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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Electronic music pioneer Roger Doyle honoured by the Irish government

Roger Doyle
The Irish composer Roger Doyle received the honour of Saoi, the highest award open to an Irish artist. Doyle was presented with the symbol of the office of Saoi, the gold Torc by Irish President, Michael D. Higgins on 16 August 2019. The honour is bestowed by Aosdána, the state-supported association of Irish artists. Former award-winners include Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel and Louis Le Brocquy.

Roger Doyle is known for his pioneering work in electronic music. His electronic opera Heresy premiered in Dublin in 2016, and was recorded on the Heresy label [see my review], whilst his 2015 work Time Machine combines electro-acoustic score written and performed by Doyle with answer-phone messages [see my review].

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