Free State 7

Free State is Crash Ensemble’s annual concert of up-and-coming composers. Selecting the most vibrant new music Ireland has to offer from over 100 open-submission entries, Free State 7 introduces you to the talented new names to watch out for.

Since Free State’s inception in 2006 Crash Ensemble have showcased works from composers who have gone on to become leading lights of the Irish New Music scene: among them, Ed Bennett, Linda Buckley, Julie Feeney, Garrett Sholdice, and Andrew Hamilton.

If there is a concert that showcases the future of music in Ireland, Free State 7 is it.

The programme includes works for classical instruments and electronics from Daniel McDermott, who released his first Album "fractal" in April 2011; Conal Ryan, architect ,composer and joint-winner of the West Cork Chamber Festival Composition Competition in 2011; Garrett Sholdice whose Tanka for Aki Takahashi was premiered by its dedicatee at Tsukuba Nova Hall, Japan, in December 2011; Irene Buckley whose work Miniatus was commissioned by the NJO (Netherlands Youth Orchestra),  Jonathan Nangle, who represented Ireland for a second time in 2011 at the 58th International Rostrum of Composers, Eric Skytterholm Egan, an Irish-Norwegian composer whose work Non-Stable Equilibrium is based on the psychological notion of working memory; Sebastian Adams (Director of Ictus ensemble); Donal Sarsfield winner of the Priz Luigi Russolo; Emma O’Halloran, co-founder of SoundSet, and Enda Bates, composer, guitarist and lecturer, whose piece ‘Calls from the Fog’ uses multiphonics, a technique which allows the flute to produce several notes at once.

The Dublin Laptop Orchestra will also feature as special guests in Free State 7, ‘dueting’ with Crash on Alex Dowling’sRecommended by Dentists’.

Free State 7 was guest curated by Andrew Hamilton (composer) this year in conjunction with Crash Ensemble. Crash premiered Andrew Hamilton’s commission ‘music for people who like art’ at Free State VI in 2011. 

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s foremost music ensemble and one of the best in the world, as recognised internationally. Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops. Washington Post, 2011.

Co-produced by the National Concert Hall Free State 7 combines a world-class ensemble with a world-class concert venue to bring our audiences the future of new music.

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In discussion:

The Contemporary Music Centre presents a pre-show discussion with Free State 7 composers and curator, 6.30pm, The National Concert Hall, Carolan Room. Free event.



Free State 7 is being recorded by RTÉ lyric fm for broadcast on Nova, presented by Bernard Clarke, at 9pm on 3rd June. for more details.



Thursday, April 5th, 7.30pm, 2012 | The National Concert Hall | Main Auditorium

Tickets €20/€15(conc.) available from / 01 417 0000

Discounts apply to groups of ten or more.



Irene Buckley - Miniatus

Daniel McDermott - In this Skin

Garret Sholdice - Tanka for Aki Takahashi

Sebastian Adams - Miniature for Cello and Piano

Enda Bates - Calls from the Fog

Donal Sarsfield - Everybody knows everything

Emma O'Halloran - Truth and Beauty

Conal Ryan - Apertures

Eric Egan - Non-Stable Equilibrium

Jonathan Nangle - Where distant city lights flicker on half frozen ponds

Alex Dowling - Recommended by Dentists (feat. The Dublin Laptop Orchestra with Crash Ensemble)


Conductor:  Gavin Maloney


Crash Ensemble:Emily Thyne -Violin;Larissa O’Grady- Violin; Lisa Dowdall- Viola; Kate Ellis- Cello; Malachy Robinson- Double Bass; Deirdre O’Leary- Clarinet; Susan Doyle -Flute; Roddy O’Keeffe -Trombone; John Godfrey -Electric Guitar; Owen Gunnell -Percussion; Andrew Zolinsky - Piano



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*Interviews with the composers and curator can be arranged.


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This concert is co-produced by The National Concert hall, in partnership with Lyric fm and the Contemporary Music Centre and supported by Dublin City Council.