FREE STATE VI: Crash Ensemble, with Dan Trueman, presents annual concert of fresh new music from young Irish composers

Crash Ensemble

Not LNF’s usual fare but ever since his surprise appearance at Four on the Fringe of Folk, Dan Trueman (much admired by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh) has come into our sights for his amazing fiddle playing and his musical roots in American & Norwegian folk; and anyway I am personally deeply into contemporary composed music. So …

“Crash Ensemble continues its commitment to showcasing the work of Ireland’s brightest composers in Free State VI, paying homage to new talent in this annual concert.

For one night only, the Irish Museum of Modern Art will play host to a full spectrum of Irish contemporary talent, ranging from Judith Ring’s ‘Up to My F-holes’ for solo cello and tape to Andrew Hamilton’s ‘Music for People Who Like Art’ for full ensemble and soprano. This concert will also feature the world premiere of a new piece by Dan Trueman, specially commissioned for Free State VI by Crash Ensemble.

Co-curated by Dan Trueman, Fullbright scholar visiting from Princeton, the programme includes a selection of the most vibrant new music Ireland has to offer. It will introduce you to a whole new realm of talent and present a new music experience like no other.

Audiences can expect to witness a creative fusion of classical instruments and electronic music, true to Crash Ensemble style. Discover ‘Piano Tremors’ for four-hands by Anna Murray, Amanda Feery’s ‘Rattle’ for bass clarinet and ‘Star’ for baroque violin and double bass by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly. Senses will be sent soaring by ‘Eff’ for string quartet and percussion by Francis Heery and ‘Basso Continuo’ for full ensemble by Birmingham-based Seán Clancy. This show, our first in 2011, promises to be a revelatory evening.

Free State VI is a celebration of new Irish composers and their outstanding output and accomplishments. It is also the first concert of an action packed 2011 for Crash Ensemble, with an opera, a U.S. tour, and an album launch in the works. Crash Ensemble is a contemporary music group based in Dublin, which has been attracting enthusiastic audiences for its particular blend of music, video and electronics since 1997.

FREE STATE VI: Friday, April 1st, 2011 | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 | 8pm | Tickets €20/€15(conc.) available online at or by calling Crash Ensemble (01) 858 6645


Sean Clancy | Basso Continuo
Judith Ring | Up to my F-Holes
Amanda Feery | Rattle
Andrew Hamilton | Music for People who like Art
Anna Murray | Piano Tremors
Francis Heery | Eff
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly | Star
Dan Trueman| New commission (World premiere of new work specially commissioned by Crash Ensemble for Free State VI, entitled W..)


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