The ever-innovative Crash Ensemble presents [Reactions], an exciting series of film installations presenting brand-new works by leading Irish composers.
In 2020, at the onset of the global pandemic, Crash Ensemble commissioned nine composers – from a range of musical backgrounds – to write new works offering a personal or political response to their experience of the pandemic, the state of the nation, and their thoughts for the future. Each short piece is designed to be performed by two musicians. As they worked, the composers documented the process of creation, and the resulting images and text were woven into the films by Laura Sheeran, Crash’s resident filmmaker.
The result is a breathtaking mix of new music from many of Ireland’s most innovative composers, performed by the country’s foremost new music ensemble, and a compelling portrait of life in the Covid-19 era.
Presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival in partnership with Crash Ensemble.
Deirdre Gribbin, Provoked City
David Fennessy, JACK
Stephen Shannon (Mount Alaska), One Day
Sean O’Dalaigh, Proximity Studies
Anselm McDonnell, Cross Purposes
Anna Murray, CROSSTALK
Rachael Lavelle, This is the Space Between Your Hand and Mine Beibhinn McDonnell (SYLK), Disruption
Amy Rooney, Pendulums and Sundials
Larissa O’Grady (Violin)
Lisa Dowdall (Viola)
Kate Ellis (Cello)
Malachy Robinson (Double Bass)
Caimin Gilmore (Double Bass)
Susan Doyle (Flute)
Leonie Bluett (Clarinet)
Deirdre O’Leary (Clarinet)
Brian Bolger (Electric Guitar)
Barry O’Halpin (Electric Guitar)
Roddy O’Keefe (Trombone)
Alex Petcu (Percussion)
Adrian Hart (Audio Producer)
Laura Sheeran (Filmmaker)
Produced by Adrian Hart
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