Friday, 29 November 2013

Crash Ensemble and special guest Valgeir Sigurðsson bring you music from the vast landscapes and expansive beauty of the northern shores of Europe.

Featuring works by Kaija Saariaho (Finland), Tobias Brostrom (Sweden), Rolf Wallin (Norway), Rune Glerup (Denmark) and a world premiere from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Iceland).

Crash Ensemble will perform three pieces by Sigurðsson: the world premiere of a new work for the group, his evocative string quartet Nebraska, and a new arrangement of Past Tundra from his acclaimed album Draumalandið, which he will perform with the group.

It's a thrilling opportunity to get to write a new piece for Crash, and to crash the party of Nordic composers! Both my older pieces presented by Crash this evening —Nebraska and Past Tundra— take a cue from real and imagined terrain. The all-new Ghosts is inspired by folklore and mystery. Valgeir Sigurðsson

Valgeir Sigurðsson is founder of the Bedroom Community record label (home to Nico Muhly, Ben Frost and Sam Amidon), as well as Iceland’s top recording facility Greenhouse Studios, where his collaborators include Björk, Feist, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Camille, CocoRosie, The Magic Numbers, múm and many others.


Rolf Wallin : The Age of Wire and String 

Valgeir Sigurðsson : Nebraska

Rune Glerup : Dust Encapsulated #2

Tobias Brostrom : Arena

Kaija Saariaho : Ciel Étoilé

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts. WORLD PREMIERE

Valgeir Sigurðsson : Past Tundra (in a new arrangement for Crash Ensemble) 

Från sverige - from Sweden-  Arena is one of Tobias Brostrom’s most ambitious pieces, here arranged for solo percussionist, who is likened to a gladiator in an arena of percussion instruments.

Fra Norge- from Norway- Rolf Wallin’s The Age of Wire and String borrows its title from the debut novel by the American author Ben Marcus, a book that describes a world totally different from ours, unearthly but that still seems to have its own set of laws and logic, consistent, yet ungraspable.

Suomesta-from Finland, Ciel Étoilé by Kaija Saariaho consists of 36 bars. Each bar is a 'star': a unique sound object, played in perfect unison with great concentration. The musicians should always be calm and rehearsed, as in a ritual.

Fra Danmark - from Denmark, Danish composer Rune Glerup’s Dust Encapsulated is a piece with a tendency to tip over into the absurd, with unexpected moments of beautiful introspection.

Nordic is supported by the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish Embassies in Ireland.