Guitarist and composer Phil Robson announced as RESONATE 2023 artist-in-residence at the RCC

Tuesday July 11, 2023
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Music Network’s artist residency programme will run at six locations across the country from July to December 2023

Music Network and Regional Cultural Centre have announced Phil Robson as the new RESONATE artist-in-residence for 2023. Guitarist and composer Phil will develop a new work in collaboration with pianist Izumi Kimura and visual artist Jaki Irvine which will be performed at Regional Cultural Centre later this year. 

This residency is one of six opportunities as part of RESONATE 2023, Music Network’s artist residency programme in partnership with glór (Ennis), Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhúirne), The National Opera House (Wexford), Triskel Arts Centre (Cork City), The Dock (Carrick-On-Shannon) and Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny). This programme brings some of Ireland’s most established professional musicians to work in these cultural spaces across Ireland between July and December.

Now in its 3rd year, RESONATE provides support for professional musicians with a strong track record in music performance to develop new work and/or collaborations. Each residency provides a grant of €6,000 to enable the selected musicians to devote time to the creation of new work, in addition to a range of in-kind supports from both Music Network and each venue partner along with opportunities to showcase the work through live performances and digital updates.  

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We’re very pleased to be offering RESONATE together with our partner Regional Cultural Centre for a third consecutive year. It’s the most extensive of our musician residency programmes and offers lots of scope for musicians to develop imaginative new work, including cross-artform ideas where music is central. We’re excited to see what Phil will develop with Izumi and Jaki during his residency and look forward to sharing it with audiences at a live performance at Regional Cultural Centre later in the year.”

During the residency Phil will work with Izumi and Jaki to develop IRIS a cross art form collaboration inspired by ideas of deconstruction, fragmentation and their shared love of improvisation. The project will combine music and film, bringing together their individual disciplines in composition, guitar, piano and visual art to ultimately create a unique live music experience at Regional Cultural Centre.  

Commenting on the award Phil said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have been chosen to be a RESONATE artist-in-residence and for the opportunity to collaborate with the fabulous artists, Izumi Kimura and Jaki Irvine, in such a great venue and space.”

Last year’s RESONATE artist-in-residence at Regional Cultural Centre was Irish-Dutch singer and guitarist Patrick Stefan Groenland who collaborated with the group Navá. The artists worked together to create new songs with Irish, Persian & African folk influences.

RESONATE is a Music Network artist residency programme in partnership with glór, Ionad Cultúrtha, The National Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre, The Dock and Regional Cultural Centre.  The other five RESONATE artists in residence for 2023 are Ali Comerford at The National Opera House, Niamh O’Brien at Ionad Cultúrtha, Zoé Basha at glór, Ultan O’Brien at The Dock and Vicky Langan at Triskel Arts Centre.

RESONATE 2022 RCC Artists-in-Residence at Regional Cultural Centre – Patrick Stefan Groenland and Navá

RESONATE 2021 RCC Artists-in-Residence at Regional Cultural Centre – Philip Christie and Ronan Kealy