27th October 2007 -
Review, 'PERFECT STATE', TV now.
He's Irish - a Dubliner in fact - his name is Ciarán Farrell and his debut album, fittingly called 'Perfect State' is currently No.1 in the Classical Album Charts. You heard it here first, okay?
The 30-something who graduated in 1997 with a degree in composition from Trinity College Dublin, and with a dream of making music that would appeal to U2 and Beethoven fans, now has an impressive CV. Not only can he say he's studied alongside the greatly respected film composer Ennio Morricone at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy but he's written music for Channel 4, Discovery, RTÉ and for commercials for Heineken and Shell.
On this record, however, he has written just for himself. Around and About, was penned during a stay at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan after returning from an earthquake ravaged Istanbul. Hopkins on Skellig Michael, was worked around Paddy Bushe's vivid poem about the incredible structures on Skellig Michael, some 16km off the coast of south-west Ireland. And the three movements within The Shannon Suite represent the lakes Lough Allen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg, along the course of Ireland's longest river.
Melodic, rhythmic, contemporary and accessible - these are just some of the words that capture the beauty of Ciarán Farrell's music. Perfect State is a remarkable body of work. It's no surprising I suppose for Ciarán Farrell is a composer who lives for his art.