Engineering Library NCH

Earlsfort Terrace Dublin 2

Crash Ensemble with Iarla Ó Lionaird & Adrian Crowley

Music inspired by Irish language and text from across age and genre: poetic writing from the seventh and twentieth century, sean nós song, and new fiction writing. 

Performed by Ireland’s finest exponent’s of new music: Crash Ensemble, with very special guests Iarla Ó Lionáird and Adrian Crowley. 

Featuring –

Adrian Crowley’s dark new fiction writing as spoken word, with a soundscape devised by Crash Ensemble.

Iarla Ó’Lionáird, sean-nós singer and composer Linda Buckley’s Ó Íochtar Mara (From the Ocean’s Floor - commissioned by the Vanbrugh Quartet from an Arts Council Project Award 2014), presenting poetic texts from the seventh to mid-twentieth century. 

Donnacha Dennehy’s string quartet Céad Slán (One Hundred Goodbyes), based on1926 recordings of traditional songs and Gaelic speech. 

Performed by Adrian Crowley, Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Linda Buckley and Crash Ensemble.


Iarla Ó’Lionáird

Iarla Ó Lionáird is an Irish singer and record producer. He sings in the traditional sean-nós style. He was a member of the Afro Celt Sound System and is a member of the Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming.

Adrian Crowley

Adrian Crowley is a singer-songwriter from Galway, he has released six albums, winning the Choice Music Prize  Irish Album of the Year for Season of the Sparks (2009) and nominations for Long Distance Swimmer (2007) and I See Tree Birds Flying (2012). In a Rolling Stone interview, Ryan Adams cited Crowley as “the best songwriter that no one's heard of". 

Linda Buckley, Composer

Linda Buckley is a composer from Cork, whose music has been described as “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), a “fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics” (Irish Times), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music).

Free State 9

Be the first to hear what’s happening in contemporary classical music in Ireland.

Crash Ensemble presents Free State 9. The most vibrant music from Ireland’s up and coming composing talent, performed by the country’s leading contemporary music ensemble.

Crash Ensemble’s annual open submission concert from new Irish composers is guest curated by composer Garrett Sholdice, and will featuring the world premiere of ‘The Root and the Crown’, written by Sholdice and commissioned by Crash Ensemble.

Hear where new music is at, check out Free State 9.

[email protected]: Crash Ensemble Perform the music of Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner is a composer, guitarist, and curator based in New York City, He has received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for the improvising new music quartet, Clogs. He has received commissions from contemporary ensembles such as Kronos Quartet and eighth blackbird, and his works are performed by some of the most established performers including Britten Sinfonia, Copenhagen Phiharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Dessner is also a founding member of The National, an internationally celebrated band based in Brooklyn.

New Music Dublin 2014- Gordon/Ligeti Double Portrait

Michael Gordon and Gyorgy Ligeti’s music abound with infectious rhythmic energy, often resulting from the way rhythms pile on top of each other.

Ligeti is one of the most important composers of the 20th century, known to the wider public because of Stanley Kubrick’s ingenious use of his music in films such as 2001, A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut. He is an artist who, according to The Guardian's Tom Service, 'refused to play by the rules and whose work has infiltrated popular consciousness". His searches and his influences spread far beyond the conventional confines of western culture: the music of the Aka pygmies was one of the catalysts that unlocked the last couple of decades of his creativity, above all the rhythmic invention of the Piano Concerto and the Piano Etudes; he was impressed by the sounds and processes of American minimalism in a way that no other avant garde composer in Europe was; and his mind was open to the furthest reaches of contemporary mathematics.

Michael Gordon is one of America’s most interesting composers working today. He founded the legendary Bang On A Can collective in the late 1980s. Gordon's music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross, "the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism." Over the past 25 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, this music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.


Michael Gordon  XY
Michael Gordon  DRY
Gyorgy Ligeti  Selected Piano Etudes
Gyorgy Ligeti  Chamber Concerto

New Music Dublin 2014- Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Schnee is an hour-long set of gradually crystallizing canons that are musical portraits of snow: its flurries, how it blankets and blanks out the landscape, its delicacy,its cold. Scored for two pianos and percussion with trios of woodwinds and strings.Hans Abrahamsen explores notions of circular time in a series of exquisite portraits of snow in this late night concert.
After last year's sell-out concert Europa at New Music Dublin, we return to the wonderful setting of the Old Engineering Library at the National Concert Hall for the Irish premiere of this incredible work.
Be warned- seats are limited and demand is high so be sure to book in advance!
“In the beginning of the 90s, I arranged some of J.S. Bach’s canons for ensemble – in total seven single standing works from his entire life span. I became totally absorbed into this music and arranged them with the intention of the music being repeated many, many times, as a kind of minimal music. Obviously, I didn’t know which durations Bach had in mind, but by listening to his canons in this way, a profound new moving world of circular time was opened to me. Depending on the perspective on these canons, the music and its time can stand still or move either backwards or forwards. In my own work, an ongoing idea has persisted, of at somepoint writing a work consisting of a number of canonical movements that would explore this universe of time..."
Hans Abrahamsen
Presented by New Music Dublin