Track Premiere: Jonathan Nangle’s Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds

Our new track premiere today comes to us from Dublin composer Jonathan Nangle and Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading contemporary music ensemble. Their upcoming release Pause (Ergodos) is Nangle’s debut album and features serenely atmospheric music for strings with and without electronics.

Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds (2011) for solo violin and resonators is the first track on the album, and Crash Ensemble member Aoife Ní Bhriain navigates a plethora of double stops, gossamer harmonics, and tender melodies with exceptional sensitivity.

Pause launches on July 14, 2017 in vinyl, downloadable, and streaming formats, but you can preorder the album now on the Ergodos website.

About the composer:

Jonathan Nangle (1981) is a composer whose work explores many diverse fields – from notated acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions, through live and spatially distributed electronics, to video, sound installation and electronic improvisation. His work has been featured at numerous festivals, choreographed for film and stage, and broadcast internationally.

About the ensemble:

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world- class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking new music of today. Crash have worked with many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds including Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Gerald Barry, Dawn Upshaw, Sam Amidon, Gavin Friday, James Dillon, Terry Riley, David Lang, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National) and Laurie Anderson. 

Crash Ensemble--Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Crash Ensemble–Photo by Ros Kavanagh