Crash 25! Charged Disruption

Saturday 3rd December, 2022

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Crash Ensemble

Susan Doyle, flute
Leonie Bluett, clarinet
David Collins, trumpet
Roderick O’Keeffe, trombone
Brian Bolger, guitar
Alex Petcu, percussion
Eliza McCarthy, piano
Courtney Orlando, violin
Cian Ó Dúill, viola
Kate Ellis, cello
Malachy Robinson, double bass

​​​​​​Iarla Ó Lionáird Grá agus Bás soloist
Diamanda La Berge Dramm Crashed soloist
Ryan McAdams conductor

Donnacha Dennehy  Grá agus Bás
Diamanda La Berge Dramm & Neva Elliott Crashed

In 2022, Crash Ensemble celebrate their most significant birthday to date - the 25th! Drawing together noteworthy past commissions with present and future explorations of sound and environment; these concerts feature the group in all their glory, collaborating with some of the most influential global music makers of today.

This concert features the inimitable work Grá agus Bás, composed by Crash Ensemble founder and Guggenheim fellow Donnacha Dennehy in 2007. Written for Crash Ensemble and the sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, the group have toured Grá agus Bás in the UK, USA and Australia.

"Donnacha Dennehy has a soundworld all of his own." (The Wire Magazine, 2007) 

Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bang On A Can, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Percussion Group of the Hague, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players among others.

In Crashed, Artist in Residence Diamanda La Berge Dramm and writer Neva Elliott draw on the unique energy of the players of the group, through the use of their voices and instruments - with illustrations by Craig Carry and words by Neva Elliott, commissioned for Crash’s 25th anniversary.

Diamanda La Berge Dramm grew up in Amsterdam and is playing the violin since the age of four. Growing up among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, her own concerts reflect all of these elements. In April 2018, Diamanda won the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award, the first ever string soloist to do so. She has worked extensively with modern music luminaries such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Gunther Schuller, Chaya Czernowin, and George Benjamin.

“.. Dramm shows us why she is one of the most exciting performers around.” (NRC Handelsblad)

Neva Elliott is a contemporary artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martins College, London, UK. Elliott has exhibited in Ireland and worldwide, representing Ireland at the International Artists´Residency in Argentina (RIAA, Residencia Internacional de Artistas en Argentina) in 2006.

Her work is represented in the public collections of the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology. Curatorial projects include a Clare Langan solo exhibition and Judi Werthein’s Brinco, for The Dock, Leitrim in 2019 and 2008. She also writes and speaks on creative arts practice and writes creative non-fiction.

Craig Carry is an illustrator and designer based in Cork, Ireland who works across different media including: screen printing, pencil, collage, vector, paint and linocut. His work has been used for various arts festivals, independent record labels and musicians. Formerly, Carry co-ran the music website Fractured Air, a website devoted to the independent music scene.

Crash Ensemble is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council and is resident ensemble at the National Concert Hall.

Presented by NCH and Crash Ensemble

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