Rothko Chapel / Words
May 30, 2010 | 8pm | The Great Hall, IMMA
A concert of music by Morton
Part of the exhibition VerticalThoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts
Presented by Crash Ensemble
National Chamber Choir
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 www.musicalcriticism.com 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