Conall Gleeson is a composer, performer and academic leader.
His compositions for electronics and live instrumentation have been performed internationally. Conall is also director of the ensemble Scratch the Surface, who produce interdisciplinary, performance based works. Through practice projects he develops academic interests in the nature of performance and relationships between performer, composer and audience.
Gleeson studied viola and piano at the College of Music, Dublin. He lectures in contemporary music and fine art, leading the fine art performance strands at the University of Brighton.
Composer and performer Conall Gleeson's work for electronics and live instrumentation have been performed internationally. He leads Performance & Visual Art at Brighton, is director of the ensemble Scratch the Surface and explores the relationships between performer, composer and audience which underpin contemporary performance practices.
Conall Gleeson leads the strand of fine art performance at Brighton and is researching the role of music and sound in the workplace. He 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.
Conall 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.
He has 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 and Jean Martin curate a retrospective exhibition of the sound sculptor, the first Vogel exhibition in the UK.
Scratch the Surface curated a performance which explored through sound and movement questions of hybrid practices in gallery spaces
A collaborative project between four researchers at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and held at the Musée des Beaux Arts, Nimes in 2008
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 (2008) Eketase V [Musical composition/Choreography/Art direction ] (Unpublished)
Buckley, Linda and Gleeson, Conall (2008) Nikuda [Musical composition/Choreography/Art direction ] (Unpublished)
Karikis, Mikhail, Martin, Jean, Gleeson, Conall and Cunningham, Amy (2008) Sounding out the museum: tête-à-tête [Performance]
2014 - 2016