Can Music Be Kind?
Date: Sunday 23rd April
Venue: The Studio, National Concert Hall
Susan Doyle, flute
Leonie Bluett, clarinet
Roddy O’Keeffe, trombone
Brian Bolger, guitar
Alex Petcu, percussion
Andrew Zolinsky, piano
Courtney Orlando, violin
Lisa Dowdall, viola
Killian White, cello
Caimin Gilmore, double bass
Ryan McAdams, conductor
Andrew Hamilton, violin and voice
Emma Martin, visual collaborator
Adrian Hart, audio producer
Andrew Hamilton Friendly Piece (2023) [World Premiere]
Can music be kind? This performance by Crash Ensemble of their major new commission from Irish composer Andrew Hamilton explores friendliness and loving kindness through music that revels in ambiguity and defies constraints.
‘I have aimed to make this a piece of music that is “habitable”. Somewhere you can sit in, somewhere that might give you a tiny bit of joy or likewise infuriate you!’, explains Hamilton, who wrote the work in 2019, during his time as composer in residence with Crash. Friendly Piece is about precision, but leaves room for freedom, drawing on multifarious influences—from ancient Buddhist texts to painting and sculpture. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this fascinating new work where, in the words of the composer, ‘everything belongs’.
Commissioned by Crash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland