Special Project: Music for Mondrian

An abstract composition in tones of grey, white and black.
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Composition of trees 2, 1912-13. Courtesy of Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands.Credit

A new podcast looking at Piet Mondrian's relationship to music is now available. 

Mondrian was enthralled by modernity and, across the span of his life, encountered it in some of the great cities of the world: Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York. The musical cultures of jazz and dance held particular resonance for him and so, as part of the Gallery’s celebration of Mondrian’s work, we have invited Emilie Conway, a contemporary jazz artist, to engage with this important aspect of his life and career.

Emilie’s research over the course of this project has resulted in a series of fascinating podcasts, in which she discusses the development of Mondrian’s work in the context of the musical soundscapes of his age. The episodes are interspersed with musical vignettes, and include contributions from her musical collaborators, Johnny Taylor (piano) and Barry Donohue (bass). 

Emilie Conway is an award winning jazz singer, composer and lyricist. Her music is informed and complemented by her love of literature, poetry, sound and silence. Emilie’s distinctive voice and inimitable style have earned her much acclaim in Ireland and abroad, having toured across Europe and the United States. She has studied in Dublin and Vermont, and has been supported by the Arts Council.

Part 1 & 2 of Music for Mondrian are now available.

Listen to the embedded podcasts below, or listen on Soundcloud, Spotify or Apple Podcast.

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