2015 - Our Year In Review

Tuesday 5th January, 2016
You'd be forgiven for thinking we were everywhere this year, its been busy!

Our first concerts of the year were in the National Concert Hall for Dublin's celebration of new music New Music Dublin, this year named What... Wow? David Lang’s Festival of Music and curated by the man himself. As part of the days' marathon we performed works by Irish composers including the premiere of a commission by Linda Buckley (commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival for us). In our second concert we joined the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Chamber Choir Ireland and So Percussion to perform Steve Reich's monumental work Music for 18 Musicians.
Then off to the US for the premiere of a collaboration with Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at the beautiful Ann and Ellen Fife Theater at Virginia Polytechnic and State University's Center for the Arts. Dualities was a groundbreaking work by faculty member Eric Lyon, a double concerto for cello and and BioMuse, a form of electronic interface co-designed with Ben Knapp, who acted as soloist. Crash also premiered Marbles by multi-instrumentalist and composer Dan Trueman.

April saw us on the road nationally to the Wexford Arts Centre and Derry for the Walled City Music Spring Series, with the start of our 2015 regional tour Born in the 80s featuring works by young Irish composers. 
We also spent some time with our friends at CoisCeim dance company and Fishamble The New Play Company developing our new work Invitation to a Journey on the life of Irish Designer Eileen Gray.
Over the Easter weekend we presented Soundworks at the Phase One Festival of electronica at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim. Soundworks is a series of sound instillations and electro-acoustic works presented as part of Crash Ensemble's fringe events, this edition featured work by Jimmy Eadie and David Bickley.
May got us into the studio to record our next album, on the Bedroom Community label with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (you will get to hear it next year)  and a new commission by Deirdre Gribbin - the score for Invitation to a Journey.
Dublin Dance Festival saw a developmental showing of  Dancehall, a collaboration with Emma Martin Dance and composer Andrew Hamilton.

Terry Riley’s 80th birthday was in June, which we marked with a concert at  the midsummer sunrise at Cork’s Blackrock Castle and Observatory performing Riley’s Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector for Cork's Midsummer Festival.

No event was more anticipated in 2015 than The Last Hotel, which is a new opera by two of Ireland’s leading creative artists - the writer and director Enda Walsh, and the composer and Crash's founder Donnacha Dennehy. Its world premiere took the  Edinburgh International Festival by storm, filling the Royal Lyceum Theatre for five performances. 
Barely back in Dublin and we hit the stage at the National Concert Hall with singer/songwriter Keaton Henson, a unique concert as Henson rarely performs live.

Festival month for Crash. We got to perform in a very fancy tent for Dublin Fringe Festival. Stories though Sound (presented by Sounds Alive) celebrated radio 
and transformed the Spiegeltent into a theatre of sound & story, with british radio producer and composer Nina Perry, bringing her stunning collection of compelling radio documentaries to the stage for the very first time. We also debuted  Dublin singer songwriter Adrian Crowley's fiction writing as spoken word.
Sounds from a Safe Habour, the incredible new festival curated by Bruce Dessner (The National) and Mary Hickson, had several members of the group on residency at Lismore Castle before two festival concerts - performing works by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Sam Amidon with Beth Orton, Nadia Sirota and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) guesting. We were also in the festival showcase concert alongside So Percussion and Shara Worden, performing Richard Reed Parry's Heart and Breath with Bryce Dessner,  Aaron Dessner,  Richard Reed Parry, Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota.
Then another festival - the Dublin Theatre Festival - with 5 nights of The Last Hotel for a very appreciative home audience. An edition of Soundworks for the Engage Arts Festival in Bandon, Cork rounded up September, featuring works by Francis Heery and Mark Hennessey.
Not done with festivals yet, we premiered Dancehall,  at VISUAL Carlow, and then had five performances at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Then, off to London with Conducter André de Ridder,  opera stars Robin Adams, Claudia Boyle, Katherine Manley and the actor Mikel Murfi for six nights of  
The Last Hotel at The Royal Opera House, London.
Having barely arrived back in Dublin to wash our clothes, we headed to Lithuania for the GAIDA festival of new music, where audiences filled the seats first, and then the aisles. It was a great concert and a great festival.
Back on home turf, we brought Born in the 80s to The Dock, Leitrim which included the premiere of Pause by Jonathan Nangle, which was commissioned by the Dock for Crash. Pause as a video instillation also featured The Past Presence, an exhibition at The Dock. 

Born in the 80s then hit  Belfast at the Crescent Arts Centre for Moving on Music's Contemporary Music Weekend. 
We also had more fringe curating, where 
Jimmy Eadie (Crash's first Creative Partner)  had his  installation Collision: Trio for Piano and Voice printed to Vinyl Disc cut at 45 RPM at the HearSay Festival of excellence in creative audio.

Not finished yet, in December we have been workshopping Invitation to a Journey with CoisCeim and Fishamble, and Beyond The Pale,  a new opera with Tom Creed (Director) Tom Swift (Libretto) and Ben Scheuer (Composer).

Thank you 
The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council, Music Network,The National Concert Hall, New Music Dublin, David Lang,  Linda Buckley, Virginia Tech, Eric Lyon, Ben Knapp, The Dock Arts Centre, Moving on Music, Walled City Music, Wexford Arts Centre, CoisCeim, Fishamble, Phase One Festival, Emma Martin Dance, Andrew Hamilton, Cork Midsummer Festival, Wide Open Opera, Landmark Productions, Enda Walsh, Donnacha Dennehy, the Edinburgh International Festival, Keaton Henson, Dublin Fringe Festival, Sounds Alive, Nina Perry, Adrian Crowley, Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival, Bryce Dessner, Mary Hickson, Sam Amidon, Beth Orton, Richard Reed Parry, Nadia Saroita, The Everyman Theatre, Bedroom Community, Valgeir, Engage Arts Festival, The Royal Opera House, The Dock Arts centre, Jonathan Nangle, Tom Creed, Hearsay Festival and to all our audiences and listeners.