Double Portrait: Lang & Andriessen

Cutting-edge Irish music collective Crash Ensemble showcases the innovative music of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang alongside that of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in ‘Double Portrait’ on June 5th in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin.

Along with performances of music by David Lang, including the 2008 Crash Ensemble commissioned ‘Forced March’, Crash Ensemble will feature the work of Louis Andriessen, one of the most influential European composers of our time.

The works of this well matched duo will make for an energetic, high-octane performance, which has become a trademark of Crash Ensemble’s many concerts.

Louis Andreissen’s influence over the contemporary Irish music scene is palpable and his presence was instrumental in the establishment of Crash Ensemble in 1997 by composer and Crash Ensemble Artistic Director Donnacha Dennehy.  As a composer Andriessen is both provocative and enticing, his influence on the contemporary music scene resonates globally. Famed for collaborations with Peter Greenaway, Hal Hartley and Robert Wilson, Louis Andriessen is frequently credited with having changed the face of music.

Recently appointed composer in residence for 2009-2010 in Carnegie Hall, this Dublin performance of his works celebrates the composer’s 70th birthday.

In Double Portrait Crash Ensemble will also be performing works by the American composer David Lang , who is at the forefront of the dynamic contemporary music scene in  New York. Having won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for The Little Match Girl Passion; an intrepid work commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Lang continues to surprise and delight. Lang is co-founder of legendary new music group ‘Bang on a Can’ in New York City, a collective exposing exciting and innovative music to new audiences worldwide.

Double Portrait presents a musical reflection on two of the most exciting composers of these times. David Lang credits Andriessen as a major influence on his work and in turn on the celebrated Bang on a Can collective, extolling his admiration for Andriessen’s radical approach to composition: Talking of Andriessen's Worker's Union (featured on the concert) Lang praises Andriessen's radicalism in freeing us from the "tyranny of orchestration, harmony or pitch.”

Double Portrait sees a welcome return for Crash Ensemble to the Samuel Beckett Theatre and also marks the Ensemble’s indelible 11-year mark on the Irish and global music scene.


Double Portrait | Friday June 5 | 8pm |  Samuel Beckett Theatre | (01) 896 2461 | €20/15