GAF Classical: T’ang Quartet

Fans of classical music are in for a treat this Saturday, July 28th, when T’ang Quartet play Saint Nicholas’s Church. Formed in 1992 , T’ang Quartet are Ang Chek Meng, Ng Yu-Ying, Leslie Tan and Lionel Tan. The quartet takes its name from both its founding members but also the Tang Dynasty, referencing the era’s golden age of artistic expression.

The T’ang Quartet blend Eastern and Western influences, reinterpreting classic works for the modern age. Their show Comedy and Tragedy combines film and music, including the Buster Keaton classic Haunted House,which the quartet will accompany. The programme also includes Aulis Sallinen’s Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral March and the Chinese composer Bright Sheng’s String Quartet No.3.

Classical fans will not want to miss this one. For tickets and more info, check out If you fancy a quick break at your desk, here is a clip of the T’ang Quartet in action. Prepare to be mesmerized:


Musical Explosions: Crash Ensemble

In a world where everyone claims to be different there exists precious few true individuals but Ireland’s Crash Ensemble are an exception. A group of world class musicians who create landscapes and sounds that envelop the listener,  Crash Ensemble collaborate with composers and performers at home and abroad to create works that defy neat description. In the process, they have toured all over the world to huge acclaim, including a five star review in the Guardian for their 2011 work Grá agus Bás.

At Galway Arts Festival 2012, Crash Ensemble will be playing the title track from Grá agus Bás, premiering the specially commissioned dimmerswitch by the renowned Daniel Figgis, plus new work by the ‘hottest composer on the planet’, the American Nico Muhly. For fans of music that breaks the mold, reinvents the listening experience and creates a space and time far removed from the typical, Crash Ensemble are simply unmissable.

It is hard to imagine how a group that has been in place since 1997 can remain so vital, so dedicated to creating new musical horizons and yet, Crash Ensemble do just that. Expect an unforgettable evening of musical adventure on Thursday July 19th at Saint Nicholas’s Church complete with Misterman composer and Crash Ensemble artistic director Donnacha Dennehy plus sean–nós singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird. For a sneak peek, take a look at the clip below and don’t forget to book your tickets via

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