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The Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is jointly funded by dlr and the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network

Residencies for established musicians were awarded to Éamonn Cagney and Izumi Kimura, and a residency for an emerging musician was awarded to Lara Gallagher. 

Percussionist and composer Éamonn Cagney will create new musical pieces inspired by one of his favourite folktales: “Young Conall of Howth”, also known as “Eachtra Chonaill Ghulbain”.   Éamonn and his drums will be joined by long-time collaborator, guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, and keyboard wizard Darragh O’Kelly, with sound provided by Eoin Murphy. Éamonn will lead the creation of a rhythm-based set of music, which will be performed during two concerts in the dlr LexIcon Studio. 

Thursday 5 December, 7pm. Book tickets here.

Above: A short video documenting Izumi Kimura's residency

Lara Gallagher

Composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lara Gallagher’s residency focused on the creation of a number of improvisational pieces exploring the nature of sounds present in Booterstown. Audiences had an opportunity to hear the work produced during Lara’s residency on Sunday 16 June in the dlr LexIcon Studio, where she was joined by collaborators Richard Hughes and Cormac Fitzpatrick.

Izumi Kimura

Improvising pianist and composer Izumi Kimura’s residency explored the connection between environmental and musical sounds, by creating field recordings and live music that interact and play with each other.  The resulting performances took place in the dlr LexIcon Studio in July and August. Izumi was joined by collaborators Anthony Kelly, one of the creators of the intriguing Dún Laoghaire Sound Map, along with vocalist Olesya Zdorovetska and violinist/violist Cora Venus Lunny.


The Musicians-in-Residence Scheme provides opportunities for performers and composers to develop and showcase new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations. The residences will also serve to enrich the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, with each musician engaging with local communities through a series of performances in the dlr LexIcon Studio and other locations in the area.