Crash Ensemble to premiere new work by Dennehy in Westport Arts Festival

Tuesday 21st August, 2007

Friday August 31st 2007 | Holy Trinity Church, Westport
As part of the Westport Arts Festival (31st August – 9th September 2007)

After a triumphant debut in New York, Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s foremost contemporary classical ensemble, will perform the world premiere of a new set of Sean Nós settings for Iarla Ó Lionáird at the Wesport Arts Festival.
Written by Crash Ensemble’s Artistic Director and Composer Donnacha Dennehy, this concert is the beginning of a national tour and the 10th Anniversary celebrations of a company renowned for its compositions and interpretations of cutting-edge music.

The programme  for the Westport Arts Festival concert includes the 2nd Irish performance of the highly acclaimed Grá agus Bás, written by Dennehy for Ó Lionáird as well as two new settings of Sean Nós songs.  Also featuring will be a new piece by grandfather of minimalism, Terry Riley, written for Crash Ensemble and LCMS - Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle – which evokes scenes of ancient celtic Ireland and is heavily inspired by old Irish art.

The concert will also feature work by Ziporyn. Alan Pierson, of New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound, will be conducting and performing in the concert.