Barry O’Halpin (b.1987) is a composer/performer based in Dublin. His compositions span from solo, chamber and electronic pieces to works for large ensembles, often exploring liminal, impure acoustic timbres, microtonal sonorities and experimental use of electric guitars.
In Spring 2015, his piece Lipids for electric guitar, bass clarinet and cello was premiered by Crash Ensemble as part of their ‘Born in the 80s’ tour showcasing five young Irish composers, with additional performances in Derry, Belfast and Leitrim. In January 2015, Miniature for piano was performed by Raymond Deane in the National Concert Hall as part of the ‘Irish Composers on Irish Music’ series. Elsewhere, his music has been featured by UK music collectives Nonclassical and Bastard Assignments, and performed by ensembles including Rarescale, Kirkos Ensemble, Contempo Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Ensemble Avalon and Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra.
In 2013 he obtained an MMus (Distinction) in Composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, where he studied with composers Gwyn Pritchard, Paul Newland, and Deirdre Gribbin. He has also studied with Donnacha Dennehy and Sean Reed at Trinity College Dublin
Barry also writes and performs with Alarmist, a quartet blending experimental/postrock with jazz and electronic influences. They have released two EPs, Alarmist (2011) and Pal Magnet (2013), and will release their debut fulllength LP in Autumn 2015. The past two years have seen performances at international festivals including Ottawa Jazz Festival (Canada), Arctangent (UK), 12 Points (Sweden) and Out of the Crowd (Luxembourg).