Announcing Kate Ellis as Co-Artistic Director

Tuesday 10th April, 2012

Kate Ellis, Crash Ensemble’s cellist of ten years, will take the position as
Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble from May 2012.

Kate is a prominent figure on the music scene in Ireland, working as an
established soloist, chamber musician and curator. She performs with Crash
Ensemble, Gavin Friday, Tarab (fusing elements of Mediterranean music, jazz
and Irish traditional music) and Yurodny (performing contemporary
interpretations and new works inspired by traditional music from Eastern
Europe). In 2012, with a new project entitled Resound, Kate will bring
together the creative talents of six diverse musicians, two visual artists
and a poet.

Kate is co-founder and co-curator of the monthly music salon, ‘Kaleidoscope
Night’. Now in its third year and described by the Irish Times as “one of
those life-saving, spirit-lifting, pioneering cultural ventures we keep
hearing about”1, Kaleidoscope offers innovative and imaginative programming
of a diverse range of music from ancient to contemporary and experimental in
a relaxed, intimate and beautiful setting.

In July 2011 Kate became musician-in-residence at the Cork Opera House,
working as co-curator of the Reich Effect, a festival marking the 75th year
of Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Reich. She continues her residency throughout
2012-2013 with a series of solo concerts and collaborations with other Irish
and international musicians.

Donnacha Dennehy, Crash Ensemble’s founder will take up the position of
Global Scholar at Princeton University for 18 months in September, and he
will remain as Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble.

It is so exciting to have the opportunity to share the artistic
directorship of Crash Ensemble for the next year and a half with Kate
Ellis.  Kate is quite simply a force in Irish new music right now, with a
curatorial energy and curiosity that is just expanding ferociously.  I am
very excited to share the role of artistic director with Kate, and to see
and hear the many new projects that Kate is already imagining for Crash in
the next 2 seasons.
Donnacha Dennehy, Artistic Director, Crash Ensemble.