Damien Harron

Damien Harron is a composer/performer from Northern Ireland who has been responsible for the commissioning and creation of a substantial amount of 21st Century percussion music. He is a founder member of BackBeat Percussion Quartet who have performed internationally for the past decade, winning many awards for their innovative programming that has included many of Damien's works.

As a soloist, Damien focuses on two strands - theatrical works and pieces that incorporate electronics. In 2007 Damien was invited by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) to give a recital at Wapping Hydraulic Station in London. For this event he commissioned two new music-theatre works and was granted permission by the celebrated French composer George Aperghis, to make an English version of his theatrically virtuosic work Le Corps à Corps for Persian hand drum.

As a performer, Damien's interests lie within the complex grey areas that the percussive traditions of the world provide as virtuosity becomes theatre and performance becomes physical expression. Damien is also a member of the pioneering chamber music ensembles Black Hair and Decibel.

He studied at percussion The University of Huddersfield, the performance of music theatre at the Conservatoire National De Region de Ruiel Malmaison, Paris and composition with Roger Marsh at the University of York.

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