Diatribe Records presents a unique portrait disc of Ed Bennett’s virtuosic ensemble Decibel, featuring a high energy collection of striking compositions that range from wild and driving polyrhythmic workouts to delicate moments of stillness and quiet introspection. At the centre of the collection is the substantial new work Togetherness which explores the possibility that working together whilst retaining our own unique and individual identities is the key to a brighter future. The recording also includes Bennett’s explosive reimagining of the classic Stiff Little Fingers song Suspect Device and a stunning performance of his violin and ensemble piece Heavy Western by soloist Barbara Lueneburg. Recorded at the legendary Real World Studios, the work features some of the most outstanding contemporary performers working in new music today. Decibel will embark on a UK and Ireland tour supported by the PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme:
Thu 8 March : Frontiers @ Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
Fri 9 March : Cork School of Music, Cork
Wed 14 March : Sounds Like This Festival, Leeds College of Music, Leeds
Tue 17 April : City Concerts Series, London City University, London
Tue 8 May : PLUG Festival, Glasgow
Formed by Irish composer Ed Bennett, the 10-piece ensemble Decibel explore experimental, energetic, extreme and unusual work which generally exists between, or outside the usual categories. They play new music which combines a direct amplified instrumental ensemble sound with electronics, improvisation and theatrical elements. Decibel has worked with a diverse range of subversive composers and artists including Louis Andriessen, Heiner Goebbels, Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton, Michael Finnissy, Joe Cutler and Michael Wolters, commissioning and premiering many new works.
Decibel is supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon