Berkeley’s was born into a family of storytellers, and now she’s spinning her own tales, combining her passion for jazz with her birthright Irish culture. Since moving from Dublin to the Bay Area in 2003, O’Reilly and her partner, guitarist and neuroscience researcher Sean O Nuallain, have introduced a new vocabulary to jazz’s increasingly global lexicon.
Sean O Nuallain holds an MSc in Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley (2002-2012), eventually being appointed a faculty member by academic senate in both institutions. He directs the independent college trading as University of Ireland in the US. He has held visiting positions at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley in computer science, philosophy, molecular and cell biology, and neuroscience. In 2014, he ran the Foundations of Mind conference at UC Berkeley, with proceedings published by Cosmos and History (Volume 1, 2014) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Volume 2, in press). One Magisterium is the third volume in this series, titled "New Millennium Mind". This work was overtured in a set of papers published between 2008 and 2012: "God's Unlikely Comeback: Evolution, Emanation, and Ecology" and "Remarks on the Foundations of Biology", both published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.
"In his book "Ireland: a Colony Once Again" Sean O Nuallain writes in a refreshing and provocative style, and the subject he addresses, the reasons for Ireland's recent banking collapse, and what we should learn from it, should be high on the agenda for discussion by anyone interested in Ireland." - Prof Cathal MacSwiney-Brugha, UCD
Born in Kilkee, Ireland, guitarist Sean O Nuallain has been immersed in the wealth of Irish Traditional music of West Clare since he was in his early teens, and became widely respected as a trad music Irish session player. He then studied classical guitar as well as the bossa nova tradition for 3 years in Canada, and went on to form a duo with Melanie O’Reilly merging bossa nova, Irish and jazz. With Melanie he has performed at the in Brittany, the , and many other venues. As a highly respected academic of note, Sean also merges Lecture with music presentations in the area of Irish Music history and development, including a series at UC Berkeley CAL Extension, entitled