Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger—out August 23, 2019 on Nonesuch Records—explores Ireland's Great Famine. Performed by Alarm Will Sound led by Alan Pierson, soprano Katherine Manley, and sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, the libretto draws from first-hand accounts by American humanitarian Asenath Nicholson. The Hunger "bears hearing and rehearing," said the Washington Post. "It is powerful, and it makes a statement." Pre-order to download the album track "Black Potatoes" now.
New Amsterdam Records released Surface Tension/Disposable Dissonance on June 28, 2019. It features performances by Third Coast Percussion (Chicago) and Crash Ensemble (Dublin). The recording makes Bandcamp’s “Best of Contemporary Classical June List”. Writing about it, Peter Margasak says “Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy explores two fascinating sound processes on these recently composed works, performed by two of contemporary music’s premiere ensembles.”