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Nomad: Invented 3 Apr 2021

Enjoy a unique audio-visual adventure co-created by children from St. Christopher’s National School and musicians from Crash Ensemble.

We are delighted to partner with Crash Ensemble for the first time to present another exciting Nomad project as part of BIG BANG bubble in 2021! During each BIG BANG festival, we invite professional musicians to create a musical performance together with a group of children. The children’s musical talents and imaginations merge with those of the musicians to create a unique expression of their musical imaginations through new music.

This year, using ‘inventing’ as a playful a theme, internationally renowned Crash Ensemble are collaborating with 5th class children from St. Christopher’s National School. Over the course of several workshops, the children will invent instruments and sounds from everyday objects, and use these to create new compositions. Visual scores will be drawn by the children who will work with Crash Ensemble to imagine, interpret and shape their ideas to form the final audio-visual piece.

Using home recordings and video footage, Crash Ensemble’s videographer and sound engineer are editing together this short film capturing their music for you to enjoy from home.

This special online Nomad project is a key part of The Ark’s BIG BANG festival programme. Join us to celebrate and enjoy their musical achievements. Get comfortable, sit back, watch, listen and enjoy!

Watch Jungle Life! (premieres Sat 3 April @ 10am)

Get Festival Ready with our BIG BANG Festival Kit!

In celebration of The Ark’s online adventurous music festival, BIG BANG bubble, we have created free festival kits full of music inspired activities for children and families to download and enjoy at home – before, during and after the festival.

Kit 2 has been created by Lisa Dowdall of Crash Ensemble to activate your musical imagination and is inspired by the Nomad: Invented project, so have a listen to Jungle Life above and then try out these fun musical activities at home.

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About Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today. Crash Ensemble are adventurous, innovative and ambitious.

Founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy, some of the most distinctive living composers have written for the group, including Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kevin Volans, Glen Branca, Nico Muhly and Gerald Barry.

Many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds have performed with the ensemble; Gavin Friday, Dawn Upshaw, Julie Feeney, Lisa Hannigan, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Sam Amidon and Beth Orton. Crash have recordings on NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and Bedroom Community labels.

As well as performing throughout Ireland, Crash regularly perform internationally, with appearances in the last few years at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Opera House (London), The Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Virginia Tech (Virginia), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania) and residencies at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival (UK) and Princeton University (NJ).

Big Bang 2021

Part of BIG BANG bubble

BIG BANG is an exciting international music festival for young audiences. Following the cancellation of the 2020 BIG BANG Dublin! festival, this year it returns as BIG BANG bubble, an interactive online festival connecting adventurous young audiences through music with artists from Ireland and abroad. Sat 3rd to Mon 5th April. See the full festival programme here.