Crash Ensem­ble premiere ‘Thought’

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The fruits of a mu­sic-based FundIt cam­paign will be dis­played in Dublin tonight, when con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal ensem­ble Crash Ensem­ble de­but their new work. Hav­ing ini­ti­ated a fundrais­ing cam­paign ear­lier this year to com­mis­sion renowned avant-garde com­poser Glenn Branca for an orig­i­nal piece, Thought will re­ceive its world premiere at the Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre. Branca said that he “was ex­tremely in­ter­ested in Don­nacha’s [Den­nehy, Crash co-founder] work but also in the per­for­mance of the group, which was one of the most so­phis­ti­cated I’ve ever heard by any cham­ber ensem­ble any­where.”

Also on the pro­gramme is the world premiere of Loop­ing Point by South African com­poser Kevin Volans, and the sec­ond Irish per­for­mance of last year’s com­mis­sion – Nico Muhly’s Drones, Vari­a­tions, Or­na­ments. Den­nehy said com­mis­sion­ing and per­form­ing new work is vi­tal to the Ensem­ble. “FundIt of­fered the op­por­tu­nity of an­other fund­ing av­enue, and we are so happy that so many peo­ple were so gen­er­ous in these dif­fi­cult times," he said. "It shows that peo­ple be­lieve in the value of new art. Branca and Volans are lead­ing com­posers, and it is ex­cit­ing to be pre­mier­ing new work by them along­side our 2011 com­mis­sion from Nico Muhly."

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