Pieces of Elsewhere

Artist Name(s) Ian Wilson
Artwork title Pieces of Elsewhere
Context/Background Pieces of Elsewhere was commissioned by Sligo County Council in 2005 and funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government Per Cent for Art Scheme. It is one of ten projects within Unravelling Developments 2004-2006, commissioned by Sligo Local Authorities. In this commission the composer, Ian Wilson, created a new piece of music that was presented through specially designed listening posts located throughout Sligo town and offering a different type of engagement with contemporary music for public audiences.


The composer's idea was to write music that would be contemplative and atmospheric in mood, allowing the listener to step outside their familiar surroundings for a brief moment and imagine beyond their immediate urban environment. Setting seventeen haiku, a Japanese poetic form, to music for voice and percussion. The work was recorded in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in June 2005 and an edition of one thousand CDs is just released. The public sampled this work when they encountered some curious objects located in the town. These 'listening posts', specially designed and created by second year students of industrial design at Sligo Institute of Technology, played the seventeen settings one at a time when activated by a member of the public.Pieces of Elsewhere was written for soprano, Natalie Raybould and the RIAM Percussion Ensemble with texts translated from Japanese Haiku by Sam Hamill.


The work was recorded in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in June 2005 and one thousand special edition CDs were released.



Ian Wilson is a composer based in Cork.  He has written nearly 150 pieces of music, including chamber operas, concertos, orchestral works, works for multi-media and for public art commissions. 

Wilson's music has been performed and broadcast on six continents by artists such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Argento, Lontano and CHROMA Ensembles, the Artis, Vogler and Endellion Quartets, Catherine Leonard, and Hugh Tinney. Works have been performed at many festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale, ISCM World Music Days, the Brighton, Cheltenham and Bath festivals and the Ultima festival in Oslo, where Running, Thinking, Finding received the composition prize in 1991.

In 1992 Ian Wilson was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland. He was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored academy of creative artists, in 1998 and was AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Ulster between 2000 and 2003. He has been Director of the Sligo New Music Festival since 2003 and from 2006-2009 is composer-in-association with California's Camerata Pacifica ensemble. Recordings of his music have been released on the Black Box, Riverrun, Chandos, Timbre, Guild, Erasmus and Silva Screen labels. His music is published by Ricordi London and Universal Edition.

Commission Type Local Authority,Government Department
Commissioner Name Sligo County Council
Commissioning process Open competition
Project commission dates January 4, 2005 - January 9, 2005
Public Presentation dates January 11, 2005 - January 12, 2005
Partners Sligo Institute of Technology
Artform Music
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 04/01/2005
Project commission end date 09/01/2005
Location Quayside Shopping Centre, Sean MacDiarmuida Train Station, Institute of Technology, Sligo
County Sligo
Town Sligo
Street Address Quay Street, Lord Edward Street, Ballinode
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Website sligoarts.ie/arts-community/pieces-of-elsewhere-commission/



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