​Quirk No.2 ‘Shadowplay’ (2002)

​For Flute & Guitar.

Duration: 7 mins.

Premiered by Aisling Agnew (flute) and Dave Flynn (guitar) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in May 2004.

Programme Note

‘Shadowplay’ reflects my composing style of the early 21st Century, before I became fully immersed in Irish traditional music. It mixes minimalist influences with jazz harmonies and poly-metric cycles.It has a virtuoso flute part and I’ve had the pleasure of performing it on many occasions with the great flautist Aisling Agnew, who performs it brilliantly.

I composed the work in 2002 when I was a student at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. In 2003 I moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there I met Aisling and she helped me refine the piece to make it more idiomatic for the flute.

Our recording is the title track of the album ‘Shadowplay – New Music For Flute and Guitar’