O'Rourke, Michelle


Michelle O'Rourke is an Irish singer currently based in Dublin. Her natural sound, unaffected expressivity and technical ability make for an interpreter of rare dynamism. Michelle combines her classical training and background in Baroque music with an adventurous eclecticism and a passion for collaboration.

A recent collaboration with Irish composer Simon O’Connor has resulted in Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows – a suite of songs inspired by the experiences of women associated with the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. This work offers an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male heroic terms. Left Behind will be featured as part of the Ireland’s official commemorative programme for 2016 and will tour Ireland during this centenary year.  Left Behind was recorded in January: an album is set to be released in early March.

Michelle has worked regularly with Ergodos, a Dublin-based music company, since its inception in 2006. She has performed for Ergodos, both as a soloist, and as part of their flexible performing group Ergodos Musicians, in Ireland, UK, USA and Germany.

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Fraser, Juliet


Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien, Asko | Schönberg, Talea, Remix Ensemble, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company and London Sinfonietta. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002. Juliet has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her, and has worked particularly closely with composers Rebecca Saunders, Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz, Andrew Hamilton and Cassandra Miller. Her solo discography includes Morton Feldman's Three Voices (on Hat Hut Records) and Bernhard Lang's The Cold Trip, part 2 (on Kairos) with pianist Mark Knoop.

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Echardour, Maxime


Maxime Echardour studied percussion, zarb and piano at the CNR de Rueil-Malmaison, CNSMD de Lyon and subsequently at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. In 2003, he joined L’Instant Donné, the Paris-based ensemble specialising in contemporary chamber music. L’Instant Donné regularly appears at festivals such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), ManiFeste (Paris), Wittener Tage, Manchester International Festival, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Musica Strasbourg, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse). Maxime is a permanent member of Ensemble Khaps, which performs traditional music and is formed of musicians from Africa, Japan and Europe. For ten years he also had a percussion trio, Trio de Bubar, which devoted itself to improvised works. Maxime has performed as a guest artist with KammerKonzert Holland, Opéra de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Hostel Dieu, and Ensemble intercontemporain.


Crash Ensemble

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.

Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops.  -The Washington Post

Founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy, some of the most distinctive living composers have written for the group, including Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kevin Volans, Glen Branca, Nico Muhly and Gerald Barry.

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

Crash have recordings on NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and the Bedroom Community labels.

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 are adventurous, innovative and ambitious.

Ives Ensemble

Ives Ensemble

The Ives Ensemble plays the best modern chamber music in its purest form. With the quirky American composer Charles Ives as namesake, the ensemble is always searching for surprising music. With one leg in the 20th century, one leg in the 21st century and with eyes and ears focused on the 22nd century. The Ives Ensemble plays historical music of our time, music that we will appreciate in the future as our cultural heritage. Composers such as John Cage, Aldo Clementi and Louis Andriessen wrote music for the ensemble. And now we also work with leading contemporary composers and artists. With Amsterdam as a base, the 12 musicians travel through the Netherlands and abroad with programs that teach visitors to listen again.

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Pierson, Alan


Alan Pierson has been praised as "a dynamic conductor and musical visionary" by the New York Times, "a young conductor of monstrous skill" by Newsday, "gifted and electrifying" by the Boston Globe, and "one of the most exciting figures in new music today" by Fanfare. He is the Artistic Director and conductor of the acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound which has been called "the future of classical music" by the New York Times and "a sensational force" with "powerful ideas about how to renovate the concert experience" by the New Yorker.  Mr. Pierson served for three years as the Artistic Director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The New York Times called Pierson’s leadership at the Philharmonic "truly inspiring," and The New Yorker's Alex Ross described it as “remarkably innovative, perhaps even revolutionary.”

Pierson has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Silk Road Project, among other ensembles. He is Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, co-director of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has been a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. He regularly collaborates with major composers and performers, including Yo Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Donnacha Dennehy, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan and Elliot Feld.  


Mr. Pierson received bachelor degrees in physics and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music.


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Michelle O'Rourke voice
Juliet Fraser soprano
Maxime Echardour percussion
Crash Ensemble
Ives Ensemble
Alan Pierson conductor


Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977 and studied in Ireland, England and The Netherlands with composers Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen. His music has been described as post-minimalist, playful, unique and unpredictable - "I use a lot of repetition to create a state of unease, ambiguity, and sometimes joy, and also to laugh at the world" Hamilton explains.

In music for people who like art (2010) for voice and ensemble, Hamilton sets text from American artist Ad Reinhardt's '25 Lines of Words on Art: Statement' (1958). The phrase 'ART IS ART' is continually repeated, each occurence with a change of dynamics, tempo and delivery.

To The People for soprano and percussion is in 19 movements, lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes. It sets excerpts from French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's book America, and revolves around a simple melody that transfers, with subtle modifications, between voice and percussion.

music for roger casement (2006) is a quasi-chamber concerto for harmonium and gets its name from the Ulster-born diplomat who, after reporting on atrocities in the Congo and South America, was executed by the British for treason for seeking to aid Irish revolutionary efforts (in the course of which trial his then-illegal homosexual activity was aired). The Dutch-based Ives Ensemble, for which this piece was written, effortlessly take on the technical demands of this frenzied piece, which has a lasting impact.


‘One has the impression that Hamilton composes with a barely suppressed grin. It is infectious’ Composition Today

‘see if it doesn’t make you drop everything and listen to it all the way through’ AllMusic

music for people who like art … the nearest thing to a smash hit that one is likely to encounter in contemporary music circles.’ Journal of Music

'Striking ... zany...' Gramophone


With thanks to:


music for people who like art was recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin on 21 September 2016

ADRIAN HART Recording Engineer & Producer

To The People was recorded at Snape Maltings on 1-2 July 2016

DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer & Producer

music for roger casement was recorded live by Stichting NTR at Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 29 November 2006

DICK LUCAS (Stichting NTR, Hilversum) Recording Technician


Catalogue number:
NMC D240
Release Date:
20 April 2018