Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kilmainham, Dublin

The Intelligence Park- Gerald Barry

Set in Dublin in 1753, The Intelligence Park’s protagonist, Robert Paradies, is a composer of opera seria struggling with writer’s block. As Paradies is reminded by his long-time companion D’Esperaudieu, he is required to marry the none-too-talented Jerusha, daughter of the wealthy magistrate Sir Joshua Cramer in order to inherit wealth that will allow him to dedicate himself solely to composing opera. At a party held in order to cement the engagement between Paradies and Jerusha, Paradies meets and becomes obsessed with the castrato Serafino. The barriers between Paradies and the object of his affections include not only his relationship with D’Esperaudieu and his engagement to Jerusha, but also Serfino’s long-time companion Faranesi and Serafino’s love for Jerusha, his music student. 

This will be the first performance of this work in Ireland since its premiere in 1990, though the piece has been recorded on the NMC label since then.

Tickets available through The Irish Museum of Modern Art
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Free State VI

Crash Ensemble | Free State VI | April 1st, 2011 | 8pm | IMMA, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 |

Crash Ensemble's annual showcase of Irish composers.

 For one night only, the Irish Museum of Modern Art played host to a full spectrum of Irish contemporary talent, ranging from Judith Ring’s ‘Up to My F-holes’ for solo cello and tape to Andrew Hamilton’s ‘Music for People Who Like Art’ for full ensemble and soprano. This concert also featured the world premiere of a new piece by Dan Trueman, specially commissioned for Free State VI by Crash Ensemble.

Feldman - IMMA May 30th

Rothko Chapel / Words

and Music

May 30, 2010 | 8pm | The Great Hall, IMMA

| FeldmanFestival


A concert of music by Morton


Part of the exhibition VerticalThoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts


Presented by Crash Ensemble


and the


National Chamber Choir

of Ireland


In association with IMMA and RTE Lyric FM


“Rothko's imagery goes right to the edge of hiscanvas, and I wanted the same effect with the music… the sound is closer, morephysically with you than in a concert hall.’ MortonFeldman


Liam Cagney of wrote ofCrash Ensemble:

"Crash [is] undoubtedly Ireland's foremostcontemporary music outfit, [its] concerts always ones to look forward to on themusical calendar...they consistently attract a large audience for contemporaryclassical concerts… Crash's outlook is exemplary and to be commended."                        


DavidMcKenna, Executive Producer Cross-Media & Arts, RTE said of the NCC:

“I think the National Chamber Choir is one of thevery best things in the country (including seafood, rugby teams and PaulaMeehan)”


In their firstever collaboration, Ireland’s cutting edge new music ensemble Crash Ensemble, and the acclaimed National Chamber Choir of Ireland, willperform ‘Rothko Chapel’ by the world-renownedcomposer, Morton Feldman.


Crash Ensemblewill also present the rarely performed ‘Wordsand Music by Samuel Beckett’ in a collaboration with renowned BeckettActors, Barry McGovern and Owen Roe. The piece was written forradio by Samuel Beckett, with music composed by Feldman.


Part of Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldmanand the Visual Arts, the current exhibition at IMMA, this concert is thefinal performance in the Morton Feldman Concert Series.

Feldman is oneof the most influential American composers of the second half of the 20thCentury and his inspiration was largely drawn from modernabstract visual art. Feldman was a close friend of Mark Rothko and hecomposed the choral masterwork ‘Rothko Chapel’ as a tribute, taking the namefrom the Chapel decorated with Rothko’s works - a place for contemplation wheremen and women of all faiths, or of none, may meditate in silence, in solitudeor celebration together.


In relation to ‘Words and Music by Samuel Beckett’Feldman said that it was a collaboration between the ‘words man and the notesman.’ Like many Beckett works, there is heated debate as to the meaning of thepiece and it centres round the themes of Love, The Face, Age and Music. “Twocharacters, Words and Music work together and against each other producingsongs, musical interludes, and lyric poetry. They are joined by Croak, whoexists somewhere in between sound and sense.”



Just backfrom their US Tour and a collaboration with the Dublin Dance Festival, CrashEnsemble’s upcoming events include a recording for Nonesuch Records and the worldpremiere of a new work by Donnacha Dennehy commissioned by Grammy award-winningsoprano Dawn Upshaw, to be performed in October 2010.



Crash Ensemble & NCC Present ‘Rothko Chapel ‘followed by ‘Words and Music by Samuel Beckett’:  Sunday30 May, 2010 | The Great Hall, IMMA | 8pm | Tickets €20.00 from 


Anáil Dé - The Breath Of God (IMMA, Dublin)

Note Productions is pleased to presented the premiere performance of Anáil Dé - The Breath Of God is a major new work by iconoclastic composer Gavin Bryars for arguably the finest Irish singer of his generation, Iarla Ó’Lionáird.

Anáil Dé - The Breath Of God is based on pre-1600 texts from Ancient Irish spiritual manuscripts selected by the artists. The premiere concerts will be performed by Gavin Bryars, Iarla Ó’Lionáird and The Crash Ensemble. This new project is a unique and special meeting of traditional Irish music and modern European composition. Gavin Bryars is best known for his iconoclastic works such as Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet and The Sinking of the Titanic. Iarla Ó’Lionáirds acclaimed work fuses the traditions of sean-nós with modern electronic music and soundscapes.

Friday 14th November, IMMA / Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
Tickets 25 Euro (including booking fee).
Bookings: and, 0818 719 300 (Ticketmaster), and Claddagh Records.
Ticketmaster telephone and internet bookings subject to a maximum 12.5% service charge, agents 2 Euro.
Doors: 8.00pm; show starts 8.30pm.

Saturday 15th November, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Tickets: 25 / 20 Euro (concession)
Bookings: 046 909 2300 or from
Credit Card bookings fee 1 Euro. Online booking fee 1.75 Euro
Show 8.00pm