Robbie Blake is an Irish artist working as a composer and performance-maker in the contexts of music, theatre, dance and live art. Robbie collaborates with a diverse range of artists to create new work that expands how music is made and experienced. His work is fuelled by curiosity and carried out with sensitivity.
Robbie is the artistic director of Tonnta, a music performance company and Ireland’s only dedicated new music vocal ensemble. Tonnta [the Irish word for ‘waves’ pronounced “ton-ta”] is committed to performing and promoting new works of interdisciplinary music with a particular aim in supporting new Irish vocal composition. As a champion of new Irish work, Tonnta gave over 25 world premieres by emerging and established Irish composers in 2016 and premiered 17 ‘postcard pieces’ by members of the Irish Composers’ Collective in Tonnta’s two-hour performance installation Postal Notes.
Robbie is currently working with Theatre Replacement and the Vancouver Youth Choir as composer and conductor for Town Choir at the PuSh Festival. Also while in Vancouver, Robbie undertakes a placement as artist-in-residence with Theatre Replacement, supported by Arts Council Ireland. This time is dedicated to performance, mentorship and practice development with Theatre Replacement.
Photos by Luca Truffarelli, Ste Murray and RHA Gallery
The Dance Centre
“The performers blend musical composition with choreographed dance and performance action to create an eerily beautiful meditation.”
—EL Putnam, Live Art Review, on Low Lying by Robbie Blake, Jessie Keenan and Ciara McKeon.