OperaVision, the online platform for Opera Europa (the European association of opera companies and festivals), will be streaming my recent opera with the writer Enda Walsh, The Second Violinist, from 02/02/18. So Percussion premiere the piece I wrote for them, Broken Unison, on March 6 at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York. It is co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as is Canons and Overtones, a piece that Carnegie Hall just announced as part of their 2018-19 season. The Knights will give the American premiere of that in April 2019.
The Journal of Music
'Glamour Sleeper' from 2002 accompanies skateboarders in new video advertisement.
Composer Donnacha Dennehy’s work Glamour Sleeper has been featured in a new Adidas advertising campaign. The video features several skateboarders in an urban setting, their ollies and tricks syncronised with the music.
Glamour Sleeper, for cello, violin, double bass, percussion and electronics was premiered at the 2002 Up North! Festival at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Reviewing the work at the time in The Journal of Music, John McLachlan wrote:
Made out of highly unsubtle sound production – lots of dirty scratching from strings and hard edged percussion – and limited, even crude pitch resources …. The organising principles governing everything else were the opposite, refined and tasteful.