Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
His own Ph.D dissertation was on Innovation and Traditional in the Music of Tommie Potts, the Dublin fiddler. He studied with composers Aloys Fleischmann (1910 - 1992) and Sean O Riada (1930 - 1971) in University College Cork, and with ethnomusicologists John Blacking and John Baily at Queens University Belfast. As an educator, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has been the single most important catalyst in the integration of Irish traditional music and Irish traditional dance into the Irish Higher Education system - firstly through his work at the Music Department of University College Cork where he succeeded Sean O Riada - and later in his work at the University of Limerick (UL) where he was appointed to the first Chair of Music in 1993. Most of the Higher Education posts in Irish Music Studies in Ireland are currently held by his graduates or students. In 1994, Ó Súilleabháin founded the Irish World Music Centre at UL which has rapidly become the most active research centre in Irish traditional music and dance in the world as well as establishing a suite of nine MA taught programmes across a wide range of disciplines (including contemporary dance performance, chant performance and ritual song, music therapy, community music, and classical string performance).
He has most recently (November 2004) announced a new 14 million euro Irish World Performing Arts Village on the banks of the Shannon river on the University of Limerick campus. This will be the new home for the Irish World Music Centre under its new name, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. As a public speaker he has, most recently, given keynote addresses to international conferences across the world (including China, Norway, Kenya, Scotland, Boston, and Ireland). As a broadcaster, he has contributed to many television and radio programmes in Ireland, UK, and North America - especially in his devising, scripting and presenting of A River of Sound: The Changing Course of Irish Traditional Music (BBC, RTE, Hummingbird) in 1995 which sparked off a national debate in Ireland on issues surrounding tradition and innovation. M Ó Súilleabháin, while rightly perceived as a crossover artist between Irish traditional, classical, jazz, popular, and various world ethnic styles, has also a career of establishing audio-visual archives of Irish traditional music and dance in University College Cork, University of Limerick, and Boston College.
He was Chair of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (Dublin) for two successive three-year periods. Ó Súilleabháin serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Traditional Music Archive (Dublin), Daghdha Dance Company, and University Concert Hall (Limerick), and is the Founder/Chair (in 1993) of Maoin Cheoil an Chlair in Ennis, Co Clare - the only school of music in Ireland with a constitutional remit towards the teaching of both classical and Irish traditional music. As a record producer (apart from the production of all of his own albums), he devised and produced a series of six CD recordings (Green Linnet, Nimbus, and Real World labels) on traditional music from Ireland, Irish America, Shetland Islands, England, Canada (including Cape Breton Island) between 1990 and 1995 all of which benefit - through the donation of musician's royalties - a variety of traditional music archives in USA, UK, and Ireland. He has also produced and musically directed an acclaimed trilogy of recordings of the singer Noirin Ni Riain and the Benedictine Monks of Glenstal Abbey: Caoineadh na Maighdine [The Virgin's Lament] (Dublin: Gael Linn 1980); Good People All (Glenstal Abbey Records 1982); and Vox de Nube [ Voice from the Cloud] (Dublin: Gael Linn 1989). In 2005 he was appointed first Chair of Culture Ireland, a new body set up by the Irish Government to promote Irish arts internationally. Operating currently on an annual budget of 4,500,000 Euro, Culture has produced its Strategy 2006-2010 document which may be viewed on www.cultureireland.ie Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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