Crash Ensemble presents CRASHLANDS

Friday 12th May, 2017

To mark their 20th anniversary at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music, Crash Ensemble announce CrashLands - a ground breaking new music project. This ambitious collaboration commissions and showcases new work from 20 Irish and international composers. Live performances will be set in unusual rural locations scattered across their native homeland of Ireland.

Crash Ensemble will present 20 new music world premieres by composers including Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Peter Adriaansz, Tansy Davies, Kate Moore, Paul Lansky, Donnacha Dennehy, Gerald Barry, Roger Doyle, Andrew Hamilton, Sean Clancy, Jennifer Walsh, Amanda Feery, Ann Cleare, Kevin Volans, Linda Buckley, Ed Bennett, and one more name to be announced.

CrashLands aims to break free of tradition by bringing new elements to the creative process including film and poetry. Crash Ensemble have commissioned filmmaker + cinematographer Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost) and bi-lingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa to capture and respond to this intimate portrait of new music in Ireland. As much a tribute to the stunning landscapes of Ireland as it is a concert tour, CrashLands will create a magical experience for live audiences and audiences around the world via

This collaborative project will be premiered at atmospheric locations across the island of Ireland in partnership with local festivals and cultural happenings.

Sites include:

WEST CORK: Fastnet Short Film Festival, Long Island, Schull: May 27th

INISHBOFIN: INISH Island Conversations, Inishbofin, Galway: June 1st

CLARE: Mountshannon Arts Festival: June 4th

CARLOW: Carlow Arts Festival: June 13th

CLONMEL: Clonmel Junction Festival, Tipperary: July 9th

LEITRIM: Water Music Festival, Leitrim: July 12th

DONEGAL: Earagail Arts Festival, Aranmore Island: July 23rd

KERRY: Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts: August 3rd 

KILKENNY: Kilkenny Arts Festival: August 16th

CORK: Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival: September 16th

All 20 music commissions will be performed, together with responding films and poetry (performed by Doireann Ní Ghríofa) in Dublin, November 2017. 

The CrashLands music project is generously funded by the Arts Council.