Composer & Sound Designer

HK Ní Shioradáin is a multi-disciplinary artist from Ireland. They compose, music direct, and sound design for film, theatre, musical theatre, radio, and bands. They have a broad musical background in free improv, jazz, film music, traditional Irish, folk, musical theatre, and contemporary styles.

They are currently on the Rough Magic SEEDS Programme and they are resident sound designer at Lemon Soap Productions. They have had their scores and designs featured at various festivals and platforms at home and abroad such as RTÉ, Galway International Arts Festival, Virgin Media, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Longitude Festival, and more. They have a BA in English Literature and Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin, which is crucial to their film scoring and lyric writing, and a Certificate in Music Composition for Games from Griffith College Dublin with Pulse College.

Poet & Lyricist

HK is a bilingual spoken word poet and lyricist, writing in Irish and English. They were selected for Céadlínte Éigse Éireann/Poetry Ireland Introductions 2022. They won the Máire Mac an tSaoi Award for their poetry. They have performed at event such as the International Literature Festival Dublin, Dublin Book Festival, Push Forward Festival. They have been published in Poetry Ireland, Lampa ar Lasadh, Pride Poets Anthology, Aneas, the Outpost, and placed in competitions Féile Raiftéirí and Comórtas Filíochta Leabharlainne Átha Cliath Theas.

They are a songwriter and lyricist, having written for bands and musical theatre projects. Current musical theatre projects include The Faggot Manifesto and Beards.

Community Artist

They completed the Young Music Graduate Programme with Music and Healthcare Ireland (pictured at Tallaght Hospital) to train to become a musician in healthcare. This has provided HK with valuable skills in community arts participation. They were selected for the Art Council’s Artist in the Community Award where they partnered with AsIAm to explore musical composition with the Autistic community. They have experience facilitating, teaching, music directing, and have taught music to children, teenagers, and adults at the Independent Theatre Workshop, St Agnes CCMA, and Rosary College.

They were selected as one of the curators for the Lasta Festival for the Pavilion Theatre. The festival programme can be read here.

They founded and ran The Film Scene for filmmakers to networking and screen their films. They ran every aspect from hosting the Q&A sessions, social media, event planning, and curating the programme each month. During the pandemic, they curated an audio-visual sister publication, called The Film Zine. This publication was nominated for Best Magazine Layout and Design at the SMEDIAS 2021.

During their time in Trinity College Dublin, they were chairperson of TCD Jazz Society.