St Canice's Cathedral

Kilkenny, The Close, Coach Road, Kilkenny

Kilkenny Arts Festival: Crash Ensemble with Sam Amidon & Friends

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Long established as Ireland’s leading contemporary music ensemble, Crash Ensemble is celebrated for its adventurous repertoire, commissioning work from leading international composers and performing with a diverse array of contemporary stars. For this typically adventurous concert, Crash teams up with progressive folk star Sam Amidon for a diverse programme including concert premieres of works by Nico Muhly and Jennifer Walshe, together with Amidon’s own beautifully crafted songs, specially arranged for Crash Ensemble by Muhly. With fellow members of Bedroom Community (Liam Byrne, James McVinnie and Nadia Sirota) dropping by to add their own distinctive instrumentation, this will be a very special concert weaving classic Americana with cutting-edge sounds.

PROGRAMME includes

Nico Muhly (Concert Premiere)

Jennifer Walshe (Concert Premiere)

Sam Amidon

Valgeir Sigurdsson

Alex Groves


Kilkenny Arts Festival-Crash Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw, Michael Gordon & Nico Muhly

This programme includes the second Irish performance of Donnacha Dennehy's That the Night Come since its first performance at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in October 2010. We will be joined by the wonderful Dawn Upshaw, US Grammy Award-winning soprano, for whom this Yeats inspired song-cycle was written.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013 will also present the world premiere of its new commission by US composer Michael Gordon written especially for Crash Ensemble to celebrate the festival's milestone anniversary. This commission was funded by the Arts Council.

This will be another opportunity to hear Drones, Variations, Ornaments by THE young American composer of the moment, Nico Muhly ,which was commissioned by Crash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council in 2011.

Crash Ensemble will deliver several other site-specific events over the course of this year's festival.

Rosemary Collier, Festival Director

To mark our 40th Festival we hope to celebrate the legacy of eclectic programming that has been presented at Kilkenny down through the years…New works are always a key part of the Festival and we delighted to announce Festival commissions for 2013 include a piece by leading American composer Michael Gordon to be performed by The Crash Ensemble.”

The Kilkenny Arts Festival draws over 28,000 visitors to the city annually with its mix of poets and performers, sopranos and sculptors, Krautrock and craftwork, workshops and talks.

*Special offer- 40% off tickets until the 12th April- PROMO CODE: FAB AT 40