Crash Ensemble are Ireland’s foremost new music ensemble. We commission new works from the most distinctive living composers and perform some of the worlds most inventive new music to the highest standards.
Glenn Branca, guitarist/ composer/ producer has collaborated with artists from David Bowie to St Vincent’s Annie Clarke. He provided formative inspiration for New York performers like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Michael Gira of the Swans in the late 1970s, while also leading the No Wave bands Theoretical Girls and Static.
He is the man behind avant-garde masterpieces, The Ascension (1980) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981).
"I thought, 'I'm gonna try this, man, I'm going to have these f---ing instruments kicking ass'" Branca on Symphony No. 15: Running Through the World Like an Open Razor (Music for Strange Orchestra)
Crash Ensembles relationship with Branca began when he attended our Poisson Rouge NYC gig in 2010.
The creative partnership of Crash Ensemble and Branca will allow for an important and ground-breaking new work to be created by an internationally renowned composer for an Irish ensemble.
The work that Branca envisions for Crash will “create a fresh and appealing approach to how music could sound in the 21st century” to "capture this unique and ineffable new music".
The piece will be for full ensemble: flute, clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and will be approximately 20mins long.
As long-term fans we were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Branca and to create an important and exciting new work .
We have very ambitious plans for this work, including:
• World Premiere, the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. 2 November 2012.
• UK Premiere, 18 Nov 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), Britain’s most important festival of contemporary music.
Branca's commission will form an important part of the HCMF festival programme. Performing it on an international stage will bring the world's attention to the work and the ensemble as a world-class group of performers.
We will give this work a life beyond premiere and incorporate it into our international programming in the coming years.
As a funder of this commission you will be sent updates of whenever this work is performed by Crash.
For more info on Glenn Branca:
Branca’s Opinionator blog in The New York Times: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/
Link to short film interview: The Drone at Villette Sonique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEq57S094ro
‘Structure’ by Glenn Branca : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KahxBO32SP4&feature=related
What do we need?
We need your help! We need to raise €6000 which will go towards Branca’s commision fee to enable him to write for us.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is acting as co-commissioner for this work, paying for the rest of the commission fee.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our Glenn Branca commission.