GMR Announces Commisssion

Following a call for submissions last September, composer Ed Bennett has been selected by the Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council Arts Office to compose a new work for ConTempo Quartet.

The work is being commissioned as part of a three-year initiative (2018-2020) led by the Galway City Council Arts Office and GMR. Bennett and the composer selected for the 2020 commission will compose works for string quartet to be premiered by the Galway ConTempo Quartet during Music & Musings in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Greg Caffrey, who was chosen for the 2018 commission, will see his work String Quartet No. 4 … borne back ceaselessly into the past given its World Premiere by ConTempo during Music & Musings on Friday 23rd November 2018 at 8:30pm in The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway.

This Music & Musings concert series presented by GMR in association with the Contemporary Music Centre aims to present Galway audiences with new music of the highest quality, in an informal yet intimate setting, promoting discussion with musicians, composers and audience members. Bennett’s new work will be heard in November 2019 as part of the autumn season of Music & Musings.

Irish composer Ed Bennett was born in Bangor, Co.Down. His music, which has been described in the press as ‘anarchic’ (Irish Times), ‘manic’ (Classical Music) and ‘thrilling’ (Gramophone) is often characterized by its strong rhythmic energy, extreme contrasts and the combination of acoustic, electronic and multimedia elements; it was recently described in The Guardian as ‘unclassifiable, raw-nerve music of huge energy and imagination’ and by Sinfini Music as ‘one of the most scintillating voices to emerge of late from the British Isles.’ His body of work includes large-scale orchestral works, ensemble pieces, solo works, electronic music, opera, installations and works for dance and film.

He performs with and directs his own ensemble, Decibel, which is dedicated to the performance of new and experimental cross-discipline work and with whom he has released three critically acclaimed CDs of his music. Dzama Stories (Quartz Music) was described as ‘a glorious addition to the contemporary canon…I haven’t heard a disc of Irish Composition as vital and as urgent as this in a long while’ (Musical Criticism, 5/5 stars) and My Broken Machines (NMC) was Chicago Time Out’s No.1 Contemporary CD of 2011. His most recent release ‘Togetherness’ (2018) was described in a 5 star review in Classical Music Magazine as ‘high-octane music that demands the listeners attention.’

The Galway Music Residency is supported by NUI Galway, the Arts Council, Galway City and County Councils and GMIT.

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