Thursday 05 March, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC Music and the Posthuman Ear: Towards a Critique
In response to the growth of media technologies, and their role in inflecting our natural sensory experience of the world, the discourse of Posthumanism has arisen as an intellectual and cultural movement that believes in improving the human condition through applied reason and an embrace of new technologies. It encompasses a growing collection of ideas concerning human-technology relations shared between the literary humanities, computer science, and the bio-medical sciences. One of its premises is that the biological process of human evolution will be complemented and eventually overtaken by advances in genetic, wearable and implantable technologies that artificially expedite the evolutionary process.
The discourse of Posthumanism has rarely been applied to music. This paper considers its relevance for musical listening in the context of cochlea implants and…more details
Friday 06 March, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC
FUAIM and the Department of Music, UCC, are very proud to present this year's award-winning student performers: Aoife Power (concertina), Clare Sands (voice, fiddle, guitar), Orlaith Horan (voice) and Plunkett O'Tuathail (flute, whistle).
In memory of their colleague, Donal 'Doc' Gleeson, the Dublin Postal Clerks Branch of the Communications Workers Union has established a fund to enable the University to provide a number of Instrumental Tuition Awards. Four awards are made each year to outstanding students in the Department of Music to help defray the cost of their instrumental or vocal tuition. We are delighted to present a performance by this year's recipients.
With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other, Clare Sands is a songwriter, musician, and composer, hailing from the vibrant city of Cork. With deep roots in Irish traditional and…more details
Thursday 12 March, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC Finding/Improvising/Composing
Anthony Kelly and David Stalling have been collaborating on a series of sound and visual works since 2003. Their collaboration encompasses works in multiple forms and media. Using found materials and improvisation as frequent points of departure, they create sound and audiovisual compositions ranging from small-scale interventions to immersive, multi-sensory installations, which combine field recordings, live sound, objects and still/moving images. Kelly and Stalling also perform live improvisations, as a duo as well as with others, such as The Quiet Club, Strange Attractor, Barbara Lüneburg, David Toop, Stephen Vitiello, and Alessandro Bosetti, amongst others. Some of their recent performances include Just Listening, LSAD Gallery Limerick; the i-and-e festival 2011, Dublin; Sonic Vigil, Triskel Christchurch, Cork; Hilltown New Music Festival 2011, Visual in Carlow; Soundwave 2, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh and Kaleidoscope at The Odessa Club.
Friday 13 March, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC
FUAIM is delighted to welcome back this year's UCC Traditional Artist In Residence, Niall Vallely, for a second performance, in a concert featuring saxophonist Ken Edge and cellist Kate Ellis.
Niall Vallely was born in Armagh in 1970 and began playing the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Piper’s Club. Vallely completed a degree in music at UCC in 1992 and has been tutoring at the Department of Music for many years since. Over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument and has established himself as one of the most important irish traditional musicians on the international stage.
In addition to his contribution as a viruoso performer, Niall has been the creative force behind several important…more details
Thursday 19 March, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC Enhancing Audience Engagement in Live Concerts through Deepening Access to Performers and Composers
For a number of years, a group of staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama have been experimenting with the potentialities of deepening the connection between those on stage and those in the audience through the use of "enriching" processes which extend outside the space-time boundaries of the live concert itself. These have included audience attendance at rehearsals, participation in "meet the composer/performer" pre-sessions, and post-concert feedback sessions where audiences are invited to articulate their experiences for the benefit of the musicians and each other.
Some examples of this work will be described, together with the exploratory and evaluative research on their impact. This will include an account of…more details
Friday 20 March, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC
The second of the Vanbrugh String Quartet’s concerts for this season features the extraordinary viola player, Joachim Roewer, and presents music by Kraggerud and Mozart.
Preghiera, Henning Kraggerud
Viola Quintet in D major, W.A. Mozart
I. Larghetto - Allegro
III. Menuetto - Allegretto
Born in East Germany, Joachim Roewer studied at the Musikhochschule Weimar with Professor Wuensch. He continued his studies at the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic, during which time he frequently performed with the orchestra. In 1990 he was appointed principal viola player of the international Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.
In addition to his work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Joachim is much in demand as a freelance solo and orchestral player.…more details
Friday 27 March, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC
FUAIM brings the Spring 2015 season to a close with an exciting concert which brings together the UCC Choir with the well-known and hugely popular group Collage.
Led by Paul O’Donnell, lecturer in Music at UCC, and comprised of UCC Music graduates, the music group Collage is a dynamic and exciting 7 piece band whose repertoire stretches from the present day back through the 90s, 80s, 70s and 60s and includes Pop, Disco, Dance, Latin, Funk and more.
The band line-up is
Fiona Kiely - lead vocals and percussion
Paul Brady - lead vocals and percussion
Helen Murray - lead vocals and percussion
Pat O Donnell - guitar and vocals
Paul Dowling – bass
Colin Kirwan – drums and percussion.
Paul O Donnell – keyboard, percussion, backing vocals