PIMA! Fest presents Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet
Experience an evening of percussion virtuosity with Bangers and Crash, a collective of Ireland’s finest percussionists, featuring Alex Petcu-Colan, Emma King, Catríona Frost, Brian Dungan, Patrick Lynch and John Rousseau-Parlane.
For PIMA Fest! ’22, the six members will collaborate on a unique immersive concert that invites the audience to participate in their music, adding an atmospheric ‘surround sound’ to the concert.
“We are inviting audiences to enhance the music experience, to join in at various high points and transitions, adding drama, dynamics, colour and atmosphere to the repertoire. But the concert is not only for the adventurous, its equally for those who wish to sit back and absorb the textural surround sound.” Alex Petcu-Colan
Known for their global palette of rhythmic influences, from Afro-Cuban and Japanese taiko to Spanish flamenco and Javanese gamelan, Bangers and Crash are veritable percussion adventurers. Witness a spectacular array of percussion instrumentation with marimbas, vibraphone, tubular bells, wind chimes, crotales, tambourines and all manner of drums including bass drum, tom-toms and congas. However, what makes Bangers and Crash so extraordinary is their fascinating array of ad hoc materials such scrap metal, marbles and smashed plates. Exploring the sonic potential of various shapes and substances is a Bangers and Crash trade mark, so it’s no wonder that founding member Petcu-Colan has a background in physics.
In this concert the six members of Bangers and Crash will create a fantasia of percussion sonorities. Intricate patterns created by exceptional rhythmic precision and interplay will be enhanced by audience participation. The concert repertoire will journey through the textures and colours of contemporary percussion from Petcu-Colan’s own compositions ‘Sextet No.1’ and ‘Cross | Paths’ to composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Thierry De Mey.
Audiences who are interested in participating in the interactive elements are welcome to attend a 30 minute workshop with Bangers and Crash at 4.30pm on the day of the concert, Sunday 16th October. No skills required. Please book HERE.
“From the resonant chime of bells to the hissy rattle of shakers to the meditative hum of gongs, percussion instruments bring to our ears a vast region of sonic space. In this way, a percussion ensemble can at times be like a miniature orchestra in itself.” Liam Cagney RTE Culture
Bangers and Crash at PIMA! FEST is kindly supported by:
Arts Council | Festivals, Music Generation Clare, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Creative Ireland and Clare County Council.