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New Sounds

Musical Machines

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Listen to the insistent rhythms & repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with solo music by Kris Davis, music by Arnold Dreyblatt, Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, & more.

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Q2 Music

Donnacha Dennehy's Exuberant Post-Minimalism

Monday, September 08, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy goes from Ireland to America, France and Amsterdam to study, gets the post-minimalism gospel (with a sideline degree in spectralism), and returns to his native Ireland.

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New Sounds

Musical Machines

Monday, November 18, 2013

Listen to the insistent rhythms and repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with. Hear solo music from Kris Davis- her “Saturn Return.” Its organized lines of prepared piano evoke John Cage at first, and build into a refined assembly line. Then, listen to music by the American composer based in Berlin, Arnold Dreyblatt, and his intentionally mechanistic, “Resonant Relations,” which has clouds of overtones.  Also, there’s music with a hint of jazz from both Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, and a New York outfit, Bizingas, led by trombonist/pianist Bryan Drye. Plus, music for player pianos by Colin Nancarrow, arranged for the six musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Evan Ziporyn. 

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Mixtapes

Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Donnacha Dennehy, founder of the renowned new-music collective Crash Ensemble, shares his Mixtape, which spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov.

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Better Know An Ensemble

Ireland's Explosive Crash Ensemble Returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, Ireland-based Crash Ensemble returns to New York City to perform a concert with guest Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall. Composer and artistic director Donnacha Dennehy took time out to answer some questions about the ensemble.

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New Sounds

With Donnacha Dennehy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.

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New Sounds

Musical Machines

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Listen to the insistent rhythms and repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with. Hear solo music from Kris Davis- her “Saturn Return.” Its organized lines of prepared piano evoke John Cage at first, and build into a refined assembly line. Then, listen to music by the American composer based in Berlin, Arnold Dreyblatt, and his intentionally mechanistic, “Resonant Relations,” which has clouds of overtones.  Also, there’s music with a hint of jazz from both Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, and a New York outfit, Bizingas, led by trombonist/pianist Bryan Drye. Plus, music for player pianos by Colin Nancarrow, arranged for the six musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Evan Ziporyn.  

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New Sounds

With Donnacha Dennehy

Monday, August 22, 2011

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.

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Q2 Music

Spring Fever: Dawn Upshaw, Soprano and Muse

Friday, May 13, 2011

This evening, Friday May 13 from 5 to 8 pm, Q2 continues work in tandem with WQXR's Spring for Music broadcast of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance with soprano, Dawn Upshaw. In addition to her role as a pedagogue and her career longevity as a singer, we draw inspiration from Upshaw's reputation for forging longstanding relationships with composers who have used her unique voice as their muse.

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WQXR Blog

Alan Pierson to Lead the Brooklyn Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finally!! Brooklyn lives up to its hipper-than-hip image! Alan Pierson, the 36-year old conductor of the groundbreaking New Music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, is bringing his prodigious talents and badass programmatic instincts to the Brooklyn Philharmonic as their new Artistic Director, effective immediately. Pierson has made a name for himself as a tireless advocate of innovative music through collaborations with composers such as Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy.

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Cued Up

Minimalist Match

Sunday, December 12, 2010

If you think of Ireland, contemporary art music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you should. When it's gross and cold out this Sunday, snuggle up to two live concerts of warm post-minimalism that were plucked from right under the noses of New York audiences at (Le) Poisson Rouge. We present a globe-trotting alloy of composer-performers that include Evan Ziporyn and the Irish new music heavyweights, Crash Ensemble.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can Marathon 2008

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Hear excerpts from new music's biggest annual event - the 2008 edition of the annual Bang On A Can Marathon, recorded live at the World Financial Center on this edition of New Sounds.  There's music from Alarm Will Sound tackling the Beatles' Revolution #9, and perhaps a bit of post-rock pulsetronica from Dan Deacon. 

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Crash Ensemble

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The young and daring Crash Ensemble has been around for 13 years, and like any teenager coming of age, has a rebellious streak. Showing off their wild side at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the group performs works of Terry Riley, David Lang, Steve Reich and their own artistic director Donnacha Dennehy in this May 10 performance.

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