Engage Arts Festival


How About Now: Crash Ensemble at Engage Arts Festival Bandon:

St. Peter's Church, Bandon, Co. Cork

Sept 24th, 8.30pm

Tickets €20/€15 conc.


After the great success of the Reich Effect in Cork Opera House in July, Crash Ensemble travelled back to Cork, this time to headline Bandon’s Engage Arts Festival, with a brand new programme of music and video entitled How About Now.

Crash Ensemble celebrated the vibrancy and creative energy of young composers, focusing on the most exciting new music emerging from the new generation of composers in Ireland and the United States.

How about Now featured two Irish premieres, It Goes Without Saying and How About Now by Nico Muhly, described as ‘the hottest composer on the planet’ by the Daily Telegraph. Velvet Hammer by U.S. artist Seán Friar, winner of a 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, was performed for the first time to an Irish audience.

A celebration of the works of musicians, poets, writers, actors and painters, Engage Arts Festival’s ethos is to showcase both established and emerging artists, with an emphasis on promoting up-and-coming artists of every discipline.

In keeping with this philosophy, Crash Ensemble presented works by Ireland’s most distinctive young composing talents, including The Room is the Resonator by David Fennessy, Submerge by Sinéad Meaney, Up to my F-holes by Judith Ring, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’ s Star, and pieces by two of Cork’s own, Fiol by Linda Buckley and Evolution of close double stars by Irene Buckley.