Fergal Dowling is a founding member and Artistic Director of Dublin Sound Lab. His compositions combine acoustic and electronic forces with computer-based interaction and sound spatialisation, and have been performed at festivals, including: Sonorities, ISSTA, Música Viva, Music Current, Japan Electroacoustic Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Future Sonic; and by ensembles and soloists, including: Garth Knox, Xenia Pestova, Zubin Kanga, Concorde, Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen, and notes inégales. He studied composition at Trinity College Dublin (BMus, 2000, MLitt, 2002) and York (PhD, 2006), and has worked as a studio technician, sound designer, and lecturer in music technology. He has received many research and composition awards, including the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship and Arts Council Bursaries and Commissions, and has attended major international new music academies (IRCAM, Acanthes, Darmstadt) and masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, Dominic Muldowney, Louis Andriessen, Christina Kubisch, Leo Brouwer and others. He has curated major collaborative projects, including: Real-time Composition Workshop with Karlheinz Essl (Project Arts Centre); Re-Sounding Dublin (Contemporary Music Centre, Salon); Mirrors of Earth with Kaija Saariaho's MAA and new video works (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); Places and Responses with Peter Ablinger (Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival); and Perisonic, an immersive audio-visual installation with Gráinne Mulvey and Scott McLaughlin (Music Current Festival, 2017).
Michael Quinn is a founding member and currently Co-Director of Dublin Sound Lab. Michael studied piano and organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and organ and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. He is a music graduate of Trinity College Dublin and King’s College London. Michael has appeared as organist in The Netherlands, Spain and England and as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has given recitals in St Patrick’s Cathedral, and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin and in St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire, as part of their summer series. With a particular interest in new music, he has premiered works by Fergal Dowling and Jacques Bank, and presented several Irish premieres with Dublin Sound Lab.
Alexis Nealon is a sound engineer who has worked in theatre, live music performance, electroacoustic music, and studio recording and broadcasts for over 20 years throughout Ireland and abroad. He has worked in theatre sound design and composition with Irish Modern Dance Theatre ([Like] Silver, 2004), Cois Céim (Knots, 2005), Broken Talkers / Junk Ensemble (Drinking Dust 2008), Fabulous Beast (James, Son of James 2010), Rough Magic (The Train, 2016), The Abbey theatre (Donegal, 2016), The Gate theatre (Assassins, 2018) and others. He has worked with many music ensembles and performers including The Quiet Music Ensemble, The Bonny Men, The High Kings, Crash Ensemble, Lorcán Mac Mathuna, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Dublin Sound Lab and others. Originally a guitarist, he studied synthesis and digital technology to realise original compositions, and completed his postgraduate thesis on interactive music software design. He was an associate researcher at Gradcam, a postgraduate, practice-based music research group at Dublin Institute of Technology. He was awarded a Masters Degree in Music and Media Technology, from Trinity College, Dublin. Alexis has been involved in many Dublin Sound Lab projects, including the Music Current festival concert programmes and masterclasses.
Mihai Cucu has collaborated closely with many artists, especially composers and music performance groups in Ireland, Romania and through Europe making many video artworks for projections during live music performance. His approach involves working closely with creative musicians to create a new unique video artwork that integrates with the music performance. He has worked directly with many composers, artists and groups, including: Gráinne Mulvey, Diana Rotaru, Seducant, John Feeley, RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Fergal Dowling, Dublin Sound Lab, Irish Composers Collective, Association of Irish Composers, Elizabeth Hilliard, David Bremner, Béal Festival, Music Current Festival and Hilltown Music Festival. His work has been performed and exhibited widely at such venues as De Nieuwe Regentes Theater, The Hague; Porta Theater, Athens; National University of Music, Bucharest; National Operetta and Musical Theatre, Bucharest; Galway City Museum; and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Mihai has been involved in many Dublin Sound Lab projects in many roles: as a creative artist developing new shows; as a video projectionist in concert productions; and as a photographer and video documenter of concerts.
Sabina Bonnici is an Australian creative producer based in Dublin. She started her career producing radio and television and, later, digital media. Since setting up FizzyThinking in 2006, Sabina has worked as a producer and strategist with TV production companies, creative agencies, start-ups, established brands, and cultural organisations. She creates digital experiences and interactions, telling and spreading stories across multiple platforms, from online to real world. Recent interactive productions include Running Blind, a dance performance with a difference; The Party, an experiential event inspired by George Orwell's novel 1984 for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival; and 1014Retold, a Twitter retelling of the Battle of Clontarf. Sabina worked with Dublin Sound Lab as a creative producer developing new projects, including Music Current Festivals 2016 and 2017, and Perisonic.
Ann Cleare’s music has been performed in various venues across Europe, Australia, and America, and has been featured in festivals such as The Gaudeamus Week, The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik, Horizons, International Music Institute Darmstadt, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, IMATRONIC Festival of Electronic Music, MATA, Taschenopernfestival, working with ensembles such as: Ensemble SurPlus, The Crash Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Nikel, The Curious Chamber Players, Yarn/Wire, ensemble mosaik, The Experimental Ensemble (SWR Studios), öenm, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Current and future projects include new works for The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, clarinettist Carol McGonnell and The Argento Chamber Ensemble, The Fidelio Trio, ELISION, and an extended solo horn piece for Samuel Stoll. Ann’s scores are published by Project Schott New York. She has studied composition at University College Cork, IRCAM, and holds a PhD in Composition at Harvard University. Ann has helped Dublin Sound Lab plan Music Current Festivals in 2018 and 2019.
Gráinne Mulvey studied music with Eric Sweeney at Waterford Regional Technical College, Hormoz Farhat at Trinity College Dublin and Agustín Fernández at Queen's University, Belfast. In 1999 she gained a DPhil in Composition at the University of York under Nicola LeFanu. She has attended composition courses in Ireland and England, in Schwaz, Austria, with Boguslaw Schaeffer and Marek Choloniewski, and at IRCAM with Kaija Saariaho. Gráinne Mulvey is one of the most widely performed Irish composers. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Young Musician of the Future Award and the Macaulay Fellowship. Her music has been performed and broadcast internationally. She is currently Head of Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology and many of her recent works develop her research interests acoustics, electro-acoustics and live electronics. Gráinne has been involved with Dublin Sound Lab on a number of collaborative and creative projects, including: ReSounding Dublin, Places and Responses, Music Current 2016, and Perisonic.