Composition

Eliot Grasso has been composing original music for over 20 years, having studied and composed extensively using the nuances and vocabulary of Irish traditional dance music. His work in composition has been supported by Na Píobairí Uilleann, the Oregon Arts Commission, and An Chomhairle Ealaíon (the Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland). Having studied composition with Dr. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Grasso has published research addressing traditional compositional techniques in the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, ed. Harry White and Barra Boydell, published by University College Dublin Press. His compositions have been recorded on albums including The Odyssey of These DaysStanding Room Only, North by Northwest, Up Against the Flatirons, and The Clearing.

photo by Alison Grasso

photo by Alison Grasso


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