Paul Roe is a musician with particular interests in performance, education and coaching. He is a performer (clarinet and bass clarinet) of international repute and was Associate Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1987-2000. He has been a member of Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1989 and has given solo, ensemble and orchestral performances throughout Europe, Asia and America.
Paul has a PhD in Performance Practice from the University of York, a Masters Degree in Community Music from the University of Limerick and he is a Fellow of Trinity College, London. He also has an Advanced Diploma in Executive and Personal Coaching and has undertaken further specialist coach training in the UK and the USA.
CD: Dreams & Prayers
“Golijov’s ‘The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind’ is ‘programmatic’ on a number of levels. If this suggests a rather dry quasi-philological exercise, then Golijov’s music is anything but boring, shifting unpredictably from meditative stasis to dynamic dance-like moments… Paul Roe and the Contempo Quartet are impressive throughout.”
_ Gramophone review 2013
“This recording is a collection of solos and duos mostly featuring composers with whom Roe has worked closely…collaboration is a central tenet of Roe’s philosophy of the creative musical experience…[his] playing is sincere and secure, and his improvisations show…his deep understanding of their compositions.”
_ The Clarinet [Journal of the International Clarinet Association] 2011
The duo Temenos (Paul Roe, Clarinets and Laoise O’Brien, Recorders) will perform as part of the Concerts at Noon series in the Hugh Lane Gallery. The programme will include an exciting mix of old and new music. Some of the composers featured will be Sebastian Adams, Derek Ball, and Kenneth Edge amongst others.
As part of the day long celebrations Paul Roe (Clarinet) will perform with Elizabeth Hilliard (Soprano) and Dearbhla Brosnan (Piano).The programme will include pieces by Jane O’Leary and Ailis Ni Rhian for clarinet and voice. There will be further pieces for voice and piano and solo piano.
It is, of course, a reflection of ourselves. And as a result how we feel about ourselves and the world we inhabit will influence our sound.
There is a tendency to conceive of sound within a narrow prism of conceptual ideology that may or may not transfer into the sound we actually produce. For example, we may decide we like a ‘dark, focussed’, sound as it seems the right route to travel in terms of what is acceptable nowadays.
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Creative Performer, Listening Composer — Who are we?
I started playing the clarinet at age seven in a local band and unlike most of the other students developed this nascent interest into professional life. Throughout my playing career I have nurtured and maintained a fascination for artistic creativity. However during this time I have often felt like a small cog in a big wheel where professional requirements and the prevailing performance aesthetic encouraged an attitude of functionality. read more…