Ed Bennett biogrpahy
Irish composer Ed Bennett was born in Bangor, Co. Down and has lived and worked in recent years in Paris, Berlin and London. 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'. His body of work includes large-scale orchestral works, ensemble pieces, solo works, electronic music, opera, improvisation, installations and works for dance and film. He also 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 recently released two 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. In 2012 Ed Bennett was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize for the Performing Arts.
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