New album, From Ocean’s Floor, out now on NMC. Featuring Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Crash Ensemble, Isabelle O’Connell, Joby Burgess, Contempo Quartet and Darragh Morgan. Guardian folk album of the month, and Folk Radio editor’s pick.
- ‘An excellent portrait of one of Ireland’s most interesting composers’ Journal of Music
- ‘The intensity of her work is irresistible – a generous portrait that is full of surprises and unsettling questions.’ Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Rambler
- ‘It’s clear how much Buckley deeply connects her past to her present, opening up possibilities for our mutual musical futures.’ Guardian
- ‘Music of mythic magic … sublime as well as brilliant – richly and strangely powerful.’ BBC Radio 3 New Music Show
- ‘Linda Buckley is unquestionably one of the most exciting, prolific and ‘ecstatic’ composers to come from Ireland in recent times.’ RTÉ
- ‘Diverse and ultra imaginative work, intense and shimmering…’ BBC Radio Scotland
- ‘Intelligent, atmospheric and strangely beautiful.’ ★★★★ Songlines
- The works on this album are captivating; I couldn’t tear myself away.’ ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
- September 2021
- Aud live performance in Shetland by Nordic Viola
Nordic Viola shares traditional and contemporary music inspired by the sagas and seascapes of the Norse world from Orkney to Iceland. Aud, inspired by one of the first Icelandic settlers and her journey from Ireland via the Northern Isles will receive its first live performance in Shetland
- November 2021
- Live score to film Metropolis (co-composed with Irene Buckley) – percussion ensemble, electronics
Commissioned by Cork International Film Festival 2021
- November 2021
- Luminosa String Orchestra performs Fall Approaches, Galway Cathedral
Fall Approaches performed by Luminosa, Galway Cathedral
- December 2021
- Score to Nothing Compares directed by Kathryn Ferguson
Original score for film Nothing Compares with co-composer Irene Buckley.
A feature documentary that tells the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a five-year period (1987-1992), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens. The film is to be released in 2022.
- March 2022
- New work for Lina Andonovska & Michelle O’Rourke
New work for duo Lina Andonovska (flute) and Michelle O’Rourke (voice), setting text by Doireann Ní Ghríofa for performance in the Finding a Voice Concert Series. Finding a Voice is a four-day concert series that focuses on music by women composers through the ages and around the world, in celebration of International Women’s Day – 8th March. Finding A Voice features performances from leading Irish and international musicians.
- March 2022
- New work for New Dublin Voices
- New work for New Dublin VoicesThe work will be part of a wider, six-piece song cycle, (un)Sung Heroes: Mná na hÉireann, and will be premiered by New Dublin Voices and Bernie Sherlock across a series of concerts celebrating the music of some of the world’s leading female composers; this will culminate in a performance on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022: International Women’s Day
- April 2022
- Moving on Music – Fidelio Trio with Uilleann Pipes
Moving on Music commission for performance by Fidelio Trio + Uilleann Pipes, to compose a piece in response to one of J.B. Vallely’s artworks
- August 2022
- New work/installation for viola da gamba (Liam Byrne), Crash Ensemble and multi-channel electronics
Commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival with Crash Ensemble
- December 2022
- New work for the Ficino Quartet
New work for string quartet for performance by the Ficino Quartet during a tour of Ireland 7-11 December 2022, alongside music by Caroline Shaw, Philip Glass and Ravel.
Linda Buckley is an Irish composer currently based in Glasgow, who writes for both electronic and acoustic forces. The diverse instrumentations of her work include Javanese Gamelan, choir, multi-channel tape, prepared piano and orchestra. Read more »