Iarla Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique career in music in Ireland. From his iconic early recording of the vision song Aisling Gheal as a young boy to his ground breaking recordings with Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity.
He has worked with a stellar cast of composers internationally, including Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Gavin Bryars and David Lang, and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor.
His unique singing style has carried him to stages and concert halls all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Albert Hall and beyond. His voice has graced the silver screen also, with film credits extending from The Gangs of New York to Hotel Rwanda and most recently as featured vocalist in the film Calvary starring Brendan Gleeson and the film adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan.
This year Global Scholar Iarla Ó Lionáird will be busily engaged in multiple collaborations with Students and Faculty at Princeton. As part of the Alarm Will Sound Residency at Princeton this September, iarla will perform at Princeton a concert version of Professor Donnacha Dennehy’s Hunger opera with Soprano Kate Manley to coincide with the release of this new work on the Nonesuch Label.
As part of the Fall PSK programme he will perform with Mobius Percussion two new works by composers Emma O’Haloran and Gemma Peacocke in collaboration with Irish Language Poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Later in December will see him perform in another PSK a new work by composer Liam Eliot. Throughput the fall semester iarla will continue his songwriting and recording collaboration with composer Pascal Le Boeuf which is hoped will result in an album recording of new songs.
In February Iarla will put the finishing touches to a recording “The Breath of God" with composer Gavin Bryars and his ensemble, based on early Christian Mystical writings and a new work with Irish Composer Neil Martin,
" Sweeney” based on Seamus Heaney's famed translation of the ancient Irish Myth Buille Suibhne in collaboration with the celebrated actor Stephen Rea and the Irish National Concert Orchestra which will be released in 2020 on the RTE Lyric FM label