February 2015: Review for Orchestra CD in the Guardian

Andrew Clements in the Guardian gives the new orchestra CD a four star review in the Guardian.  You can read the review here.

New orchestral CD features on BBC's CD Review

Ivan Hewett discusses new orchestral CD (Crane/O/The Vandal/Hive) on BBC Radio 3's CD Review, available here.

Very late review for my Nonesuch CD, Grá agus Bás, in the New York Times

I only just discovered a short review of my Nonesuch CD of 2011, Grá agus Bás, that the New York Times published on December 31 2014.  Here's a link.

January 2015: Changing my role in Crash Ensemble

Back in 1997, I founded Crash Ensemble in Dublin along with a number of friends.  I could never have anticipated then how much it would prosper, although I was always optimistic about what could be achieved.  Since 2012, when I started to spend more time in the States, I have shared the role of artistic director with the wonderful Kate Ellis.  I am now moving to the role of artistic partner, leaving the artistic directorship in Kate's very able hands. I am very proud of what Crash Ensemble has done and continues to do, and I am very excited about Kate's vision for it in the future.

January 2015: In memory of Bob Gilmore

I’m heartbroken that my dearest friend, the brilliant musicologist Bob Gilmore (1961-2015) is no longer with us.  He died peacefully in Amsterdam early on the morning of January 2nd, with his partner Elisabeth Smalt by his side.  He meant the world to me, and I still can’t get my head around the fact that he has gone.  Knowing how important Bob was to me, my friends in Crash Ensemble asked me to write a little bit about him.  I’ve just finished a little personal memoir of him that they are putting up on their website (www.crashensemble.com).  It was difficult to write, as I still feel enormously sad at this news.  Bob was a wonderful man, and his spirit touched so many.  The world is a much grayer place without him.

Dec 22: Orchestra CD is CD of the week on Q2 Radio New York

My new orchestra CD is the recording of the week (of December 22) on Q2 Radio in New York. Writing about it, Jeffrey Zeigler calls it an "essential statement".  Also I'm pleased that NPR considers Typical Music's blazing performance of Bulb one of its best in-studio performances of the year.

Update on the Premiere of The Hunger

The heroic Rachel Calloway replaced Dawn Upshaw for the premiere of The Hunger in St. Louis on December 11.  Dawn unfortunately had to pull out due to a bad cold, and we were very lucky that Rachel was available to step in at short notice.  Rachel did an absolutely brilliant job, and it was great to have her sing the role of Asenath Nicholson.

Premiere of The Hunger in St. Louis (December 11 2014)

On December 11th, Alarm Will Sound, Dawn Upshaw and Iarla O'Lionaird will premiere the full concert version of The Hunger.  The piece also features video interviews, especially done for the piece, with Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, Branko Milanovic, Maureen Murphy and Megan Vaughan.  Jim Findlay is in charge of the video design. www.alarmwillsound.com

Meet the Composer

I'm involved in a great new series that Q2 and Nadia Sirota have dreamed up.  It's called Meet the Composer, and you can check it out here.

New Orchestral CD (October 2014)

RTE Lyric FM have just released a new CD of my orchestral music played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland!  It features Crane, O, The Vandal and Hive.  Here's a link to it on spotify.

Nonesuch at 50

I was delighted to be involved in the Nonesuch at 50 celebrations at the Barbican in London in May.  It was a joy (as usual) to work with Kronos Quartet, Iarla O'Lionaird and my own Crash Ensemble.  I really enjoyed doing a new arrangement for the wonderful English singer Olivia Chaney and Kronos too for their folk song collection (which they are devising with Bob Hurwitz and others at Nonesuch).  You can read a little of it here in the Telegraph.  Further Nonesuch celebrations took place at BAM in New York in September, where Alarm Will Sound played Gra agus Bas along with Iarla O'Lionaird.  You can read the New York Times review here.

Contact premiere Turn in portrait concert in Toronto, 2 May

Contact will premiere Turn in a portrait concert of Dennehy's music on 2 May at the Music Gallery in Toronto.