George Higgs (b. 1968) is a composer whose work includes opera, symphony, compositions for small ensemble, music for experimental theatre, work for installation and a number of HIGGSTRUMENTS which he has designed for the performance of certain compositions. His music has been performed across Ireland, in Russia and the United States and he has received numerous awards and honors including a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Director's Prize from the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, numerous Arts Council awards and a MacDowell Fellowship. He holds a Masters degree in music technology from Trinity College Dublin and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. _________________________________________________________-CURRENT-
'DOOR' in 2013
DOOR will be performed in Glasgow from October 31 to November 1 for Sonica, a festival featuring 'sonic art for the visually minded'.
This musical door, created through an Arts Council Project Award, was first trundled through the streets of Cork during the 2012 Midsummer Festival by musicians Sean Carpio and Kate Ellis. The musicians stop periodically around the city to perform George's composition for this striking object.
Since then, DOOR has been performed in New York City (January, 2013), and Festival in a Big House in Kildare(August, 2013).
Here is a photo of DOOR on the streets of Cork during the Midsummer Festival.
Watch 'DOOR' video
The Syntonic Street Experiment
Over the past year George has been developing a new opera in Cork with funding from the Arts Council. 7 performers - 4 singers and 3 non singing musicians - move an electro mechanical object on wheels around the city with an audience following. They stop at 3 predetermined places, performing different movements of the opera at each location. The locations are chosen carefully, as each movement has been written with a certain architectural character in mind. The object is a large electro mechanical and acoustic instrument made of metal and wood: an over tone wheel generator capable of producing the overtone series for all the keys in the circle of fifths.
A production of the opera is scheduled for May, 2014 at Operadagen Rotterdam(Netherlands) and a full premier at the the Cork Midsummer Festival.
Images from Syntonic Street Experiment Workshop held in Cork Opera House, February, 2013
The Lost and Found Sound Assembly
After two years working as composer in residence at St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls, George was awarded a Dublin City Public Art Programme Grant for the The Lost and Found Sound Assembly. This project involved building a large instrument from recycled materials collected from 5 Bring Centres around Dublin City, and then performing in the Bring Centres in the spring of 2013 with an ensemble of hearing and deaf musicians.
The deaf musicians in this group were gathered together two years ago under George's direction as 'The Sense Ensemble'.
Watch The Sense Ensemble perform on the Machine of Song
Members of the original Lost and Found Sound Assembly perform in IMMA
Watch The Lost and Found Sound Assembly video
Please refer to the 'works' section of this website for a comprehensive list of works, as well as audio and video samples of his work.