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Transition year students collaborate with renowned Irish composer Linda Buckley

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Music Generation Carlow is privileged to announce a very exciting musical collaboration in partnership with County Carlow Arts Service and involving internationally renowned contemporary Irish composer Linda Buckley, Borris Vocational School and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow.

Over the coming weeks MGC will focus, in partnership with CCAS, on bringing together a group of Transition Year students from Borris Vocational School in Carlow in a ‘musical collaboration’ with renowned Irish composer Linda Buckley. The project will involve the creation of a fresh new piece of music in response to Janet Cardiff’s infamous Forty Part Motet. It is hoped that a select group of the TY students will work in creative partnership with Linda to develop their compositional skills by exploring space, imitation, text, layering of sound, harmony, and equality of parts, visualisation, emotion and the senses. These themes will be explored through compositional workshops facilitated by Linda and will result in the performance of the new piece at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow.

MGC musician Aideen Byrne will assist in preparing the students for performance of the finished work and in helping Linda with overall process. This is an amazing opportunity for the TY students of Borris VC as well as a chance for Carlow to showcase the musical creativity of its’ young people.

Linda Buckley is one of the most exciting contemporary Irish composers of her generation. She is originally from the Old Head of Kinsale but is currently based in Dublin. Her music has been described as “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe, July 2004), a “fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics” (Irish Times, Nov 2006), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music, Sept 2008).

She studied Music at University College Cork, and Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D in Composition from Trinity College, where she also lectures.

We will update the website with information on the final performance, when this information becomes available.

To learn more about this collaborative project, contact Paula Phelan, Co-ordinator of Music Genertation Carlow:
Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board, Athy Road, Carlow
T: 059 9138583

Thanks to Mary Hutton for the photograph.