Early in 2020 Belfast-based Hard Rain Ensemble commissioned a new work from Ed Bennett. The premiere of Revolver has had to be postponed several times but we are delighted with the news that it will finally happen on Friday 11 June in Belfast. Follow the link for more details:
Looking forward to future premieres, Ed Bennett has been working over the last year on a new project Strangeness Untitled with cellist Kate Ellis for a virtual cello octet. This will be a substantial work in which Kate records all eight parts, the idea being that eventually it can be performed with a live octet or a multi-channel version with soloist. There are plans to release the work as a full length album in the coming year. Ed is also working on another work for violin and electronics for Darragh Morgan which will rework the traditional Irish air Port Na Pubcai. This new work is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
At the end of 2020 Ed’s latest record Psychedelia was released on the NMC label. The album features performances of large-scale pieces from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland with David Brophy (conductor), Decibel with Kate Ellis (solo cello), the Dutch ensemble Orkest de ereprijs and the duo of Eliza McCarthy (piano) and Jack McNeill (bass clarinet). The record has had received warm reviews from the press and recently featured in the New York Times.
…Bennett’s voice is unmistakably distinctive, one of the most interesting in the current UK scene.Gramophone
In a dark time, this music will make you smileThe New York Times
Deeply compelling musicSunday Times
Propulsive genre-scrambling compositions full of bristling energy and edgy restraintThe Wire
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