Project Arts Centre presents



Dates: 02 Nov - 02 Nov

Tickets: €20 - €18


Space Upstairs

By Crash Ensemble in association with Project Arts Centre


“I thought, ‘I’m gonna try this, man, I’m going to have these f*cking instruments kicking ass'” Glenn Branca

Take a trip inside the mind of the ensemble; to the raucous and buzzing world of Thought.

Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s foremost new music ensemble, are back at Project Arts Centre doing what they do best. Thought brings together groundbreaking new works from some of the world’s most distinctive living composers for a night of musical adventure.

The programme includes WORLD PREMIERES written especially for the ensemble by the legendary Glenn Branca and Kevin Volans, as well as work from Nico Muhly and a new arrangement for CRASH by Co-Director Donnacha Dennehy.

Thought is Crash Ensemble’s first major concert as Music Ensemble in Residence at Project Arts Centre

Wow! What a knockout of a piece! I enjoyed every delicious second.”

-David Schiff, composer/music critic, Portland USA


Glenn Branca is the man behind avant-garde masterpieces, The Ascension (1980) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981), which provided formative inspiration for New York performers like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Michael Gira of Swans in the late 1970s. Thought is Branca’s first commission for Crash Ensemble, in which he takes “a fresh and appealing approach to how music could sound in the 21st century”.

Nico Muhly’s Drones, Variations, Ornaments is “music in constant transformation”, an offbeat offering for Crash Ensemble from this genre-defying young composer. Muhly has written opera, choral works and filmscores, while also producing and writing arrangements for Antony and the Johnsons, Björk, Sam Amidon and Grizzly Bear. Drones, Variations, Ornaments was written by Muhly for Crash Ensemble in 2011 with support from the Arts Council.

Kevin Volans is widely acknowledged as ‘one of the most remarkable musical minds of our time. After a productive collaboration with the Kronos Quartet in the 1980s, Volans’ Kronos discs, White Man Sleeps and Pieces of Africa broke all records for string quartet sales – Africa was number one on the US Classical and world music charts for 26 weeks. Looping Point has been specially written for Crash Ensemble by Kevin Volans in 2012.

Donnacha Dennehy founder and co-artistic director of Crash Ensemble, has received international critical acclaim for his work. His music has been described as “magnificently energetic” (New York Times) and “a wonder to hear” (Paul Griffiths). As part of this presentation he has created a unique arrangement of his 2010 piece Disposable Dissonance.

Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

2 NOV 2012 ~ Tickets

20/18 concession

Duration: tbc

*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.

BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613


Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email (Mon-Fri during office hours)


Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.

Before the show, why not…?

…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins….

…or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.

Parking Offer

Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.


Want to grab a bite to eat before the show? Why not pop down to Milano Restaurant in Temple Bar and pick their pre-theatre menu – Pizza, Pasta or Salad plus and a glass of wine – for just €12.50. Available from 5pm -7pm, just show your tickets or email booking confirmation to avail of this offer.

And if you’re in a rush remember that Milano also delivers to Project Arts Centre. Choose from a range of delicious made to order pizzas delivered to you in our bar. No queues and no need to even leave the building. Ask a member of our bar staff for more information.

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