Kilkenny Arts Festival

  • Arrow Aug 13 2021 - Aug 15 2021
  • Arrow Digital Gallery
  • Arrow Duration 63 mins
  • Arrow Limited Capacity - you may be required to wait to enter
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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.

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Deirdre Gribbin, Provoked City
David Fennessy
Stephen Shannon (Mount Alaska
), One Day
Sean O’Dalaigh
, Proximity Studies
Anselm McDonnell
, Cross Purposes
Anna Murray
Rachael Lavelle
, This is the Space Between Your Hand and Mine
Beibhinn McDonnell (SYLK)
, Disruption
Amy Rooney
, Pendulums and Sundials

Crash Ensemble

Leonie Bluett, Clarinet
Susan Doyle
, Flute
Lisa Dowdall
, Viola
Kate Ellis
, Cello
Caimin Gilmore
, Double Bass
Larissa O’Grady
, Violin
Barry O’Halpin
, Electric Guitar
Roddy O’Keefe
, Trombone
Deirdre O’Leary
, Clarinet
Alex Petcu
, Percussion
Malachy Robinson
, Double Bass


Laura Sheeran


Produced by Adrian Hart

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