Agility Award for Penji

I’m very thrilled to have been awarded an Agility Award by The Arts Council!

For this project, I will be doing some field recording around Lough Corrib, Co. Galway and using nature sounds and ambient recording to make some new Penji tracks.

‘New Arrival’ – In Flow album launch

Very proud to be finally launching ‘New Arrival’, the album of new original music composed and performed in collaboration with In Flow gamelan ensemble! Also launching on the night is the wonderful documentary on the project by AMW Visual.

This Wednesday 25 May, 7pm at Nuns Island Theatre

A lot of work has gone into this, more than any other individual project I have ever been involved in!

I have been working together with That’s Life on In Flow since 2015. After taking on the facilitation of the ensemble in 2017 I collaborated with six musicians with intellectual disability to develop improvisational techniques and compose music which showcased this. This culminated in performances at Galway Jazz Festival and in the recording of this album.

This project is truly incredible and the dedication, creativity and focus that all the musicians involved have put into this cannot be understated. It is a massive achievement for all involved and I could not be more proud of everyone!

As with everything That’s Life is involved in, this truly is Arts & Disability at its finest. This could not have happened without the generous and continued support of all the funders, and I want to give my thanks in particular to Arts Council Ireland, Galway City Council and Galway and Roscommon ETB.

Aengus Hackett Trio – Agility Award

Some great news – The Arts Council have awarded me with an Agility Award to compose some new works and develop them with my trio!

I will be honing in on free improv, a great passion of mine. It’s an absolute privilege to work with Matthew Jacobson and Derek Whyte, truly two of Ireland’s most gifted musicians. I cannot wait!

Arts Council Bursary for solo project

I’m just speechless at this fantastic news..I have been awarded an Arts Council Music Bursary!

The award will support me to develop my solo project. I will be spending a good portion of 2021 working on improvisation for guitar and electronics. As well as this, I will collaborate with two of Ireland’s finest proponents of improvised music:

Mike Nielsen is one of Europe’s leading jazz guitarists and has shared the stage with many international stars including Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Shane Latimer is an absolute expert when it comes to improvising with guitar and electronics, and I will work together with him to come up with innovative ways to incorporate electronics into live improvising.

‘A Life Lived’ – second video of new series

Here is ‘A Life Lived’, the second video of my new series of compositions.
I don’t usually share personal matters on my website, but this needs an introduction.

The pandemic and lockdown have been tough on everyone, and I had the added sorrow of my father passing away last April. I composed these pieces mostly during the summer, and I’d like to say it was clear sailing, but it wasn’t. The grief of losing my Dad was really awful at times, and it was compounded by the fact that we couldn’t have a regular funeral for months afterward. I honestly had to dig deep to write this music, and while it was tough, it was cathartic too.
Lots of people are going through challenging times these days, and I’m sure that this is a story shared by countless others. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this awful pandemic. This piece is dedicated to my father Richard, and if you find expression in it for your story, then it’s dedicated to you and the loved ones you have lost too.

Massive thanks to Arts Council Ireland for the support through these dark times.
#COVID-19 Crisis Response Award

New video of ‘Shimmer’

Let me present ‘Shimmer’! This is the first in a series of six pieces I created using improvisation as a compositional process. The full EP will be released on Nov 26th.

Created with support from Arts Council Ireland‘s #COVID-19 Crisis Response Award.

‘Shimmer’ EP out Nov 24

I’m proud to present my contribution which was supported by the Arts Council Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award.


I have composed and recorded six new pieces for guitar and electronics, and two live videos.
I set myself a strict method of composing through improvisation. So all the main thematic material was written in the heat of the moment and the pieces were meticulously finished afterwards. It was an interesting process and I’m pretty happy with the result!

All will be revealed in the coming days and weeks, so please stay tuned..

Successfully awarded the Crisis Response Award (Arts Council)

Wonderful news – I have been awarded the COVID-19 Crisis Response Award by Arts Council Ireland! This will enable me to compose and record a series of pieces for guitar and electronics, which I will be publishing online for you good folks. So stay tuned for that..

Now Iā€™m off to write some new music! šŸŽ¶

http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Arts-Council-COVID-19-Crisis-Response-Award/

#newmusic #artscouncil

Arts Participation Bursary Award 2017

It is my great honour to announce that I have been awarded the Arts Participation Bursary Award 2017 by Arts Council Ireland!

I am very aware of how competitive the landscape is in Ireland for artistic funding, so I am simply overwhelmed with joy (and totally chuffed) that the Arts Council have deemed me worthy of this bursary. It will support me to develop my arts practice to a degree that wouldn’t be possible otherwise, and for that I am so grateful to them.

My proposal is to explore and develop improvisation as a tool to make music with a group of adults with intellectual disability. Over the course of a year, I will continue working with That’s Lifeā€‹, the amazing organisation who time after time deliver innovative arts projects involving adults with ID. They have pledged an enormous level of support in this proposal, I wish to acknowledge this and thank them from the bottom of my heart.
There were a great many other people who contributed to this huge proposal and application. Too many to name here, but I thank them greatly too.

I will be sharing more details about the proposal as I begin working on it, but for now..CELEBRATIONS!