Nerve Centre Names New Musician-in-Residence

Taking over from David Lyttle, multi-instrumentalist Marty Coyle hopes to show off his home city with international collaborations and inspire its youngsters

Multi-talented musician Marty Coyle is set to follow in the footsteps of award-winning jazz pianist Neil Cowley and MOBO nominee David Lyttle as Musician-in-Residence at the Nerve Centre.

A seasoned performer from Derry~Londonderry, Coyle has been working as a full time musician in a professional capacity for the past ten years, with expertise across a multitude of instruments and styles. He is perhaps most often associated with traditional and folk fusion group Balkan Alien Sound, in which he plays bouzouki and tours with both nationally and internationally.

The residency will run throughout 2016/17 and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Coyle worked with both Cowley and Lyttle during their tenures and witnessed the creative processes of each first hand.

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Through Nerve Centre’s links with the burgeoning music community in the North West, Coyle will engage and collaborate with a range of both well-established and emerging musicians, songwriters, bands and producers to create and perform original pieces of new music.

Speaking about his appointment Marty Coyle said: ‘I'm really excited about taking on the role as Musician-in-Residence. One of the great things about working in this industry is that it allows you to take on creative challenges. I believe these challenges can be as exciting as you make them and although I intend to have great fun, it's also a role I take very seriously. I can't wait to start work making music.

‘The fact that I am a local musician really fills me with a sense of pride taking on the role. It's fantastic to be able to do this type of job in your home city and can hopefully inspire some of our own local younger musicians as well as my contemporaries.’ 

Having spent time travelling across Europe, Coyle has immersed himself in the music and cultures of many different regions. He has played at major festivals including Glastonbury and WOMAD, works as a Northern Irish delegate at world music expo WOMEX and regularly invites musicians from around the world to the city through his international music club.

Touching on his plans, Coyle added: ‘Meeting new musicians from all walks of life, nationality, genre, age and instrumentation is really what excites me as a musician. I intend to write an original body of work throughout my residency, inspired by my year and the people I meet.

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‘It's really important for me to put Derry under the spotlight and as a local musician it's my job to show off my city. I intend to compose works with local musicians as well as invite international artists to step in for collaboration. I want to give local musicians an opportunity to network both locally and internationally and hope to start up some lasting musical relationships both for myself and my peers.’

Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of Nerve Centre, said: ‘We’re delighted to have Marty take up the mantle after the successes of Neil Cowley and David Lyttle. His passion for music is unmistakable and with such a wealth of world experience he’ll bring something completely different to the post this year.’

Maria McAlister, Arts Development Officer for Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: ‘The Arts Council is delighted to once again support the Nerve Centre’s Musician-In- Residence initiative with National Lottery funding. Congratulations to Marty in being appointed to the role and we look forward to seeing the many positive outcomes from the project as he engages creatively with musicians of all ages from Derry and beyond.’

This month Coyle will travel to Morocco as part of a delegation with Nerve Centre’s music department to establish an exciting intercontinental link between local and international musicians for a unique collaboration later this year.