Crash Ensemble Launches :fund:it Campaign

Tuesday 31st July, 2012

Glenn Branca wants to write for Crash and we need your help!

Branca, composer, guitarist, producer has collaborated with artists from David Bowie to St Vincent’s Annie Clarke. He provided formative inspiration for New York performers like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Michael Gira of the Swans in the late 1970s, while also leading the No Wave bands Theoretical Girls and Static.

He is the man behind avant-garde masterpieces, The Ascension (1980) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981).

"I thought, 'I'm gonna try this, man, I'm going to have these f---ing instruments kicking ass'" Branca on Symphony No. 15: Running Through the World Like an Open Razor (Music for Strange Orchestra)

The work that Branca envisions for Crash will “create a fresh and appealing approach to how music could sound in the 21st century” to "capture this unique and ineffable new music".

The piece will be for full ensemble: flute, clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and will be approximately 20mins long.
 As long-term fans we were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Branca and to create an important and exciting new work.

We have very ambitious plans for this work, including:

• World Premiere, the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. 2 November 2012.

• UK Premiere, 18 Nov 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), Britain’s most important festival of contemporary music.

Branca's commission will form an important part of the HCMF festival programme. Performing it on an international stage will bring the world's attention to the work and the ensemble as a world-class group of performers.