Benjamin Dwyer’s music is forged from an intensive amalgamation of technical, improvisatory and interpretative elements. Experienced at the intersection of performance, gesture and compositional praxis, his music is further enriched through its deep immersion in ritual and symbol. As a classical guitarist and a major exponent of contemporary music and free jazz, Dwyer performs worldwide, appearing as soloist with all the Irish orchestras, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic (Germany), the Santos Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), VOX21, the Callino Quartet (UK), the Vogler String Quartet (Germany) and Barry Guy’s Blue Shroud Band.
Dwyer's compositions have been performed both nationally and internationally. He has been the featured composer at the Music Nova Festival 2008 in São Paolo, the Biennale of Contemporary Music of Riberão Preto 2009, the National Concert Hall's Composers' Choice and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's Horizons series. Over the last decade or so, his work has engaged increasingly with themes surrounding gender, sexuality and power. Deeply entrenched in myth and symbol, his work combines harmonically eclectic formulae and an obsessive rhythmic drive with an innate virtuosity stemming from his own understanding of performance practice. In recent years he has completed a number of important large-scale works, including: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (Rajas, Sattva, Tamas); Concerto No. 2 for Guitar and Orchestra; his work based on the Crow poems of Ted Hughes, Scenes from Crow (Diatribe Records); his re-working of the Oedipus myth, Umbilical; In Memorial Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for orchestra, and SacrumProfanum – inspired by the iconic Sheela-na-gig stone carvings of female figures.
Twelve Études for guitar (recorded by the composer on Gamelan Records) has been described by Fabio Zanon as the ‘summation of an entire guitar epoch.’ Written for violist Garth Knox, the score and recording of imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae appears in a limited edition lithograph publication by New Dublin Press (2014). The Fidelio Trio premièred Nocturnal, after Benjamin Britten at King’s Place London in October 2015. Dwyer featured as a performer in the Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival 2014 with the Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band with which he performs regularly.
In 2009, the Royal Academy of Music (London) awarded Dwyer with the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour bestowed upon those former students deemed 'to have made a significant contribution to the music profession'. Dwyer is currently Professor of Music at Middlesex University, London.
Further information can be found on the website www.benjamindwyer.com.
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