The Cu­ri­ous Works of Roger Doyle

Cert: PG; Selected Cine­mas

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Theatre - AINE O'CON­NOR

Many years ago, Ir­ish com­poser Roger Doyle was told that his work was the flow­er­ing of a seed that was never planted in his coun­try. Per­haps the ab­sence of a his­tory of elec­tronic mu­sic in Ire­land ex­plains why some­one who has been a full-time pro­fes­sional com­poser for al­most five decades, has made 27 al­bums, won prizes and in­ter­na­tional ac­claim re­mains largely un­der the radar here. But long-time afi­cionado, film­maker Brian Lally hopes to shine some light on this Bray-based artist with his doc­u­men­tary.

The film jux­ta­poses Doyle, a warm and unas­sum­ing sub­ject, talk­ing about his life and route to mu­sic with the prepa­ra­tion for his first ful­l­length elec­tronic opera, Heresy, which was staged in the Project Arts Cen­tre in 2015.

He says his pas­sion for com­pos­ing has never dimmed and he com­poses ev­ery sin­gle day. A mix of elec­tronic, or­ches­tral and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic, long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor

Ol­wen Fouré says in the film that the mu­sic “comes from the moth­er­ship”.

Lally’s doc­u­men­tary is a tri­umphant homage to a mu­si­cal ge­nius and it’s nice to see and learn about an artist who surely de­serves wider ac­claim.

For screen­ing de­tails see roger­doyle­movie.com

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