Moving on Music Announces Emerging Artists

Fiddle-player Conor Caldwell

Moving on Music Announces Emerging Artists

Scheme provides participants with a range of mentoring and business advice over 12 months.

Following a call for applications in May, Moving on Music has announced five artists for its 2017/18 Emerging Artist Programme.

Supported by rhe Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the scheme, over the next 12 months, will provide participants with a range of mentoring, business and marketing advice, PR material development, and performance and networking opportunities, tailored to their specific requirements.

The five artists selected are fiddle-player Conor Caldwell,  jazz bassist Jack Kelly, and composers James Joys, Áine Mallon and Christopher McAteer.

Conor Caldwell’s music is rooted in the Donegal style of fiddle playing. He has played with local band Craobh Rua and fellow fiddler Danny Diamond. Over the course of the scheme, he will be focusing on developing a solo career, creating original music incorporating a progressive technological approach to performance.

Jack Kelly is from County Antrim and has been making his mark on the local jazz scene. Involved in the Brilliant Corners Festival residency with David Lyttle in 2016, Kelly plays with the Joseph Leighton Trio among a number of other local musicians including Steve Davis and Scott Flanagan.

Based in Belfast, James Joys is an experimental composer and artist whose work sits between contemporary composition, improvisation and experimental electronic music. He will spend the next year producing a collection of work under this pseudonym, collaborating with a number of local artists.

Áine Mallon is from County Armagh and is a recent graduate of music at the University of Manchester. One of her recent works was selected for performance at the ‘New Sounds from Manchester’ concert for emerging composers. Aside from her contemporary compositions, she also composes and performs traditional music.

Christopher McAteer is based in Belfast. He has composed a number of works for various classical ensembles and for opera. In 2012 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize and has had a number of pieces performed through the Irish Composers Collective.

Previous participants on the scheme include Joseph Leighton, Amy McAllister, Isobel Anderson and the Robocobra Quartet. 

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Published on 25 July 2017

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