Tonnta
Organisation

Tonnta is a performance company and vocal ensemble dedicated to the creation of new music by Irish artists.

Named after the Irish word for “waves”, Tonnta is a platform to create new waves in vocal music across genre and style. 

Tonnta is Ireland’s leading new music vocal group. Since forming in 2012, Tonnta has premiered over 70 new vocal woks. As both performer and producer, Tonnta has commissioned and presented work across concert, site-specific and installation contexts with the support of a rich network of festivals, museums and venues across the country. 

Tonnta is directed by composer and vocalist Robbie Blake whose artistic practice foregrounds the values of community, collaboration and leadership. Tonnta’s membership includes Ireland’s foremost contemporary vocalists such as Elizabeth Hilliard, Michelle O’Rourke, Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy, Eoghan Desmond, Rory Lynch and Simon MacHale. 

Sitting at the forefront of contemporary performance practice, Tonnta collaborates across disciplines to work with choreographers, directors, visual artists and musicians creating performance that blurs the boundaries of dance, theatre, live art and music. With an approach that is inventive, unique and thoughtful, Tonnta’s projects offer expansive listening experiences for the mind, body and soul alike. 

Recent achievements include a world premiere live-stream of Jennifer Walshe’s Ireland: A Dataset from the National Concert Hall, garnering mentions in The New Yorker; a commissioned performance as part of TG4’s Samhlú in a new work by Robbie Blake created with writer Manchán Magan; and an ongoing archive-performance project with Jessie Keenan Dance due to be reimagined for online presentation via the Museum of Literature, Ireland in spring 2021.