Galway Arts Festival 2012

"The biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has...'  (The Irish Times)

Crash Ensemble is confirmed to play Ireland's largest international arts festival on Thursday July 19th, 2012. 
We'll be bringing some of the world's most inventive new music to Galway Arts Festival (July 16-29th), including our new work by the composer called the 'hottest on the planet', Nico Muhly, Grá agus Bás by Donnacha Dennehy featuring sean nós singer Iarla Ó'Lionáird,  and the world premiere of the specially commissioned dimmerswitch by internationally acclaimed composer and producer Daniel Figgis.

...a glorious kaleidoscopic fortnight of events... 
The Irish Examiner

Galway Arts Festival has built up a reputation for showcasing an expansive variety of international artists alongside the best of Irish talent, including music, theatre, visual arts, dance, talks, discussions, family events and comedy.
Crash Ensemble will join the ranks of artists and musicians to be featured at the festival, whose impressive line-up has previously included Philip Glass, David Byrne, Brad Mehldau, Blondie, Kronos Quartet, Bon Iver, David Hockney, Joni Mitchell and Henri Matisse. 

dimmerswitch, a commission for Crash Ensemble by Daniel Figgis
The music of the "inimitable"* Daniel Figgis has been described by WNYC's John Schaefer as "hypnotic", by Hot Press as  "world-beating…marvelous…hyperintelligent" and by The Guardian as "hauntingly evocative". Galway Arts Festival will see the world premiere of dimmerswitch, a work in 23 interlacing sections, written for the full ensemble (10 players) plus tape. The piece presents a self-regulating but faulty steampunk mechanism in a fervid and hyperactive dialogue with the beating heart that is Crash Ensemble….Having long admired the Crash it is an honour to adventure with an ensemble at the very height of their powers. Daniel Figgis.

Iarla Ó Lionáird

Fresh from his recent U.S. tour with Martin Hayes, and his recent performances with The Gloaming, Ó Lionáird joins Crash to perform Grá agus Bás , which National Public Radio(NPR) described as …one of the best and most satisfying listening experiences of the year. In September 2011 Ó Lionáird released Foxlight, one of his most organic and naturalistic records to date. We are excited to work with Iarla again in the intimate setting of St Nicholas Church, Galway. 

Nico Muhly - Drones, Variations, Ornaments
Following the great success of our Young Americans concert in Liberty Hall last November, we are delighted to bring 'Drones, Variations, Ornaments' to Galway, byNico Muhly whose work with Antony and the Johnsons, Bonnie Prince Billy, Jonsi and Sam Amidon, as well as his score for The Reader, have secured his reputation as one of today's most prolific and genre-defying young composers. For those that missed the world premiere of our last Crash Commission, this will be its first performance since its 2011 premiere. 

Other Events:
There are lots of other events, including 'First Talks',a series of lectures, panel discussions and interviews exploring the nature of creativity that will feature among others,The New Yorker's Alex Ross on Wagner's influence on Joyce (July 28th, 3.30pm) and a special Trailblaze with John O'Donoghue, Dylan Haskins, Colm O'Gorman and Sunny Jacobs (July 28th, 8.30pm).
For a full line-up go to

The spirit of Galway Arts Festival is all-inclusive, accessible and always open to suggestion. Contemporary festivals fall over themselves to state their commitment to both street and "high art". The difference in Galway is that ambition is realised. 
The Observer

Daniel Figgis dimmerswitch (2012) and Nico Muhly's Drones, Variations, Ornaments(2011) are funded by The Arts Council Commissions Award.

*The Independent (UK)

By phone: 091 566577 from 18th June
In Person: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway, from Monday 18th June
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