Get to know Ciaran
What are you doing in school?
"I've got my bachelors and am working as a systems engineer."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"Eleven or twelve years."
What is your favorite musical memory?
“I'd say singing Ein Deutches Requiem with Camerata alongside the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Very powerful piece sung with a very powerful group of singers."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"I work pretty well with computers. Occasionally I noodle with other random creative stuff, but that never really sees the light of day."
Who is your favorite composer?
"Brahms. He really hits that perfect balance for me between colorful harmonies and solid structure."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"I've always been fond of Kevin Moore. He was a much-needed moderating influence in his Dream Theater days, and now he does some pretty cool stuff with synths, electric piano, and candid spoken word recordings."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"Precious Things by Tori Amos"
What's your favorite book?
"Dean Koontz wrote this neat series of books called Odd Thomas, which is about a fry cook who sees ghosts and keeps getting drawn into heroics to save the living. The best thing about it is that the protagonist looks at life with deep sense of humility but also a very matter-of-fact sort of humor."
Whales or trains?
“I suppose trains are more useful?"
What's your favorite sports team?
“Do E-sports count? If so, Bizzarro Flame is very fun to watch."
Who's cooler, John Lennon or Mick Jagger?
“Mick Jagger. Lennon was a fine musician, but let's be honest: he was kind of a nerd."
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"I don't think I've ever been in a group with more passionate, driven people. The fact that so many of the members come from as far afield as they do, just to rehearse and perform for the sheer pleasure of doing so, that speaks volumes."
What's your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
“O Adonai [by Arvo Pärt].
What's the most interesting fact about you?
“I made my own soda out of rhubarb once. It was pretty tasty, but brewing it can take a while and you can't usually find rhubarb year-round."
Ciaran Cain is an eight-season member of Lux. Since graduating from UMBC and thus leaving the school's Camerata choir, he uses Lux as a means of keeping sane after a long day working on telecommunications computers. Ciaran had played the Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance, the Notary from The Sorcerer, and the Commetadore from Don Giovanni. In Lux performances, he is usually found singing the low bass part. No, the lower one. That's not actually an overtone, we promise.
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