Crash Ensemble is Ireland's foremost contemporary music ensemble, comprising world-class
musicians who play the most adventurous, groundbreaking new music. Founded in 1997 by
composer and Co-Artistic Director Donnacha Dennehy, the ensemble has been recorded on
labels such as NMC, Cantaloupe Music, and most recently Nonesuch Records with the release
of Donnacha Dennehy's Grá agus Bás in May 2011.
Crash Ensemble is committed to commissioning, producing, and performing new or recent works
by internationally acclaimed composers and up-and-coming composing talents, and
collaborating with culturally relevant artists. The ensemble has worked with many
well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds, such as Steve Reich, Gavin Friday,
Terry Riley, David Lang, Julie Feeney, Gerald Barry, Gavin Bryars, Michael Gordon, and
In addition to performing regularly throughout Ireland, Crash Ensemble has appeared in the
Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the UK, Australia, the US, and Canada.
Recent events include a residency at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in
November 2012. In addition to Carnegie Hall, the ensemble's 2013 US tour also includes
performances at the Kennedy Center and Princeton University.
Alan Pierson is the artistic director of Alarm Will Sound, artistic director of the
Brooklyn Philharmonic, and principal conductor of Crash Ensemble. He has also appeared as a
guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's,
Ensemble ACJW, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Silk Road
Project. In addition, he has served as a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana
University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Pierson has collaborated with major composers and
performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams,
Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers
Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Eliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch
Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.