Yksitoista henkinen Crash Ensemble mustissa vaatteissa vaalean rakennuksen sisällä. Ympärillä punaista valoa.

Crash Ensemble

Stone or Rot

Leonie Bluett – clarinet, Kate Ellis – cello, Barry O’Halpin – electric guitar, Andrew Zolinsky – piano, Caimin Gilmore – acoustic bass, Alex Petcu – percussion, Adrian Hart – audio engineer

Visiting Tampere for the first time, Ireland’s leading new music group Crash Ensemble transports the audience to unforgettable musical experiences and offers enchanting numbers, including ones from their homeland. The ensemble, who are passionate about music, have a talent for telling stories through music. The ambitious line-up will perform the premiere of Antti Auvinen’s work commissioned by the Tampere Biennale.

The duration of the concert is around 90 minutes.

Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today. Amazingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things – Crash is innovative, adventurous and ambitious.

Led by cellist and Artistic Director, Kate Ellis and Principal Conductor, Ryan McAdams, the ensemble commissions, collaborates, explores, investigates and experiments with a broad spectrum of music creators and artistic collaborators: ‘We love to innovate, with quality always at the heart of everything we do. We are passionate about the music we play. We create experiences; exploring new ways of presenting music and bringing our audiences on new adventures. Community for us is key – our community inspires us to create and experiment more. We value our audiences and our connection with them.’

Crash perform both in Ireland and internationally. The ensemble’s music is available on their own label, Crash Records and they have recordings on Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, NMC, Ergodos and Bedroom Community labels.

Many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds have performed with the ensemble; Terry Reily, Gavin Friday, Dawn Upshaw, Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Laurie Anderson, Lisa Hannigan, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Sam Amidon and Beth Orton.

As well as performing throughout Ireland, Crash regularly perform internationally, with appearances in the last few years at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Opera House (London), The Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Virginia Tech (Virginia), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania) and residencies at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival (UK) and Princeton University (NJ).

Crash Ensemble is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council, is a resident ensemble at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland and at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.

PHOTO: Ros Cavanagh


Anselm McDonnell (IE): Cross-Purposes (2020)
Mikel Urquiza (ES) (*1988): Contrapluma (2016) (first performance in Finland)
Amanda Feery (IE) (*1984): Sun Stands Still (2015)
Bekah Simms (CA) (*1990): Stone or Rot (2022)
Donnacha Dennehy (IE) (*1970): Streetwalker (2003)
Barry O’Halpin (IE) (*1987): Lipids (2015)
Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023): Ciel étoilé (1999)
Antti Auvinen (*1974): Boundary Bourrée (first performance, commissioned by Tampere Biennale) (2024)


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