Ailís Ní Ríain

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Born in Cork, the Irish Composer and Writer Ailís Ní Ríain produces work which aims to challenge, provoke and engage. She is particularly interested in cross-discipline collaboration, sound installation, the public-realm, mini-opera, music-theatre and presenting new music in diverse spaces. She has been represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland since 1999. Her Southbank debut took place in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. She lives in Todmorden on the West Yorkshire border. Ailis is hearing impaired and this has directly influenced her work Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom which combines live music, animation, two sign-language interpreters and poetry – a unique piece which questions the complications of communications and the breakdown of love between two people.