Donnacha Dennehy

Donnacha DennehyOn Nov. 21, 2015 nu ensemble performed Donnacha Dennehy’s "That the Night Come" with soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose.

Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Lucilin, Contact (Toronto), Electra, the Fidelio Trio, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Percussion Group of the Hague, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra (BBC Radio 3), Smith Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players among others. Collaborations include pieces with the writer Enda Walsh (Misterman and a forthcoming opera), the choreographers Yoshiko Chuma (To Herbert Brun) and Shobana Jeyasingh, (Hinterlands), and the visual artist John Gerrard (Composition for Percussion, Loops, Blips and Flesh).

His work has featured in festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK (which opened its 2012 Festival with a portrait concert devoted to Dennehy’s music), ISCM World Music Days, Carnegie Hall’s Contemporary Music Subscription Series (in 2013 and forthcoming in 2014), WNYC’s New Sounds Live, Bang On A Can, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Musica Viva Lisbon, the Saarbrucken Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. In 2010 his large single-movement orchestral piece, Crane was ‘recommended’ by the International Rostrum of Composers.

Returning to Ireland after studies abroad at the University of Illinois (USA), Ircam (France) and the Netherlands, Dennehy founded the Crash Ensemble, Dublin’s now renowned new music group, in 1997. Crash Ensemble is very much associated with the performance of many of Dennehy’s landmark works, including the pieces Grá Agus Bás (with the singer Iarla O’ Lionaird) and That the Night Come (with Dawn Upshaw) which feature on Dennehy’s 2011 release on Nonesuch Records (entitled Grá Agus Bás). The Guardian, in a 5-star review of that disc referred to the music’s “startling freshness”. NPR named the disc one of its “50 Favorite Albums” (in any genre) of 2011. In October 2014, RTE Lyric FM released a disc of Dennehy’s orchestral music. Other releases include a number by NMC Records in London, and an EP of his piano music released by Cantaloupe Records in New York in 2012.

Previously a tenured lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Donnacha was appointed a Global Scholar at Princeton University in the Autumn of 2012. He was also appointed composer-in-residence for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas (2013-14). In 2014 Donnacha joined the music faculty at Princeton University.

That The Night Comes

"That The Night Come" composed by Donnacha Dennehy.