Conall Gleeson

Conall Gleeson

arts research University of Brighton

Scholarly biography and interests

Conall Gleeson studied viola and piano at the College of Music, Dublin. Whilst reading English Literature and Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin, he undertook private composition lessons with Dr Joseph Groocock and later continued studies in viola performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. Gleeson worked as a freelance musician performing with various music ensembles throughout Ireland including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE concert orchestra, the Dublin Silver Screen Orchestra, The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orlando Chamber Orchestra. He later undertook postgraduate studies in electro acoustic composition with composers Donnacha Dennehy and Roger Doyle at the centre for Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College. Gleeson's compositions for electronics and live instrumentation have been performed in Ireland, USA, Taiwan and England.

Conall Gleeson is director of the ensemble Scratch the Surface a collective of musicians, composers and visual artists who create platforms for the presentation of new interdisciplinary performance based works. He is interested in the process of composition and in exploring the relationships between performer, composer and audience which underpin contemporary performance practices. Such endeavours have led to collaborations with musicians from diverse music traditions, including traditional Chinese musicians, free–jazz improvisors and composers from a classical tradition.

Conall is also researching the role of music and sound in the workplace and is particularly interested in investigating the mechanisation of labour through song. He is working alongside Amy Cunningham and Claudia Kappenberg as part of The Oolith Project in preparation for a publication in partnership with Portland Sculpture Quarry Trust. 

Research activity 

Number of items: 10.

Gleeson, Conall (2013) Bell Jar Orchestra UNSPECIFIED.

Martin, Jean and Gleeson, Conall (2011) The sound of shadows: Peter Vogel [Exhibition]

Martin, Jean and Gleeson, Conall (2011) Peter Vogel: The Sound of Shadows. A documentary by Jean Martin and Conall Gleeson [Digital and visual media]

Gleeson, Conall (2010) Love Songs for Broken Machines [Performance]

Gleeson, Conall (2009) Untitled in COF minor [Musical composition/Choreography/Art direction ]

Gleeson, Conall (2008) Invisible targets [Performance]

Martin, Jean and Gleeson, Conall (2008) Sounding out the museum II Francis Bacon Studio [Performance]

Schlepper- Connolly, Benedict and Gleeson, Conall Eketase V [Musical composition/Choreography/Art direction ] (Unpublished)

Buckley, Linda and Gleeson, Conall Nikuda [Musical composition/Choreography/Art direction ] (Unpublished)

Karikis, Mikhail, Martin, Jean, Gleeson, Conall and Cunningham, Amy Sounding out the museum: tête-à-tête [Performance]

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  • A series of interviews and texts exploring attitudes and values associated with music and sound in public spaces.  (currently in development)


  • Ensemble 'Scratch the Surface', commission and performance of new work for Rocket Artists and Corali Dance Company as part of the Side by SideExhibition, The Spirit Level Gallery,  Southbank Centre



  • Co-curator, 'Sounding Out the Museum' - Peter Vogel Retrospective Exhibition, University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts Gallery
  • The Sound of Shadows  -  Peter Vogel, 30 documentart film, published WERGO



  • Performance at Kings Place, Out Hear Series, Vocal Crossings II


  • Creative Campus commissioned collaboration with choreographer and dancer Antoine Vereecken of Random Dance to write a work for dance company KICK – START


  • Ensemble 'Scratch the Surface' performance at Kings Place, Out Hear Series


  • 'Sounding Out the Museum,' ensemble 'Scratch the Surface,' Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Sunday at Noon Series (new composition)
  • Ensemble Scratch the Surface, Brighton Fringe Festival (new composition)


  • Ensemble Scratch the Surface at Soundwaves Festival (new composition)
  • Release of a major hour long documentary of the work of German sound artist Peter Vogel, with interviews from eminent critics and writers including Peter Vogel, David Toop


  • Ensemble Scratch the Surface, Kempton Theatre, Germany (new composition)


  • 'Love Songs for Broken Machines' co-curated with Mikhail Karikis at Kings Place, Londo


  • Unspeakable in the absence of, composition for voice, tape and bell jar for Vocal Crossings curated by Mikhail Karikis for Kings Place, London (January)
  • Unspeakable in the absence of, choreography by Claudia Kappenberg, vocals Mikhail Karikis, Sallis Benny Theatre
  • Untitled in CoF Minor Remix – contributory composition for MORPHICA, a triple album curated by Mikhail Karikis featuring collaborations with over 30 international musicians, visual artists, poets & cultural theorists. Published by Sub Rose Records (March)


  • Performance curation, ensemble Scratch the Surface awarded by Music Network Ireland for the Arts Tech Amergin, Ireland;  Mermaid Arts Centre, Ireland; Hugh Lane Gallery, Ireland
  • Performance curation of Sounding Out the Museum at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nimes
  • Invisible Targets, composition for tape and snare drum, 'Sounding Out the Museum,' Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nimes; Soundwaves Festival, Brighton; The Warehouse, London
  • Performance curation of The Aesthetics of Failure, Sallis Benny Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival
  • Solo performance nichts, nichts und wieder nichts by Claudia Molitor  performed for 'Nothing and the Nothingness' – a happening curated by Matthew Lee Knowles at the Louis T Blouin Institute, London


  • Guinness and Gobshite – composition for violin, clarinet, cello & piano performed by ensemble Scratch the Surface as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival
  • Solo viola recital of music by Benjamin Britten and Arvo Part, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton
  • Viola, Piano and Mezzo Soprano lunchtime recital, St Nicholas Church, Brighton


  • Nanoc – composition & performance, live performance for female voice & electronics, performed by Conall Gleeson and Linda Buckley, Brighton Fringe Festival
  • Fraught – composition, music for tape, Brighton Fringe Festival
  • Fractured – composition, live performance for viola & electronics, Center for Audio-Visual Experiment (C.A.V.E.) in Microelectronics and Information Systems Research, Music Institute at the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Some Sing – live performance for viola and electronics, Sound Exchange, University of Brighton
  • Muscle is Mind – sound design for solo performer (Claudia Kappenberg) as part of Perspectives, Chisendale Dance Space, London, UK


  • Flip composition, solo viola and electronics, Ghent New York, USA; Players Theatre, New York City, USA


  • Sound Bag Installation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park