Contemporary culture is embracing the creative and pedagogical potential of interdisciplinary collaboration as a means of promoting the relevance of the arts in society. Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s first solo percussionist, is finding new ways to connect with the listener. Her motto, “to teach the world to listen” is intended to resonate both within and beyond her professional domain. Sounds of Science (2016), a collaborative project exploring mankind’s timeline of scientific innovation through music, visuals, narrative and live performance, offers an indicative example of how interdisciplinarity can serve to create art works which function as vibrant forums for learning and engagement.

Author/Artist Bio

Georgina is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology, where she teaches a range of subjects including musicology, history, analysis, musical theatre and performance. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin (majoring in percussion performance) Georgina completed an M.A in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. She also holds a PGCE in Secondary Music. Now in the final year of PhD studies at University College Dublin, Georgina’s research is centred on the evolution of solo percussion. As part of her research, Georgina is collaborating with world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the team curating the Evelyn Glennie Archive Collection. Glennie is the central research subject of her PhD. As a percussionist Georgina has performed extensively as both a solo and orchestral musician. Solo appearances include performances at the National Concert Hall, Bank of Ireland Arts Centre (Dublin), Waterfront Hall (Belfast), Newry City Hall and Trinity College (where she was concerto soloist with the TCD Orchestra in the final year of her degree). She is a founder member of both the South Ulster Percussion Ensemble and the D.I.T Percussion Ensemble (now TU Dublin).

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