Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

Percussion virtuosos Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan cook up a programme of new music which will tickle your tastebuds and defy your expectations.

Tour Dates

Wed 2 Oct, 8:00 pm The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 Book Tickets
Thurs 3 Oct, 7:30 pm The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford Book Tickets
Fri 4 Oct, 8:00 pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Book Tickets
Sat 5 Oct, 8:00 pm Station House Theatre, Clifden Book Tickets
Tues 8 Oct, 7:00 pm Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise Book Tickets
Wed 9 Oct, 8:00 pm Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Book Tickets
Thurs 10 Oct, 7:30 pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music Book Tickets
Fri 11 Oct, 8:00 pm glór, Ennis Book Tickets

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road with their kit bag of the usual suspects of the drum world, along with a fascinating array of metal, wood and string.

Three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music (a pity Beethoven never wrote for marimba) which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible. (Please note: no sausages will be harmed in the making of this programme).

Tim Ouderits & Tom Ouderits Surprise! | Alyssa Weinberg Table Talk | Elliot Cole Postlude No 8 | Philip Glass Madeira River | Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas | Steve Snowden A Man with a Gun Lives Here | Alex Petcu New Music Network Commission | Thierry de Mey Musique de Table | Gene Koshinski And So the Wind Blew

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Learning and Participation with Bangers and Crash

Music Network’s programme of learning and participation activities during this tour will provide opportunities for primary and secondary school students to delve deeper into the world of percussion during a series of large scale workshops with members of Bangers and Crash Percussion Group. Students will discover how percussion instruments provide the backbone for almost every style of music, from classical scores to cartoon soundtracks. They’ll also learn about the exciting world where music and science meet, with a chance to make and perform on their own instruments. Students participating in these workshops will be invited to come along to the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group touring performances with their families at a discounted rate.

Wed 2 Oct The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8:00 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 Music Network
Thurs 3 Oct The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 7:30 pm , €17 / €15 / €5 (on the door) Waterford Music
Fri 4 Oct Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 01-2724030
Sat 5 Oct Station House Theatre, Clifden 8:00 pm , €15 / €12 (on the door) 095-21699 Clifden Arts Society
Tues 8 Oct Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 7:00 pm , €15 / €10 (+ bkg fee) 057-8663355 Laois County Council Arts Office
Wed 9 Oct Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 094-9023733
Thurs 10 Oct Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music 7:30 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 Cork Orchestral Society
Fri 11 Oct glór, Ennis 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 065-6843103

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, water drumming

Alex Petcu playing Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich

Emma King (with James Hughes), TRACTION

"Memorable no less for the breadth of technique than for the comparable range of emotion, expression and mood"

- Irish Times [on Petcu]

"Beguiling and….other-worldly"

- The Irish Examiner [on Petcu]