My training was principally in voice under Geoffrey Tristram (Christchurch Priory, Christchurch UK) and piano under Audrey King (UK). My main instruments are piano, violin and percussion.
Born in Ireland, I am a longstanding Celtic musician (fiddle) and have often managed to shoehorn this rich music into my other compositions. In the 1970s I co-founded, toured with and recorded with the Canadian Celtic group BARDE.
I am a composer in various styles of instrumental and vocal music. Since 1983 I have composed largely for the large and small screen. My score for the 2001 Inuit feature film released by Isuma titled "ATANARJUAT: The Fast Runner" garnered a Genie for best original music.
Film composition is by its nature a craft of many styles. Music 'cues' are often short and focused, intended to communicate an emotion clearly and effectively. This cinematic approach has infiltrated my general musical style sometimes referred to as illustrative.
Experience as a film composer and sound designer has led me to explore various visual aspects of sound and music including audiospectrography in collaboration with Canadian print maker Catherine Farish.
I am also a part-time lecturer in sound in the department of Communication Studies and the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal.
My first submission to the Musicaneo site is in fact not a piece of film music, but a piece commissioned by the Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Foundation on behalf of violinist Tara-Louise Montour. "The Eagle and the Loon" (1997) - a rhapsody for violin and piano - was inspired by an evening choir of loons on Charleston Lake, Ontario and by the imaginary sound of a circling eagle over Grand Lake, Quèbec. "The Eagle and the Loon" was premiered in 1997 at the Church of Kateri Tekakwitha, Kahnawake, Quèbec. Tara-Louise Montour (violin) and Louise-Andrée Baril (piano).
Future uploads will include compositions in neo-Renaissance, neo-Baroque, Celtic and other styles. CC