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Matthew Noone (AUS)
Matthew Noone is a composer-performer whose primary instrument is the 25 stringed North Indian lute called sarode.
Born in Australia (1976) to an Irish emigrant father, Matthew was originally involved in the post-rock scene in Brisbane playing guitar, drums and electronics. He performed with a number of influential experimental bands in Brisbane and Sydney before travelling to India where he became obsessed with North Indian classical music and the sarode. For over six years, he dedicated himself to disciplined study of the instrument in Kolkata with Sougata Roy Chowdury before eventually returning to Ireland to settle in 2007.
Since settling in Ireland, Matthew has become well recognised as a performer/ teacher of North Indian classical music and also has performed with several fusion acts such as the BAHH BAND and JIGGY. He was awarded funds (2013) by Music Network to design and build a new instrument for playing Irish traditional music and since has performed and recorded with musicians such as Martin Hayes, Steve Cooney, Ronan O Snodaigh and Tommy Hayes. He was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship in 2014 to complete a PhD- Arts Practice for his explorations of the performance potential of Irish traditional music on the sarode. He also has been supported by Culture Ireland for two tours of India (2013, 2014) and has received regular support from the Arts Council and Clare Arts Office for his ongoing training and development of new musical projects.
Most recently, Matthew has become interested in exploring the contemporary original composition potential of the sarode outside of Irish or Indian genres. He is particularly interested in exploring the uses of electro-acoustic manipulation and loops to create drone textures. He is currently developing a solo performance show which features sarode, fiddle, ukulele and loops and plans to release his debut solo album in 2017.
Susan MacWilliam (N. IRE)
Working with video, photography and installation Susan MacWilliam investigates obscure and overlooked histories, and cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena. Her work explores subjects that are on the periphery of the mainstream and that fall beyond conventional fields of science and psychology. She made work about mediumship, ectoplasm, X-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance, remote viewing and dermo optical perception.
Susan has worked closely with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions including poltergeist investigator Dr William G. Roll, the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis, Paris, and the New York family of Irish medium Eileen Garrett. She has worked extensively with historical archives including those of the writer Kathleen Coyle, Derry; Parapsychology Foundation, New York; T.G. Hamilton Spirit Photograph Archive, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University, and Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC.
The exhibition Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments will open at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen in September 2017. This major touring exhibition provides an extensive overview of MacWilliam’s practice and presents works from 1998–2016.
Born in Belfast in 1969, Susan MacWilliam represented Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale; she was awarded the Ormeau Baths Perspective Prize, 2003; and was shortlisted for the 1999 Irish Museum of Modern Art Glen Dimplex Artists Award. MacWilliam was artist in residence on the PS1 International Studio Programme, New York in 1999/2000 and has worked on residencies in Ireland, Trinidad, Slovenia, America and Canada. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Ireland, the UK and North America. Her video works are held in the British Library Sound Archive. Susan is a lecturer in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.