Seán Clancy: Forty-Five Minutes of Music on the Subject of Football
Forty-Five Minutes of Music on the Subject of Football celebrates the historic victory of the 1994 Irish Football team with continuous pulses and a series of looped patterns rising and falling in moments of gradual transition or sudden difference. It also celebrates our diminishing ability to stay focused on a singular activity for more than two minutes. On 18 June 1994, Ireland played Italy in a game of football in the Giants stadium, New York to a crowd of over 75,000 people. Many, many more watched on television. This was Ireland’s first match and only victory in the 1994 World Cup. Ray Houghton scored the only goal of the game around eleven and a half minutes whilst Irish players Terry Phelan, Tommy Coyne and Denis Irwin were all given yellow cards at various points. Apart from these sporadic events, nothing else of note took place and the second half was completely devoid of physical drama.
“The music moves from even metres with unchanging patterns, to irregular metres with intense bursts of energy … Clancy’s composition might just be a work of football through to the final whistle.” – Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Journal of Music
Dublin-born composer Seán Clancy’s music has been described as ‘equal part sacred, seductive and superficial’ (Tempo), and as ‘exploring the tensions between found and original material, narrative and rupture, elite and vernacular values, and between innovation and intervention’ (Journal of Music). His work deals with examining minimal amounts of material over extended periods of time, and most recently he has been exploring this process by performing on synthesisers, often collaborating with other soloists and ensembles.
Ensemble Krock is a Swedish collective of musicians and composers formed in 2005. They specialise in contemporary music for electric guitars, but also present new arrangements of old and forgotten works. They collaborate frequently with national and international composers in an experimental way, performing anything from solo repertoire to chamber music with dancers, singers, other ensembles, visual artists and opera.
1 Forty-Five Minutes of Music on the Subject of Football
Artist: Ensemble Krock
Cat # BRC004
Dublin born composer Seán Clancy’s (b. 1984) music has been described as ‘equal part sacred, seductive and superficial’ (Tempo), and as ‘exploring the tensions between found and original material, narrative and rupture, elite and vernacular values, and between innovation and intervention’ (Journal of Music). His work deals with examining minimal amounts of material over extended periods of time, and most recently he has been exploring this process by performing on synthesizers, often collaborating with other soloists and ensembles.
Over the past number of years Seán has been a recipient of a Culture Ireland GB18 Award (2018), composer in association with Workers Union Ensemble (2015/16), an artist in residence at the Moog Soundlab (2015 and 2018), composer in residence at EMS Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm (2014), BCMG/SAM Composer in Residence (2010-2012), and a recipient of an RTÉ Lyric FM/IMRO Composition Bursary (2012). Additionally, he has been a featured composer in the BBC Radio 3 Open Ear Series (2018), the New Music Dublin Festival (2017), Composing the Island Festival, Dublin (2016) MATA Festival, New York (2016), Beijing Modern Music Festival (2016), RTÉ NSO Music of Our Time Series (2016), New Dots Series, London (2016), Culture Night, Ireland (2015) David Lang’s ‘What?… Wow Festival of Music’ (2015), Soundings at the Austrian Cultural Forum (2015), the RTÉ NSO Horizons Series (2014), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2013), Quatuor Bozzini Composers’ Kitchen (2013), Ergodos Printing House Festival (2007) and Birmingham’s Frontiers Festival (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010).
Seán is fortunate to have been commissioned and performed by many fantastic ensembles and artists from around the world. He has developed particularly close ties with the RTÉ NSO, BCMG, Quatuor Bozzini, Crash Ensemble, RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Ensemble KROCK, Workers Union Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Decibel, Fidelio Trio, Thallein Ensemble, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Thumb. In the past number of years, he has also worked with soloists Susan Narucki, and Garth Knox, as well as collaborating with conductors Alan Pierson, Richard Baker, Gavin Moloney, Clement Power, Ben Oliver, Dan Watson, Dan Rosina, and Ciaran Crilly. Recently, he has also undertaken a number of projects with Rock/Electronic musicians Katie Kim, Thomas Parkes, Simon Goff, and has appeared in support of Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones. He has received support from organisations such as the Britten Pears-Foundation, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Sound & Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, The Arts Council of Ireland, IMRO, and Culture Ireland. He has been broadcast on amongst others: WNYC (USA), WFMT Chicago (USA), RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland), BBC Radio 3 (UK), and Klassika Raadio (Estonia). His first recording Forty Five Minutes of Music on the Subject of Football was released by Birmingham Record Company in 2015; this was followed by the self release of an Ornamental Light Glows Beneath the Tinted Window in 2017 and Small, Far Away in 2018.
Seán received his PhD from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is now a Senior Lecturer in Composition, and he holds degrees from King’s College London, University College Dublin, and the Ecole Nationale de Musique. Principle teachers have included Joe Cutler, Philippe Leroux, and Howard Skempton (alongside informal studies with Gerald Barry and David Lang). He is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.