Project Arts Centre

Temple Bar, Dublin

ST. PATRICK'S FESTIVAL: Crash Ensemble with Mango X MathMan | Zero Zero (POSTPONED)

Monday, 16 March 2020

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St. Patrick’s Festival with THISISPOPBABY present
WHERE WE LIVE: Zero Zero. Crash Ensemble with Mango X MathMan.

Monday 16 March, 7pm and 9pm (2 shows). Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2. Tickets €21 from

Zero Zero fuses the world of street music, rap and spoken word with contemporary new music in a fluid and emotive experience from contemporary classical group Crash Ensemble and Dublin’s freshest urban producers Mango X MathMan.

Telling a story of modern Ireland from the perspective of two young Dubliners, Zero Zero examines themes of love, loss, setbacks, social breakdown and personal growth - all set to the backdrop of an evolving Dublin City social and cultural landscape.

In association with Project Arts Centre.

Age limit 14+
Please note there may be some strong language, under 18s attendance is at parents discretion



Inspired by Eileen Gray


We must ask nothing of artists but to be of their own time  – Eileen Gray

She crafted and she made.
She flew a plane.
She gave her lovers gifts.
She let her heart be broken.
She was an original and she was endlessly reproduced.

Eileen Gray defied expectations – from her innovative designs to her unconventional personal life she challenged what it meant to be an artist, a woman and to be Irish.  Inspired by her inimitable life and work, INVITATION TO A JOURNEY is a powerful, evocative new work by Ireland’s leading performance companies.

As Gray fused elements to create new forms, INVITATION TO A JOURNEY combines contemporary dance, music and theatre to create a compelling illustration of a once-forgotten, now celebrated, Irish modernist.



CAST | Justine Cooper | Ingrid Craigie | Kate Ellis | Ivonne Kalter | Ronan Leahy  | Emma O’Kane | Deirdre O’Leary | Alex Petcu | Kate Stanley Brennan | Maria Ryan

DIRECTION | David Bolger, Jim Culleton
SCRIPT | Gavin Kostick
ORIGINAL SCORE | Deirdre Gribbin
DESIGN | Maree Kearns
SOUND DESIGN | Kevin Gleeson
HAIR & MAKE UP | Val Sherlock 

“…the force of a revelation in Irish Culture…”  Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times on CoisCéim

“an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops.” The Washington Post on Crash Ensemble

Fishamble: Olivier Award Winner, 2016  |  ‘Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ The Guardian

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Free State 8

 Be the first to hear what’s happening in contemporary classical music in Ireland.

Crash Ensemble and Project Arts Centre present Free State 8. The most vibrant music from Ireland’s up and coming composing talent, performed by the country’s leading contemporary music ensemble.

Crash Ensemble’s annual open submission concert from new Irish composers is guest curated by composer Raymond Deane. Featuring a special performance of ‘Passage Work’ by Raymond Deane with Soprano Sylvia O Brien.

Hear where new music is at, check out Free State 8.


Crash Ensemble and special guest Valgeir Sigurðsson bring you music from the vast landscapes and expansive beauty of the northern shores of Europe.

Featuring works by Kaija Saariaho (Finland), Tobias Brostrom (Sweden), Rolf Wallin (Norway), Rune Glerup (Denmark) and a world premiere from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Iceland).

Crash Ensemble will perform three pieces by Sigurðsson: the world premiere of a new work for the group, his evocative string quartet Nebraska, and a new arrangement of Past Tundra from his acclaimed album Draumalandið, which he will perform with the group.

It's a thrilling opportunity to get to write a new piece for Crash, and to crash the party of Nordic composers! Both my older pieces presented by Crash this evening —Nebraska and Past Tundra— take a cue from real and imagined terrain. The all-new Ghosts is inspired by folklore and mystery. Valgeir Sigurðsson

Valgeir Sigurðsson is founder of the Bedroom Community record label (home to Nico Muhly, Ben Frost and Sam Amidon), as well as Iceland’s top recording facility Greenhouse Studios, where his collaborators include Björk, Feist, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Camille, CocoRosie, The Magic Numbers, múm and many others.


Rolf Wallin : The Age of Wire and String 

Valgeir Sigurðsson : Nebraska

Rune Glerup : Dust Encapsulated #2

Tobias Brostrom : Arena

Kaija Saariaho : Ciel Étoilé

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts. WORLD PREMIERE

Valgeir Sigurðsson : Past Tundra (in a new arrangement for Crash Ensemble) 

Från sverige - from Sweden-  Arena is one of Tobias Brostrom’s most ambitious pieces, here arranged for solo percussionist, who is likened to a gladiator in an arena of percussion instruments.

Fra Norge- from Norway- Rolf Wallin’s The Age of Wire and String borrows its title from the debut novel by the American author Ben Marcus, a book that describes a world totally different from ours, unearthly but that still seems to have its own set of laws and logic, consistent, yet ungraspable.

Suomesta-from Finland, Ciel Étoilé by Kaija Saariaho consists of 36 bars. Each bar is a 'star': a unique sound object, played in perfect unison with great concentration. The musicians should always be calm and rehearsed, as in a ritual.

Fra Danmark - from Denmark, Danish composer Rune Glerup’s Dust Encapsulated is a piece with a tendency to tip over into the absurd, with unexpected moments of beautiful introspection.

Nordic is supported by the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish Embassies in Ireland.

Launch of Crash Ensemble in Residence at Project Arts Centre

Join us for the launch of our new residency at Project Arts Centre on Tuesday 31st July.

Two of Ireland’s most exciting companies join forces for a creative collaboration that will push the boundaries of contemporary music.

Project Arts Centre is at the forefront of cutting edge art in Ireland, remaining dedicated to enabling artists to create work of high quality and ambition, and Crash Ensemble are Ireland’s foremost contemporary music ensemble.  Breaking rules is all par for the course for these two organisations, which is why embarking on this partnership is a natural progression of their shared ambition, giving Irish contemporary music a permanent home. 

As part of this residency, Crash Ensemble will perform a series of concerts and events at Project Arts Centre over the next two years, bringing adventurous, ground-breaking new music to Irish audiences. The residency will encourage creative enquiry, artist collaboration across art forms and cultivate a new approach to the concert experience.

Being music ensemble in residence at Project Arts Centre will place Crash in the heart of the cultural centre of Dublin. With the exciting programme of dance, theatre, visual art and music that Project Arts Centre presents every year, we are looking forward to the many and varied possibilities for artistic collaboration, as well as bringing some of the world’s most inventive new music to Project Arts Centre’s audience. 
Kate Ellis, Co-Artistic Director, Crash Ensemble.

I am thrilled to welcome Crash Ensemble back to Project Arts Centre, affirming our commitment to presenting an innovative contemporary music programme for our audiences. I have been a fan of Crash Ensemble's work for many years and I look forward to the superb programmes they are planning and the potential collaborations between this legendary ensemble and the many artists with whom we work. 
Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director, Project Arts Centre

This residency will be officially launched at an event in Project Arts Centre on Friday 31 July and will be followed by a series of intimate early evening events starting in August.

Crash Ensemble’s first major concert as part of the residency will take place on the 2 November 2012 and will feature works written especially for the ensemble by some of the most distinctive creative voices in American and Irish contemporary music in the last 30 years.


 Crash Ensemble’s first major concert as Music Ensemble in Residence at Project Arts Centre

Come inside the mind of the ensemble; to the looping, sonic variations of Thought.

Thought will include WORLD PREMIERES written especially for the ensemble by the legendary Glenn Branca and Kevin Volans, as well as work from Nico Muhly and a new arrangement for Crash by Donnacha Dennehy.

Glenn Branca is the man behind avant-garde masterpieces, The Ascension (1980) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981), which provided formative inspiration for New York performers like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Michael Gira of Swans in the late 1970s. Thought is Branca’s first commission for Crash Ensemble, in which he takes “a fresh and appealing approach to how music could sound in the 21st century”. 

"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)

Kevin Volans is widely acknowledged as ‘one of the most remarkable musical minds of our time’. *After a productive collaboration with the Kronos Quartet in the 1980s, Volans’ Kronos discs, White Man Sleeps and Pieces of Africa broke all records for string quartet sales – Africa was number one on the US Classical and world music charts for 26 weeks. Looping Point has been specially written for Crash Ensemble by Kevin Volans in 2012.

Nico Muhly’s Drones, Variations, Ornaments is “music in constant transformation”, an offbeat offering for Crash Ensemble from this genre-defying young composer. Muhly has written opera, choral works and filmscores, while also producing and writing arrangements for Antony and the Johnsons, Björk, Sam Amidon and Grizzly Bear. Drones, Variations, Ornaments was written by Muhly for Crash Ensemble in 2011 with support from the Arts Council.

Donnacha Dennehy has created a unique arrangement of his 2010 piece ‘Disposable Dissonance’ for Crash Ensemble, which will receive its first performance on November 2nd.Dennehy, founder and co-artistic director of Crash Ensemble, has received international critical acclaim for his work. His music has been described as "magnificently energetic" (New York Times), and "a wonder to hear" (Paul Griffiths). The Guardian, in a 5-star review of his recent Nonesuch album Grá Agus Bás called it a piece of "startling freshness”.

Play As You Like- a fundraiser for Crash Ensemble

Thursday, 7 February 2013

7pm ‘til late (acts start 8pm)

This is a fundraiser for Crash Ensemble

Tickets from Project Arts Centre 01 8819613 or from

Scratch our contemporary surface and uncover funk-soul brothers, old-timey Appalachian fiddlers and experimental folk-rock sounds.

Enjoy an evening of musical hopscotch as Crash Ensemble and friends prove that there is more to them than meets the eye.

Everyone’s in for a good time, in aid of a good cause

Line up

Valerie Francis (Irish Album of the Year 2010, Irish Independent)

Adrian Hart  (I Draw Slow, Yurodny)

Malachy Robinson 

Deirdre O’Leary

Kate Ellis and Sean Carpio

Enda Bates (The Spook of The Thirteenth Lock)

DJ - Keith Fennell

Free State: Kevin Volans

Crash Ensemble | Free State: Kevin Volans | April 9, 2009 | 8pm | Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

"When it comes to music, the Crash abandons ‘safety first’… its reputation at the cutting edge of contemporary composition has been veritably bulletproof for most of the decade”
Sunday Business Post on Free State III

“Volans remains one of the planet’s most distinctive and unpredictable voices.”
Kyle Gann - Village Voice (New York)

Committed to showcasing new Irish Music, Crash Ensemble is featuring a concert of work by the internationally renowned composer Kevin Volans in this year’s Free State concert.

Having ended their incredibly busy 2008 with a concert focusing on new Irish music, Crash opens 2009 with another! This time they are celebrating new Irish music through Volans, who celebrates his 60th birthday this year, will curate an evening of cutting-edge music featuring young Irish composers alongside his own works. The centrepiece of the concert will be the world premiere of a new Volans’ composition – an important event in new music.

As well as performing with the ensemble, Kevin has chosen three unique voices from Irelands young composing talent to represent what he feels is new and exciting about new music in Ireland today. These works are by Jennifer Walshe, Simon O’Connor and Jonathan Nangle.

Crash has had a fruitful relationship with Volans over the past few years, since 2002, premiering works such as 1000 Bars and Joining up the Dots, written especially for Crash Ensemble. For this very special concert and in addition to composing the new work, Kevin will not only perform Nine Beginnings with the ensemble.

The 2009 FREE STATE concert is Crash Ensemble’s fourth annual showcase of new music from Ireland. This concert is always an adventure of the unexpected and has previously premiered new works by Gerald Barry, Julie Feeney among other unique voices of the new generation of Irish composers.

As with all Crash Ensemble’s FREE STATE concerts (the last of which was November 2008) works by young Irish composers is paramount. The composers featured this year (all Volans’ choices) are Jennifer Walshe, who will be over from New York (after her successful Grupat exhibition in the Project Arts Centre); Jonathan Nangle with a work for cello and viola and Simon O’Connor who will be writing a new work especially for the occasion.

Free State : Kevin Volans is held in association with Lyric FM

Running time approx 2hours


Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 881 9613 |

Ticket prices for each concert are €20/18. Tickets are on sale now from . Tickets will also be sold on the door.

Crash 2003 Festival

3-6 December 2003
Crash 2003 Festival
Project Arts Centre, Dublin

The opening concert of the Crash Festival 2003 is given dedicated to four multi media works performed by Crash ensemble. The major work in the concert is the premiere of Bang on a Can founder, Michael Gordon's 2003 version of his 60 minute multi-media work - Van Gogh in the presence of the composer. Also in the programme are a revival of Crash's own multi-media hit - Junk Box Fraud by Donnacha Dennehy as well as the world premiere of I like things by Andrew Hamilton, and a speaker swinging performance of the Helicopter Duo by Justin Carroll.