Over two nights at the O’Reilly Theatre, Crash Ensemble, who specialise in multi-media contemporary music, performed BACK TO BACK – a programme of inventive and artistically dynamic music  featuring both Irish and American maverick composers.

(IR)RATIONAL on November 9th saw Crash Ensemble tackle the music of three important American composers -  the late James Tenney,  Tom Johnson and Erik Lund. The second night FREE STATE was dedicated to Irish world premieres and other creative compositions by emerging young Irish artists.

The world premieres of Stephen Gardner’s What Passing Bells and Linda Buckley’s Stratus took centre stage during FREE STATE. This was an exciting evening for new and fresh contemporary music from budding composers in Ireland today. Songstress and composer Julie Feeney also featured as part of FREE STATE performing work especially written for her appearance with Crash Ensemble. Winner of the inaugural Choice Music Prize, Feeney’s debut CD was reviewed by the New York Times as a ‘charming, urbane, dreamy record’.