Crash Ensemble

'Their versatility and determination to keep performing is an inspiration': Crash Ensemble, Cathy Davey, Fears, Junior Brother and Brigid Mae Power for MusicTown 2021

'Their versatility and determination to keep performing is an inspiration': Crash Ensemble, Cathy Davey, Fears, Junior Brother and Brigid Mae Power for MusicTown 2021

'Their versatility and determination to keep performing is an inspiration': Crash Ensemble, Cathy Davey, Fears, Junior Brother and Brigid Mae Power for MusicTown 2021

Ardú, Glasshouse Ensemble and David Kitt also on the line-up.

Published on 31 March 2021

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Strategic Funding scheme provides €1m extra for opera, €836k increase for music organisations, and an additional €230k for the traditional arts compared to last year.

Published on 2 March 2021

The Breadth of Contemporary Flute

The Breadth of Contemporary Flute

The Breadth of Contemporary Flute

Flute-player Lina Andonovska's much-anticipated debut album 'A Way a Lone a Last' features five new works by Barry O'Halpin, Nick Roth, Donnacha Dennehy and Judith Ring. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.

Published on 9 April 2020

James Camien McGuiggan holds a PhD in the philosophy of art from the University of Southampton. Prior to this, he studied music in Maynooth University. He is currently an independent scholar, with interests in the philosophy of music and R. G. Collingwood.

New Music Up a Notch

New Music Up a Notch

New Music Up a Notch

Ireland's largest contemporary music festival New Music Dublin took place at the National Concert Hall and nearby venues last weekend and featured twenty concerts and twenty-two world premieres. Adrian Smith reviews.

Published on 5 March 2020

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

'I’m thinking about how the audience feels at different points in the programme': An Interview with percussionist Alex Petcu

'I’m thinking about how the audience feels at different points in the programme': An Interview with percussionist Alex Petcu

'I’m thinking about how the audience feels at different points in the programme': An Interview with percussionist Alex Petcu

Percussionists Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan begin their nationwide Music Network tour this week, performing a programme that explores the full range of 'what percussion has to offer'.

Published on 30 September 2019

Art Makes Such Things Possible

Art Makes Such Things Possible

Art Makes Such Things Possible

The third outing of the biennial festival Sounds from a Safe Harbour took place in Cork earlier this month, featuring Feist, Slow Moving Clouds, Lisa Hannigan, Crash Ensemble, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett, Sam Amidon, and more

Published on 25 September 2019

Don O'Mahony is a freelance arts journalist based in Cork.

David Keenan, Quatuor Mosaïques, Quiet Music Ensemble, Martin Hayes and Alexander Gavrylyuk for Kilkenny Arts Festival

David Keenan, Quatuor Mosaïques, Quiet Music Ensemble, Martin Hayes and Alexander Gavrylyuk for Kilkenny Arts Festival

David Keenan, Quatuor Mosaïques, Quiet Music Ensemble, Martin Hayes and Alexander Gavrylyuk for Kilkenny Arts Festival

Patrick Rafter and Michael McHale, Crash Ensemble, Mark and Marichka Marczyk, Michelle and Louise Mulcahy, and Irish Chamber Orchestra also performing this August.

Published on 19 June 2019

Skating Around New Audiences

Skating Around New Audiences

Skating Around New Audiences

Crash Ensemble continue to reach out to new listeners, most recently in a concert dedicated to music related to skateboarding. Adrian Smith reviews the film and music event which featured new work by Sam Perkin and Jennifer Walshe.

Published on 30 April 2019

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Traditional Psychodrama

Traditional Psychodrama

Traditional Psychodrama

The 4th Tradition Now festival took place at the NCH at the end of October. Anna Murray reviews a new work for Iarla Ó Lionáird and a performance of Sam Perkin's 'Pause' based on the song 'The Foggy Dew'.

Published on 6 November 2018

Anna Murray is a composer and writer. Her website is www.annamurraymusic.com.

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Is there a lack of solidarity among composers? Will classical music ever become a part of Ireland's national consciousness? And have young Irish composers unwittingly subscribed to a code of musical prohibitions influenced by the US?

Published on 3 October 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Hamilton's Relentless Pursuit

Hamilton's Relentless Pursuit

Hamilton's Relentless Pursuit

Andrew Hamilton's 'music for people who like art' was the nearest thing to a smash hit in contemporary music, writes Adrian Smith. A new recording on the NMC label includes works composed either side of it too.

Published on 2 May 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Crash Hit the Twenties Running

Crash Hit the Twenties Running

Crash Hit the Twenties Running

Crash Ensemble celebrated 20 years with two nights at the National Concert Hall in November. Adrian Smith reviews all twenty newly commissioned works, from composers Andrew Hamilton, Ann Cleare, Jennifer Walshe, Sean Clancy and many more.

Published on 6 December 2017

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Louth Ritual

Louth Ritual

Louth Ritual

Ritual is central to the latest commission from the Louth Contemporary Music Society, writes Brendan Finan – a major new work by Scottish composer James Dillon, performed by Peyee Chen and Crash Ensemble at the Drogheda Arts Festival.

Published on 15 May 2017

Brendan Finan is a teacher and writer living in Meath. He writes a blog at www.brendanfinan.net.

Songs of Conviction

Songs of Conviction

Songs of Conviction

The latest in a series of collaborations between Crash Ensemble and indie artists shone a new light on the artistry of Katie Kim, writes Anna Murray.

Published on 18 April 2017

Anna Murray is a composer and writer. Her website is www.annamurraymusic.com.

Lights, Cameras, Action!

Lights, Cameras, Action!

Lights, Cameras, Action!

As Kate Ellis takes on the role of Co-Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, Stephen Graham talks to her about her many exciting musical projects, from her residency at Cork Opera House, to her monthly 'music salon', Kaleidoscope Ni

Published on 12 April 2012

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com.

Kate Ellis Announced as Co-Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble

Kate Ellis Announced as Co-Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble

Kate Ellis Announced as Co-Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble

Cellist and curator Kate Ellis has been announced as the new Co-Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, a position she will hold alongside current Artistic Director, Donnacha Dennehy.

Published on 5 April 2012

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com.

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Live Reviews: Anail Dé

Gavin Bryars (double bass), Iarla Ó Lionáird (voice), Leo Abrahams (guitar), Lisa Grosman (viola), Cian Ó Dúill (viola), Kate Ellis (cello)Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, 14 November 2008.

Published on 1 January 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

All Collisions End in Static: the Music of Linda Buckley

Bob Gilmore interviews leading young composer Linda Buckley who divides her time between Berlin and Dublin.

Published on 1 September 2008

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California. His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014. Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music.

Letters: John Adams at the RTÉ Living Music Festival

Letters: John Adams at the RTÉ Living Music Festival

Ronan Guifoyle, Artistic Director of the 2007 RTÉ Living Music Festival, writes:I would like to respond to a couple of points about the RTÉ LMF made in the last issue of the JMI. First off, with regard to Barra Ó Séaghdha’s...

Published on 1 July 2007

Ronan Guilfoyle is a bass player, composer and Director of the Centre for Jazz Performance at DCU.

Live Reviews: Horizons: Donnacha Dennehy / Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble and Iarla Ó Lionáird

Live Reviews: Horizons: Donnacha Dennehy / Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble and Iarla Ó Lionáird

Horizons: Featured composer – Donnacha DennehyRTÉ NSO, Darragh Morgan (violin), National Chamber Choir (David Darcy, chorus master), Gavin Maloney (cond.)NCH, Dublin, 30 January 2007Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble & Iarla Ó LionáirdSamuel

Published on 1 March 2007

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Composition as Vandalism

Composition as Vandalism

Composition as Vandalism

The music of Donnacha Dennehy.

Published on 1 November 2005

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California. His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014. Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music.

Pacto de Olvido?

Pacto de Olvido?

Pacto de Olvido?

Benjamin Dwyer discusses the treatment of classical music in some recent books on Irish culture.

Published on 1 January 2004

Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and composer and the author of 'Different Voices: Irish Music and Music in Ireland'. He is Professor of Music at Middlesex University's Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.