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
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‘Listen Now Again Live’: Free Thursday Summer Lunchtime Concerts
The Art of Collaboration: Paul Roe Clarinets, Mick O’Brien Uilleann Pipes & Paula Meehan Poetry
“Listen Now Again”
Seamus Heaney Poetry and Music
Artists: The Art of Collaboration. Paul Roe Clarinets, Shayan Coohey Tonbak, Shahab Coohey Santur, Ultan O’Brien Fiddle and Jim Lucey Poetry with Killian O’Brien and Marcella Barz
‘Listen Now Again Live’: Free Thursday Summer Lunchtime Concerts. Seamus Heaney
Artists: The Art of Collaboration. Paul Roe Clarinets, Shayan Coohe Tonbak, Shahab Coohe Santur, Ultan O’Brien Fiddle and Jim Lucey Poetry
The Art of Collaboration. Part concert, part workshop, part discussion, the group will create an immersive, creative experience for Clonmel Junction Arts Festival audiences through dialogue, music, story, visuals, spoken-word, including a new composition by Tipperary born composer Marion Ingoldsby for Piper and Traditional Musician Mick O’Brien and Clarinettist Paul Roe
TAoC will create an immersive, creative experience for the audience through dialogue, music, story, visuals and spoken-word in the beautiful historic Court House, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. A day- long event with a varied mix of music genres and musicians.
Trio: Paul Roe Clarinet, Julie Maisel Flute, John Hearne Bassoon.
Programme will include:
Rome Suite By Zaninnelli (Trio)
Monster by Ed Bennett (Solo Bass clarinet)
A collaboration of Paul Roe and Mick O’Brien integrating the diverse cultures of Contemporary classical music and Traditional Irish music with inputs by Killian O’Brien, Design and Innovator consultant.
This concert will include a piece Clara by Jane O’Leary for Clarinet and Speaker.
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.
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…