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For this event Daniel personally commissioned new work by 13 Irish composers and ensembles for live performance and sound installation with the support of Culture Ireland and Arts Council Ireland.
Nevertheless, this grounding in film and theatre may go some way to explaining the narrative zeal and invention so evident in both Figgis’ recorded work and his recent enormous landscape interventions.
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a philosophy degree and a thesis on the Objectivity and Rationality of Ethics under his belt, and following on from a not too brief dalliance with post-punk projects which he entered into in the spirit of both fledgling composer and performance artist, Daniel knuckled down to the job at hand, the first fruits of which manifested as the Skipper album and the unreleased album: “emptyeverything”.
“I’ve known Daniel’s work since (the early days) and initially regarded him as a courageous artist.
Later I began to see him as visionary, unclassifiable in his installation work.
This piece was presented January 2005 at the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin as Daniel Figgis’ THE GATES – a quadrophonic tape piece for strings, woodwind, percussion and brass, dedicated to the late Timothy Keane.
The Impositions series continued as a series of pre-recorded Ante-Room sequences within THE BANQUET opera event featuring internationally renowned musicians including John Martyn, Keith Tippett, Eva Alkula, Roger Doyle, David Jackson, Richard Sanderson, Kristen Vigard and Robin Guthrie.
For the latter, Time Out London named him child actor of the year.
And that, apart from an abortive mid-eighties film project with Debbie Harry, where he was cast as “The Rock Star”, was that.
This instruction was, aside from the album title and art direction with Deirdre Behan and Gareth Jones, Daniel’s sole unique contribution to the project which included re-compositions from Roger Doyle, Cathal Coughlan, Amoebazoid (Keith O’Brien), Spectac, Deep Burial, David Donohoe, Somadrone and Decal.
Daniel’s eartheatere – a groundbreaking concert promotions company co-founded with artist Deirdre Behan, specialising in the accessible face of contemporary composition running the gamut from musique concrete to dub-based electronica, presented their inaugural event at Dublin’s National Concert Hall in 2000, featuring live performances by Vincent Doherty and an early incarnation of the Daniel Figgis Band, along with a tape work by the seminal Roger Doyle, dubbed for the event by Behan as “The Godfather of Irish electro-acoustic music”.
Enda’s Park, September 2010 – a work for pre-recorded surround-sound, four live performers and a spectacular light installation for the Walled Garden.