Our director & founder is Sebastian Adams
Our general manager is Paul Scully
Our event producer is Alice Quinn Banville
Our marketing manager is Isabella Utria Mago
Our ensemble revolves around a core group of musicians who have been playing together since our student days:
- Sebastian Adams (Viola)
- Robert Coleman (Harmonium / Melodica)
- Joan Somers Donnelly (Voice / Performer)
- Jane Hackett (Violin)
- Miriam Kaczor (Flute)
- Hannah Miller (Horn)
- Yseult Cooper Stockdale (Cello)
Kirkos has always worked with awide range of artists, both performing with our ensemble and putting on / perform in events at Unit 44 —
we will be updating this page shortly with many of their names.
We also wish to mention associate artists who have had a particulary big impact on the development of Kirkos: Tom Roseingrave
His projects include a string quartet performing in the sea as the tide rises around them, an interactive program that turns Twitch chat streams into music notation, and a largescale project “Stolen Music” comprising nothing but uncleared and unauthorised audio and video samples.
He has been widely commissioned and performed in Ireland and in places including Vienna, Graz, Paris, Marseille, Montreal, Cologne, New York, Potsdam, Antwerp and Görlitz. He studied composition in Dublin (RIAM), Vienna (mDW) and Paris (IRCAM).
As a performer, Sebastian has created solo projects, premiered many solo and chamber works for viola, and enjoys working closely with composers on their new music. He also occasionally performs early music on viola and gamba. He is particularly active as an improviser.
He has been commissioned by Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin, the National Concert Hall Dublin, Irish National Opera, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Tallaght Community Arts, violinist Larissa O’Grady and others. Highly active in artistic direction he is a founding member and performer with Dublin based experimental music group Kirkos and in 2023 he founded the School of Wild Listening, a platform for the discussion and dissemination of ecological sound art. Its aim is to promote an understanding of the living world and the current challenges we face through open and accessible listening and creative sound events.
Robert has a pressing interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and has worked with various artists such as the Experimental Film Society, Pim Piët (visual artist/designer) Laura Sarah Dowdall(dancer/ choreographer with RUNNING BLIND), Mihai Cucu(visual artist), Slipdraft(lighting design) amongst others.
He has participated in various masterclasses, workshops and residencies with composers and artists such as Peter Ablinger, Jennifer Walshe, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, John Godfrey, Jorg Widmann, Jonathan Dove, Liza Lim, Houston Dunleavy, Sebastian Fagerlund, Gráinne Mulvey, Deirdre Gribbin, Andrew Hamilton, Gert Dumbar (graphic designer), Cocky Eek (visual artist/designer), EL Putnam (artist/performer), Vicky Langan (film/sound artist), David Helbich (sound artist), Amanda Coogan (performance artist), Edu Comelles (sound artist).
As a performer he has explored experimental repertoire from Irish and international artists, performing at the Hugh Lane Sundays at Noon series, Dublin Fringe 2021, New Music Dublin 2017, Kirkos: Fluxfest, Jennifer Walshe’s Aisteach, Kirkos: Body Noise Work and also in collaboration with composer/performer Andy Ingamells and Tonnta amongst others. He is also a member of QUBe, an improvised and experimental music ensemble based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.
a piece for sea swimmers; an interactive fantasy about the politics of housing in Dublin; a video essay about social spaces of gig economy workers; and performance interventions for lamp posts, zoom calls, U-bahn stations and apartments. Joan studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin and the Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2021 completed a Masters of Fine Art (Autonomous Design) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. She has also trained through workshops and intensive courses in physical theatre with DAH Teatar (Belgrade), Butoh with Minako Seki (Berlin), dance theatre with Michael Keegan Dolan (Dublin), and choreography at SNDO (Amsterdam).
Her practice is primarily concerned with examining existing social structures and creating not-yet-existing ones, using live situations as a testing ground for experiments in relating. Much of her recent work has focused on creating frameworks for playful exchange and co-creation, such as the group improvisation practice messing, the platform for collaboration You and Me and an Anger Club for girls. She has been involved in a range of collective/ensemble projects including Outlandish Theatre Platform’s Open Theatre Making Ensemble, the Truck Stop Cultural Centre, the para-institute for art and precarity (pKp), One Field Fallow, and Post/Pandemics by radical_hope.
She was a 2023 recipient of an Arts Participation Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and is a 2023/24 Artist in Residence at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute on the interdisciplinary research project Data Stories, which will critically map housing and property data in Dublin. Having previously collaborated with the group on several projects over the years, including The Buffer Zone and Biosphere, Joan joined Kirkos as a member in 2023.
From an extensive musical training (BA and MA degrees in solo and chamber performance), Jane’s career spans from classical concert settings with orchestras and ensembles (including National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, London Concertante, Wexford Festival Opera and with Musici Ireland, Vanbrugh Quartet, Camerata Ireland and under conductors Maxim Vengerov, Gianandrea Noseda, Nathalie Stutzmann, Leonard Slatkin, Julian Rachlin) to creating and directing multi-faceted concerts and projects combining classical music with various other forms of art.
As violinist, Jane has performed solo with the RTE Concert Orchestra on a number of occasions, making her solo debut with them at the National Concert Hall Dublin in 2016. She has also appeared as soloist at the Carthage International World Music Festival, the Leadership Seminars Scotland, alongside acclaimed film Director, Lord David Puttnam and for living composer, Arvo Pärt. She is a proud recipient of the Lyric FM Bursary, the Individual Artist Award, Capacity and Resilience Building Award, was winner of the Maura Dowdall Concerto Competition, Colin Stavelely Award for Best String Player 2016 and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Arts and Disability Ireland and Culture Ireland.
Jane’s involvement with Kirkos Ensemble has been an influential factor in the pursuit of her many artistic endeavours, giving her the space to redefine her beliefs around conceptual and standardised concert approaches. Pre Pandemic she broadcast a radio show for children, Kids Classical Club and co-founded a chamber collective, ReClassified, (classical music performances in live music venues in Dublin) both aiming to bridge the gap between performer and audience.
Combining violin playing and directing, Jane was appointed Collaborative Projects Director with chamber ensemble, Musici Ireland and Assistant Creative Director on their new production 'A Mother's Voice' as part of Triskel Art Centre's Write, Record, Perform Bursary 2022. Jane finds joy in bringing people together through Art and has begun working with members of the Deaf community to understand how we each interpret sound. She was awarded the Arts Council’s Music Project Award 2022 to devise a new silent concert experience in collaboration with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and after acclaimed reviews, she looks forward to developing this partnership further. Jane is a Britten Pears Young Artist.
She regularly performs in a duo with pianist, Ellen Jansson.
Having been fascinated with early music for as long as she can remember, Miriam taught herself the traverso for three years before receiving an Arts Council Travel and Training Award which enabled her to take lessons in London. She now plays with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and has fond memories performing with Arcangelo, Dresdner Barockorchester, Collegium Marianum, Ex Cathedra, Camerata Kilkenny, Ensemble Marsyas and the Geminiani Ensemble. She has worked on Bach Cantata projects directed by Philippe Herreweghe and Mark Padmore and performed alongside Wilbert Hazelzet, Rachel Brown and Jana Semeradova. A dedicated teacher, she has been involved with a number of educational and outreach projects in Ireland and the UK, is a tutor for Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra and occasionally leads classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Miriam graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as a pupil of William Dowdall, followed by a Master's Degree at Kunstuniversität Graz with Erwin Klambauer. Among her other influential teachers were Michael Cox, Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown as well as memorable masterclass encounters with William Bennett, Peter-Lukas Graf, Sir James Galway, Lorna McGhee and Felix Renggli. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, member of the Grafenegg Academy and a scholarship participant of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Institute in Toronto.
She was the winner of the Irish Freemason's Young Musician of the Year 2015, the Maura Dowdall Concerto Competition, Flax Trust Bursary recipient and a multiple Feis Ceoil prizewinner. Her career and instrument purchases have been generously supported by the Jim McNaughton Tile Style Bursary (Business to Arts), Music Network (funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), RDS Jago Award, South Dublin County Council, RIAM, and the Annette Halpin Award.
Hannah is currently Principal Horn with the Irish National Opera Orchestra, a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and a Trialist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and is a former member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra in Finland.
As a member of Kirkos since 2012, she has been featured in many of their concerts and series over the years performing a wide range of experimental works. Her dedication to new music also includes performances with Crash Ensemble, Le Concert Impromptu and Ulysses Ensemble in recent years.
Hannah is the Festival Director and founder of ‘FuddleFest’, a family-run music festival based at her home in Fuddletown, Wexford which first took place in August 2020 and has gone from strength to strength in the years since. She spends all of her free time tending to her herd of goats and her flock of chickens and ducks.
Favouring more intimate ensembles, recent exciting projects included several tours with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, (working with artists such as Jorg Widmann and Kristian Bezuidenhout), and two performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ( ‘22 performing Wingform by Barry O’Halpin, with Crash, and returning the following year with Kirkos, to perform twice with self-created works). She also toured, thanks to the National String Quartet Foundation, with the Spero Quartet, Ficino Ensemble, alongside the Vanbrugh, and most recently with the Ora Quartet.
Other artists she has collaborated and performed with include: Bell X1, Caimin Gilmore, Kojaque, Anna Meredith, Welsh National Opera, Evlana, Southbank Sinfonia, Musici Ireland and Bastard Assignments.
Yseult has been a member Kirkos since 2013 and has performed countless premieres, including many solo cello works. She is an experienced improviser, and has worked closely with Andy Ingamells, Lina Adonovska, John Godfrey and Nick Roth. In 2022 Kirkos commissioned her to co-write and perform a large-scale cross-disciplinary work taking place in Phoenix Park. She is also the recipient of an Agility Award to develop her skills in historically-informed performance, and in her spare time likes drawing, grumbling, eating and hanging out with her cat.
He manages our bookings, writes our funding applications, maintains the venue and studios, produces events in Unit 44, and helps with the production of all Kirkos events too:
Paul is also a composer himself. His work, which is often humorous, ambitious, and chaotic, is multidisciplinary and uses elements of theatre and performance art as well as video and lighting. He was the CMC's emerging composer for 2022-2023 and is in receipt of an Arts Council Bursary Award to develop his practice. More info about his work here: www.paulscully.net
Alongside this work, Alice is a freelance producer, curator and DJ. She has worked for various art institutions in Dublin as well as Amsterdam and New York such as Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, IMMA, De Appel and Paula Cooper Gallery, and produces for a selection of theatre, film and art projects. Her curatorial practice is funded by the Arts Council and has involved working with emerging, DIY and multidisciplinary artists to create fun, engaging and pedagogical experiences for young people and audiences. She can be found performing regularly as a DJ at venues around the country, and monthly on dublin digital radio.
Alongside their work for Kirkos, Isabella is a designer, multi‑disciplinary visual artist and researcher, working across experimental publishing, writing, sculpture, and mixed‑media installation. Their practice focuses on issues related to the body, the human, the fold, identity and materiality, and explores the use of methodologies derived from graphic design in contemporary art-making. Isabella is currently completing a thesis in Contemporary Art Theory and Media Ecologies.