ARTISTS

MacGregor, Joanna

Joanna
MacGregor
Piano
Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival. As a solo artist Joanna has performed in over seventy countries and appeared with many eminent conductors – Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas amongst them – and orchestras, including London Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Chicago, Melbourne and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, the Berlin Symphony and Salzburg Camerata. She has premiered many landmark compositions, ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. She performs regularly at major venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble
Crash Ensemble, one of Ireland’s most dynamic and innovative performance groups, was founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy. Since its first sold-out concert in Dublin in the autumn of 1997, the group has attracted enthusiastic audiences for its particular blend of music, video and electronics.The group is interdisciplinary in outlook, and considers its sound engineers, technicians and video makers as much a part of the enterprise as the musicians.
 
Crash has commissioned or premiered a large amount of works by many composers incuding Peter Adriaansz, Raymond Deane, Donnacha Dennehy, Arnold Dreyblatt, Stephen Gardner, Michael Gordon, John Godfrey, Andrew Hamilton, Jurgen Simpson, Gerhard Stabler, Jennifer Walshe, Ian Wilson and Kevin Volans. It has worked directly with all the above, and with other composers such as Louis Andreissen, Gavin Bryars, Gloria Coates, Roger Doyle, Michael Maierhof and Steve Reich.
 
As well as performing regularly throughout Ireland, Crash has appeared in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, USA and Canada and has been broadcast on radio in all these countries.
 
Crash has made an indelible mark on the Irish music scene and beyond. They believe in a joyous yet absolutely rigorous engagement with the most adventurous music of today and the (extremely) recent past.
 
Crash Ensemble is supported by the Arts Council.

Koleva, Tatiana

Tatiana
Koleva
Born in Bulgaria, Tatiana Koleva lives and works at present in the Netherlands. Internationally renown as virtuoso solo and ensemble performer, she is actively involved in the promotion of contemporary music and art forms all over the world. She has established herself as a leading percussionist specializing in marimba. Her performances leave the audience spellbound with intriguing rhythms and surprising musical developments. In addition to her intensive concert activities Mrs. Koleva is becoming a very respected educator. She leads regularly master classes for marimba/percussion and chamber music as well as composer workshops. Currently she holds a teaching position at the Prince Claus Conservatory of Groningen – The Netherlands. 2009 marked the beginning of her new very successful project “Youth Percussion Pool”, an education and performing event that takes place annually, including master-classes, workshops and concerts with young professionals. In the beginning of 2010 Tatiana Koleva received the prestigious Prize ‘Musician of the Year 2009’ by the National Radio and the audience of Bulgaria. Just recentely the Youth Percussion Pool was awarded “Ensemble of the year 2012” in that same contest.

ensemble Intégrales

ensemble Intégrales
Founded in 1993, ensemble Intégrales has earned itself a special reputation in the contemporary music scene placing special emphasis on dramaturgic profile and concept. 'With commitment and zest...The vitality of both playing and writing augurs well for the future of contemporary music.’ expressed the Irish Times, following a concert of the ensemble in Belfast.
 
In addition to interdisciplinary projects and a focus on young composers, their explicit interest in non-European cultures represents a further important part of their work. Since their foundation, the ensemble has built an excellent international reputation for their performances of new chamber music works. The enormous scope of their repertoire is documented in various radio, CD and TV recordings.
 
Performing throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, ensemble Intégrales has also been invited by renowned festivals including the Berliner Festwochen, Gaudeamus Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern, Bludenzer Tage für zeitgemässe Musik, Fadjr -Festival (Iran), Bodenseefestival, Schleswig Holstein Festival and many others.
 
The concerts of ensemble Intégrales reflect the diversity, playfulness and beauty unique to contemporary music. The relaxed, undogmatic attitude of the ensemble, their enormous stylistic variety, and virtuosity and last but not least, their joy in performing is immediately communicated to the audience.
 
The exciting and versatile programs of ensemble Intégrales, which also include interaction with other art forms, are extremely well received and are even able to reach out to an audience, which might usually be sceptical towards the standard ways of presenting so-called ‚serious’ music.
 

Morgan, Darragh

Darragh
Morgan
Violin

Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has collaborated with many leading composers including Arvo Part, Michael Nyman, Sir John Tavener, Gavin Bryars, Kevin Volans and Michael Finnissy. He has made concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic South Africa, Koln Kammer Orkest, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. International festival appearances include Wien Modern, Bang on a Can Marathon New York, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

He is a member of the Fidelio Trio with whom has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica Porto and Symphony Space New York and was previously violinist with The Smith Quartet with whom he made an acclaimed recording of Philip Glass' complete string quartets. Darragh has recorded over 25 CDs for labels including NMC, Naxos, Delphian, Mode, Black Box and Nimbus. He has appeared as guest leader of Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik and Remix Ensemble, and performed with the Bang on a Can All Stars. Darragh is professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Image Credit: 
Henrik Porsbring

RTE Orchestra

RTE Orchestra
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (previously known as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra) is the concert music orchestra of Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). As one of the RTÉ Performing Groups, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra now gives a 33-concert subscription season (Friday nights from September to May, broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm), performs lighter Tuesday lunchtime and Friday evening concerts in June and July, plays an important role in Irish contemporary music through its Horizons series in January and February, and undertakes twice-yearly one-week tours of Ireland. Since 2005, the orchestra has been featured on RTÉ One's The Symphony Sessions.

Maloney, Gavin

Gavin
Maloney
Conductor
Gavin Maloney is one of Ireland's leading young artists. He has a long standing relationship with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with whom he has worked on a great variety of concerts, recordings and education projects. He has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including Sir James Galway, Gabriela Montero, Ailish Tynan, Chloë Hanslip and Hugh Tinney. Gavin received his training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Mozarteum Salzburg. At the age of 21 he successfully competed for the position of Assistant Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He has since performed throughout the country and conducted all the leading orchestras and ensembles in Ireland. Gavin was the inaugural beneficiary of the Bryden Thomson Trust, through whose support he studied at the Danish National Opera and the Lucerne Festival Academy of Pierre Boulez.
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DESCRIPTION

Dennehy has written, “There is a whiff of high-class vandalism about my work” – an opinion borne out by this disc, which collects works from his early, uproarious Junk Box Fraud - for two increasingly smutty vocalists and strident ensemble – and pAt, for piano and taped "shipping forecast" – to the recent lyrical violin concerto, Elastic Harmonic, with soloist Darragh Morgan.

 

REVIEWS

"Giddy, visceral urban techno avant-gardism" Gramophone

"The performances are fresh, furious and frenetic ... The essence of his [Dennehy's] style embraces obvious aspects of minimalism – feisty and explosive in the crazed electro-acoustic idiom of Junk Box Fraud ... mesmerising and liquid in the newest work featured, Dennehy's 2005 Elastic Harmonic for violin and orchestra." Scotsman

"Dennehy likes to imbue his pieces with an urban energy and drive them with the punchy impact of a rock band. He also likes and air of derangement, as if to suggest both a breaching of conventional boundaries and Jean Tinguely-like disintegration" Irish Times

FUNDING

PUBLISHING DETAILS

Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECORDING CREDITS

Glamour Sleeper was recorded in Illingen, Germany in May 2003.

Recorded by SAARLÄNDISCHER RUNDFUNK Saarbrücken.
Producer: WOLFGANG KORB for for Saarländischer Rundfunk.
Editor: MARKO CICILIANI
Paddy was recorded in Harlem, The Netherlands in 2003.
Engineer: GUIDO TICHELMAN
Producer: RUTGER VAN OTTERLOO
Junk Box Fraud was recorded at Pulse Studios, Dublin in 2000, and Streetwalker at Westland Studios, Dublin in 2004.
Producer: DONNACHA DENNEHY
Editors KIERAN LYNCH and DONNACHA DENNEHY
Elastic Harmonic was recorded in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 30 January 2007.
Engineer: ANTON TIMONEY
Producer: DONNACHA DENNEHY
Supported by RTÉ
pAt was recorded at RTÉ Studios, Dublin in 2001, with the kind assistance of Lyric FM.
Producer & editor: DONNACHA DENNEHY
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Cover photo: SOPHIE ELBRICK DENNEHY
Design: FRANCOIS HALL

Elastic Harmonic (P) 2007 RTÉ
Glamour Sleeper (P) 2007 SAARLÄNDISCHER RUNDFUNK Saarbrücken.
All other works (P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd.

Catalogue number:
NMC D133
Release Date:
4 June 2007