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Aoife Kavanagh is an Irish emerging composer and sound designer.

Aoife creates new music for dancetheatre productions, film and concert hall, and collaboration with musicians and artists of other disciplines forms the backbone of her practice.

 

She holds a BA in Music and German from Maynooth University (2018) and a Masters degree in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin (2019).

Aoife has a particular interest in the interaction between music and dance, and has worked on a range of movement-based projects. Examples include 'This//Place//Meant', for the Dublin Youth Dance Company (2019), 'Post-Dance', a site specific piece in the Project Arts Centre (2019), 'See the Music, Hear the Dance', a screendance selected for screening at the Wicklow Screendance Festival (2019, 2021), 'Man Down' with Roisin Whelan Dance (2022) and 'Nasc' by Infinite Pants aerial dance company (2022). Aoife was also the recipient of an Arts Act grant from Carlow County Council in 2021 to research and develop new music for dance.

Aoife also designs sound for theatre productions and composes for film. She was the sound designer on the Abbey Theatre production of 'The Long Christmas Dinner' (2021), and her previous film credits include the Canadian short film 'Hoodie' (2020), and the animation 'The Corona' (2021).

 

When she isn't composing for stage or screen, Aoife also dabbles in writing contemporary music for solo instruments and chamber ensemble. She has previously been selected for composition workshops as part of Project Prelude (2020), and Finding a Voice Composition Competition (2021), and was one of two composers selected for the Contemporary Music Centre’s Emerging Composer Scheme 2022. In 2022, Aoife was awarded an Artlinks Bursary Grant to develop a new work for voice, piano and electronics alongside bass-baritone Kevin Neville and pianist AIlbhe Kehoe.

Aoife teaches piano and music theory at Waltons New School of Music Dublin, and provides closed captioning for live events and television shows with Ai-Media.