Crash Ensemble

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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 performed works by Terry Riley, David Lang, Steve Reich and their own artistic director Donnacha Dennehy on May 10.

An eclectic, multi-instrumental band from Ireland, Crash Ensemble has commissioned and premiered works of the most cutting edge variety, including those by composers ranging from Peter Adriaansz to Kevin Volans. They consider every aspect of their interdisciplinary performances--from lighting design to sound engineering and video production--important parts of their identity and cause. Fully established in the contemporary Irish musical domain, Crash Ensemble has successfully hosted their own international music festivals in Dublin, attracting composers and performers from around the world. Crash Ensemble has recorded with the NMC and Cantaloupe labels.

Listen to the Crash Ensemble's entire concert from (Le) Poisson Rouge, but don't forget also to explore the Q2 Live Concert archive. You can listen 24/7 to Q2 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes.  

(Le) Poisson Rouge’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.


Crash Ensemble kicked of its program with Streetwalker, a piece written by the ensemble's director, Donnacha Dennehy.

Cello Counterpoint by Steve Reich

Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle by Terry Riley

As an Nós by Donnacha Dennehy

Crash Ensemble closed its US tour with David Lang's Forced March, a piece written for them in 2008 and premiered in Crash's hometown of Dublin, Ireland.