Dave Flynn - Composer
Praised in the New York Times for the “power and grittiness” of his music, composer Dave Flynn “occupies a unique place in the world of music.”
(Martin Hayes – The Gloaming)
Flynn has redefined the possibilities of orchestral music by creating the cross- genre Irish Memory Orchestra, a “formidable collective of musicians” (The Irish Times) who are the only orchestra in the Western world to perform exclusively by memory.
2017 marked Dave Flynn's 40th birthday year with events around the world including a tour of Japan, the premiere of his Memory Symphony by the Irish Memory Orchestra in Dublin and the release of 'Genre Jumping' on Frisbee Records.
Flynn's music has been performed in prestigious venues including MoMa (New York), Moscow Cathedral and Ireland's National Concert Hall. He has featured in performances of his own music in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and all over Europe including Germany, the UK, Russia, Estonia, Romania, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
His compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Smith Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He also regularly collaborates with some of the most renowned traditional Irish musicians, these have included Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples & Máirtín O'Connor.
His music, published by Mel Bay, Reed Music and his own company Frisbee Publications, is regularly featured by broadcasters around the world including WNYC's John Schaefer, who dedicated a special edition of New Sounds to Flynn's work in 2009.
Awards: Dave Flynn is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Eamonn Ceannt Commission, 2004 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composers' Award, the 2002 IMRO/Feis Ceoil Composition Award and multiple grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.
Academic: He has a distinguished career as a music academic, holding a PhD from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for his much cited thesis 'Traditional Irish Music: A Path to New Music' (2011). His writings have been published by The Journal of Music, The Irish Times and Na Piobairí Uilleann.
Performer: As a performer Dave Flynn is “a masterful guitarist” (Sing Out) who has toured internationally. He plays a nylon string guitar custom made by the German Luthier Friederike Linscheid. He made his conducting debut with the Irish Memory Orchestra in 2017 with whom he also plays percussion.
Looking Ahead: 2019 sees the World Premiere of two symphonies composed for the Irish Memory Orchestra. Symphony No.2 'The Clare Symphony' is a symphonic re-working of material from 'The Clare Concerto'. Symphony No.3 'The Vision Symphony' is a ground-breaking work composed to include blind and visually-impaired musicians. Both works will be premiered in Glór Theatre on 26th October 2019. Flynn will be composer-in-residence at the Classical Guitar Retreat in Scotland in July 2019.