To mark their 20th anniversary, Crash Ensemble present CrashLands – new works from 20 Irish and international composers, premiered in rural locations scattered across their native homeland of Ireland. Ed Bennett’s Accel.. for amplified ensemble features on this studio recording of works commissioned by Crash Ensemble by Peter Adriaansz, Gerald Barry, Ed Bennett, Linda Buckley, Séan Clancy, Ann Cleare, Tansy Davies, Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle, Amanda Feery, Michael Gordon, Andrew Hamilton, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Kate Moore, Nico Muhly, Naomi Pinnock, Kevin Volans and Julia Wolfe.
I wanted to write something for all ten core players of the Crash Ensemble where everyone contributes in equal measure. The piece is structured in twenty very short sections of seven bars each (one for each year) and the material only changes very slightly in each one as a result of overlapping phrases of different lengths. A key feature is the percussion which gradually accelerates within the ensemble. Is it just me or do the years seem to move faster as you get older?Ed Bennett
Crash-lands is available on CD from Celtic Note and on all major streaming platforms. All works commissioned by Crash Ensemble with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Recording supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.
Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops.The Washington Post
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