michael gallen


Michael Gallen is an Irish composer and performer. Having been brought up primarily with Irish traditional and folk music, he later pursued studies in composition with Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez in Paris, and is comfortable meandering at the borders of different musical styles. He has been commissioned to write for solo instrument, small ensemble and orchestra, and is fast developing a reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting composers of new choral music. In 2011 his piece The Hidden/The Dead was winner of the Densité 93/Cervantes prize. Since his return to more familiar shores, Michael has been involved in several collaborations with dance and theatre, and has an operatic work in the pipeline as well as a large-scale commission for Ireland’s National Concert Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with choreographer Philip Connaughton, and a new piece entitled TARDIGRADE, for choir, piano, string quartet and a kaleidoscope of dance and video premiered at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival to critical acclaim, winning the prize for best sound, visual and costume design. His music has been used extensively in film, radio and television, including the score for Athena Media/RTE’s Citizens:Lockout 1913-2013 series which won Gold Medal at the 2015 New York Radio Awards. Michael is also the pianist and lead vocalist with touring Irish band Ana Gog and a founding member of the DeySed art collective. (Michael Gallen's Website)