Fractal is a contemporary music production company set up by Anna Murray and Philip Lawson. It aims to create new contexts for contemporary music through informal settings and collaboration with other media. We are dedicated to new Irish music, programming full concerts of works by Irish composers, including specially commissioned music.
Upcoming concerts include a tour of new music for guitar and electronics with visuals, which will visit Dublin, Castlebar and Cork. Full details to be announced soon.
Phil Lawson is an Irish classical guitarist with a strong interest in contemporary music. He graduated with a MMus in Performance from the University of Ulster, where he focused on 21st century Irish Music. He has studied with Brian Farrell and Matthew McAllister and has played in masterclass with David Russell, Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang among others.
Recent concerts include a sell-out concert in the National Concert Hall, which focused on the music of Dave Flynn and J.S. Bach. He is a dedicated educator, and has recently completed a series of very successful musicianship workshops with St. Ciaran’s National School Hartstown. He also works frequently with the Booterstown Guitar Circle as a mentor and teacher.
As a performer he has premiered works by Anna Murray, Bill McGrath, Dylan Rynhart and has recently performed music by Frank Lyons, Richard Gill and Dave Flynn.
Anna Murray is a composer, musician and writer based in Dublin. She holds a MPhil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College, where she specialised in Mixed Media Composition and studied with Donnacha Dennehy and Linda Buckley. She has had works performed by the Crash Ensemble, Philip Lawson, The Rhombus Ensemble among others, and has had works featured at the Hilltown New Music Festival. She is a member of the Irish Composers’ Collective and her work is represented by The Contemporary Music Centre.
As a pianist, Anna has trained with Adrian Vernon Fish and Leonora Carney, and her performances include works by contemporary composers such as John Adams, and a number of student composition premieres. She also plays piano, bass and synth in the band The Manhattan Syndrome. She teaches piano and guitar and is a passionate educator.
Anna is a freelance journalist and Editor for The Journal Of Music. She undertakes a number of freelance arts management and marketing roles, including work for Ergodos, The Irish Composers’ Collective and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot theatre company.