Ivan Goff

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Visiting Faculty

Ivan Goff is an Irish traditional musician active internationally and on the New York scene. His academic research focuses on aurality and sound studies across a range of topics including film sound, music, and literature.

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Goff plays uilleann pipes and Irish concert flute and is currently a member of Irish traditional band Danú. Over the years he has performed worldwide in duets and ensembles with many household names of Irish music including Iarla Ó Lionáird, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes, Cormac Breatnach, Eileen Ivers Band, Dervish, and Lúnasa. With credits that range from film and theater to appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Goff's music has also featured in several well-known productions such as Riverdance and Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway. Goff has collaborated with producers, composers, and choreographers in various genres: in dance (Jean Butler's Hurry); theater (Richard Maxwell's Samara); film soundtrack (Matthew Barney's Cremaster); new music (with The League of Composers/ISCM); and experimental improv (with Evan Parker). His recently completed PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University, Aurality and the Image: Irish Perspectives on Listening and Non-Listening in the Twentieth Century, examines interrelationships between the aural, audiovisual, visual, and textual, across several sites of Irish art and popular culture in the twentieth century: from silent and sound film, to stage and radio theater, Irish traditional vocal and instrumental music, photography, and literature. Goff also holds an MA in Computer Composition and Music Technology from Queens University, Belfast and an MA in Musicology from University College Dublin. He is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for fall 2017.