Artists diving into the Pilgrimage are:

Andri Snaer Magnason

andri2Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer who has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CD’s. He is the codirector of the documentary film Dreamland. His work has been published or performed in more than 30 countries. His novel, LoveStar was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award 2013, was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award. His children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet, was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published or performed in 26 countries. The Story of the Blue Planet received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002 and The Green Earth Honor Award 2013. The play from the story has been performed in theaters in Finland, Swiss, Iceland and Canada. Andri has collaborated with various artists, mostly with a band called múm. Andri has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book – Dreamland – a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation takes on these issues. Dreamland has been published in English, Danish, German, Spanish and Japanese and has become a feature length documentary film. Footage from Dreamland and an interview with Andri can be seen in Charles Ferguson’s Oscar winning documentary – Inside Job. Andri can be contacted here: Andri Magnason is the winner of the Kairos Award of 2010 – granted by the Alfred Toepfer institute in Hamburg. read more>

Donal Dineen

WavesA musical pioneer since his early days as the presenter of No Disco (RTE) in the nineties, through his stint next door to John Kelly’s Eclectic Ballroom with Here Comes The Night on Radio Ireland, to his long running late night radio show The Small Hours (Today FM), and his current series Radio Activity for RTE 2XM/2FM, Donal Dineen has always used his broadcasting time to make a case for underground and experimental music of every sort.  As a curator Dineen has worked on several musical series, most significantly A Month of Sundays and Fresh Air which both profiled new Irish musicians and producers.

Also an accomplished photographer and video maker, Donal studied communications in Dublin City University and it was here that he first picked up a camera. From this point onwards he developed a fascination with the visual image. His first exhibition, This Storm is an Angel, for The Galway Arts Festival in 1993, was a series of photographs taken around his home in Kerry, which focused on family, place and identity.  A short film The Sound in a Light Year was part of Temple Bar’s 2001 Moving Images season. 2009 exhibitions included an installation for the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) entitled Words Are Something Else, and solo photographic shows for Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Joinery Gallery, Dublin.

*Gyða Valtýsdóttir

GYDAVALTYSDOTTIRGyda has dipped her toes into various realms of performance. In her teens she was a member of the Icelandic dreampop group Múm and had already released two albums, composed music for theater and dance, and toured the world before leaving the band to focus on her classical music studies. She found her way through the labyrinth of higher education, graduating with a Classical Performance Diploma and Master of Improvisation at the Music Academy Basel in Switzerland. Alongside her studies, which took her to many places both geographically and otherwise, she has composed music for various performances of other arts, made guest performances on numerous albums, teaches cello and improvisation, and performs repertoire from baroque to instant compositions.

Iarla Ó Lionáird

Photo by York TillyerIarla O’Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of CúilAodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” whilst still a boy, through many recordings O’Lionaird established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. 2011 sees the release of O’Lionaird’s latest solo album “Foxlight” on Realworld Records. Always an artist on his own journey O’Lionáird signed to the prestigious Realworld label in the mid 1990’s he would go on to make many ground breaking recordings with the multi million selling Afro Celt Sound System receiving two Grammy nominations. Solo albums “Seven Steps to Mercy” (1997, produced by Michael Brook) and “Invisible Fields” (2005) brought widespread acclaim confirming O’Lionáird as one of contemporary music’s most ambitious singers and recording artists.

O’Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. From his collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo, this has taken an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God) reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. He also a featured soloist on the Nonesuch debut label release ofDennehy’s “Grá agus Bás “ with Dawn Upshaw and Crash Ensemble released in May.

Kate Ellis

kate ellisKate was surrounded by music from an early age. With the radio playing constantly at home, she developed an eclectic taste in music. Since becoming Cellist with Crash Ensemble in 2002, Kate has joined a revolving cast of new music groups for various performances and recordings. With a passion for the unknown, and the chance meeting of various musical minds including Gavin Friday, Karan Casey and the musicians of Tarab and Yurodny, Kate continues to tour and perform extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia.

Kate is coartistic director of Crash and cocurator and founder of the highly successful ‘Kaleidoscope Night’. In July 2011 Kate became musician in residence at the Cork Opera House working as cocurator of the Reich Effect, a festival marking the 75th year of Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Reich. Kate continues her residency performing and curating her own nights of music in collaboration with musicians and other artists all working to expand the confines of their chosen genres. Inspired by these collaborations, Kate has joined forces with six diverse musicians, two visual artists and a poet for a new project RESOUND, presenting original music with live visuals and poetry.

Linda Buckley

Linda-GreenLinda Buckley is a composer from the Old Head of Kinsale currently based in Dublin. Her music has been described as “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), a “fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics” (Irish Times), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music).

Her work has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Orkest de Ereprijs, Janus Trio, Rothko Trio, University of York Javanese Gamelan, and at international festivals including Bang on a Can at MassMoCA, Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam, Seoul International Computer Music Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Linda studied Music at University College Cork and Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D in Composition from Trinity College, where she also lectures, and is currently RTÉ Lyric FM Composer in Residence.

Mikhail Karakis

Mikhail Karikis as the Highflyer in his film XENON, video still, 2012Mikhail Karikis is an interdisciplinary artist whose work emerges from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a conceptual compass which he employs to explore notions of community, professional identity and human rights. Born in Greece and based in London, Karikis studied architecture at the Bartlett (UCL) and completed an MA and a PhD at the Slade School. Recent solo exhibitions include SeaWomen at Arnolfini, Bristol (2013) and at Wapping Project London (2012); and XENON at Galeria Eduardo Fernandes, Sao Paulo (2012).

Selected group exhibitions include Videonale 14, Bonn, Germany (2013); Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012); The Greek Pavillon at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Mobile Radio, Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil (2012); Voice & the Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2012); Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Performance Festival, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2011); Whitstable Biennale (2011); screenings at Whitechapel Gallery and Picture This and performances for Barbican and Royal Opera House (2011). Since 2007, Karikis’s practice has included world-wide music releases: Xenophonia (2012), Morphica (2009) – nominated for Qwartz Electronic Music Prize, FR (2010) – and Orphica (2007) with the label Sub Rosa. His sound works have been included in compilations such as Army Me by Björk (One Little Indian, 2005) and Sound Unbound by DJ Spooky (MIT Press, 2007). (read more)

Myles O’Reilly

myles-oreillyMulti award winning music video and documentary film maker Myles O’Reilly unintentionally began his career by combining three previous and not so rewarding vocations to form a new hobby while unemployed in a global recession. A gofer with Irish national broadcasters RTE, a photographer and photographic printer, and experience as a recording artist signed to Sony Music Publishing and V2 records UK, in 2009 Myles borrowed a video camera to document local musicians performances and upload the footage to Youtube.

Since then, multi-tasking O’Reilly has filmed, directed and edited over 100 music videos and 20+ music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, including Bono, Glen Hansard, Villagers, Imelda May, The Script, James Vincent McMorrow, Sinead O’Connor, Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and Julie Feeney, alongside other International artists such as Hollywood sound track virtuoso Ernst Reijseger, Icelandic artists Soléy, Múm and Amiina, Janelle Monea, Martina Topley Bird, The Staves, Tegan and Sara and a long arm list of many rising and emerging artists, all available to view from his blog Arbutus Yarns.

Noeline Kavanagh

NoelineNoeline Kavanagh is a director, writer and artist and currently the Artistic Director of Macnas – a site specific theatre, spectacle and processional company in the West of Ireland. Macnas is a site-specific, spectacle and processional company, making work that is narrative led with a strong visual dynamic. An artist led company, Macnas theatrically and visually transform and perform in unconventional spaces and places, indoors and outdoors.  Under Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh, the work is created with visual artists, composers, performers, designers, engineers, pyrotechnicians and puppeteers. This combination of diverse art forms, bespoke visual aesthetic, live performance, original composition and narrative provides powerful ways of connecting audiences, site, participant and performance in an interactive, immediate and profound way. Under the Noeline’s tenureship the company has created award winning spectacle and critically acclaimed street theatre shows, touring to China, Russia, Austraila and the UK.  Noeline has worked and played with many companies including: Welfare State International UK, Rag and Bone UK, Liverpool Lantern Company, Els Commedients (Spain), Rough Magic Theatre Company, Flying Pigs Comedy Troupe, The Abbey Theatre, Le Théâtre du Soleil, Dreamtime Film, Fatima Mansions.

Róisín Coyle


Róisín Coyle is a multi disciplinary artist from Galway. She uses diverse mediums, from drawing and printmaking to sound, light  and video in an exploration of narrative and human psychology. Her current research investigates folkloric superstitions and beliefs regarding the sea on the west coast of Ireland, focusing on deep memory and the innermost mind, the subjective place between the natural world and the supernatural world and the Irish notion of Idiráit ( a parallel world that exists between place). What is of particular interest to her is how this folklore displays a refined and sophisticated understanding of the delicate balance that exists between human and natural environments.

Collaboration is an essential element to Coyle’s practice and in several of her installations she has worked with experimental musician and composer Mike Smalle and poet and writer Stephen Murray. Her forthcoming solo show, The People of the Sea, will be exhibited as part of the Galway Arts Festival 2013. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them Arts Council Deis Award, Heritage Council and Culture Ireland Awards. She has most recently completed a residency in Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands in December 2012.

Seán Mac Erlaine

SeanMacErlaineDecember2011Seán Mac Erlaine is a Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist and composer, recognised as one of Ireland’s most forward-thinking jazz musicians. Seán works in a variety of settings maintaining a busy performance schedule in Ireland and internationally, working in free improvisation, contemporary jazz, folk music and experimental theatre.

An accomplished instrumentalist, Seán plays alto and soprano saxophones as well as clarinet and bass clarinet. He holds a first degree honours Masters of Music (Jazz Performance) from DIT and a Diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by The Guildhall School of Music, London. Sean is a also fully qualified teacher of the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) for the teaching of the Alexander Technique. He is currently a PhD candidate at GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media), developing a practice-led research around live electronics in solo woodwind performance. (read more)

Valgeir Sigurðsson

ValgeirValgeir Sigurðsson is a composer, producer, engineer, musician and founder of Greenhouse Studios and the Bedroom Community record label, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has released three solo albums (Ekvílibríum, Dreamland and Architecture of Loss) and has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist, Damon Albarn, The Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost and many many others. Valgeir has composed music for film, stage and dance and his work has been performed by The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Chiara String Quartet and others.