Visual Music/Cross Sensory Synesthesia

Visual Music/Cross Sensory Synesthesia

When we listen… can we see, touch, or even smell the sound?

27th April, 2017, Monkstown Church, 7.30 pm, Monkstown Village, Dublin
3rd May 2017, 8 pm, John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
8th May 2017, 5 pm, Music Department, Trinity College Dublin.

1st September, 1pm, John Field Room, National Concert Hall


Téada trio (Svetlana Rudenko, Matt Rafter, Tim Doyle) and Jack Byrne present a new interactive performance experience funded by the Visual and Performing Arts Fund, Trinity College Dublin. Explore touch, sight and aroma of sound through music and visual art. Featured works are by Bach, Chopin, Granados, Yoko Shimomura and Irish traditional favorites. The project is inspired by recent exhibitions in China, Spain and California in the growing fields of Synesthesia Science and Art.

Music has the power to move us all, but for some people it is experienced in a different way- not just heard, but seen, felt, smelt. Among list of synesthetes are Billy Joel, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Dev Hynes, Frank Ocean, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pythagoras, Vladimir Nabokov, Jean Sibelius, Olivier Messiaen, Alexander Scriabin and Wassily Kandinsky. Synesthesia is a neurological condition that is characterized by cross-sensory perceptions; by one stimulus, people with synesthesia may perceive an additional quality to the experience, such as shape, color, smell, or feeling. Music is one of the stimuli that can induce such effects. Numerous composers and visual artists have tried to capture those multisensory experiences in their works. Recent research at the University of Sussex supports the theories of ‘Infant Synesthesia’, and the cross-modal brain of newly born children; we can all refresh our experiences of synesthetic cross sensory from our childhood. This concert offers the chance to explore the linking of the senses through the experience of live music performance alongside artworks and digital visuals.

Téada Trio and Jack Byrne
Visual Music/Cross Sensory Synesthesia

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

National Concert Hall

Tickets €20/ Concessions €15 / 014170000

4D Visualisation of Musical Texture

Video available here

My interview: RTE Radio 1 at 33:50 Inside Culture #7 (Minister Humphreys, Roger Casement, Music Perception & Cloudlands)

My interview at 33:50 (Music perception piece)

On tonight’s episode of Inside Culture we discuss the recent campaign for a separate Arts Department, watch a fictional film about Roger Casement, find out the benefit of integrating art into healthcare and explore the music room in our brain.

Presenter Fionn Davenport speaks to Minister Heather Humphries about the recent campaign to create a singular and dedicated Arts Department. We explore art and children’s health with the Cloudlands project, hear about how music works on our brain, and visit a new fictional biopic and art project by Simon Fujiwara on Roger Casement.

Heather Humphries, Minister of the newly configured Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, is on the show to discuss her new brief. She is followed by a discussion with Jo Mangan of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) and Pat Cooke, director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in University College Dublin (UCD). They talk about the campaign to reinstate the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage, as well as funding issues in the arts sector.

Simon Fujiwara is a British/Japanese artist, currently based in Berlin and he talks to us about his new work Roger Casement: The Humanizer. This new exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin imagines the life of Sir Roger Casement as a big screen biopic. The Humanizer runs at IMMA until 28 August. Visit for more information.

How do we perceive music? We explore the music room in our brain by chatting to Kevin Mitchell, professor of neurogenetics in Trinity College Dublin. We also hear from Dr Sam Norman Haignere, who is looking into this very subject in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Finally, professional pianist Svetlana Rudenko who has synaesthesia gives us a glimpse of what it is like to perceive music differently.

Cloudlands is an art project run by Helium, the children’s arts and health organisation. It was devised by artists Rachel Tynan and Eszter Némethi in collaboration with young hospital patients. It is completing a nationwide tour and a short film of the project was made by Siobhán Perry. Rachel and Eszter meet Fionn at the Dublin installation of the work to discuss their involvement on the project and they are joined by Dr Emma Curtis, medical director of the Paediatric Hospital Development Board. Visit to find out more.

Aroma of Timbre


Duo  Ann Macken (flute) and Svetlana Rudenko (piano) will be presenting interdisciplinary recital Aroma of Timbre on 22 April in Royal Irish Academy of Music as part of an International Conference Synesthesia/ Artforum Dublin 2016 with pre-concert talk of professor Trinity University, Genetics department, Kevin Mitchell.

Coming from different backgrounds: science genetics ( Kevin Mitchell), yoga coach and fluetist (Ann Macken), capoeirista and pianist (Svetlana Rudenko), have passion to imagery of the mind.

Originality and ambition of the project is to give people not only emotional and esthetic experience of music but awareness of their own mind perception and self-discovery.


Svetlana Rudenko: BIFE,

Ann Macken: Concert orchestra,

Kevin Mitchell: Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity University, Dublin


From Broadway to Hollywood, Dublin

Duo Hollywood

Start Date03-07-2015 13:05

Room: John Field Room

Svetlana Rudenko, piano
Dara MacMahon, Mezzo-soprano

Popular mezzo-soprano, Dara MacMahon, joins forces with award-winning pianist, Svetlana Rudenko, to bring you on a musical journey in America with songs from Broadway shows to Hollywood movies and beyond. A wonderful lunchtime treat of well-known songs to include Bernstein, Copland, Barber, Heggie, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.

A light-hearted and entertaining selection of music from the great American composers of the twentieth century

Presented by Songscapes

The Wicklow Ways, Bray


The Wicklow way

Sun 22 Mar 2015

The Wicklow Ways is a newly written work by Vincent Kennedy for a group of 75 young musicians from Lacken National School, Saint Cronan’s National School Bray, Saint Laurence’s National School Greystones and Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa Gleann dá Loch.

Composer Vincent Kennedy was inspired by the sights and sounds of Wicklow past and present when writing this piece. The Wicklow Ways has been commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow and is produced by the Contemporary Music Centre.

Piano and Clarinet Duo Litszt Mussorgsky and Scriabin, Dublin

Multimodal Experience of Music
Photography by Anthony Zorzetto

Multimodal Experience of Music

More info:

Svetlana Rudenko, piano.
Darragh Jauregui-Hogan, clarinet.

Liszt Sonata in B minor, Piano
Mussorgsky Two Songs arranged for Clarinet and Piano
Scriabin, Deux Dances, Op.73

Multimodal Experience of Music:
‘In live and virtual situations, music listening and performing are multimodal experiences: Sounds may be experienced tactically, music evokes visual images or is accompanied by visual presentations, and both generate vivid cross-modal associations in terms of force, size, physical location, fluency and regularity, among others.’ ICMEM
Let your imagination travel and enjoy the experience!

Presented by Svetlana Rudenko

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Scriabin op.74

Program change:

Scriabin, 2 Poems, op.71 will be played



The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm’s weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

Today, at 7 PM, the show ‘A fugue a day’ will introduce the irish composer: Joseph Groocock.

Extract from Sonata in A-minor, Joseph Groocock will feature :
Cello Annette Cleary
Piano Svetlana Rudenko
The podcast will be available here:

War heroes honoured –

War heroes honoured

Published 15/11/2014

St Patrick’s Church in Greystones was packed to capacity last Saturday, November 8, as the local community gathered to pay tribute to the 22 local men listed on the First World War memorial tablet in the church.

With this year being the centenary of the start of The Great War, journalist Peter Murtagh traced the history of each of the 22 men and brought their stories to life.

Those in attendance saw where these men had lived, learnt about their families and how they finally met their end on the battlefield.

The evening also contained wonderful music from Cormac Breatnach, Dara McMahon, Patrick Hyland and Svetlana Rudenko along with a video montage from James Brooke Tyrrell and Wesley Evans which brought home the horrors of war.

One of the most poignant moments of the evening came when Dara McMahon sang ‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier’ after Peter Murtagh’s recounting of the loss of multiple sets of brothers to war in a short space of time.

The evening closed appropriately with the hymn ‘Abide with Me’.

Bray People



St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15th at 1.15pm





Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825

  1. Praeludium
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Minuet 1 and 2
  6. Gigue



The Silver Apples of the Moon
The Golden Apples of the Sun


Scriabin 5 Preludes op. 74

  1. Douloureux dechirant
  2. Très lent, contemplatif
  3. Allegro drammatico
  4. Lent, vague, indecis
  5. Fier, belliqueux

Rachmaninov Preludes op. 32

No. 8 a-minor
No. 12 g sharp-minor


The programme is connecting three cultures: Russian, Ukrainian and Irish.

Sergei Rachmaninov( Russia) Complete op.32 Preludes(1910)
Igor Shamo(Ukraine) ‘Paintings of Russian painters’, ‘Gutsul Watercolours’(1972/73)
Ian Wilson(Ireland) ‘A Haunted Heart’(1996)
John Buckley(Ireland) ‘The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun’ (1993)

‘The origins of professional piano performance in Russia go back to the time when a 20-year-old Dubliner, John Field arrived in Russia and settled for good. Among Field’s many distinguished students were composer Mikhail Glinka and Alexander Dubuque. Dubuque’s numerous students included the composer Mily Balakirev and Nikolai Zverev, who, in turn, taught the young Sergei Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin.’ – Anatole Leikin


Field sowed the seeds of the Russian melodic piano style, with its characteristic beauty of tone which make the piano sing.

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John Millar





Dublin-based pianist Svetlana Rudenko graced the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall with an eclectic programme of music on Friday. From the familiar to the not-so-familiar, the recital featured a selection of pieces that livened up a rainy Friday lunchtime.

First up is Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, or the Sonata Pathetique, a work of dramatic contrasts – from the moment the first chord rings out, Rudenko brings a powerful approach to the work. Following the fire of the first movement, the second is a gentler, more lyrical affair – its famous melody brought out clearly by Rudenko’s playing. The final Rondo movement brings together what has come before – tender and tense, Rudenko offers real depth to Beethoven’s writing.

Alexander Scriabin’s Op. 74, five brief preludes, were the composer’s last works – short meditations on death and transformation, shades of light and dark, they mark a distinct contrast to the Beethoven. Rudenko shows a real sensitivity to the music, allowing the sense of space in each to come through. The second of the five in particular stands out among these finely crafted, and touchingly played, miniatures, with haunting, searching piano tones painting a quietly evocative picture. These preludes, though slight in length, have an emotional heft that leaves the room silently attentive – the captivating nature of Scriabin’s music becoming ever more apparent as each unfolds.

The final selection of the afternoon would seem at first to be an unlikely match for what has come before. Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Walzer is a dramatic and explosive piece – Rudenko rising to the challenge of Liszt’s dazzling work, its virtuosic opening giving way to more tender moments. It’s a lively and engaging performance – after the Scriabin Preludes, it is almost light-hearted. With Rudenko drawing a big sound from her piano, the drama of the work fills the space left by the effects of the last Scriabin work.

Successfully drawing together such apparently disparate works in one programme is no easy task, but Svetlana Rudenko’s performance made the collection seem natural. Engaging, exciting and sensitive towards the music being performed, Rudenko puts a bit of sunshine back into a wet Friday afternoon.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13

Alexander Scriabin – Preludes, Op. 74

Franz Liszt – Mephisto Walzer

John Millar