Kieron Maguire is a composer, producer and founder of The Cabinet of Living Cinema. He composes for theatre and film using viola, guitar and loop-pedals to build up layers of melody, “soundscapes” and live sound-effects. A range of world, folk and electronic music inflects his style as well as a belief in keeping music live, the accidental and semi-improvised being integral elements of his working practice.
He began musical life at Winchester Cathedral Choir, then with bands Perico and Sancho before becoming a solo composer/performer. He has composed and produced for the Paper Cinema (2008-2010); European Theatre Company (Romeo & Juliet, 2010); Future Shorts; BAC; Forest Fringe; NSPCC; The Arches, Glasgow, Tate Britain; The Jewish Museum; Sonja Linden (Ice & Fire); filmmaker Ken McMullen; Roxy Bar and Screen and the Society of Faster Craftswomen.
He founded The Cabinet of Living Cinema in 2010.
Theatre, documentary and film scores by Kieron Maguire
Gogol’s The Nose
Live theatre score for adaptation of the Nose by puppetry/commedia dell’arte company, Carnival of Objects, 2012/2013
Iran’s Sporting Dreamers
Score for Documentary (Aljazeera and independent release, Nima Shayeghi, 2013)
Breakdown or Breakthrough: pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life’
Documentary score, 2012 (in partnership with NSPCC and Warwick Medical School)
The Man Who Became a Room
Kieron, Jack Maguire and Zac Gvirtzman created a live score to The Man Who Became a Room, a performance inspired by Rachel Lichenstein/ Iain Sinclair’s best-seller Rodinsky’s Room. 2012 (produced by Sonja Linden)
BBC Radio 4: Something Understood
Music contributor, 2012
Romeo and Juliet
Score devised and performed live by Kieron Maguire (Fender Strat, 2 Line 6 DL4s), Naples Theatre Festival, June 2010
The new show of the European Theatre Company, created in 2008 by the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, with director Alexander Zeldin and dramaturg Hussein Omar, becomes a multiethnic and multilanguage tragedy, pervaded by the conflicts between fathers and sons, Europeans and immigrants. The young English director succeeds in giving us a realistic portrait of contemporary Europe, and at the same time involves in his metaphor a cast made up of North-african and Middle-eastern actors, Italian immigrants of first and second generation. The show is designed by George Tsypin and lit by Jean Kalman with music by Kieron Maguire and costumes by Daniela Salernitano and the associate director and voice coach is Barbara Houseman. – Press Release, Naples Theatre Festival, May, 2010
BBC Radio 3: Late Junction
00:18: Kieron Maguire and Zac Gvi — Kieron Maguire: Groatless Sailors
The Paper Cinema
Scores devised by Kieron Maguire (flamenco guitar, viola, foley): Night Flyer, King Pest & Lost World (2008-2010)
Art + Cinema = Dark Energy
Films by Ken McMullen, live scores by Kieron Maguire, 2008
The Jewish Museum
Live score for East & West commissioned by the Jewish Museum, 2010 and performed by Kieron Maguire (guitar, viola) and Zac Gvirtzman (accordion, clarinet).
Roxy Bar & Screen
Live score for Faust by Jan Svankmajer commissioned by Roxy Bar & Screen, 2007 (Kieron Maguire, Sandy Bartai and Chris Reed).