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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Mr Ronan Guilfoyle

Theology, Philosophy, & Music

Name: Mr Ronan Guilfoyle
Department: Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Work Area: Centre for Jazz Performance
Role: Director Centre for Jazz Performance
Phone Number: 01 700 5790
Email Address:
Room: AHCS111
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

Ronan Guilfoyle is an established  figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987. Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is much in demand as a bassist on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau, and John Abercrombie   Leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, he has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively, and his output includes the award winning Devsirme in 1997. Ronan has been composing for classical ensembles since 1993, specialising in compositions which feature both improvised and written music. He has had great success in this field and has now a large body of work that includes solo piano pieces, chamber works, and orchestral compositions.   He has been commissioned by a wide range of ensembles including the RTECO, The Opus 20 String Orchestra in London, and the European Jazz Youth Orchestra. He has also been commissioned to write works for many great soloists including the saxophonist David Liebman, violinist Michael D'arcy and virtuoso accordionist Dermot Dunne. Ronan is also very active as a composer in the world of contemporary jazz, and his music has been performed by Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, and John Abercrombie, In 1997 he won the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Competition in the United States.   Over the past 10 years Ronan has become renowned for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation, is now seen as the standard text for this area. He has been a guest lecturer at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London.    

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