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Mairead creates, develops and manages small and large projects in the fields of arts and education.
Educational leader – leading collaboration and taking special interest in language, innovation and intercultural understanding.
Musician, musical director, producer and composer – drawing on traditional forms, inspired by modal music and mixed rhythms.
Mairead holds several awards for musical composition and a Centenary Medal for contribution to Australian Society. The Huddle, where she has worked since its inception, was awarded the national award for Sports Leadership in Migration and Settlement, and the Victorian Premier’s award for Community Harmony.
MAIREAD HANNAN composes music for film, theatre and concerts. She reinterprets Irish and Greek traditional music with Euphonia, a string/vocal trio. She initiated, composed and was musical director for the musical film One Night the Moon (ABC, 2001), featuring Paul Kelly and directed by indigenous filmmaker Rachel Perkins, and written by Hannan, Kelly, Kev Carmody, John Romeril and Perkins (http://alturl.com/8kkwn)
She plays with Euphonia (Facebook/Euphonia Trio) which features Alice Garner (cello), Dee Hannan (lute and vocals) and Mairead (violin and vocals). She also performs and records with her extended family in Xylouris Ensemble.
Mairead devised and composed for kyklos, the first in a trilogy (dir: Paul Hampton, Arts House, 1999 & 2000) and Square (dir: Robin Laurie, Arts House, 2004). She composed and performed a live version of One Night the Moon (dir: Wesley Enoch, Malthouse, 2009); and Village Tales (dir: Robert Meldrum, Arts House, 1999).
As founder of north arts, an organisation that harnessed the energies of local artists, she managed a multidisciplinary program of artist-led events at the Arts House (1999-2006). She joined the City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Advisory Committee in 2013.
She was awarded a Centennial Medal for Contribution to Australian society 2003, Australian Guild of Screen Composers: Best Soundtrack Album 2002, and in 2001: AFI Best Original Score, New York Independent Film and TV festival Best Musical; Film Critics Circle of Australian Award Best Music. FanartBanner