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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Welcome
    Descriptive info: .. Welcome.. Rachel Holstead is a composer from Corca Dhuibhne in the southwest corner of Ireland.. She writes instrumental and electronic music and enjoys collaborations with artists in many different artforms.. On this site you can learn more about Rachel and her work, keep updated on projects she is involved with, see some inspirational images from her home and travels, and listen to her music..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Biography
    Descriptive info: About.. Her music draws inspiration from many sources with each piece seeking to inhabit a space in the world.. Creative partners, commissions, performances.. In recent years, Rachel has written music for the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Sinfonia Viva.. She has written works that feature traditional Irish musicians for the Kerry International Chamber Music Festival and Ardee Baroque and been commissioned by RTE, BBC Radio 3, Moving on Music and Louth County Council (through the Percent for Art Scheme).. Her electroacoustic works have been performed in Germany, Spain, Canada, the U.. S.. , Mexico, the UK and Ireland.. Education.. In 2005, Rachel graduated  ...   she worked with Kevin O' Connell and Donnacha Dennehy.. She has attended the Dartington International Summer School and the Ennis IMRO Composition Summer School (now the Irish Composition Summer School).. Awards.. Rachel has received awards from the Arts Councils of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Ealaion na Gaeltachta, Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta, Queen's University Belfast and an ATOM award from PRSF.. Residencies.. Rachel is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and has enjoyed residencies in the Leighton Studios and in the Music & Sound Programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.. Representation.. Rachel is represented by the.. Contemporary Music Centre.. in Dublin.. Her music is licensed by IMRO..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - News
    Descriptive info: 23rd October 2011 - The Given Note in a library near you.. The Given Note, written for Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday celebrations and commissioned by RTE for the Vanbrugh Quartet, gets an outing in the Musical Tales programme of word-inspired works this week.. Check this.. link.. for details of concerts in and around Dublin this Monday, Tuesday, Thursday October 24th-27th and the following Wednesday November 2nd.. 27th April 2011 - The creative year starts here!.. Its all or nothing around here! Two exhibitions opening tomorrow in West Kerry - I have a sound piece in Brenda Ni Shuilleabhain's Fearaibh Fionntra project opening at Ionad Chaitliona in Ventry at 1pm and an etching (!) in the group show Crossing the Mountain in Clos na bhFiodoiri at 6.. 30pm.. Both shows run over the weekend so come and have a look!.. 19th July 2010 - Old news!.. Happy summer!.. I've finally added details of some of last year's projects so check out the music page for info.. 21st January 2010 - Time out and travelling cake.. While I take a little time out to restore some creative equilibrium, I'm delighted to report that the.. Bourbaki Ensemble.. in Sydney, Australia will be performing.. (Can't) have your cake and eat it.. on February 21st.. Cake.. was written for the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2006 and it's a piece which reflected some of the intensities of the different environments I experienced across three continents in the year it was written.. There's something strange and wonderful about it emerging now on the other side of the world, in the bows, instruments and ears of another group of passionate musicians.. Bourbaki performs under the baton of David Angell at St.. Stephen's Church in Newtown at 2.. 30pm on Sunday February 21st.. Go have a look at their website.. (www.. bourbakiensemble.. org).. for concert details and for more information on this wonderful ensemble.. 12th April 2009 - Heaney at 70.. Tomorrow is the big day - Seamus Heaney turns 70! I'm lucky enough to get to share in the RTE-led celebrations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art which will include the premiere of.. The Given Note.. , my little quartet written in his honour.. Have a look at RTE's website.. http://www.. rte.. ie/heaneyat70.. which details the many facets of their celebration of the event.. It includes links to hear the three newly-commissioned quartets which will be broadcast live on RTE Lyric fm at 5pm tomorrow (Monday April 13th).. For those of you busy or far away tomorrow, you can listen online for the next few weeks - links also from the RTE site.. 18th March 2009 - The Given Note.. I'm on my way to Dublin from Cork after a rehearsal with the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet of.. , a short piece commissioned by RTE to celebrate the 70th birthday of Seamus Heaney.. The piece is named for Heaney's poem of the same name which has been a touchstone of mine for several years.. There's something about the way he taps into the wonder and absolute beauty of the everyday and ordinarybutextrordinary in his work that gets me every time.. The Given Note, with its reference to Port na bPucai, taps into a whole other set of very personal roots in music and place.. It is such a huge honour to be part of this celebration alongside fellow composers Kevin O Connell and Ian Wilson.. 17th March 2009 - Ardee Dances again.. It seems to a year for dancing.. Next week, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and fiddler Gerry O'Connor will revisit.. Ardee Dances.. , originally commissioned by Louth County Council under the Percent for Art Scheme in 2005.. It will be performed and recorded in the context of the National Music Symposium at St.. Patrick's College, Drumcondra on Tuesday March 23rd.. It has been such a pleasure to visit Gerry in Dundalk and delve into the piece again and I'm really looking forward to working with the orchestra again.. This was such a dream project - a chance to explore the commonalities and differences between traditional and baroque music - and I still have great memories of its premiere at Ardee Baroque in 2005.. 22nd February 2009 - dancing with voices, bones and sea.. I'm awake and looking out at blue grey cloud and sea after the opening of Una Ni She's exhibition 'felt' in Siamsa Tire last night.. The evening started with the west Kerry choir Canteloupe creating something really special around my soundwork.. Rince na gCnamh.. Gathering in a circle in the middle of the gallery, they  ...   projects.. The site was designed by.. Kanian Design.. 10th April 2008 - Latest update.. Composition has been a little slow recently as I've settled into my role as Music Adviser to the Arts Council.. It's gaining momentum again now and I'm getting back to work on a large piece for orchestra and tape inspired by Kerryman and Antarctic explorer Tom Crean and continuing work on collaborations with choreographer Fearghus O Conchuir, poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, photographer Rachel Sussman and visual artist Una Ni She.. I'm now dividing my time between Dublin and Kerry, and Chet and Maureen Raymo have offered me their house and Chet's writing studio in Ventry again for the winter.. Heartfelt thanks to them for their generosity; be sure to check out Chet's website at.. www.. sciencemusings.. com.. and his beautiful books which include Honey from Stone and 365 Starry Nights.. 5th January 2008 - News from 2007.. 2007 turned out to be a pretty busy year.. The Antarctic project, commissioned by the Tom Crean Society with funding from the Arts Council, continued during the winter and I reached my fourth continent in July with my first trip to Africa.. In the company of photographer Rachel Sussman and pianist Christine McLeavey, I travelled through South Africa and Namibia in search of the mysterious Welwitchia plant, one of Rachel S's targets for her Oldest Living Things in the World project.. I'm delighted to be joining Rachel in the collaborative element of this project where she has invited a number of writers and composers to respond to her wonderful images.. Check these out at www.. rachelsussman.. I made a return visit to New York at the end of September to join in the centennial celebrations of The MacDowell Colony.. Jan Bell and her Cheap Dates performed some songs of mine during the Centennial Fellows Reunion Picnic in Central Park on September 29th and it was an enormous honour to be part of this momentous event.. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jan and her collaborator Rima Fand of the Luminscent Orchestrii and I hope to have the opportunity to work with them before too long.. It was also wonderful to catch up with some of the great people I met at the colony in Autumn 2005 and to sow the seeds for some potential future collaborations.. Many thanks to the Arts Council for their support of this trip.. August saw two performances by the Ulster Orchestra of Time is a Spiral, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for their annual summer series.. First up was the premiere in Lisburn on August 17th, conducted by Adrian Leaper, then a second performance with the three other new commissions (by Greg Caffrey, Frank Lyons and Bill Campbell), conducted by Kenneth Montgomery, at Clonard in Belfast on August 31st.. Thanks to both conductors for their advice and interpretations and to orchestra leader David Adams and all the players for two beautiful performances.. Both concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the week of December 10th; thanks to all of you who listened in!.. I spent the first three months of the year at Banff Centre for the Arts starting work on the Tom Crean project.. It was great to such a supportive environment in which to begin work on such a large-scale project.. I visited the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge before leaving for Banff and accessed a lot of wonderful material.. Many thanks to Naomi Boneham for her assistance there.. If you're in Cambridge the Institute is a fascinating place to visit with a small museum and an extensive polar library.. Many thanks to the Banff Centre for their support of my residency there.. Mile buiochas d'Ealain na Gaeltachta as a thacaiocht don dtaighde don dtogra seo.. Some of my time in Banff was spent working on a sound sculpture as part of a collaborative project, Relative to the Observer, with my dad, John Holstead.. It was exhibited in Dingle during Feile na Bealtaine at the begining of May.. The sound element of the project drew on the same materials and ideas as the visuals and formed part of a multimedia exhibition, built around some stunning sculptural renditions of the shape of the universe.. The sculptures formed part of the group show In Pursuit 2 in Siamsa Tire in Tralee in September / October and Dad is already planning the next magnum opus.. Watch this space.. Chaitheas deireadh seachtain aoibhinn eile ar Inis Oirr ag deireadh Mhi Bhealtaine don gcomhdhail Ealain ar Oilean.. Buiochas aris do Dharach, Val agus Barra..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Music
    Descriptive info: For instruments.. Casadh Aris - 2009.. The Given Note - 2009.. Time is a spiral - 2007.. (Can't) have your cake and eat it - 2006.. Air-drawn Curves - 2005.. Ardee Dances - 2005.. If I could rule the world - 2005.. Roses for icarus - 2005.. Music for Metropolis - 2004.. The Tune Ship: Lonphort: Tuneskipet - 2004.. Over bright sea: Thar an bhfarraige gheal - 2003.. Dissolving into light - 2002.. Jatayu - 2002.. For two - 2001.. For voice.. Mutable rose - 2005.. Around the corner - 2003.. Electronic music.. Rince na gCnamh - 2009.. Relative to the observer - 2007.. Enchant - 2003.. Rain between the showers - 2001.. Time is a spiral.. Duration: c.. 5'.. For orchestra (2200 2000, strings).. The idea for Time is a Spiral comes from my grandmother's theory of time, which is that it moves not  ...   young composers battle.. I wondered what might happen if you were to unlock some of Mozart's music and unravel it - not just the musical material but the forms, ideas and personality imbedded in it - drawing it out into the spiral.. I took as my starting point the last movement of his fifth violin concerto and attempted to do just that, beginning with a wisp of the original minuet, seemingly frozen in time, and from which still centre the piece unwinds.. The pace increases and we jump from one idea to another in an increasingly erratic rondo, emerging towards the end in a lurching minuet, more Holstead than Mozart.. Time is a Spiral was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and premiered by the Ulster Orchestra with conductor Adrian Leaper in August 2007.. It is dedicated to Olive Browne.. Listen to this piece on Rachel's Radio..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Images
    Descriptive info: America.. one.. two.. three.. four.. five.. Antarctic.. six.. Banff.. Canada.. Ireland.. Nightlights.. South Africa & Namibia.. Tierra del Fuego..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact.. To email Rachel the composer:.. rachel@rachelholstead.. net.. To email Rachel at the Arts Council:.. rachel.. holstead@artscouncil.. ie.. Write to Rachel.. in the land of no postcodes, zipcodes, house numbers or street names.. Rachel Holstead.. Ventry.. Tralee.. Co.. Kerry.. Ireland.. You can find scores and recordings of Rachel's music.. at the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin.. cmc.. The Contemporary Music Centre.. 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar.. Dublin 8, Ireland.. tel: +353-1-673 1922 fax: +353-1-648 9100..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Links
    Descriptive info: Sounds.. Maria McGarry.. Horses Brawl.. Caoimhin O Raghallaigh.. Fieldtrip.. Sarah MacDougall.. Sights.. Rachel Sussman.. Jorn Henriksen's Arctic and Antarctic Blog.. Fearghus O Conchuir - Bodies and Buildings.. John Holstead.. Tastes.. The family (and best!) coffee makers - Upperlands Coffee Company.. Places.. The MacDowell Colony.. The Banff Centre.. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre.. Res Artis.. Transartists.. Support.. An Chomhairle Ealaion / The Arts Council.. Association of Irish Composers.. Contemporary Music Centre (Ireland).. Music Network.. IMRO..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Music
    Descriptive info: For dancer, 2 musicians, tape & film.. c.. 40'.. is a collaboration with choreographer Fearghus O Conchuir that mines our shared experience as translators to create a new intersection of dance and music.. We were both brought up bilingually and share an understanding of what it is to alternate between two cultures, two points of view.. Casadh is the Irish word for turning and for singing and in this work  ...   listening to and watching stories and movements.. Filmmakers Chris Hurley and Max LeCain and bass player Dan Bodwell have added vital visual, sonic and human elements to create a performance piece which explores live, recorded and remembered energies and interactions.. was commissioned by the Ionad Culturtha in Baile Bhuirne and premiered there in January 2009 before touring to An Rinn in Waterford and Lab na Mainistreach in Dingle, Co.. Kerry..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Music
    Descriptive info: for string quartet.. 5'-6'.. Seamus Heaney's poem, 'The Given Note' - about the Blasket fiddler who retrieves the mysterious Port na bPucai (The Fairies' Tune) from Inisvicillaune - is the conceptual touchstone or fulcrum for this music.. The poem's fiddler becomes a metaphor for the poet himself, for his seeing and hearing of the beauties, ordinary and extraordinary  ...   Heaney's translation into poetry of the 'loud weather' of this world and of human nature.. The music moves between the seen and the translated, offering an homage to the beauties of each and to the fiddler who moves between them.. was commissioned by RTE for the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet for performance and broadcast at Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday celebrations..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Music
    Descriptive info: 10'.. For string orchestra.. It started out as 'have your cake and eat it' and gained and lost the 'Can't' several times.. On good days, there's no 'Can't'.. On not-so-good days, its there in bold type.. The brackets are a compromise, life can be that good, but don't get too comfortable.. The original idea for this work was to explore that all-too-rare 'too  ...   however, the piece became grounded in nature, and something which began as an expression of human emotions and interactions became anchored in the natural world and the intensities of the environments in which I found myself.. (Can't) have your cake and eat it was conceived and written across three continents (Europe, the Americas and Antarctica) and all three have left their mark on it..

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  • Title: Rachel Holstead - Music
    Descriptive info: Air-drawn Curves.. for Irish-harp ensemble c.. 7'.. Air-drawn Curves was commissioned by the University College Cork Irish-harp Society in 2005, and is dedicated to the new Lewis Glucksman Gallery in the University.. The gallery is a striking structure of wood and glass, suspended over the River Lee, close to the main University gates.. Its shape  ...   the river or towards the Aula Maxima at the heart of the old campus.. The piece takes these elements and gives them musical form, becoming a journey in sound through the space.. This leads to a cyclical structure with different elements appearing and reappearing, our perception of them changing as we view them from different perspectives..

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