Amanda Feery is a composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, who has written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre, installation, and multimedia. She studied music at Trinity College Dublin and Princeton University, where she completed her PhD in Music Composition in 2019. Her research focused on Kate Bush’s song suite, The Ninth Wave. In the US she formed collaborative relationships with a number of ensembles and musicians including Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, ensemble mise-en, Bearthoven, the vocal quartet Quince Ensemble, and cellist Amanda Gookin. Collaborators closer to home include Crash Ensemble, RTÉ Contempo Quartet, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, This is How We Fly, Chamber Choir Ireland, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Paul Roe, Michelle O’Rourke, and Lina Andonovska. Her work has featured at New Music Dublin, First Fortnight Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival, and she has been composer-in-residence at Bang on a Can Summer Festival, SOUNDscape and Greywood Arts. Her 2019 residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais focused on recording piano improvisations on public pianos in Paris. Recent projects include works for National Sawdust’s Hildegard Commission, Spilt Milk Festival, Music Network’s Butterfly Sessions, and Tadhg O’Sullivan’s film To the Moon. Upcoming projects include works for Chamber Choir Ireland, Cork Midsummer Festival, and Kaleidoscope Night, and the premiere of her Irish National Opera commission, A Thing I Cannot Name, with a libretto by Megan Nolan. Future projects include five, 60-second micro pieces for Fiachra Garvey and Sebastian Adams and an opera for flute for Lina Andonovska.
A Thing I Cannot Name: Amanda Feery & Megan Nolan