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Crash Ensemble release album ‘Crash Works I’

September 15, 2023

Crash Works is a partnership between Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin who commission and support the artistic and professional development of music creators (of any genre) at pivotal stages of their careers. Creators benefit from a wide range of support covering artistic mentorship, workshops, producing work, through to self-promotion, and making funding applications.

For ‘Crash Works I’, Crash Ensemble collaborated with leading Ireland based creators: composers Amy Rooney, Anselm McDonnell, songwriter and composer Laura Hyland, pianist and composer Yue Song, and harpist and composer Úna Monaghan. Each creator had development time with the ensemble over a 2-year period to work on the concepts and ideas for their commissions.

The first phase of Crash Works offered each music creator the opportunity to share their work in progress – performed by Crash Ensemble – at a work-in-progress showing to an invited audience of national and international presenters at New Music Dublin in April 2022.

The second phase of Crash Works culminated in the premiere of their new commissions for full ensemble on Friday 21 April 2023 at New Music Dublin festival at the National Concert Hall.

The concert at New Music Dublin 2023 was recorded and is out now on Crash Records.

Speaking about the new album, Artistic Director Kate Ellis said “Crash Works I is a collection of 5 brand new works from 5 brilliant music creators all at pivotal stages of their careers.  These works were recorded live at New Music Dublin in April 2023 and are the culmination of 2 years of thinking, creating, collaborating, investigating and exploration in collaboration with the ensemble and our creative team. We are very very proud of the creators and excited to share this work with the world.”

And Crash Works continues! Four new music creators will be commissioned to write a new work for Crash Ensemble, which will be premiered at New Music Dublin Festival in 2025. Each of the music creators will receive a commission fee to write a 10-minute work for full ensemble as well as taking part in the 2- year development programme.  The Open Call is live now, and the closing date for applications is 13th October 2023.

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