Linda Buckley is an Irish composer/performer based in Glasgow who has written extensively for orchestra (RTE National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra), and has a particular interest in merging her classical training with the worlds of post punk, folk and ambient electronica. Her work has been described as “fantastically brutal, reminiscent of the glitch music of acts such as Autechre” (Liam Cagney, Composing the Island) and “engaging with an area of experience that new music is generally shy of, which, simplified and reduced to a single word, I’d call ecstasy” (Bob Gilmore, Journal of Music). Music for theatre includes work by Enda Walsh (Bedbound) and film by Pat Collins (Living in a Coded Land) and Tadhg O’Sullivan (Solas Céad Bliain). Awards include a Fulbright scholarship to New York University and the Frankfurt Visual Music Award 2011 (Silk Chroma). Recent and upcoming collaborations include work with Mmoths, arrangements from This Mortal Coil, remixes for Augustus and John, new music with Laura Sheeran (Kuvn), as well as performances by Icebreaker, Iarla O’Lionaird, Joby Burgess, Ensemble Mise-En and Crash Ensemble. Linda also lectures in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Past events

August 2018
downward in a freezing earth performed at Susaa Festival, Denmark

Concorde perform downward in a freezing earth, Grønnegades Kaserne, Cultural Center in Næstved, Denmark

June 2018
New work with Liz Roche Dance Company – One Here Now : The Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland Project

Collaboration with Liz Roche Dance Company, Pilgrimage  – installation and performance at Sirius Arts Centre Cobh, and I/Thou – major new contemporary dance work at Cork Opera House.

Fiol performed by Goeyvaerts Trio, LCMS

Goeyvaerts Trio perform Fiol, Louth Contemporary Music Centre, Book of Hours

June 2018
Revelavit performed by Gothic Voices/Catherine King – Louth Contemporary Music Centre

Catherine King of Gothic Voices performs Revelavit for voice and electronics, Louth Contemporary Music Centre, Book of Hours

May 2018
Installation at Open Ear Festival, Sherkin Island

Audio visual installation as part of Open Ear electronic music festival on Sherkin Island

May 2018
Improv voice/electronic set with poet Doireann Ni Ghriofa

Collaboration and live performance/reading with poet Doireann Ni Ghriofa, Poetry Ireland, Dublin

May 2018
Barbican commission for Powerplant, London

New commission for Powerplant at the Barbican. ‘Combining visuals, bold new approaches to composition and the sonic virtuosity of Joby Burgess’s Xylosynth, Powerplant create an electronically-enhanced fusion of arts that speaks right here and right now.’

March 2018
Fridur at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Internationally acclaimed pianist Isabelle O’Connell presents a solo concert of recent works for piano and electronics, featuring Irish composers Linda Buckley and Donnacha Dennehy. This powerful programme will explore the possibilities of sound between live performer and synthesized sounds – from the manipulated piano overtones in Donnacha Dennehy’s Stainless Staining and the Icelandic-inspired Fridur by Linda Buckley. Hailed by the New Yorker as the “Irish piano phenom” Isabelle brings her combination of technical artistry and kinetic flair to the CCI.

March 2018
Live electronic improv set at Vortex London, for Culture Ireland Britain 2018

Alternative Patrick’s Day shows, Vortex Club London

March 2018
Fridur for piano and electronics performed by Isabelle O’Connell

Finding a Voice at South Tipperary Arts Centre – Kate Ellis (cello), artistic director of Ireland’s leading new music group Crash Ensemble, “an instinctive and technically brilliant musician” (The Irish Examiner) and Isabelle O’Connell (piano), “[one] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (The New York Times) finish our series of concerts with a bang in an exciting programme of new music by Irish and American composers including Linda Buckley, Anna Murray, Joan Tower and Bang on a Can’s Julia Wolfe.