The Studio, National Concert Hall


Six brand new works for Crash Ensemble by composers Amanda Feery, Inti Figgis-Vizueta, Adam McCartney, Daniel McDermott and Matthew Whiteside. The composers were selected as part of Crash Ensemble's open submission call to up-and-coming Irish composers, commissioned by Crash and New Music Dublin and mentored by acclaimed Irish composer Ed Bennett.

5 World Premieres by:
Inti Figgis-Vizueta
Amanda Feery
Adam McCartney
Daniel McDermott
Matthew Whiteside

Ed Bennett: Movement(s) from Song of The Books

Crash Ensemble
Ryan McAdams Conductor

NEW MUSIC DUBLIN: Songs | Daníel Bjarnason (World Premiere)

World premiere of a new song cycle by Daníel Bjarnason.

We went to the land of the ice and snow to ask for music. Returning with the promise of songs with a Wildbird. Needing words for our songs, we asked one who broke waves, and he gave them with two hands.

Daníel Bjarnason music
Royce Vavrek words


Mariam Wallentin voice
Crash Ensemble

Commissioned by Crash Ensemble with the LA Phil and support from the Arts Council.

New Music Dublin 2019 Launch

The programme to New Music Dublin 2019 will be launched by Festival Director John Harris, with Crash Ensemble performing repertoire from the "snowed-off" 2018 festival including the Irish premiere of Vortex Temporum by Grisey alongside a new commissioned work by Grainne Mulvey. 

New Music Dublin 2019: All Comers Closing Party

New Music Dublin doesn’t go out quietly!
To mark the end of the festival Crash Ensemble, with an invited band of festival musicians, join in a joyous rendition of Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union; a symphonic movement for loud sounding instruments… with the emphasis on LOUD.
Also on the bill is Terry Reily's Loops for Ancient-Giant-Nude-Hairy-Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle(written for Crash's 10th Birthday) and Ed Bennett's Accel (written for Crash's 20th Birthday).
Please Note: This is a free ticketed event, however, places are limited so early booking is advised.

Grey Area | Music Town

17.00 FOR FILM / 18.00 FOR CONCERT – THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL,  Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland. D02N527.

Grey Area is a skateboarding film with live original score. Shot and edited by skate photographer and videographers Niall O’Byrne and Sam Curtin, with music by young Cork composer and skater Sam Perkin, performed by Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group. This MusicTown performance will be the works Irish Premiere.

Blending the essence of street skateboarding with contemporary music, Grey Area is a hypnotic journey through the streets, leading us to secrets that we find only if we are open to them.
 - Sam Perkin

Crash Ensemble will also perform  Donnacha Dennehy’s Glamour Sleeper which featured on the recent Adidas skate campaign, and /AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE by Jennifer Walshe which has the ensemble learn to skate.


The evening will start at 5pm with the screening of Saint Denis the skate documentary directed by Phil Evans (free entry), with the concert starting at 6.00pm, and you are invited to join us to celebrate the release of the recording of Grey Area afterwards.

New Music Dublin | Free State 11

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Six new commissions by emerging composers mentored by Grainne Mulvey. The composers for 2019 are Anselm McDonnell, David Bremner, Chris McCormack, Guillaume Auvray, Elis Czerniak and Maria Minguella. This performance is part of New Music Dublin 2019 and Crash Ensemble’s commitment to encourage and support new musical endeavour.

Presented by New Music Dublin with the support of NCH, RTÉ and The Arts Council

New Music Dublin | Professor Bad Trip

If you’ve ever wondered what classical music on drugs would sound like, look no further than the mind-bending sounds of Professor Bad Trip. Composed by the Italian artist Fausto Romitelli who died prematurely in 2004, Professor Bad Trip is where psychedelic rock lives on.

Presented by New Music Dublin with the support of NCH, RTÉ and The Arts Council

Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble | Salt Interventions Live Album Launch

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Katie Kim has joined forces with leading new music ensemble Crash Ensemble, building on her collaborative nature this album concentrates on re-interpreting her critically acclaimed third album “SALT” which was nominated for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize in 2017.

This re-interpretation of “SALT” features special arrangements by Dublin born composer Seán Clancy.

Salt Interventions has been performed to sell out audiences including shows at Music Town and Body and Soul Festivals.

Salt Interventions, the album was recorded live at the Grand Social in 2017 and produced by John "Spud" Murphy of Guerrilla Studios (Lankum, Hillary Woods, The Jimmy Cake).

Katie has a long history of collaborations with a selection of Irish and international artists including David Kitt, Milosh, The Waterboys and most recently Radie Peat (Lankum).

Crash Ensemble have worked with Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming) in the past and recently with Villagers as part of their new album “The Art of Pretending to Swim” just released on Domino Records.

Salt Interventions is Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble’s first collaborative project and release together.

Album cover artwork by Thom Mc Dermott.


Crash Ensemble Players on this album:

Cora Venus Lunny, Violin

Lisa Dowdall, Viola

Kate Ellis, Cello

Malachy Robinson, Double Bass 

Deirdre O’Leary, Clarinet

Alex Petcu, Percussion


Tradition Now: Bushranger Psychodrama

Iarla Ó Lionáird applies his profound and soaring voice to composer Kate Moore’s Bushranger Psychodrama, a new piece co-commissioned NCH by Australian composer Kate Moore for voice and string quartet. Drawing from the iconic bushranger Ned Kelly and the mythology, landscape and narrative of Australian colonial history. 

Presented by NCH in partnership with the Arts Council

New Music Dublin: Double Take

The inimitable Crash Ensemble play Donnacha Dennehy’s Disposable Dissonance and the late Gérard Grisey's Vortex Temporum in a late night show: a great opportunity to hear the work of two genre-busting composers brought to life by Ireland’s premier new music ensemble.

 Hear the work of the composer of The Second Violinist and The Last Hotel alongside the work of one of the great innovators of contemporary music.