Docs Ireland in association with Gradam Ceoil, TG4 has commissioned a new live soundtrack performance by Úna Monaghan, Ceri Owen and Síle Denvir to this classic Irish documentary. The event will take place in the wonderful St. Josephs church in Sailortown.
In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland’s unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.
The soundtrack will be performed live in response to the film, on harp, electronics, piano and voice. It will be largely improvised, with influences and material from Irish traditional music and song, as well as 20th Century avant garde composers including Ligeti and Cage. The soundtrack, like the film, will be a juxtaposition of elements: some fabricated, some imagined and some true.
Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, and sound artist from Belfast. Úna is the Rosamund Harding Research Fellow in Music at Newnham College, Cambridge University, having completed an MA and PhD in Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast. Úna’s research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies.
Ceri Owen is a Welsh pianist, researcher, and writer. She studied for BA and PhD degrees in Music at Oxford University, and trained as a performer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Síle Denvir is a sean-nós singer who is deeply influenced by her upbringing in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She received her PhD doctorate from the University of Limerick and is currently working as an Irish language lecturer in Dublin City University.