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Target: €6000


€6,000 Raised


63 Funders

Glenn Branca writes for Crash Ensemble

By Crash Ensemble


Crash Ensemble are Ireland’s foremost new music ensemble. We commission new works from the most distinctive living composers and perform some of the worlds most inventive new music to the highest standards.

Glenn Branca, guitarist/ composer/ producer has collaborated with artists from David Bowie to St Vincent’s Annie Clarke. He provided formative inspiration for New York performers like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Michael Gira of the Swans in the late 1970s, while also leading the No Wave bands Theoretical Girls and Static.

He is the man behind avant-garde masterpieces, The Ascension (1980) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981).

"I thought, 'I'm gonna try this, man, I'm going to have these f---ing instruments kicking ass'" Branca on Symphony No. 15: Running Through the World Like an Open Razor (Music for Strange Orchestra)

Crash Ensembles relationship with Branca began when he attended our Poisson Rouge NYC gig in 2010.

The creative partnership of Crash Ensemble and Branca will allow for an important and ground-breaking new work to be created by an internationally renowned composer for an Irish ensemble.

The work that Branca envisions for Crash will “create a fresh and appealing approach to how music could sound in the 21st century” to "capture this unique and ineffable new music".

The piece will be for full ensemble: flute, clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and will be approximately 20mins long.

As long-term fans we were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Branca and to create an important and exciting new work .

We have very ambitious plans for this work, including:

• World Premiere, the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. 2 November 2012.

• UK Premiere, 18 Nov 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), Britain’s most important festival of contemporary music.

Branca's commission will form an important part of the HCMF festival programme. Performing it on an international stage will bring the world's attention to the work and the ensemble as a world-class group of performers.

We will give this work a life beyond premiere and incorporate it into our international programming in the coming years.

As a funder of this commission you will be sent updates of whenever this work is performed by Crash.

For more info on Glenn Branca:

Branca’s Opinionator blog in The New York Times: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/

Link to short film interview: The Drone at Villette Sonique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEq57S094ro

‘Structure’ by Glenn Branca : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KahxBO32SP4&feature=related

What do we need?

We need your help! We need to raise €6000 which will go towards Branca’s commision fee to enable him to write for us.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is acting as co-commissioner for this work, paying for the rest of the commission fee.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our Glenn Branca commission.



*IMPORTANT- Branca Talk at Project Arts Centre- October 19th

Sincere apologies- the Brian Bridges talk will be happening on October 19th and not September 28th as stated in the last activity update. This event will take place in Project Arts Centre (upstairs) on Friday October 19th at 6pm-7pm. Reservation is recommended but not essential. Please call 01 8586645 or email info@crashensemble.com to book a place

Want to brush up on your Branca? Free talk with composer Brian Bridges, Friday 28th September

Crash Ensemble, in association with Project Arts Centre, has invited Brian Bridges to give a talk about his time working and studying with Glenn Branca next Friday the 28th Sept at 6pm! Title: Collision Harmonies - Glenn Branca's Hallucinatory Aesthetic Composer Brian Bridges will present a survey of Glenn Branca’s early guitar ensembles through to the harmonic series and non-harmonic series symphonies, discussing the ‘Downtown’ context and of Branca’s music and his significance to the new music scene. Brian Bridges is an experimental composer and electronic musician. He studied with Branca in 2005 and states Branca as a key musical influence on his work. Bridges also lectures in Creative Technologies and Music at the University of Ulster's School of Creative Arts in Derry, Northern Ireland. The talk will include audio examples, documentary footage and an informal opportunity to ask questions. Branca is currently writing a new work for Crash Ensemble, which will be premiered at The Project Arts Centre on 2nd November 2012. To get involved in the writing of this work go to: http://www.fundit.ie/project/glenn-branca-writes-for-crash-ensemble To buy tickets to the gig: http://projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1631-thought We have just one week to raise €2375- please continue to support this project by sharing with it with your friends and spreading the word!

Over the halfway line!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have secured pledges of over €3000 and are well on the road to bringing Glenn Branca’s 'Thought' to you next November. Not only will 'Thought' be performed at Project Arts Centre on the 2nd, but it will also be performed at one of Europe’s most important new music festivals - the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//2012). This late night concert, ‘American Originals’, will take place in Bates Mill (http://www.batesmill.co.uk/index.php#eventspaces) ,a warehouse-style venue that perfectly evokes Branca’s roots in downtown Brooklyn. Our hcmf//2012 ‘American Originals’ concert will also feature the UK premiere of Arnold Dreyblatt’s new arrangement of Resonant Relations. If you have friends that would like to come to the World Premiere of Thought at the Project on the 2nd November- let them know that there is 25% off tickets booked before October 24th: http://www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1631-thought. The more the merrier! Tickets for American Originals at Bates Mill, Huddersfield hcmf//2012: https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/esro/show_events_list.asp Please continue to spread the word about our :fund:it campaign- we've made a good start but we still have a long way to go!

One week down!

We are one week into our :fund:it campaign now and things have been going very well so far! Our first day was a whirlwind of activity- with donations coming in steadily. In our first week we have reached almost one third of our target. We REALLY appreciate your generosity and support with the project so far and hope that you can continue to help us to progress towards our goal by telling all your friends, family, colleagues and anyone that will listen about our campaign to get Glenn Branca to write for Crash Ensemble! And since we value your support so highly- we’d like you to be the first to know the full details of our programme for the new Branca piece for Crash- Thought. Thought will be presented as part of our first major concert as Music Ensemble in Residence at Project Arts Centre on November 2nd, 8pm: Programme: Nico Muhly: Drones, Variations, Ornaments* (2011) Donnacha Dennehy: Disposable Dissonance (Re-written 2012 for Crash Ensemble) Kevin Volans: Looping point* (2012) WORLD PREMIERE Glenn Branca: Thought* (2012) WORLD PREMIERE *Written for Crash Ensemble For full details on the concert see our website: http://www.crashensemble.com/concert_detail.php?ID=165

funders (63)

There are 57 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project