of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and learning. The ritual includes an all night concert in the Irish World Academy building on February 3rd, 2017 from 9pm-9am. It is a curated sharing of music from Irish traditional and Indian classical culture as well as other cultural offerings. It coincides with the festival of Bríd/Imbolc in Ireland and Saraswati festival from India. It is traditional to have an all night concert of music to celebrate Sarawasti as she is the Goddess of creativity. Invited guests include the internationally renowned veena player from Chennai, Karaikudi Subramanian, as well as a host of local Indian musicians.
Tuesday & Wednesday February 7th & 8th Past Present Scottish Pulse with Mairi Campbell and Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band This two day celebration of the past and present in Scottish music, song and dance which will include BA and MA workshops and masterclasses, a Tower Seminar with a difference (bring your dancing shoes) a lunchtime concert with Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band and Mairi Campbell’s celebrated solo show “ Mairi Campbell – Pulse” which will take place at 8pm in Theatre 1 on Tuesday the 7th of February. Mairi Campbell’s Pulse is a homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling. Pulse is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell’s quest to heal cultural wounds, from classical training at London’s Guildhall, to love and danger in Mexico and discovering step-dancing in Cape Breton. See Lunchtime Concert ‘Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band’, page 11. See Tower Seminar ‘Past Present Scottish Pulse with Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band’, page 21.
SONAS NA SLAINTE
Wednesday February 15th
Tuesday March 14th
World Music at the Academy
Celebrating Irish Music Therapy (Symposium)
5.30pm, Foyer, Irish World Academy
9.30am – 5.30pm, Theatre 1, Irish World Academy
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance hosts a celebration to mark the launch of the BA Performing Arts (World Music) and the arrival of its new Javanese gamelan. The Academy gamelan is an orchestra of tuned percussion instruments - bronze gongs and metallophones, drums, wooden flute and two-stringed fiddle. The instruments were made in the Summer of 2016 by the master gong-smith Pak Saroyo at his forge in Central Java. The gamelan will be at the heart of the Academy’s innovative BA Performing Arts (World Music), which, from September 2017, will be open to eligible students from all musical backgrounds who wish to take a global view of music. The celebration will feature performances by the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, guest soloists Kate Ellis (cello), Nick Roth (saxophone), Colin Dunne (dance) and Mattu Noone (sarod), the Irish World Academy Gospel Choir and Mexican Vocal Trio.
Keynote speaker: Dr Wendy Magee
Wednesday 22rd February ‘Sonas is Sláinte’ As for Wednesday February 1st, page 32.
Wednesday 1st March ‘Sonas is Sláinte’ As for Wednesday February 1st, page 32.
Special guest: Dr Julie Sutton The symposium will primarily feature graduates of the Irish World Academy’s MA Music Therapy working in Ireland. This event will celebrate the MA Music Therapy at the University of Limerick, the professional practice of music therapy and research excellence in Ireland in the field. UL is the only place in Ireland that offers a professional qualification in music therapy. This event will present the diversity of music therapy practice being delivered by graduates of the UL course across Ireland and abroad, featuring well-established and high quality evidence based work. This symposium will appeal to anyone interested in the profession of music therapy. It will serve as continuing professional development for music therapists, health and social care professionals and community musicians, and will also be of interest to researchers and academics interested in the role of arts in health and well-being. Wendy L Magee PhD, is Associate Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia. She has practiced in neurological rehabilitation since 1988 as a music therapy clinician, researcher, manager and trainer (USA, UK and Australia) with adults and children. Her publications span neuroscience, medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, music therapy and health sociology. The topics of her research include evidencebased practice in neurorehabilitation including a Cochrane Review; music therapy measures for rehabilitation; music
THE LIMERICK FLING
therapy and identity; and new and emerging music technologies in health and education with her published book Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings. Awards include a Leverhulme Fellowship and the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award (2015).
Thursday 23rd March The Limerick Fling 8pm, University Concert Hall Over 100 performers from five continents will come together in a dynamic concert held in the University Concert Hall on Thursday, March 23rd to celebrate all the creativity, talent and passion that the Irish World Academy has to offer. Honouring the past and creating the future, the Limerick Fling is a spectacular flash of music and dance at the cutting edge of the Irish tradition. Celebrating the sounds and gestures of our times, the concert features noted musicians, singers and dancers from across the student body, teaching staff and some renowned visitors to the Irish World Academy.
Wednesday 5th April
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FORGING OF THE IRISH WORLD ACADEMY GAMELAN
WILLIAM AND JOAN M. ROTH
‘Sonas is Sláinte’ As for Wednesday February 1st, page 32.
Wednesday April 5th The William and Joan M. Roth Memorial Lecture in the Arts 7pm, Theatre 1, Irish World Academy Presenter: Dr. Edward McParland This lecture has been organized in order to mark the contribution made by William and Joan M. Roth to the arts in Ireland. In particular, the Roths have supported several key festivals that now form an essential part of our cultural landscape, including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, as well as many key cultural venues such as the Wexford Opera House, the Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Crawford Gallery of Art. The preservation of architectural heritage was key to the Roths’ mission, and, therefore, it is fitting that the keynote speaker for this inaugural lecture is Dr. Edward McParland, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and a leading authority on Irish architectural heritage. "After all the meaningful experiences and associations that Ireland has given us over these years, to have this lecture named after us would have pleased Bill deeply as it has me. Our days in Ireland always fell into the same structure: Arrival a week or so before the West Cork Music Festival and departure a few days after the Wexford Opera. In between was one memorable experience after another. Imagine a passionate book collector
walking by chance into Marsh's Library, or the satisfaction of watching the completion of the Swiss Cottage after the years of neglect, or celebrating the opening of the Boat House and Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. How privileged and lucky we have felt all these years to be part of the culture of this wonderful land.” Joan M. Roth Dr. McParland has researched and published extensively on Irish architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of key texts in the field, such as Public Architecture In Ireland, 1680-1760 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001). He joined Trinity College in 1973 as a Lecturer in the Department of the History of Art and was elected as a Fellow of Trinity College in 1984. With Nicholas K. Robinson, he founded the Irish Architectural Archive in 1976. His work in architectural conservation has led him, over the years, to co-found the Irish Landmark Trust and to become a member of the management committees of the Alfred Beit Foundation and the Irish Georgian Foundation. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. Dr McParland is also a vicepresident of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He retired as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) in 2010.
Wednesday April 5th
PAUL BRADY AND MAIRÉAD NÍ MHAONAIGH
June 19th to 30th 2017 Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance 2017 The 21st Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance will take place at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick from June 19th to 30th, 2017.. Blas is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools and has developed a reputation for its quality and innovation. The school provides students (aged 16 and over) from around the world with access to the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest musicians, singers, dancers and academics who, in previous schools, have included Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Paul Brady, John Carty, Steve Cooney, Colin Dunne, Catherine Foley, Martin Hayes, Jim Higgins, Sandra Joyce, Niall Keegan, Kevin Crawford, Matt Molloy, Ryan Molloy, Michelle Mulcahy, Nóirín Ní Riain, Michael Ryan, Karan Casey, Zoe Conway, Siobhan Peoples, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. The two-week programme entails the best of tuition, ranging from formal lectures, public seminars, interactive master classes, daily Irish classes, an excursion to a number of Ireland’s greatest tourist attractions in Co. Clare, daily lunchtime concerts featuring tutors and local musicians, an Irish traditional table quiz, evening concerts, céilí and, above all, the opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. The programme is worth three academic credits, or six ECTS credits towards an undergraduate degree, which makes Blas unique within the world of traditional music summer schools in that the study of Irish traditional music, song and dance can count as a modular component of a university degree.
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For information on the summer school in general, scholarships that are available and the early bird tuition fee offer, please visit www.blas.ie. Alternatively, contact Pamela Cotter, Director, Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Ireland. Email Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on +353 61 202653/202030.
Blas International Summer School and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy The Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance joins forces with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to promote deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish Traditional music. The 21st Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance will take place at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick from June 19th to 30th, 2017. June 2017 marks the beginning of a new initiative between Blas and the Willie Clancy Summer School. Blas is now extending its offering to students by recognising and recommending a further week of insight into all aspects of Irish Tradtional Music through participation in The Scope of Irish Traditional Music (DĂşchas an Cheoil) class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare in early July. The Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay has been a Mecca for many thousands of students and lovers of Irish music for well over forty years, and The Scope of Irish Traditional Music class has been offered as part of the School for just over thirty years. It is a six-day course to introduce students to the essential elements of Irish Traditional music, dance and song. The primary focus is
on the listening experience and on creating an awareness of the social and historical context in which the largest part of this musical tradition was created. Emphasis is placed on relaxed interaction between students, tutors and players and singers. Some of Irelandâ€™s leading musicians and singers have contributed to the course over the years. This new initiative between Blas and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will enable students to earn university accreditation worth 3 undergraduate credits (6 ECTS credits). Students wishing to pursue accreditation will be required to complete both the second week of Blas and The Scope of Irish Traditional Music. More details on The Scope of Irish Traditional Music are available at: www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com For information on Blas and how to apply for this new initiative, please visit www.blas.ie. Alternatively, contact Pamela Cotter, Director, Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Ireland. Email Pamela at email@example.com or call her on +353 61 202653/202030. Image: Maurice Caption:
Charlotte Morrissey, BA Voice and Dance student
Elver Gleams Concert at the University Concert Hall Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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AG FÉACHAINT SIAR RECENT EVENTS
SEPTEMBER Festivals and the university: perspectives on research, education and future developments Held in the Millstream Common Room on September 6th, this seminar reflected on the development of the MA Festive Arts programme over its first three years at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann presented a report on the first three years of the programme, outlining the achievements of past and present students. Professor Helen Phelan and Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin reflected on the work of the original programme design team, and the vision for the MA Festive Arts programme within the broader context of the Irish World Academy and the University of Limerick. Experienced arts and festival management practitioners explored the challenges and opportunities for festival practitioners today, with an emphasis on the skills required by practitioners in the field. The event was well attended by students, faculty and local and national festival practitioners.
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FIELD TRIP TO SIAMSA TÍRE
Irish World Academy Field Trip to Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland For the third successive year, postgraduate students from five MA programmes in music, song and dance at the Irish World Academy participated in a field trip to Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland with Dr Catherine Foley on the September 23rd 2016. Dr Foley has been involved in field research in County Kerry since 1980, initially as a collector of Irish traditional music, song and dance for Muckross House, Killarney, and later for her own personal research into traditional step dancing in the area. The trip, organised as part of the module on Fieldwork Techniques, provided students with the opportunity to engage and participate in traditional Irish music, song and dance workshops with professional members of Siamsa Tíre (Jonathan Kelliher, Nicky McAuliffe, Tom Hanafin, Geraldine Heaslip, Anne O' Donnell and Catherine O'Connor). They also attended a public interview between Dr. Catherine Foley and Nicky McAuliffe. Students also participated in an informal community session with members of Siamsa Tire, and others, where they had the opportunity to share in music, song and dance making in an informal setting.This was followed by vocal performances by faculty and students of the Academy.
Culture Night 2016
95 Stop Tour by Limerick’s Live 95fm
The Irish World Academy presented a diverse programme of music, song and dance from Ireland and around the world for Culture Night 2016. Students from the MA Irish Traditional Music Performance and MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance staged a lunchtime performance in the University Concert Hall. In the evening, the Irish World Academy, in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, presented a programme of music featuring students of the MA Classical String Performance in the marquee at the Hunt Museum. This was followed by vocal performances by faculty and students of the Academy.
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance was delighted to take part in Limerick’s Live 95FM's annual charity fundraiser, the ‘95 Stop Tour’, to raise money for the Children’s Ark Unit at the University Hospital, the neonatal unit at University Maternity Hospital and CARI Limerick. The Live 95FM team embarked on a ‘95 Stop Tour’ of Limerick city and county this September, visiting local communities and organisations to help raise money for these charities. On the 28th of September, 2016 the Irish World Academy put on a series of performances of Irish Traditional Music, Irish Traditional Dance, World Music and Community Music, between 9am and 12noon, and a number of faculty members were interviewed about the Academy’s continued commitment to outreach. The 95 Stop Tour raised over €110,000.
SOUND HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM
Sound Heritage Symposium The Department of History and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance hosted a one-day symposium on the 'sounding' of Irish heritage at the Academy on Friday, October 7th, 2016. Convened by Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Department of History, the event focused on issues surrounding the research and interpretation of music in historic houses. It included two morning lectures and an afternoon discussion forum led by international participants from the University of Southampton, the International Sound Heritage Network and the University of York. The event also featured a performance of ‘Kathleen Mavourneen’, a signature song of world-renowned soprano and Limerick native Catherine Hayes, sung by Hannah Fahey with accompaniment from Aiden Boland. This was an inter-sectoral networking and knowledge exchange event hosted by the Department of History and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick,and generously supported by the Irish Research Council (New Foundations Award).
OCTOBER DR. FINOLA CRONIN, DR. CATHERINE FOLEY, MARGUERITE DONLON
Community Music Therapy as Pragmatic Practice and ‘Disruptive Theory’ Taking place in the Irish World Academy on October 18th, 2016, this event outlined how community music therapy has developed internationally as both pragmatic practice – matching current needs and resources – and a ‘disruptive theory’ – challenging previous models and suggesting fresh ways of exploring the relationships between music, illness, disability and wellbeing. In his presentation, Gary Ansdell, a renowned international expert on community music therapy, drew on two of his recent publications: How Music Helps: In Music Therapy and Everyday Life (Ansdell, 2014) and Musical Pathways in Recovery: Community Music Therapy and Mental Wellbeing (Ansdell & DeNora, 2016). Students from MA Music Therapy and MA Community Music participated in this event. GARY ANSDELL
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture The 16th International Conference in Irish-German Studies, Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture was held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance from October 31st to November 1st, 2016. The conference consisted of presentations on dance in literature, theatre, film, architecture, archives and education, which explored Irish-German connections through dance from the 1920s to the present. Scholars addressed choreographies of space in locations such as Ardnacrusha, dance in early German film, and dance and the transgression of boundaries. The conference opened with a film exhibition by the National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) at the University of Limerick on the celebrated Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon and her personal collection in the NDAI archive. Donlon made her name in Saarbrücken and is currently working with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. Films screened during the conference included Deirdre Mulrooney’s Dance Emergency (2014), based on the Irish-German modern dancer and teacher, Erina Brady, and Wim Wenders’ film Pina (2011), based on the work of the German pioneer of Tanztheater, Pina Bausch. The conference closed with a live performance of a new choreography by Donlon, performed by Masters students on the MA Dance Performance programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. The conference was organised by the Irish Centre of Transnational Studies (Mary Immaculate College) and the Centre of Irish-German Studies (University of Limerick) in collaboration with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the School of Culture and Communication, the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics and the School of Design. It was supported by the Goethe Institute Ireland; DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); German Embassy, Dublin; the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (UL); School of Culture and Communication, UL; Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UL; School of Design, UL; Institute of Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (MIC); and the Department of German Studies, MIC.
International Day of the Girl International Day of the Girl was founded by the United Nations in 2011 to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. In response to this theme, the Irish World Academy hosted a two-day mentoring programme, on the 10th and 11th of October, that involved working with over 25 transition year students from Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, with their teacher Orla Ahern. Incorporating composition, improvisation, movement and music, students and Academy mentors Kathleen Turner, Niamh NicGhabhann, Jennifer De Brún and Rachel Sheil used visual imagery to explore emergent issues around the theme of Day of the Girl. This process culminated in a performance of the students’ work in Theatre 1 at the Irish World Academy. The programme involved collaboration with the Department of Fine Art, Printmaking and Contemporary Practicee at the Limerick School of Art and Design. Second, third and fourthyear students responded to the theme through their selected media, and the work was exhibited in the foyer of the Irish World Academy. The students also presented a live print-making event with two mobile presses to engage the public on the subject matter of gender equality and the attainment of this, globally, under the United Nations mandate for 2030. Members of the LSAD printmaking faculty, Des MacMahon and Fiona Quill, facilitated the project.
NOVEMBER LISA McLOUGHLIN AT THE BA CONTEMPORARY DANCE LAUNCH
Society for Music Education Ireland Conference The 6th annual Society for Music Education Ireland Conference was hosted here at the Irish World Academy on the 5-6th of November 2016. The conference brought together presenters from around Ireland and as far as the USA and Australia. The two main events of the conference was the national launch of Music Generation's National report by SMEI Chair Dr. Gwen Moore and keynote address given by Dr. Martin Fautley on assessment in music education. In addition to presentations and workshops conference attendees were entertained by performances by the Irish World Academy Gospel Choir and traditional musicians, Sing out with Strings, Limerick Jazz Workshop and the Redemptorist Centre of Music.
SOCIETY FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IRELAND CONFERENCE
Elver Gleams A celebration of the music of The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) Launch MICHEAL TUBRIDY AND DR. CATHERINE FOLEY
Tráth na gCos & Launch of Stór Damhsa by Dr. Catherine Foley On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Tráth na gCos celebrated achievements of renowned musician and dancer Michael Tubridy by inviting him to share his music and dancing with Irish World Academy students and the public. Michael was a founder member of The Chieftains, with whom he played the flute, tin whistle and concertina between, 1962 and 1979, before leaving the band to pursue a significant career in structural engineering. In the Irish traditional music and dance world, Michael is known as a promoter of traditional-style flute-playing and for keeping alive and passing on the solo stepdance tradition of Dan Furey. During this event Michael also launched the DVD Stór Damhsa by Dr Catherine Foley. Stór Damhsa consists of performances and tutorials of Irish traditional solo set dances and step dances from Cork, North Kerry and West Limerick / Clare. Since the 1980s, Catherine Foley learned and collected traditional step dances directly from elderly dancers in these regions and, in the DVD, she shares them for dissemination purposes. Historical contextualisation of the dances is also included.
launched a new BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) at Dance Ireland, Dublin, on Saturday, November 12th, 2016. It is the first degree programme in contemporary dance in the Republic of Ireland. The BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop dance students’ technical skills and artistic expression. Students will spend extensive studio time developing technique and creating work in the world-class dance facilities at the Irish World Academy. Students will learn a range of contemporary dance techniques, choreography, ballet and movement awareness techniques such as yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais. They will also study experiential anatomy and movement analysis, dance studies and dance pedagogy. The programme will also give students the opportunity to engage with other practices including aerial dance, hip hop and Irish traditional dance. Students will engage with a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing them to translate their artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career. Tuition will be provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers. The launch included workshops with Patricia Crosbie and Philip Connaughton.
RTE Concert Orchestra (Conductor David Brophy) Mícheál Ó Súílleabháin (piano) On the occasion of his retirement from the University of Limerick, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was celebrated at a gala concert at the University Concert Hall Limerick on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016. The concert included some of his best-known works, performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy, with soloists Mel Mercier (Bodhrán), Kenneth Edge (Soprano Sax), Niall Keegan (Flute), Pádraig Keane (Pipes) and Ras Mickey Courtney (Dance). He was joined by students from University College Cork and the University of Limerick, and his sons Eoin and Moley Ó Súílleabháin with Kathleen Turner and the Irish World Academy Gospel Choir.
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Darkest Midnight Now in its third year, The Darkest Midnight: An evening of song, poetry and carols from the Irish World Academy, in support of Rape Crisis Midwest, was held on November the 24th, 2016, in Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy. The Irish World Academy was once again transformed into a winter wonderland and this fantastic musical experience was full of festive spirit with a series of incredible performances and a mulled wine reception. A number of exceptional artists and ensembles were featured including the Cantoral Chant Ensemble, the BAVAD Gospel Choir directed by Kathleen Turner, the Irish World Academy Choir and many others. Sean Nós dancer Siobhan Butler and students from MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, Emily Flack (Canada), Kara O’Brien (USA) and Eibhlín Broderick (Ireland) also performed. Students from the MA Festive Arts programme were on hand to help produce the event as part of their module in festival development and production.
BLAS International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Initiative BLAS International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance has joined forces with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to promote deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish Traditional music. This initiative was launched on the 30th of November at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance by Nicholas Carolan, Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Blas International Summer School is extending its offering to students by recognising and recommending a further week of insight into all aspects of Irish Tradtional Music through participation in The Scope of Irish Traditional Music (Dúchas an Cheoil) class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare in early July. The Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay has been a Mecca for many thousands of students and lovers of Irish music for well over forty years and The Scope of Irish Music class has been offered as part the School for just over thirty years. It is a six-day course to introduce students to the essential elements of Irish Traditional music, dance and song. The primary focus is on the listening experience and on creating an awareness of the social and historical context in which the largest part of this musical tradition was created. Emphasis is placed on relaxed interaction between student, tutors and players and singers. Some of Ireland’s leading musicians and singers have contributed to it over the years. Tutors include Paddy Glackin and Cathal Goan.
Launch of Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp edited by Dr Sandra Joyce and Dr Helen Lawlor was launched on November 30th, 2016, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance by Nicholas Carolan, Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Harp Studies is a valuable new collection presenting new research on the Irish harp. It explores topics as diverse as iconography, history, diaspora, performance, identity, politics and spirituality. Taking an expansive view of the harp through history and music, the essays individually engage with the variety of ways in which the harp has been interpreted and implicated in Irish culture, politics and music from the ninth century to the present day. This book presents an in-depth and fascinating look at one of the quintessential embodiments of Irish culture, the Irish harp. Ciarán O'Cuinigeann, MA Community Music student
DECEMBER Irish World Music Café The Irish World Music Café Global December Celebration took place on December 8th, 2016, to mark the many global festivities and celebrations which occur around this time. Bodhi day, the Winter solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Mawlid and International Human Rights Day among others were marked with songs, poems, food and drink. The event also marked the launch of a new directory of interdisciplinary research on immigration & integration by researchers at MIC and UL. The music café is part of an Irish Research Council funded research project on ‘Singing and Sustainable Social Integration’ led by Professor Helen Phelan of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with partners Doras Luimní, Music Generation, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Presentation Primary School and Central Buildings Community Gallery and Cafe.
Arrival of the Irish World Academy Gamelan On the 6th of December, 2016, the Irish World Academy welcomed the arrival of a set of musical instruments known as a gamelan. A gamelan is an Indonesian ‘orchestra’ composed of approximately 60 tuned percussion instruments - bronze gongs and metallophones, drums, wooden flute and twostringed fiddle. A great variety of regional styles of gamelan can be found in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, with the dynamic Balinese style and the refined Javanese style being the best known in the West. The Academy gamelan is Central Javanese in origin and was commissioned on behalf of the University of Limerick by the Chair of Performing Arts, Professor Mel Mercier. The instruments were hand-forged by Pak Saroyo, a master gong-smith, at his forge in the Sukoharjo Regency, near the court city of Surakarta (Solo), in the Summer of 2016. Pak Saroyo named the gamelan Sekar Arum - Fragrant Flower. Sekar Arum has now taken up permanent residence in the Irish World Academy building. In the months ahead passers-by can expect to hear its distinctive sounds wafting through the open windows of the Seomra Gamelan and out into the soundscape of the University. Within the Academy, the gamelan will provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with opportunities to broaden their musical horizons, deepen their cross-cultural understanding and enhance their artistic creativity through the study of traditional Javanese music and dance, and the performance and composition of new, contemporary music for gamelan. The Academy gamelan will be introduced to the wider UL, Limerick and regional communities at the launch and first pubic performance of Sekar Arum on the 15th of February, 2017.
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Christine Mulcahy and Cian O'Mahony, BA Irish Music and Dance students Photograph ÂŠ Maurice Gunning
Elikya Open Rehearsal Photograph Â© Maurice Gunning
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THE NATIONAL DANCE ARCHIVE OF IRELAND
MAOIN CHEOIL AN CHLÁIR
National Dance Archive of Ireland
Maoin Cheoil an Chláir
Cruinniú, the Irish World Academy’s outreach initiative, sees staff from all walks of life at UL engaging in free weekly classes/ sessions of Irish traditional music. The sessions have been facilitated by a number of players within the group and by students of the Irish World Academy. All members of UL staff are welcome to participate, so come along if you fancy a tune! Sessions take place at the Irish World Academy from 1pm to 2pm every Wednesday in Room IW2.51.
The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick was founded in 2009 with a seed funding award from the Arts Council of Ireland. The NDAI works in partnership with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Dance Research Forum Ireland.
In partnership with the Vocational Education Committee of County Clare and with the assistance of Clare County Council and Ennis Urban District Council, Maoin Cheoil an Chláir (MCC) is a local cooperative model serving the needs of County Clare from its Ennis headquarters in the 18th-century Erasmus Smith School building owned by the Sisters of Mercy. MCC celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014. With members of faculty from the Irish World Academy included on its board (Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Jean Downey along with former board member Professor Helen Phelan), MCC enjoys a special relationship with the Academy. MCC Director Hans Boller is a graduate of the Academy’s MA Ritual Chant and Song programme. MCC is a member of the Clare Music Education Partnership, which was awarded €450,000 from Music Generation (funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds) in 2014.
For more information, contact Noel McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 061 213326.
Ionad na Cruite (Irish Harp Research Centre) Ionad na Cruite was established at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2013 and was formally launched with a special performance by The Chieftains. Ionad na Cruite aims to stimulate scholarship, performance and advanced research on the Irish harp. It also aspires to being a national and international centre of excellence for the Irish harp at doctoral and postdoctoral level, to building effective links with colleagues in the field of harp research and performance internationally and to providing a stimulating environment for performances, research and interdisciplinary projects at the University of Limerick. Ionad na Cruite recognises the centrality of The Chieftains Fund (in memory of Derek Bell) in its founding.
The NDAI is devoted to the collection, preservation and promotion of dance in Ireland and is accessible to all. It chronicles dance in Ireland in all its manifestations (contemporary dance, traditional step dancing, set dancing, ballet, social dance, urban dance and world dance) and conveys an understanding of the different processes and practices of creating, performing and writing about dance in Ireland. For further information, please contact the NDAI founding director, Dr Catherine Foley, at email@example.com, telephone +353 61 202922 or Special Collections Librarian Ken Bergin at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone +353 61 213158. Alternatively, email email@example.com or telephone +353 61 202690. Visit the NDAI at www.nationaldancearchiveireland.ie. Access to the National Dance Archive of Ireland is by appointment only.
For more information on Maoin Cheoil an Chláir, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353 65 6841774.
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Dance Limerick Since its inception, the contemporary dance programme at the Irish World Academy has sought to twin-track its activities with the professional contemporary dance energy in Limerick city. The emergence of Dance Limerick at the former Daghdha Space in St. Johnâ€™s Square sets the scene for a new level of cooperative dance activity. The Irish World Academy is proud to be associated with Dance Limerick and looks forward to reclaiming the original spirit of contemporary dance cooperation in Limerick.
ACADEMOS ACADEMOS is a string ensemble comprising students of the MA Classical String Performance led by members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO). During their two-year programme, students in ACADEMOS attend classes from ICO leaders and engage in ensemble work with orchestral members. Please refer to the ACADEMOS entry on page 62 for more details on the ensemble.
Kelsey Schuhle, Brendan McCarthy and Conor Broderick performing at the Irish World Academy
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, performing at the Songs of Rebellion concert in St. Mary’s Cathedral Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Irish World Academy Residency The Irish World Academy is often used as a venue for performance rehearsal, as well as performance project development. Beyond commercial use, the Academy would like to support such artistic work by providing facilities at a reduced price, or free, and to present this as an Academy residency. If you would like to propose the development of a performance project for an Academy residency, please contact: Academy Administrator Paula Dundon at Paula.Dundon@ul.ie. Irish World Academy Artists in Residence
Irish Chamber Orchestra The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is Ireland’s finest chamber orchestra, combining high quality performances with an expansive artistic vision. Virtuosic, innovative and creative, the ICO’s unique collaborative approach and its rich relationship with an array of creative partners continues to blaze a trail. The ICO continues to work with Gábor Takács-Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and Jörg Widmann (Principal Guest Conductor/ Artistic Partner), seeking to expand audiences with their combined vision. Under the leadership of Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland’s busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally. In the 2016/17 season, Gábor concentrates on core works from the string orchestra repertoire; whilst Jörg continues to champion the many facets of Mendelssohn, alongside his own innovative works.
Outside the concert hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra inspires and supports communities with a vitality unmatched by other ensembles. Its Sing Out with Strings initiative provides free singing, song writing, violin, viola and cello tuition to 300 children throughout Limerick city – developing not only musical - but key life skills by using music as a tool for tangible social change. The ICO is central to the delivery of the MA Classical Strings Performance at the University of Limerick. Katherine Hunka is Artistic Director of this programme and leads the ACADEMOS project where students perform and tour with members of the ICO and musicians from other third level institutions in Ireland. This semester the project takes place from January 31s - Febuary 4th, culminating with three performances in Limerick, Cork and Dublin and a recording session RTE Lyric fm. The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The Chieftains Interacting with up to 80 student musicians and dancers from Irish World Academy programmes, The Chieftains continue their iconic association with the Academy through their occasional concerts at UL. In memory of their late harper Derek Bell, The Chieftains Fund has been in operation at the Academy for a number of years. It is through this fund that the Academy launched Ionad na Cruite, the Irish Harp Research Centre, in 2013.
FIDGET FEET AERIAL DANCE COMPANY
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company is Irish World Academy Dance Company in Residence. Originating in Donegal, Fidget Feet is Ireland’s leading aerial dance theatre company and is internationally renowned for creating spectacular indoor and outdoor productions for both theatres and festivals. The company’s dynamic work draws on dance, aerial circus, theatre, music and video art. Founded in 2004 by choreographer Chantal McCormick (Donegal) and musician Jym Daly (Cork), Fidget Feet work with an outstanding production team to create productions that are both original and fresh. Elements of aerial dance have already begun to permeate aspects of the curricular offerings of the Irish World Academy’s programmes.
Irish World Academy Artist, University of Limerick On January 26th,2016, the University of Limerick announced a new three-year arts patronage award through the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The award, entitled Irish World Academy Artist, University of Limerick and worth €60,000, will facilitate the creative process of selected artists across a three-year period. The Irish World Academy is grateful to the University of Limerick Foundation (ULF) for its generous financial support of this initiative. The first artist to receive the award is County Clare fiddler, Martin Hayes, who commenced his three-year association with the Irish World Academy in January, 2016.
THE MARTIN HAYES QUARTET (MARTIN HAYES, LIZ KNOWLES, DOUG WIESELMAN AND DENNIS CAHILL)
Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle, his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master Jordi Savall and the jazz genius John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality in Feakle, Co. Clare. The music Hayes learned at home from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/leader of the long-lived Tulla Céilí Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. His latest performing project is with The Gloaming, a band that has burst on the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós song, brave explorations and exhilarating and explosive medleys with a distinctive new sound. The virtuosic fiddles of Hayes and Ó Raghallaigh, the soaring voice of Ó Lionáird, Cahill's minimalist guitar work and Bartlett's sparse, yet insistent, piano deliver an astonishing, combustible and unforgettable listening experience, deeply rooted in the tradition but moving into an entirely new musical dimension of rhythm, melody and texture. The first part of Hayes’s residency began in 2016 and included work with the Martin Hayes Quartet and with members Liz Knowles (fiddle), Doug Wieselman (bass clarinet), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
Martin Hayes and Colin Dunne, performing at the Blas 20th Anniversary Concert in the University Concert Hall Photograph ÂŠ Maurice Gunning
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Founded as a research centre in 1994, the Irish World Academy has grown to include a vibrant undergraduate and taught postgraduate suite of programmes but has remained committed to its initial vision of being a home for researchers in music, dance and other performing arts disciplines. Research at the Academy is conducted by faculty, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates and artists-in-residence. Faculty at the Academy lead and contribute to a number of interdisciplinary research clusters including: Arts and Health Research Cluster: The Arts and Health research cluster was formed by researchers interested in the relationship and interaction arts and health. The cluster aims to create a hub for networking and collaboration between academics and practitioners in this field, facilitate collaborative research between arts and health disciplines and to promoted and develop interdisciplinary research between humanities and STEM experts. The cluster welcomes a diverse array of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. To date there are 30 members, from a diverse range of academic disciplines including music, dance, medicine, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, visual art, law, sociology and history as well as service user representatives. ETHNOS Research Cluster: The Academy is home to a wealth of expertise in ethnographic theory and method as applied to dance and music practice. It is central to the research of faculty and postgraduate research students in ethnochoreology and ethnomusicology as well as key in arts practice research, ritual studies, and Irish music and dance. The collective energy of this cluster has enabled the Acad-
emy to host a number of significant international conferences: The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology; a Joint Forum of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the ICTM; and, largest of these, the upcoming biennial World Conference of the ICTM. Immigration & Integration Research Cluster: This research cluster is an interdisciplinary space for research around issues concerning immigration and integration. There is research being carried out by researchers in this area in every faculty in the University of Limerick. The cluster is currently developing a directory of such projects for use by NGOs and other research bodies. Irish Traditional Dance Research Cluster: The Irish Traditional Dance Research Cluster consists of scholars and performers of Irish traditional dance who are committed to engagement with living traditions, archival and scholarly documentation, and reflexive inquiry into contemporary choreographic exploration and performance. The research cluster aims to provide a diverse range of fora for the support, development and dissemination of Irish traditional dance expertise and research - both academic-based
and practice-based. These fora include meetings, seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops, concerts, exhibitions, and festivals. Performing Arts Practice Research Cluster: The Performing Arts Practice Research Cluster brings together artist-scholars from all universities in Ireland who are interested in advocating for arts practice research in the performing arts. The group is primarily engaged in research towards the development of national policy around arts practice research for performers, as well as holding shared events to profile member research. The current steering group includes faculty from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick; the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork; Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway; the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies, Mary Immaculate College and the Department of Drama, Trinity College, Dublin. Singing and Social Inclusion Research Cluster: Arising from the Irish Research Council funded â€˜Singing and Sustainable Social Inclusionâ€™ project, the Singing & Social Inclusion cluster brings together researchers in community music ethnomusicology, Irish traditional song, music education music therapy, ritual studies and arts practice research to support interdisciplinary research around issues of singing & inclusivity. TradSong Research Cluster: The mission of the TradSong research cluster is to provide an academic forum for sharing expertise on Irish traditional song and related performance
The following is a selection of recent publications from faculty and postgraduate students at the Irish World Academy including work from emeritus staff and recently graduated students. Bernini, Leah (2015) ‘Capitalism and resistance in professional Irish music’, FocaalBlog of Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, April 9, www.focaalblog.com/2015/04/09/leahobrien-bernini-capitalism-and-resistance-inprofessional-irishmusic. Brown, Russell Patrick (2014) Mercy of Trees, creator and performer, Origin Theatre’s First Irish Theatre Festival, in partnership with New York Public Library, 27 September, New York City. Brown, William ‘Alec’ (2015) Transcending Liminality: (Re)Locating Thebrowncello, composer and performer, PhD in Arts Practice Performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 7 April. Byrne, Fiona (2016) Review of ‘Museum Space: Where Architecture Meets Museology’, Kali Tzortzi, ISBN 9781472439017, Irish Museums Association Journal, Vol. 25. (2015) Any news from Inside? in Mac Lellan, A., NicGhabhann, N. and Byrne, F., eds., St. Davnet’s: The Story of a Monaghan Institution, Health Service Executive & Stair: An Irish Public History Company Ltd., Monaghan.
Cotter, Pamela (2013) ‘Foreigners in the Session: An Examination of Participation and Authenticity at the Costello’s Irish Music Session’ in Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology, Elphinstone Institute Occasional Publications 9, eds. Ian Russell and Catherine Ingram. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, in association with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 198-215. Courtney, RAS Mikey (2015) YeBuna Alem (A Coffee World), choreography and performer, 26 May, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Africa Day. (2015) Our City, Our Culture, choreography and performer, 11 April, Limerick City, Bedford Row. (2014) Limerick Winter Carnival Cabaret, choreography and performer with Nigerian musician David Idioh, 27 December, Limerick Milk Market. de Brún, Jennifer (2016) SYMBOLS: “Culture of Death & Cultural Life: New Audiences and Creations around European Cemeteries”, Exhibition tour opening, 4th March, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy. Dancer and performer. Supported by Creative Europe. Dillane, Aileen (2016) with Hayes, A., Power, M., Devereux, E. and Carr, J., eds., Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives, London: Rowman and Littlefield. (2016) 'Irish traditional music dissemination at the end of the long nineteenth century: Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903) and the City of Chicago' in Dossena, M. and Rosso, S., eds., Knowledge Dissemination in the Long Nineteenth Century: European and Transatlantic Perspectives, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 65-88. (2016) with Noone, M., ‘Irish Music Orientalism’, New Hibernia Review, 20:1, 121-137. Dooley, Paul (2016) 'The harp in the time of Giraldus' in Joyce, S. and Lawlor, H., eds., Harp Studies, Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 32–56. (2014) 'Report on the Measurements of the Trinity College Harp 2012', www.galpinsociety.org, available: http://www.galpinsociety.org/galpinextras/GS_Dooley_ Report2012.pdf [accessed 10 November 2015]. (2014) ‘Reconstructing the medieval Irish harp’, The Galpin Society Journal, 67, 107–42.
Donnellan, Cliodhna (2016) The Spinning Wheel: composer and performer, PhD in Arts Practice Performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 12th October. Fahey, Hannah (2016) SYMBOLS: “Culture of Death & Cultural Life: New Audiences and Creations around European Cemeteries”, Exhibition tour opening, 4th March, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy. Composer and performer. Supported by Creative Europe. (2015) Le Festival Voix et Route Romane/France’s Premier Festival of Vocal Music from the Middle Ages, Chant and Songs of the Wandering Irish, September 13, Surburg, Alsace. Ensemble Performer. (2014) Cantoral. Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/Laetabundus decantet hybernicorum cetus [CD], ensemble performer. IWA001. Foley, Catherine E. (2016) Stór Damhsa: Irish Traditional Solo Set Dances and Step Dances. Solo DVD. Performances and Tutorials. (2015) 'Cultural tourism, negotiation and re-presentation of heritage: traditional step dance and Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland', Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 47, 141-160. (2015) 'Cultural memory, step dancing, representation and performance: an examination of Tearmann and the great famine', Traditiones, 44/2, 135-148. Garry, Fran (2016) Connected, a musical ethnodrama written and performed in collaboration with students from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, 18 April 2016, Theatre 1, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Giraud, Eleanor (2015) 'The Dominican Scriptorium at Saint-Jacques, and its Production of Liturgical Exemplars' in: Andreas Nievergelt, Rudolf Gamper, Marina Bernasconi Reusser, Birgit Ebersperger, Ernst Tremp (eds). Scriptorium: Wesen, Funktion, Eigenheiten. Munich: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Joyce, Sandra (2016) with Lawlor, Helen (Ed.s) Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp, Dublin: Four Courts Press. (2016) ‘The Realisation of a Long-Cherished Project’: Donal O’Sullivan’s Carolan’, in Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp, Dublin: Four Courts Press.
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practices, cultures and communities. With performance at the heart of its scholarship, TradSong engages with Irish song communities and academics through meetings, symposia, performances and conferences. Over the next year, the cluster will focus on producing publications, as well as events embracing the wider Irish traditional song community and international scholars. While maintaining our focus on the Irish song tradition, we warmly welcome any scholar who has an interest in our events.
(2016) 'The Fianna to Liam Mellowes', setting of a text by Countess Markievicz: the 1916 Song Project; National Library, Dublin (April 15); the Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire (April 22); Séamus Ennis Centre, Fingal (April 23); Church of Ireland, Athboy (April 30); Nun's Island Theatre, Galway (May 7); the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy (May 14). Supported by the Arts Council, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the National Library of Ireland. Keegan, Niall (2016) Children of the Revolution, solo and ensemble performances, Limerick City Gallery of Art, December 2nd. Supported by Limerick City and County Council. (2016) Oileán/Island (composed by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin), soloist with National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, performance in University Concert Hall, Limerick, July 22nd; National Opera House, Wexford, July 23rd; National Concert Hall, Dublin, July 24th. (2015) Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives by Dowling, M., reviewed in The Journal of Music [online], available: http://journalofmusic.com/. Kjeldsen, Svend (2016) ‘Mancunian Irish: identity, cultural intimacy and musical hybridization: urban ethnomusicology and cultural mapping’ in Ross, S. and Sweers, B., eds., Urban Ethnomusicology and Cultural Mapping, Sheffield: Equinox Publishing. (2016) ’En transkulturel rejse. Fra Hindustani musik til irsk traditionel musik. Fra tabla til bodhrán. Introduktion til dadra taal, ektaal, keherwa taal og teentaal’, Roskilde: Lirum Larum Forlag. (2016) ’Sticking i dobbelt-tempo for sammensat tid: 9/8’, Roskilde: Lirum Larum Forlag. Mascareñas, Óscar (2016) Incidental music for REVOLVER. Commissioned by Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company. Performed in Villa Panaderia Dorada (Düsseldorf, Germany), The National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland), Tipperary Dance Platform (Tipperary, Ireland), The Firkin Crane (Cork, Ireland), Festival NeufNeuf (Toulouse, France). August-November 2016. (2016) Song No. 7 ½ (for piano). Written for the film ‘A thing is a thing is a thing is something else’ for the series PROCLAMATION. Commissioned by Iseli-Chiodi Dance
Company. Showcased at the Irish Arts Centre, New York City, 16-29 May 2016. (2016) Intimate Infinity (for piano). Opening theme of the film ‘The Cheese Box’. Commissioned by IsleBoro Productions, Limerick. Screened at Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 2016. Mateos Morante, Rebeca (2016) Inbeatween. Ensemble choreography, MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Final Presentation, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 5 May 2016. (2015) ‘La diosa que habito en el espejo: formación de un cuerpo que baila’ in Actas del VII Congreso Internacional de Análisis Textual, Segovia, Spain: Trama & Fondo [online], available: ww.tramayfondo.com/actividades/vii-congreso/las_ diosas/downloads/mateos-moranterebeca. pdf [accessed 23 May 2016]. (2015) Shadow. Duet choreography, MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Final Presentation, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 11 May 2016. McCaffrey, Tríona (2016) with Edwards, J. ‘Music therapy helped me get back doing”: using interpretative phenomenological analysis to illuminate the perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services’, Journal of Music Therapy,53(2), 121-48. (2015) with Edwards, J. ‘Meeting art with art: arts-based methods enhance researcher reflexivity in research with mental health service users’, Journal of Music Therapy, 52(4), 515-32. (2015) with Ledger, A. ‘Questions for developing arts-based research in music therapy’, Journal of Music Therapy, 52(4), 44156. McLoughlin, Lisa (2016) ‘Alice M’ – Galway Theatre Festival. A collaboration with Guerrilla Aerial exploring the life and works of Alice Milligan and her forgotten role in the 1916 rising. (2016) ‘Scaramouch’. A commission from the Iniscealtra Festival of the Arts. A collaboration with Diane Daly, Alec Brown and Deirdre Murphy. (2015) ‘Moved to dance: an exploration of dancers’ phenomenological perceptions of what influences their movement
while dancing and how they view themselves as dancers’, MA in Dance from the University of Limerick. Melin, Mats (2015) One with the Music: Cape Breton Step Dancing Tradition and Transmission, Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cape Breton University Press. (2014) The Piper’s Schottische, choreography of a new social couple dance [online], available: http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4362 [accessed 23 May 2016]. First performed in South Uist, Scotland at the Ceolas Summer School. (2013) ‘Step dancing in Cape Breton and Scotland: contrasting contexts and creative processes’, MUSICultures. Special Issue: Atlantic Roots and Routes, Sparling, H., Szego, K. and Wilkinson, F., eds., 40(1), 35-56. Mercier, Mel (2016) The Tempest (Shakespeare) Produced by the Salzburg Festival in July/August 2016. Original Music and Sound Design by Mel Mercier. Directed by Deborah Warner, The Tempest (Der Sturm) was played in a German translation. (2016) RTÉ Documentary on One: Peadar Mercier Radio documentary written and narrated by Mel Mercier. Produced by Mel Mercier and Liam O’Brien. First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 10 September 2016. (2016) King Lear (Shakespeare) Produced by the Old Vic, London, in November 2016. Original Music and Sound Design by Mel Mercier. Directed by Deborah Warner, with Glenda Jackson in the role of King Lear. Moss, Hilary (2016) Moss, Hilary. Arts and Health: A New Paradigm. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 3, sep. 2016. ISSN 1504-1611. Available at: <https://voices.no/index.php/ voices/article/view/863 doi:10.15845/voices.v16i3.863. (2016) Brady, C., Moss, H., Kelly, B. A Fuller Picture : Evaluating an Art Therapy Programme in a Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Service. British Medical Journal: Medical Humanities DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011040 (2016) O’Neill, D, Jenkins, E., Mawhinney, R., Cosgrave, E., O’Mahony, S., Guest, C., Moss, H. Rethinking the medical in the medical humanities. Med Humanities 2016; 42:2 109-114 Published Online First: 4 March 2016 doi:10.1136/medhum-2015010831
Ní Bhriain, Orfhlaith (2015) with Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. Bargary N. and O'Sullivan, P. ‘Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: a prospective investigation of contributing factors’, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. (2015) with Shanahan J., Morris M.E., Saunders J. and Clifford A.M. ‘Dance for people with Parkinson’s disease: what is the evidence telling us?’, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 16, 96(1), 141-53. (2015) with Shanahan J., Morris M.E., Saunders J. and Clifford A.M. ‘Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson’s disease in Ireland?’, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 21(1), 47-51. NicGhabhann, Niamh (2016) 'Memory, public space and the body in Ireland: locating and negotiating the asylum in Edna O'Brien's short fiction', in Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack and Ruud van den Beuken (eds)., Relocated Remembrance (Oxford: Peter Lang). (2016) Editor, Volume 3 of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Mapping an Altered Landscape: Cultural Policy and Management in Ireland. (2015) Medieval Ecclesiastical Buildings in Ireland, 1789-1915: Building on the Past, Dublin: Four Courts Press.
Noone, Jason (2014) with Baines, S., Edwards, J. and McCaffrey, T. “Including service user perspectives in research: Reflections of the Music & Health Research Group at the University of Limerick”. Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists Journal. 2 (1). (2016) with Edwards, J. “Developmental Music Therapy”. In J. Edwards (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy. OUP: Oxford. Nunan, Mary (2014) Starting with T 2, director; screen video installation, FabLab, Limerick, November, funded by Limerick City of Culture, LCGA and Create. (2014) ‘In the Bell’s Shadow’, performer; film directed by Mary Wycherley and Joan Davis. Premiere showing IFC Dublin December, funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. (2013) Dancers ensemble, choreographer; premiere performance Oct 3, the Daghdha Space, Limerick. Commissioned by Dance Limerick.
Noone, Mattu (2016) ‘Third space ensemble and the Bucks of Bangalore: an ethnography of Irish-Indian music pedagogy’, Journal of the Vernacular Music Center, 1(2). (2016) with Dillane, A. ‘Irish music orientalism’, New Hibernia Review, 20 (1), Spring/Earrach (2015) ‘A way in to India’, Journal of Music [online], available: http://journalofmusic.com/focus/way-india [accessed 23 May 2016].
Eric Kings, musical director of the Elikya Choir, performing at the Irish World Academy
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Ní Ghallóglaigh, Róisín (2015) with Joyce, S. ‘Threshing in the haggard to her heart’s delight: women and erotic expression in Irish traditional song’ in Mantymaki, T., Rodi-Risberg, M. and Foka, A., eds., Deviant Women: Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Approaches to Narratives of Femininity, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 211-229.
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Ó Súílleabháin, Mícheál (2015) Lumen i Luimneach. Closing concert of Limerick National City of Culture, St. Mary’s Cathedral Limerick, RTE Concert Orchestra, David Brophy conductor, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin piano. Televised concert broadcast on TG4 on 16 January 2015. Repeat broadcast March 2015. (2014) Pioneers and Aviators: A Century of Irish Aviation. Limited edition publication [Book/DVD/CD] from the film documentary by Alan Gilsenan with orchestral score by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, performed by the composer with the RTE Concert Orchestra. (2013) Three Sean-Nós Songs for Singer and Symphony Orchestra. First Performance RTE Concert Orchestra. Soloist Iarla Ó Lionáird (National Concert Hall, Dublin). Broadcast RTE lyric fm. Painter, Eli (2015) ‘Born to dance’, Centrepiece, Spring 2015, 18-20. Phelan, Helen (2016) ‘The Harp of Aaron: the Irish Harp as Shopping Trolley: a Polyptych in Four Movements’ with Aaron Lawless, Niamh NicGhabhann and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in Joyce, Sandra and Lawlor, Helen eds. Harp Studies, Four Courts Press, Dublin. (2015) Le Festival Voix et Route Romane / France’s Premier Festival of Vocal Music from the Middle Ages, Chant and Songs of the Wandering Irish, September 13, Surburg, Alsace. Managing Director and ensemble performer. (2014) Cantoral. Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!/Laetabundus decantet hybernicorum cetus [CD], managing director and ensemble performer. IWA001.
Quigley, Colin (2016) ‘Confronting Legacies of Ethnic-National Discourse in Scholarship and Practice: Traditional Music and Dance in Central Transylvania’, Journal of Folklore Research, 53(1), 137-165. (2015) ‘György Martin’s place in applied ethnochoreology’, Acta Ethnographica Hungarica, 60(1), 111-120. Budapest: Akademia Kiado. (2014) ‘The Hungarian dance house movement and revival of Transylvanian string band music’ in Bithell, C. and Hill, J., eds., The [Oxford] Handbook of Music Revivals, 180-200. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Talty, Jack (2016) Imagining Home: Out of the Tradition, tribute performance to Seán Ó Riada as part of a concert at the National Concert Hall on 3 April 2016. Broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1. (2015) ‘Music education and ethnomusicology, the state of the field’, SEM Student News: 4, The Society for Ethnomusicology. (2015) Gradam Ceoil TG4, performance with Ensemble Ériu at Cork Opera House to celebrate the ensemble’s Gradam Comharcheoil (Musical Collaboration Award) 2015. Broadcast live on TG4 on 22 February 2015.
(2014) The Vanishing Lake (music composition and dance choreography), ‘Out and About UK 21’, broadcast on Sky channel ‘Irish TV’, June 2014 [online], available: http://www.irishtv.ie/out-about-in-the-uk-21. Wycherley, Mary (2016) Wrongheaded, director M. Wycherley; collaborators: choreographer Liz Roche and poet Elaine Feeney. Commissioned by Liz Roche Company and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Premiered at Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival and presented at The Source Arts Centre, Dance Limerick. (2016, 2015, 2014) Light Moves Festival of Screendance, urator M. Wycherley. Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, JP McManus fund and Limerick Dancer in Residence Scheme. (2015) In the Bell’s Shadow, director M. Wycherley; collaborator; choreographer Joan Davis. Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Music Network Recording Scheme. Scored for the Irish Chamber Orchestra by composer Jürgen Simpson. Premiered at the Light House Cinema Dublin and presented at The Galway Film Fleadh, American Dance Festival, Videodanza Festival, Argentina.
Turner, Kathleen (2015) Ubuntu, interactive community music performance featuring pupils of St Mary’s National School and Galvone National School. Supported by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 10 June 2015, Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. (2016) The Lines Between Us; an Arts Practice Research performance, demonstrating a research journey through narrative inquiry, incorporating story, song, and image. 8 November 2016, Theatre One, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Ward, Francis (2016) Processes of Transmission in Irish Traditional Music: Approaching a Virtual Orality, unpublished thesis (PhD), University of Limerick. (2015) Music recital (piano) with Bríd Harper (fiddle) in the Regional Cultural Centre as part of the Errigal Arts Festival and Ceol na Coille Summer School, 15 July 2015.
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O'dyke, Nzewi (2014) 'Performance Composition: For Effective Classroom Music Education', Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. (2014) 'Libation' African Ensemble music performance (director/performer), 8th May 2014 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. (2014) 'Contextualizing traditional music studies in an institution of higher learning: a case study of the BA Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick', in Mangeni, P., ed., Pan African Journal of Musical Arts Education, 1(1), 74-86.
Donal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Mairtin O’Connor, performing with BA Irish Music and Dance students at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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IRISH WORLD ACADEMY ENSEMBLES
CANTORAL VOICE ENSEMBLE
Cantoral Voice Ensemble
Cantoral is an all-female vocal ensemble from the University of Limerick, Ireland. The ensemble specialises in Western plainchant and early polyphony and has a particular interest in medieval Irish repertoire. Formed in 2008 at the Irish World Academy, the ensemble had its first international appearance in 2009 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Other highlight performances include Imbolc, a programme of chant and Irish language song for St. Bridget, which premiered in New York in 2010, and a programme for the Galway Early Music Festival entitled … sed diabolus irrisit (‘… but the devil laughed’) in the same year. In April 2011, Cantoral sang for the Dalai Lama during his visit to Ireland, and in April 2012, the ensemble conducted a public seminar and a concert of Irish medieval music for Holy Week at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In 2013, Cantoral performed again at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame in the USA. In 2015, Cantoral performed at France's most prestigious early music festival, Festival Voix & Route Romane.
Led by members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), ACADEMOS is a string ensemble comprising the postgraduate students of the MA Classical String Performance. The full-time, two-year programme is offered jointly by the ICO and the Irish World Academy. Students in ACADEMOS interact with the ICO throughout the programme – they attend individual classes taught by ICO leaders, and engage in ensemble work with orchestral members. Classes, workshops, seminars and performances with a host of international performers, conductors and directors, with whom the ICO works on a regular basis, are a feature of the programme. Members of ACADEMOS have regular opportunities to engage with acclaimed ICO community music public outreach programmes. Graduates of the programme are invited to apply for a place on the Irish World Academy’s innovative PhD Arts Practice (a four-year structured doctoral programme) while maintaining ongoing contact with the ICO.
Cantoral Artistic Director Catherine Sergent is an acclaimed Paris-based singer who has performed and recorded extensively with several early-music ensembles, including Discantus and Obsidian. Catherine is a chant tutor for the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme at the Academy. The singers in Cantoral are graduates, doctoral students and members of faculty at the Irish World Academy and are from Ireland, France, the United States and Mexico. Cantoral issued its first CD recording, Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud/Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus, in 2014. The CD was recorded on location at Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo with the assistance of the Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
The ICO resides in its own specially designed expansive building beside the Irish World Academy in a wooded area on the banks of the River Shannon on UL’s north campus. The location includes the university’s Graduate Entry Medical School, Health Sciences building, superb sports facilities and three modern student villages.
Paul Brady, performing at the Blas 20th Anniversary Concert in the University Concert Hall Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD RECIPIENTS
Scholarships at the Irish World Academy The Pádraig Mac Aodha Memorial Scholarships
RTÉ Lyric FM Scholarships
Stepping Stones Scholarships
Ken Barrett Leisurewear – Postgraduate Scholarships
The RTE Lyric FM Scholarships were established in 1999 in support of the MA Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. The aim of the Scholarship is to support young talented string players who wish to study at UL. Since the Scholarship was established in 1999, it has been awarded to students from Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, China, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Italy and the US. Recipients may be required to engage in work at the Academy, aimed towards professional development while making a valuable contribution to Academy life.
The Stepping Stones Scholarship fund is available for study on taught MA programmes at the Irish World Academy. Among other criteria, priority is given to applicants whose projects resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, interdisciplinary vision and the desire to build bridges between arts practices. The two types of scholarships are:
The Pádraig Mac Aodha Memorial Scholarships, to the value of €5000 per recipient, are awarded annually to students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance. Selection criteria focuses on academic merit, evidence of dance excellence and suitability for this performance programme. The Irish World Academy is extremely grateful to Ken Barrett Leisurewear for providing these scholarships.
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship As part of its commitment and support of the cultural experience at University of Limerick, particularly in the performing arts, Campus Life Services is offering a scholarship to the value of €5000 towards accommodation to an undergraduate student of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. This scholarship is only available for applicants of the BA Performing Arts due to commence in September 2017. Campus Life Services aims to support students in residence to enjoy the best student living experience and get the best out of campus life.
EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary EMI Music Sound Foundation was established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI records. It is an independent charity supported by the Universal Music Group. It is now the single largest sponsor of specialist performing arts colleges in England and has created vital bursaries to assist music students at music colleges. In 2005, an annual bursary became available to students of Community Music, under 25 and born in the UK or Ireland, at the Irish World Academy. In certain instances, Academy programmes other than Community Music may be considered.
The Stepping Stones Scholarships for Non-EU Students are available to internationa students on taught MA programmes at the Academy. Students must have a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy. General Stepping Stones Scholarships These scholarships are open to all applicants to taught MA programmes at the Academy. There are three €1,000 general scholarships available. Further information on criteria and application procedures for all scholarships is available at: www.IrishWorldAcademy.ie
Scholarship and Award Recipients 2016 O’Donnell Research Fellowship in Irish Studies: Aileen Dillane Dr Aileen Dillane of the Irish World Academy was awarded the 2016 O’Donnell Research Fellowship in Irish Studies by Newman College, University of Melbourne, Australia. In early January 2016, Aileen undertook a five-week research project based on Miss Cecilia Curtin, a local chorister, soprano and ethnic entrepreneur, who was active in Melbourne in the first decades of the 20th century and whose performance life intersected with Irish-born Archbishop Mannix’s lengthy episcopacy in Melbourne. Aileen presented her preliminary findings at the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar (MISS) series hosted at Newman College by the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ), and her research will be published in the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies. Since returning from Australia, Aileen has delivered conference papers on this topic at ICTM-Ireland at DCU (February) and at ACIS (American Conference for Irish Studies) at the University of Notre Dame (March). Aileen was a consultant for the Univeristy of Melbourne-produced documentary ‘Michael, they’ve shot them’, which explores how Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising helped to shape political forces in Australia at a crucial time in its national history. Also in January of this year, Aileen was appointed an Honorary Fellow at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne for the next three years and will continue to build connections between the Academy and University of Melbourne.
Arts Council of Ireland Awards: Mary Wycherley
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Ian Bascombe
Mary Wycherley is Limerick dancer-in-residence 2015-2017, in association with Dance Limerick and Limerick City & County Council. Awarded by the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon, its purpose is to engage in a programme of work relevant to the artist’s practice, and to develop sustainability in independent dance activities in the region. In 2017, Mary will create a new dance solo and engage in studio-based research pertaining to her interdisciplinary practice. The curation of the Light Moves Festival of Screendance is a core aspect of the residency. The festival was awarded Arts Council Festival and Events funding in 2015 and 2016. Her residency initiated a programme of professional development entitled Open Futures, aimed at supporting local independent dance artists.
PhD candidate (ethnomusicology) Ian Bascombe is the recipient of an IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Ian is a tin whistle practitioner and teacher. His project aims to tell the ‘untold story’ of the tin whistle. He is investigating the instrument’s early mass-production in England, its journey to Ireland, and its dissemination, usage and ubiquity within this country. Ian’s interest in the tin whistle, within Irish traditional music, began in England in the 1990s. His studies at the Irish World Academy began in 2010 where he subsequently graduated with a BA (1st Hons) in Irish Music and an MA (1st Hons) in Ethnomusicology.
Irish Research Council New Foundations Award: Helen Phelan Professor Helen Phelan was awarded the Irish Research Council (IRC) New Foundations award for her research project Singing and Sustainable Social Integration: Towards an International Model of Best Practice. Bestowed by the IRC in association with Dóchas, the Irish Association of NonGovernmental Development Organisations, the award offers scholars the opportunity to work with Irish-based NGOs involved in international development. Singing and Sustainable Social Integration is a research project co-ordinated in partnership between the Irish World Academy and Doras Luimní, the support group for refugees, asylum seekers O'dyke, Nzewi and new migrants in Limerick. The project builds on the work of the HEA-supported multi-annual project 'Sanctuary', which seeks to build bridges between higher education and new migrant communities in Ireland.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Shannon Burns Originally from New York, Shannon Burns trained as a music teacher and studied the saxophone at Ithaca College. After Ithaca, she moved to Ireland to pursue a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick. Shannon has performed with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, University of Limerick Orchestra and Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra. She is a founding co-director of the Redemptorist Centre of Music, Limerick City, which provides access to music tuition for both adults and children. Through her research, entitled Transmitting Music Theory: A Performative and Pedagogical Exploration of Teaching and Learning in a Higher Education Institution, Shannon aims to develop and test a performance-based curriculum for teaching music theory to non-classical musicians and dancers at a higher education level.
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Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: RAS Mikey Courtney PhD Arts Practice candidate RAS Mikey (Michael) Courtney holds an MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick and a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught, presented and produced dance as well as other performing arts worldwide with his company, Fore I’m a Versatile Entertainer (F.I.V.E.) Productions (www.fivedance.com). RAS’s current research, entitled Bridging Horizons: Embodied Cultural Understanding Through Dance: An Investigation into the Development and Presentation of Ethio-Modern Dance, is grounded in ethnochoreology; His interdisciplinary study investigates the use of dance composition/ performance as a cultural conduit. With an emphasis on Ethiopia, Ethio-modern dance is a movement study based on RAS’s amalgamated embodiment of global cultures, which he uses as a tool in his creative work as a western urban-contemporary performing artist.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Carrie Dike Carrie Dike, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, received this award for her investigation into the social life of Irish traditional singing. Social singing and traditional song have long been a vital aspect of Irish musical life. Carrie’s thesis sets out to investigate how traditional singing is being brought into the 21st century, particularly within the context of the Irish singing session. Her case studies on singing events in Ireland include two monthly singing sessions, the Ennis Singers Club and The Night Before Larry Got Stretched, and two annual weekend festivals, The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing
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and the Inishowen Folksong and Ballad Seminar. Through her field research, Carrie hopes to demonstrate how the Irish model for sustaining the social life of Irish traditional singing can apply to the broader world of sustaining intangible cultural heritage.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Shane Holohan PhD Arts Practice candidate Shane Holohan’s research incorporates his background in three areas: as an experienced teacher of English and art, as an integrative psychotherapist and as a coach and choreographer of floor and aerial acrobatics and dance. Shane’s research considers the facilitation and documentation of embodied creativity in high-level students of circus arts. Through ethnographic case study data gathered from international circus schools in Montreal, Stockholm and Melbourne, Shane will develop a model of practice that he will apply through two creativity residencies: (i) a two-week residency using improvisational strategies to develop creativity and explore documentation practices for creative process and (ii) a six week project with a group of students from the above international schools and with Irish circus practitioners and vocal artists, culminating in a public showing at the National Gallery of Ireland in August 2017.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award: Mary Mc Laughlin PhD Research candidate Mary Mc Laughlin is originally from Co. Tyrone. She has lived, studied and worked as a singer and teacher in both London and California. In addition to a prestigious recording and performing career, she holds an
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MA in Ritual Chant and Song from the University of Limerick in addition to a BA in English and a PGCE from London University. Her research, entitled Singing Between Worlds: Songs of Otherworld Enchantment and Entrapment in the Irish Tradition, explores the interplay of Irish fairy-loreand Irish traditional sonfrom an ethnographic perspective.
EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music 2016/17 The 2016/17 EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music was awarded to MA Community Music students Siobhán Nelligan, Andrew O’Grady and Kate Scales.
Go Overseas 2016 Ireland Scholarship: Celina Jaffe In 2016, Celina Jaffe won a scholarship to do a master’s degree at UL through the Go Overseas campaign, supported by Education in Ireland. Hailing from Indiana, Celina was accepted onto the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy and then applied to Go Overseas Inc. to support her studies in Ireland. In her award-winning application, Celina wrote that the Irish World Academy had an individualist approach to learning and was recommended to her by professors of dance and anthropology in her home state of Indiana. In her efforts, back home, to advance her goal of becoming a professional dancer and teacher, she has already founded a modern dance company, directed a youth company, performed with local professionals and taught dance to the community by establishing various outreach programmes. Celina believes Ireland is the ideal country in which to further her education because “its world-renowned musical culture holds the key to my research in dance as a catalyst for social change”.
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Stepping Stones Scholarship: Mariela Argüello Retana Mariela Argüello Retana is a contemporary dancer from Costa Rica. Mariela received a Stepping Stones Scholarship (20162017), which supports her to attend the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy. Coming to Ireland for this programme is a significant step in her dance career, and during her studies she aims to deepen her professional growth and expand her approach to her dance practice.
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Salma Ataya Salma Ataya received a Stepping Stones Scholarship (20162017) to attend the MA Contemporary Dance Performance. Salma is from Palestine and this scholarship supported her to study abroad and engage in a master’s programme that best supported her ambition. Having toured internationally for many years, she is now working on developing her own practice as a dance artist through solo and ensemble work.
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Hala Jaber PhD Arts Practice candidate Hala Jaber is a recipient of the Stepping Stones scholarship. Originally from Bethlehem in Palestine, Hala trained as a classical flautist as well as a music teacher. She was introduced to and worked in the field of Community Music in Palestine. She came to Ireland to pursue a master’s degree in Community Music. Through her research, entitled 'An Arts Practice Investigation of Community Music Interventions with Reference to Post-Conflict Forced Migration' Hala aims to explore ways in which community music may be beneficial for people in post-conflict situations.
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Stepping Stones Scholarship: Justin Osih Justin Osih received a Stepping Stones scholarship to study on the MA Ritual Chant and Song. Justin is a Benedictine monk from St. Benedict Priory, Ewu-Esan, Nigeria, a foundation of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland. In 2008-2009, at Keur Moussa Abbey, he learned to play the Kora, a 21-stringed instrument from the harp family. It is used to accompany psalms chanted in Ewu Monastery. Chant plays a vital role in the liturgical life of a monastery. Justin has come to study on the MA Ritual Chant and Song in order to develop his proficiency in chant and promote the liturgical life of Ewu monastery.
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Mintesinot Getachew Wolde Mintesinot Getachew Wolde, a student on the MA Contemporary Dance programme, is the recipient of Stepping Stones Scholarship (2016/2017). Mintesinot is a traditional and contemporary trained dancer, from Ethiopia. During his time at the Irish World Academy, he aims to expand his technical and artistic skills to support him to develop his practice towards making new work. He is also interested in sharing and investigating his culture within a new context, engaging with other local and international students at the University.
Eilise Sullivan, MA Contemporary Dance student
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Stepping Stones Scholarship: Jacqui Dreessens
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Felix Morgenstern
Jacqui Dreessens is a community arts practitioner in choreography and percussion, and a recipient of a Stepping Stones Scholarship for the academic year 2016/17 in MA Ethnochoreology. For the past 26 years, she has been lecturing in and developing Dance Education courses in early childhood, primary and secondary Dance and Arts Education at Deakin University, Australia. Jacqui co-founded Wild Moves International in 1991 and has extensively studied dance styles and drumming techniques of the African diaspora. This has led to many exciting artist-in-residency programs in schools and communities in Australia, Africa and the Netherlands.
Felix Morgenstern is a percussionist and uilleann piper from Berlin, Germany. Having immersed himself in the Berlin Irish music scene and Irish music festivals in Ireland from an early age, he moved to Limerick in 2012 to pursue a BA in Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. While completing his undergraduate degree, Felix worked with percussionist Jim Higgins and uilleann piper Blackie O’Connell, furthering his career as a performer, and touring with Irish dance productions in Europe, Russia and China. As a scholar, Felix gained an interest in Irish Music Studies, focusing particularly on discourses surrounding music and ethnicity, identity and nationalism. As a student on the MA Ethnomusicology programme at the Irish World Academy, Felix is currently expanding his research on Irish Traditional Music in Germany and folk music in the German Democratic Republic.
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Michelle L. O’Connor Michelle L. O’Connor from Oakland, California (USA), received a Stepping Stones scholarship to study on the MA Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy. A medieval vielle player and fiddler, she has performed with The Boston Camerata, Algerian singer Moh Alileche, and at various Early Music Festivals internationally. Her new Contra-dance band, TriTonic, featured at the New England Folk Festival, 2013 (NEFFA). She enjoys playing fiddle for contra and English country dance camps in the woods, as well as performing with Shira Kammen’s Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to creating music on whitewater rafting trips. Web: www.MichelleVielle.com
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Meaghan Haughian Meaghan was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by five years of music teaching in the Saskatchewan school system. In that time she has also been involved in Saskatoon’s local Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch as executive member, Irish language teacher, céilí dance caller, and musician. She has also been a member of Saskatoonbased Irish band: The Residuals. She is interested in a deeper exploration of music in different traditions around the world, particularly in terms of performance practice, creative potential, and community education.
Stepping Stones Scholarship: Emma Langford Emma Langford is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter from Limerick City. Her BA Voice and Dance studies at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, led her to embark on a solo musical career. Her vocal repertoire spans multiple genres including gregorian chant, Latin-American popular music and gospel music. Since entering her local music scene in 2013, Emma has crowd-funded and recorded a six track EP, and toured Ireland extensively. In recent years, she has worked on community outreach projects and spearheaded a cultural programme with voluntary organisation 'Serve the City', which aims to bring live music to marginalised members of the local community. As a student on the MA Community Music programme, Emma is developing her skills in facilitation and group music-making, with a view to working in the community as a freelance Community Music practitioner.
Karan Casey and Alec Brown, performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
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Clár Programmes BA Irish Music and Dance BA Voice and Dance BA Performing Arts (Irish Traditional Music) BA Performing Arts (Irish Traditional Dance) BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) BA Performing Arts (Voice) BA Performing Arts (World Music) Certificate in Music and Dance Director, Undergraduate Studies: Dr Niall Keegan Contact email@example.com + 353 61 202465 MA Classical String Performance (in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra) Artistic Director: Katherine Hunka Academic Leader: Niall Keegan Contact firstname.lastname@example.org + 353 61 202465
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MEd (Music) Course Director: Jean Downey firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 213160
MA Festive Arts Course Director: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann email@example.com +353 61 202798
Professional MEd (Music) Course Director: Jean Downey firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 213160
MA Irish Dance Studies Course Director: Dr Mats Melin email@example.com +353 61 202542
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MA Community Music Course Director: Kathleen Turner email@example.com + 353 61 213762
MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Course Director: Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Orfhlaith.firstname.lastname@example.org +353 61 202470
MA Songwriting Course Director: Kathleen Turner email@example.com + 353 61 213762
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Matteo Haitzmann, from Austrian band 'Alma' performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
continues to have a very strong international student profile. Since its inception in 1994, students from the following countries have graduated from the Academy:
EU: Austria Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Netherlands Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden UK
INTERNATIONAL: Australia Belarus Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador Ethiopia Georgia Ghana India Indonesia Israel Japan Malaysia Mexico Nepal New Zealand Nigeria Norway Palestine Russia Singapore South Africa Taiwan Thailand Turkey USA Vietnam
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OTHER PROGRAMMES AND ARTS OFFICES University of Limerick LM002 - Bachelor of Arts (In conjunction with Mary Immaculate College) Course Leader: Dr Michael Griffin Phone: 00 353 61 213578 Email: email@example.com Admissions Tel: 00 353 61 202015 Email: www.ul.ie/admissions Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, UL The Department of Music at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) offers music for the BEd and BA (Liberal Arts) programmes as well as a taught MA in Music Education and other postgraduate degrees to doctoral level by research. Regular choral and chamber concerts are a vital part of the life of the department and there are close ties with the Irish World Academy. MIC has a 500-seater performing arts venue, the Lime Tree Theatre (www.limetreetheatre.ie). Dr Gareth Cox (Head of Department); Dr Paul Collins; Dr Michael Murphy; Dr Gwen Moore; Dr Ailbhe Kenny Departmental enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +353 61 204540 Website: www.mic.ul.ie
University of Limerick LM122 - Bachelor of Science in Creative Media and Interaction Design Common Entry Course Leader: Giuseppe Torre Phone: +353 (0) 61 23 4611 Email: email@example.com Admissions Tel: 00 353 61 202015 Email: www.ul.ie/admissions
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Interaction Design Centre (IDC): MA Interactive Multimedia The MA in Interactive Multimedia is a one-year, intensive course designed specifically for art and design graduates who are interested in pursuing studies that combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. Course Director: Mikael Fernstrom Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +353 61 202606 Website: www.idc.ul.ie Association of Irish Choirs The Association of Irish Choirs supports and promotes excellence in choral music in Ireland. It does this by providing information and advice and presenting a range of programmes and activities designed to respond to the needs of members, the wider choral community and the public.
University of Limerick Visual Arts Administrator: Yvonne Davis Email: email@example.com Phone: +353 61 213052 Digital Media and Arts Research Centre (DMARC) Director: Jürgen Simpson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +353 61 202759 Website: www.dmarc.ie Aonad na Gaeilge/UL Irish Language Centre Dr Deirdre Ní Loingsigh, Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge Email: email@example.com Phone: +353 61 213463 Ciara Considine, Oifigeach Margaíochta/Riarthóir Feidhmiúcháin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +353 61 234754
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Salma Ataya, MA Contemporary Dance student Back cover photo: Conal O’Kane, performing at the Irish World Academy Photograph © Maurice Gunning
MFA is an Irish photographer and documentary filmmaker. Appointed to the position of artist in residence at many cultural institutions, Gunning continues to exhibit internationally with support from the Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland. He is currently a member of the advisory board of PhotoIreland.
Since 2006, Gunning has been the resident photographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. He continues to collaborate with many national and international artists through this residency. His work was celebrated in 2010 in the form of an extensive permanent exhibition and catalogue at the Irish World Academy. Dance Ireland invited Gunning to be their artist in residence at Dance House, Dublin, where he created a new body of photographic work. This work was premiered in May 2013 with a large permanent solo show at Dance House. “We are delighted to commission such unique images from Maurice, a photographic artist of the highest quality whose work will add to our understanding of the beauty of movement.” (Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland Chief Executive). Gunning has worked extensively in Buenos Aires with the Argentine Irish Diaspora over a number of years. With support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy, he exhibited his solo show, Encuentro, at the Centro Cultural de Recoleta in Buenos Aires, in several UK galleries and at the Irish National Photographic Archive at the invitation of PhotoIreland Festival 2012. According to Sean O’ Hagan of The Guardian, the show “focuses on the Argentine-Irish community in Buenos Aires, descendants of the original immigrants that arrived there in the 1800s. Gunning’s poetic, fragmentary style is perfectly suited to the kind of visual storytelling that draws on memory, text and longing to at once evoke the past and the present”. In 2013, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest invited Gunning to be their first artist in residence. The work produced during this residency was premiered in Budapest at the Liszt Academy in 2015 with support from Culture Ireland, the Arts Council and the Irish Embassy. In 2014, Hope & Homes for Children (Romania) commissioned Gunning to create a book and exhibition, Family:Familie – Stories of Five Romanian Families, which were premiered in May of that year at the National Parliament and National Library, Bucharest. In 2015, Irish Aid and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade awarded Gunning the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, which enabled him to work in The Gambia on themes relating to the UNHCR Millennium Development Goals. Gunning’s first documentary, The Chile 33, filmed during 2010, was broadcast in over 50 countries to commemorate the first anniversary of the mining incident. Gunning continues to work internationally as a cinematographer with Swedish intergovernmental organisation The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).