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About musicman

- composer specializing in transforming lives via beautiful music and unconventional and ideas....

A Masterclass with David Lang

First Impressions Friday, Cora and myself had an opportunity to present the violin concerto to an audience in the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. I’ve never been in that room before. It was a nice … Continue reading

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Clearing a Forest of Thoughts

Its funny, I had a haircut and grew a beard before coming to Annaghmakerrig and it has led to many interesting conversations comparing the new and old me. I think the change certainly played its part in the energy of … Continue reading

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An Audience at Annaghmakerrig

Poetry, painting and animation, conversations through lake walks, slushy runs in fresh snow….. What is not to love about February, in beautiful enchanting Annaghmakerrig? A creative space away from the world, frozen in time, surrounded by writers and artists bursting … Continue reading

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A December Surprise

A December Surprise Having spent several days sleeping longer than I’ve ever slept before and enjoying some creative rest, I am thankfully feeling more like myself again. I am amazed to say that as of December 1st, after a frantic … Continue reading

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A Lucid Dream of a Violin Concerto

So, I was having a restless sleep one night last week and the strangest thing happened – I was having a dream about the concerto. I was standing in front of an orchestra, feeling nervous about the rehearsal we were … Continue reading

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Irish Contemporary Music Centre Article

The Irish Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) published an article about Ciaran’s composer residency in Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. The CMC is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music and supporting the work of composers throughout Ireland. Its free … Continue reading

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Summer in Paris: 10 Inspiring Things To Do

During my summer in Paris composing, I’ve been doing everything I can to try and accept whatever inspiration the city can provide. When I am not locked away in my room battling the frustration of trying to write some quality … Continue reading

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