Congratulations to CIT CCAD Multimedia graduate Brendan Canty who is to collaborate with Crash Ensemble

11 May, 2017


Out of the concert hall and into the countryside.

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.




About Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music group; a collective of world-class musicians who play and pioneer new work on their native island of Ireland and around the world.

2017 is an important year for Crash Ensemble as they celebrate 20 years of creative existence. Growing from an artist initiated group to an internationally celebrated entity, the Ensemble work with some of the world’s the most distinctive composers and culturally relevant artists to create a legacy of innovative new work, performed to the highest standards.

Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops The Washington Post

Founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy, some of the most distinctive living composers have written for the group, including Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kevin Volans, Glen Branca, Nico Muhly and Gerald Barry.
Many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds have performed with the ensemble; Gavin Friday, Dawn Upshaw, Julie Feeney, Lisa Hannigan, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Sam Amidon and Beth Orton.
Crash have recordings on NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and in 2017 will release on the Bedroom Community label.

As well as performing throughout Ireland, Crash regularly perform internationally, with appearances in the last few years at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Opera House (London), The Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Virginia Tech (Virginia), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania) and residencies at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival (UK) and Princeton University (NJ).

What the press say:
“Massiveness and impact are characteristics that the Crash Ensemble rarely lack”.
The Irish Times

“the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group” 
The New York Times

“The Crash Ensemble’s feverant performances would be a sensation at the Proms”. 
The Times (UK)

“…you want to tap your feet, but two feet rarely seem enough”. 
The Guardian (UK)

A snapshot of recent Crash Ensemble collaborations:
2016: Airwaves Festival (Iceland).
Invitation to a Journey. A collaboration with Fishamble The New Play Company and CoisCeim Dance Theatre.
2015: “The Last Hotel’ a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Royal Opera House (London)
2014: Performances at Nonesuch record’s 50th anniversary. The Barbican, London
2013: US Tour: Carnegie Hall (NYC), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, (Washington DC) and Princeton University.
The Importance of Being Earnest, an opera by Gerald Barry. Derry, Belfast, Cork, Dublin.
2012: Ensemble in Residence, The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.                  
For a full list of concerts see

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