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Heralded as a ‘supergroup within new music circles in Ireland‘ by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Stone Drawn Circles inhabits a new space in Irish contemporary music. In their relatively short existence as a group, the ensemble’s debut performance season includes performances at prestigious festivals including HCMF, New Music Dublin and a PRS Beyond Borders tour of the UK. The players believe in rich composer/performer dialogues and in the bending of traditional performance dynamics, which is evident in their debut season offering.

Breathing life into four new works, the ensemble explores new modes of communication – between themselves as a collective and their audiences. Responding to the environments that they find themselves in, a form of sonic activism takes place through works by Cat Hope and Brian Irvine, bringing to the spotlight the voices of Afghan women and corporate greed. Stone Drawn Circles musician Úna Monaghan investigates collaborative dynamics and shifting paradigms. “Brilliant musical scientist” Nicole Lizée offers a slice of her unique compositional language. The programme navigates through various genres and forms of contemporary sound art, performed by some of Ireland’s leading contemporary players.

Stone Drawn Circles will present an accompanying workshop, The Composer Within on Tuesday 16th April. For information please click HERE. 


Lina Andonovska – flutes
Curiosity, fearlessness and versatility carry Lina Andonovska’s artistry around the globe. Andonovska is a rare breed in the flute world; a name that you’ll discover on both the pages of Rolling Stone and the Australian Chamber Orchestra roster, she has not only cultivated partnerships with leading composers including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy and flautist Claire Chase, but also deep community ties from Timor Leste to Tokyo’s incubator Wonder Site. Recently appointed as flautist of 4-time Grammy Award winning ensemble ‘eighth blackbird,’ she has collaborated with groups including Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, Crash Ensemble, Deutsches Kammerorchester, stargaze and Southern Cross Soloists. She is critically acclaimed for her interpretation of new music; Rolling Stone Magazine hailed her performance at Bang On A Can Summer Festival as “superbly played, (ranging) from sustained ‘somebody-please-get-that-tea-kettle’ squeaks to the flit and flutter of its beautifully lilting trills…”

Nathan Shermann – viola
Nathan Sherman is an American-born viola player currently based in Dublin. Passionate about new music, Nathan collaborates regularly with percussionist Alex Petcu, with whom he has performed throughout Ireland and in 2021 will premiere a work by Ian Wilson in Belfast. Nathan has recorded and broadcast with Ergodos, Crash Ensemble, Kirkos, and Evlana and has premiered many works by Irish composers. An avid composer, Nathan has created several works for viola and for mixed ensembles. Nathan is Artistic Director and violist of Ficino Ensemble, an acclaimed music group that is devoted to the performance of classical and contemporary chamber music. As an orchestral player, Nathan plays with all the orchestras of Ireland and has performed throughout Europe, China, South America, the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Les Château de Versailles (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London) and the Palazzo Ducale (Mantova). As a Baroque violist, Nathan regularly appears with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny and Ensemble Marsyas.

Michelle O’Rourke – voice
Michelle O’Rourke is an Irish singer currently based in Dublin. Her natural sound, unaffected expressivity and technical ability make for an interpreter of rare dynamism. Michelle combines her classical training and background in Baroque music with an adventurous eclecticism and a passion for collaboration. A recent collaboration with Irish composer Simon O’Connor has resulted in Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows – a suite of songs inspired by the experiences of women associated with the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. This work offers an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male heroic terms. Left Behind will be featured as part of the Ireland’s official commemorative programme for 2016.

Caimin Gilmore – double bass
Caimin has extensively toured the U.S.A, Europe, Australia, Asia, U.K and Ireland as a Double Bassist, including Lisa Hannigan’s At Swim album tour. He is a member of Crash Ensemble and plays regularly with s t a r g a z e , the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and Ulster Orchestra. He released his first solo record, ‘String Ogham Live’, in 2020, featuring new work for Double Bass. He has commissioned a further four works with cellist Kate Ellis (Crash Ensemble Artistic Director) for their duo, Kate & Caimin. He has played with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Zach Condon (Beirut), Squarepusher, The Staves, Justin Vernon (Bon Ivor), Aaron Dessner (The National), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Luluc, Dionne Warwick and recorded with s t a r g a z e and Adam Cohen, on Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album, ‘Thanks for the Dance’, at the P-E-O-P-L-E festival, Berlin ’18. |

Alex Petcu – percussion
An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His debut album, “Alex Petcu: In Time”, released on the RTÉ lyric fm label, showcases both seminal works and new contributions to the percussion repertoire.
Alex enjoys being involved in the creation of new music for percussion and regularly collaborates with composers. Examples of recent projects include “Beats, Bells and Bridges” and the Abbey Theatre’s  production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, both collaborations with composer Tom Lane, “A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing”, a children’s show jointly commissioned by The Ark and Music Network with  music composed by Brian Irvine and “Invitation to a Journey”, a dance/theatre/music collaboration with music by Deirdre Gribbin.
He is a regular performer with the Crash and Hard Rain ensembles, two of Ireland’s main contemporary groups, and is a founding member of the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, a new exciting percussion ensemble.

Úna Monaghan – harp/sound design
Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, researcher and sound artist from Belfast. Her recent work has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTÉ television and radio, and in theatre productions, festivals and conferences internationally. She performs with harp and computer, and released an album of her compositions for Irish harp and electronics, named “For” in 2018.
Úna has held artist residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas Montréal, and the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, Maine, USA. Úna also works as a sound engineer specialising in Irish traditional music, and experimental, live electronic and multichannel music, a role in which she travels worldwide. Úna gained a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 and held the Rosamund Harding Research Fellowship in Music at Newnham College, University of Cambridge from 2016-2019. Her research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies. In 2019 she received the inaugral Liam O’Flynn Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the National Concert Hall, Dublin