Jürgen Simpson

Jürgen Simpson is an Irish composer, performer and academic. His work is performed internationally and spans the area of dance, electronic music, film, opera and installation art. His most recent large-scale work “Air India [redacted]”, a setting of poems by Renée Sarojini Saklikar to music and video, was premiered in Vancouver in 2015. In 2003 he received the Genesis Opera Project’s principal award for “Thwaite” with librettist Simon Doyle.

He has written extensively for film including six works with director Clare Langan (including “Metamorphosis” which received the principal award at the 2007 Oberhausen Film Festival) and seven screendance works with director Mary Wycherley, including the feature length film “In The Bell’s Shadow” (2015) composed for the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

His works for the gallery include “Within You, Without You” with architects O’Donnell & Tuomey and digital artist Nicholas Ward for the 2008 Venice Architectural Biennale. His work has been supported by RTÉ, The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The British Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Canada Council for the Arts.

He was a member of the band The Jimmy Cake from 2000 to 2008 and recorded and produced their third album “Spectre and Crown”. He is the director of the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre (DMARC) at the University of Limerick and is the co-founder of Light Moves – Festival of Screendance. Recent writings includes chapters in the Oxford Screendance Handbook and Dance Matters in Ireland (Palgrave) and an essay for the International Screendance Journal.


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