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New Commission
Visualization (2021)
by Sam Perkin
directed from the violin
diane daly

Sam Perkin - HIgh-resolution Photo 1.jpg

Commissioned by Luminosa Music





Supported by

The Arts Council of Ireland and

Galway City Council






Visualization is a work in which the musicians elegantly throw/scatter invisible music to each other, over the listeners, and also over anyone in the vicinity. These invisible tones wash over the audience, bathing them in sound.


This ritual-like work was composed for the Luminosa String Orchestra for the resonant space of Galway Cathedral. It is intended that the piece be performed in a very resonant space, in order for the musicians to be able to share their sounds fully, and physically, with the audience. It is hoped that the work can be performed as a sort of ritualistic return to live performance, after the onslaught of Covid-19. The piece is in part inspired by the work of Pauline Oliveros, Robert Fripp, Juraj Kojs, and Dalcroze practitioner Diane Daly.

Workshops on the sound meditations of Pauline Oliveros were carried out by composer Sam Perkin with the musicians of Luminosa Orchestra. For Sam, this was an essential part of putting the work together. This involved exploring one's ears, voice and physicality, key elements in the new work. As well as these sound meditations, Diane Daly, a specialist in the Dalcroze method of movement and music, also carried out workshops with the musicians of Luminosa, providing a route for everyone to physically feel their way to the heart of this new work, in order to offer it to the listener/viewer in the most meaningful way.




















Sam Perkin is composer-in-residence with Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous music of today. 'Grey Area', his first major work for Crash Ensemble, blends the worlds of Street Skateboarding with Contemporary Music and was commissioned by Engage Arts Festival for Crash Ensemble with its first three performances taking place at Music Town in Dublin, Sounds From A Safe Harbour in Cork, and Musica Nova Festival Helsinki. 'Waves' is an attempted self-cure for tinnitus and is the fruit of a bountiful collaboration between The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the composer over the last few years, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. 'Language', a substantial work for Solo Violin, was commissioned by West Cork Chamber Music Festival for contemporary violin specialist Miranda Cuckson. 'Twitter', for Flute Choir, Audience, Smartphones and Video was commissioned last year for La Côte Flûte Festival, Switzerland. As part of his Crash residency, he will also compose a set of pieces inspired by his love of linguistics. In his recent artistic work, Sam has been working with blending Sine Tones with Acoustic Instruments to make them glow, as in his ‘Orchestra In The Digital Age’ for Orchestra and Sine Tones, composed as part of Composer Lab 2019 for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and organised by The Contemporary Music Centre Ireland.


“A thing of mesmerising beauty” 

David Kettle, The Scotsman


He has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with musicians/groups such as Finghin Collins, Crash Ensemble, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Miranda Cuckson, Alex Petcu, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Nathalia Milstein, Music For Galway, ConTempo Quartet, ConCorda Chamber Music, The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, RTÉ NSO, Spotlight Chamber Music Series, Co-Orch Dublin, Fidelio Trio; and festivals such as Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Engage Arts Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, The New Ross Piano Festival, West Wicklow Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Gregynog Festival - Wales, La Côte Festival - Switzerland, Sound Scotland Festival, and Musica Nova Festival - Finland.


Sam Perkin holds degrees in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, and an Artist Diploma from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France, where he was awarded the Prix Salabert for Composition. In 2017 he was awarded The Next Generation Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.


“The piece I most want to hear again is Perkin’s.” 

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

For more information see Sam Perkin's website

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