Ruaidhri Mannion (b.1985) is an Irish composer and electronic music performer based in London. Drawing on wide range of interdisciplinary artistic influences, his work often combines live instruments and electronics to explore the liminal spaces between different experimental music practices. He also releases music under the alias 'I AM RHINO AND RUIN'.

Ruaidhri is currently studying towards his Doctorate at the Royal College of Music in London under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Cole and Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM), and generously supported by the Soirée d'Or Award. He had previously studied with Kenneth Hesketh, graduating from the Royal College of Music with an MMus in Advanced Composition and awarded distinction, and before that at Queen's University in Belfast, beginning his composition studies with Piers Hellawell.

 

Recent highlights have included a commission for the 'History of Nothing' exhibition at the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey, working with artist Eloise Hawser on the performance installation 'Tribunal of the Dusk. He was an invited composer at the Cully Classique Summer Festival 2015 in Switzerland, where his piano trio '(W)Edge' was premiered under the mentorship of Beat Furrer. Ruaidhri has also written a saxophone sextet performed at the Royal Academy of Art's  'Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined' exhibition and created an interactive electroacoustic performance at the Tate Modern's critically acclaimed 'Matisse: The Cut-Outs' exhibition. He was also a featured composer at the Soundings Festival in the autumn of 2014, a platform for the new generation of Austrian and UK-based composers hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.

His work 'Occupy the Pianos' for two pianos and electronics received its UK premiere in the summer of 2014 as the finale-work to the Occupy the Pianos Festival (to which his piece lends its name) curated by pianist and composer, Rolf Hind at St John's Smith Square in London. The piece was originally commissioned by the Association du Concours Nicati in 2012 as a musical response to global protest movement, Occupy and premiered at the Biennale Bern in Switzerland by the award-winning Francoise-Green Piano Duo

Ruaidhri is also a member of the Kammer Klang team, running monthly experimental music nights at Café OTO. In 2011-12 he was selected for PRSF New Music Incubator project, collaborating with other leading musicians and culminating in artistic residencies at Brunel University and Acusticum Sweden. In the autumn of 2015 he won a place at the matrix15//EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Academy in Freiburg, Germany to focus on his electroacoustic music. He previously won a place at matrix12 when it was hosted at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to study with Daniel Peter Biro and Fabio Nieder.

His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, Radio Télévision Suisse, BBC Radio 1 NI, BBC Radio Foyle, RCA Radio and been performed in venues such as the Tate ModernKing's Place, Royal Academy of Arts, Cadogan Hall, Sonic Arts Research Centre, National Portrait Gallery and Konservatorium Bern. He has released remixes on NONCLASSICAL/Naxos, and an EP with the experimental electronica duo, Partial Gathering. Ruaidhri's music is represented and published by The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. 

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