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New Music New Haven presents music by Donnacha Dennehy Nov. 14th

Concert features music of guest composer Dennehy alongside new works by graduate students
October 29, 2013


The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert features music by featured guest composer Donnacha Dennehy alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The student compositions comprise the first half of the concert: Balint Karosi’s Words of Beginning, Reena Esmail’s String Quartet, Ian Gottlieb’s Lost Man, and James Rubino’s This Brutal Flesh.

After intermission, the concert will feature two pieces by Donnacha Dennehy. Bulb for violin, cello, and piano was writtein in 2006; listen to an excerpt HEREDisposable Dissonance, from 2012, for large mixed ensemble. Listen to a recording of Disposable Dissonance HERE (scroll down to the “Larger Ensemble” category).

Mr. Dennehy is an Irish composer whose music has been described as “magnificently energetic” (New York Times) and “a wonder to hear” (Paul Griffiths.). The Guardian, in a 5-star review of his recent Nonesuch album Grá Agus Bás, called it music of “startling freshness.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


About the featured composer

Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Bang On A Can All-Stars, Electra, the Fidelio Trio, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Percussion Group of the Hague, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra (BBC Radio 3), Smith Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players among others. Collaborations include pieces with the choreographers Yoshiko Chuma (To Herbert Brun)  and Shobana Jeyasingh, (Hinterlands), the writer Enda Walsh (Misterman) and the visual artist John Gerrard (Composition for Percussion, Loops, Blips and Flesh).

His work has featured in festivals such as ISCM World Music Days, Bang On A Can in New York, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, WNYC’s New Sounds Live, Sonic Evolutions Festival at Lincoln Center, EXPO, the Ultima Festival in Oslo, Fuse Leeds, the Saarbrucken Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the State of the Nation at the South Bank in London and the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. In 2010, his large single-movement orchestral piece, Crane, was ‘recommended’ by the International Rostrum of Composers.

Returning to Ireland after studies abroad at the University of Illinois (USA), Ircam (France) and the Netherlands, Dennehy founded the Crash Ensemble, Dublin’s now renowned new music group, in 1997.  Crash Ensemble is very much associated with the performance of many of Dennehy’s landmark works, including the pieces Grá Agus Bás (with the singer Iarla O’ Lionaird) and That the Night Come (with Dawn Upshaw) which feature on Dennehy’s 2011 release on Nonesuch Records (entitled Grá Agus Bás).  The Guardian, in a 5-star review of that disc referred to the music’s “startling freshness”. NPR named the disc one of its “50 Favorite Albums” (in any genre) of 2011.  It also featured in many other end-of-2011 lists including both the listener’s poll and John Schaefer’s top ten from WNYC.

Upcoming premieres include pieces for the Kronos Quartet, and Dawn Upshaw with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  At present, Dennehy is working on a new piece for Upshaw and Alarm Will Sound.  Dennehy lectures in music composition at Trinity College Dublin, and was appointed a Global Scholar at Princeton University for 2012-13.