Meet the new generation of American composers

Wednesday 16th November, 2011

Meet the new generation of American composers

Enjoy a Crash Course in some of the best new music from the United States

Our YOUNG AMERICANS concert is this Friday, November 25th in Liberty Hall!

Expect fresh and exciting pieces by dynamic composers including: 

Sean Friar, whose 'Velvet Hammer' has been nominated for this year's Gaudeamus Prize; 

Missy Mazzoli, dubbed 'Brooklyn's post-millenial Mozart' (Time Out NY); 

Timothy Andres, who Alex Ross (The Rest is Noise) says “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams" and

Ken Ueno, winner of the 2010-2011 Berlin Prize, whose influences range from Tuvan throat-singing and Heavy Metal subtone vocals to Japanese traditional music. 

 Young Americans will include the WORLD PREMIERE of a new work, written especially for Crash Ensemble by NIco Muhly,well known for his collaborations with artists such as Sam Amidon, Antony and the Johnsons, Björk and Jonsi from Sigur Rós. Muhly’s first opera,Two Boys, was premiered by the English National Opera this summer to critical acclaim.

Muhly has also written soundtracks to Joshua (2007), and Best Picture nominee The Reader (2008). 

“I have always been a huge fan of the Crash Ensemble; I am inherently trustful of ensembles that are co-piloted by composers and performers…I am hugely honored to be one of the newest commissionees.”      

Nico Muhly

We are VERY pleased to be welcoming two of our featured composers to Dublin especially for the concert, Nico Muhly and Sean Friar! 

Join us and our esteemed friend and colleague Bernard Clarke (Nova,RTÉ lyric fm) in a pre-show discussion with Nico Muhly at 6pm in the Connolly Room of Liberty Hall, in association with the fantastic new Centre for Composition and Contemporary Practice of Trinity College Dublin. 

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