Commenting on the appointment, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lioba Petrie as the first of three dlr Musicians in Residence for 2022. Lioba and Abigail’s new collaboration will undoubtedly set the tone for what’s going to be a fantastic programme of summer music. All three projects promise to be something very special, and the beauty of these residencies is that they take us along for the journey, through the shared work-in-progress aspect, and the informal performances, to the finale concerts featuring all the musicians on 23rd September.’’
Lioba studied at Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama and NUI Maynooth. She enjoys teaching, performing, and composing for film, theatre and dance and is passionate about chamber music and collaboration. She is the artistic director of Kaleidoscope Night's music series, a monthly genre blind mini-festival and co-founder and co-artistic director of Spike Cello Fest. Listen to her work via her Soundcloud.
Abigail Smith was awarded an Arts Council Music Bursary in 2022 and was the winner of the 2021 Finding a Voice and CMC Emerging Female Composer Composition Prize. She has released two albums, Night Time Walking and Fall Into Silence, composes music for film and theatre and is a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland. She performs regularly with the Astral String Quartet. Listen here.
dlrcc and Music Network are also pleased to announce the second and third 2022 Musicians-in-Residence, harpist and composer Rosie Murphy and Peruvian guitarist and composer Rodrigo Almonte Zegarra.
Rosie Murphy will compose a new contemporary work for concert harp and flute. Inspired by her interest in traditional Irish, baroque, and minimalist music, her composition will include aspects of all three styles while exploring extended techniques. The music will consist of acoustic and electronic elements as it navigates new musical boundaries. Commencing her residency in July 2022, Rosie will work with Dublin-based flautist Martina O’ Connell. They will showcase the new work in dlr LexIcon Studio on August 5th.
August musician-in-residence Rodrigo Almonte Zegarra will compose a new musical suite, Sounds of the Blue Book, inspired by Roger Casement’s experience in Peru when he travelled to Putumayo in the Amazon rainforest in 1910 to investigate allegations of exploitation against indigenous people being kept as enslaved people at rubber farms. Rodrigo’s compositions will capture the spirit of the people and their stories, as documented in Casement’s journal The Blue Book and express this story through a myriad of soundscapes that will sonically transport the listeners to the Amazon forest. Percussionist Matthew Jacobson and pianist Lorenzo Vitolo will join Rodrigo in performance in dlr LexIcon Studio on August 25th.
All three resident artists will present new work in performances on 23rd September as part of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Culture Night programme.