Dublin, County Dublin
"While there is a timeless nature to these beautifully composed minimalist instrumentals, her use of looped tracks and field recordings give it a modern day perspective, akin to the work of Ólafur Arnalds, while her Max Richter influence is also audible. A simultaneously thought-provoking and mesmerising listen" - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
"A stunning piece of work that will have you floating from tears to joy" - Dan Hegarty
"A testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound" - John Kelly
"Go see / hear her strange, soothing genius" - Michael Smiley
"An intriguing artistic statement" - The Sunday Times
"Consistently beautiful" - Tony Clayton-Lea
"Entrancing" - Hot Press
Úna released her latest album IN THE DEEP at the end of 2019, with a launch Show at Dublin's D-Light Studios, as well as shows in Galway, Belfast & London. Recorded in an old Victorian Railway worker's cottage in Dublin 8, the record explores themes of connection, communication and flow. Minimalist, ambient in genre, she recorded this album on her 100 year old Steck Baby grand Piano using a Tascam DR-44WL hand-held recorder. Each recording was entirely improvised, with no editing. You can even hear the creak of the piano stool.. It's 1848 meets 2019. This was also her first outing as Producer.
Building on her 2017 Piano Solo LP "As I Wake, Still I Dream" (**** The Irish Times, which she co-produced with long-time friend and collaborator Ben Rawlins / Saso), this new work expands to include Electronics, Soundscapes and an old Typewriter. Looping and layering piano, spoken word & field recordings means that every performance is unique and creates a level of intimacy between performer and audience. Accompanying projections of her own animated artwork as well as speed-corrected archive film footage has the effect of drawing an audience even further into the music.
A classically trained pianist with a background in Tech, she mines deep. Inspired by the likes of Max Richter, Laurie Anderson and Arvo Pärt, as well as the pioneering work of the Lumière Brothers & the woodcut prints of Albrecht Dürer, her work lives and breathes in a unique, multidisciplinary space.
Following postgrad study with Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded Distinction in Film Scoring and Orchestration, Úna recently scored award-winning Actor / Director Michael Smiley's debut short "La Petite Mort". The short was subsequently chosen for Official Selection at the 31st Galway International Film Fleadh.
To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on RTE & the BBC, and her compositions have been performed at Electric Picnic, All Together Now, Féile na Bealtaine and the National Concert Hall, as well as on many random pianos wherever she finds herself. Her piece "My Panacea" was included on Nils Frahm's 2017 Piano Day Playlist.
Following a headline show at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on March 5th, Úna was all set to tour from April 2020, with a series of UK and mainland European dates planned. Obviously Covid 19 put paid to these particular plans, but it's also opened up other opportunities :: There's a Live Album from the Pepper Canister in the works, due for 2020 release. Writing has started on a new studio album too, slated for 2021 release. In April Úna was delighted to be asked to take part in a Radio Documentary by RTE 2FM's Dan Hegarty called "Isolation Creations", which also features Paul Noonan (BellX1), Daithí, Sinkingwithlove and HotPress Editor Niall Stokes. In May she was commissioned by a number of music venues to record new work for streaming via their socials. An invitation to take part in Season 5 of Pantisocracy for RTE Radio 1 has also been a highlight, and this is due to be broadcast in July. She's enjoying the chance to work on a number of film scoring projects too, as well as a Project that's long been put on the long-finger: A Book of Sheetmusic, drawing on work from her last 2 albums.