About

Michael Gallen headshot © Daire Hall

Michael Gallen (b. 1986) is an Irish composer and performer. Having been brought up primarily with Irish traditional and folk music, he later pursued studies in composition in Paris, and is most comfortable meandering at the borders of different musical styles. Recent work includes Wilde Stories, a suite for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Cór na nÓg responding to Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales;  What You Forget, commissioned for the Ireland 2016 project and A Breaking, developed in collaboration with Chamber Choir Ireland. A new operatic work entitled Extraterrestrial Events (w. Company Philip Connaughton) premiered in Paris in March 2017, with further performances at Dublin Dance Festival (May) and Cork Opera House (October). Michael’s work was featured in the National Concert Hall’s “Composing the Island” series in 2016. He has been involved in several collaborations with dance and theatre, including TARDIGRADE (w. Company Philip Connaughton) which was a winner at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival and Age of Transition (w. Aoife McAtamney) which premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. A new music-theatre work entitled A Month in the Lock is currently in development in collaboration with Crash Ensemble and Opera Theatre Company’s “Opera Hub”.

Michael has been a participant at the MAKE programme in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Dublin Theatre Festival’s “Next Stage” programme, and residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Cill Rialaig and Cois Tine Soundscapes. His work as a documentary maker includes Vocal Chords, a series made with singer Iarla O Lionaird which won Gold Medal at the 2016 New York Radio Awards.

Michael is the guitarist and lead vocalist with Irish band Ana Gog and performs as a solo pianist under the moniker Sudden Wells. He is the current Artist in Residence at the Trinity Long Room Hub and is the 2017 recipient of the Dublin City Music Bursary Award. His work is represented by the Dublin Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.