Crash Ensemble to premiere dimmerswitch at Galway Arts Festival

Posted by Bea Cloke on Monday Jun 4, 2012 Under Live events


“The Galway Arts Festival is the biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has…’  The Irish Times

Crash Ensemble is confirmed to play at Galway Arts Festival, Ireland’s largest international arts festival, on Thursday 19 July 2012. The programme presents some of the world’s most inventive new music including the world premiere of the specially commissioned dimmerswitch by Daniel Figgis, their new work by Nico Muhly and Grá agus Bás by Donnacha Dennehy featuring sean nós singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird.

dimmerswitch, a commission for Crash Ensemble by Daniel Figgis

The music of the “inimitable” Daniel Figgis has been described by WNYC’s John Schaefer as “hypnotic”, by Hot Press as  “world-beating…marvelous…hyperintelligent” and by The Guardian as “hauntingly evocative”. Galway Arts Festival will see the world premiere of dimmerswitch, a work in 23 interlacing sections, written for the full ensemble (10 players) plus tape.

The piece presents a self-regulating but faulty steam punk mechanism in fervid hyperactive dialogue with the beating heart that is Crash Ensemble….Daniel Figgis.


Daniel Figgis – dimmerswitch (2012)

Nico Muhly – Drones, Variations, Ornaments (2011)

Donnacha Dennehy – Grá agus Bás (2009)

Daniel Figgis dimmerswitch (2012) and Nico Muhly’s Drones, Variations, Ornaments (2011) are funded by The Arts Council Commissions Award.

Backstage at the festival

Pre–show talk with Crash Ensemble artistic director Donnacha Dennehy and composer Daniel Figgis 19 July, St. Nicholas’ Church, 7pm

Booking info


By phone: 091 566577 from 18 June

In Person: Galway Tourist Office, Forster St, Galway, from Monday 18 June

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