Archive for September, 2019

Signal Series : F-JoB & Joe O C’allaghan Trio

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

For IMC’s first edition of the Signal Series at Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club, the role of the piano comes into focus, with two different variations on the piano trio from some of Ireland’s most respected improvising musicians. F-JoB are familiar performers on the jazz scene by night, custodians of the future at DCU’s jazz programme by day, now taking a line-up of piano, drums and bass into new arenas, influenced by their backgrounds in highly creative styles. Also featuring are the Joe O’Callaghan Trio, three acclaimed performers and educators on the improvising scene, bringing together influences from rock, classical and jazz, with dynamic expression at the fore.

As individual artists, the three members of F-JoB have been at the forefront of several of the most artistically and commercially successful projects in creative Irish music over the last fifteen years. Pianist Greg Felton has played in groups lead by Ireland’s most renowned jazz musicians Louis Stewart and Ronan Guilfoyle and was commissioned to write and perform a large-scale piece for the RTÉ Living Music Festival in 2007. Bassist Cormac O’Brien is one of the most in-demand bass players in Ireland, holding the bass chair with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra as well as leading his own groups, and has worked with Louis Stewart, Bobby Watson, Ernie Watts, and Cleveland Watkiss. Drummer Matthew Jacobson is highly active on both the Irish and European creative music scenes, performing and composing leading ensembles including Aerie, Insufficient Funs, Umbra, Ensemble Ériu and ReDiviDeR. For the past year, the three have been developing their own sound as a piano trio. With influences from South Indian Carnatic music; they all have a deep interest in the traditions of jazz but are equally adept at interpreting challenging contemporary material; and all have an open-minded, inclusive vision of the music they perform. “One of the freshest voices in Irish jazz and a must-hear for anyone who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st century.” [Irish Times]

The Joe O’Callaghan Trio are amongst three of Ireland’s leading musicians in the field of contemporary improvised music. Limerick’s Joe O’Callaghanis a genuine force in Irish jazz guitar, with extended tasteful lines, contemporary chord shapes and an instinct for rocking out when the need arises. Japanese-born and Irish-based pianist Izumi Kimura performs across classical, contemporary, jazz, and improvised music, with “a combination of feral creativity and technical virtuosity to the stage that belies her calm demeanour,” [Irish Times]. Bassist Derek Whyte is involved in many of the Dublin Jazz scene’s more experimental Jazz groups, including ReDiviDeR, Fuzzy Logic and The Troupe, and plays consistently with leading jazz musicians across Ireland and in the U.K. Recently coming together as a trio, they play original music with influences from jazz, classical and rock music. Having often performed together in larger groups, this is a unique opportunity to hear these three extraordinary musicians come together in a more intimate genre.

Part of our commitment to celebrating Irish-based jazz talent in 2019 and beyond, the Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland.

Doors 9 Music 9.30 Entry 15euro or

12euro tickets through eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/signal-series-september-f-job-joe-ocallaghan-trio-tickets-66580045709

Grainy Blues with Leila Jane

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Leila Jane will preform for the Grainy Blues event which will see a host of blues dancers take to the floor to ance away the blues for the night

Leila Jane comes from both London and Donegal. Her passion for songwriting came to her after listening to the blues artist Robert Johnson. Her music can be bothevocative and dreamy and forceful and raw. A hauntingly brilliant bluesy tremolo comes through in her voice when the passion climaxes and can soften again into sweet smoothness. She was described as ”somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny” after appearing at the Cambridge Folk Festival. She writes engaging and honest songs that demand feeling in an authentically bluesy americana way with splashes of soul and rock n roll.

Doors 9 & Music from 9.30

10euro entry

The Richie Buckley Quintet

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Richie Buckley sax John Moriarty guitar Myles Drennan piano Dave Redmond bass Kevin Brady drums With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley, a self-taught saxophone player, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has been described as “extraordinary” (Irish Times, 2001), “something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists” (Irish Times, 1999) and a musician whose “playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac.” (Sunday Independent, 2001) Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McKenna, Harry Allen, Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. Recording credits include Van Morrison, James Williams, Barry Manilow, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Elmer Bernstein. He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. His critically acclaimed album ‘Your Love is Here’, featuring his own compositions and guest artists Lew Soloff and the Robin Aspland Trio, was recorded in September 2000. Richie has scored three documentary films – ‘Luke’ (Luke Kelly, directed by Sinead O’Brien), ‘Friel’, ‘Lee Marvin’ (directed by John Boorman) and the film ‘The General’ (directed by John Boorman). Most recently Richie scored the soundtrack to W.C and his track, ‘Just Another Waltz’ has featured in Maurice Linnane’s first feature ‘A Kiss For Jed’. Doors 4.30 Music 5-7 €10

Next Experiment featuring Giani Gagliardi

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The Next Experiment is the continuation of the CEO Experiment, which have been playing active since January 2015. Previously we have shared the stage with International top acts including Cory Henry duo, Mark Guilliana Quintet, Christian Scott and Tom Rainey. Lately before before Cote Calmet’s (drummer) departure to Spain, we played with the extraordinaire Kurt Rosenwinkel to a full house at the Sugar Club in September 2017. Now with the addition of Barcelona’s star drummer Gonzalo Del Val, we have performed some venues, including Cork Jazz Festival in 2018 with Michael Buckley on Tenor Sax, Arthur’s in December 2018 and Billy Byrnes in 2019 among some other gigs. The music is virtuosic, very energetic and groove oriented, which have allowed us to be offered many important gigs, from Jazz Festivals to opening slots for World famous Jazz acts, as it suits all types of audiences. This time, we have a very special guest also form Barcelona, Saxophonist Giani Gagliardi, who spends most of his time between New York and Barcelona. His debut album, which includes the extraordinaire Gilad Hekselman has been described as “the most impressive debut… Gagliardi is now a rising star in the Brooklyn Jazz scene”. Rochester City Newspaper “Gagliardi is a wonderful player and composer with a unique lyrical voice. Here on his debut album he shines with a first rate band. His playing has a natural, unhurried, organic quality. His solos unfold very naturally and beautifully. Looking forward to hearing more from this significant new player on the NYC jazz scene. “ David Berkman. For this occasion, we will be performing mainly original tunes, which emphasis on South American, Spanish and modern Jazz. Cormac Larkin (Irish Times) ahead of our performance (as a trio) at the Sofa Sessions in Kilkenny wrote: “Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three virtuoso musicians up close and in-the-round from the comfort of our sofas. Forget what you know about Jazz. Next Experiment are taking creative music into new spaces!” Previous reviews (as CEO Experiment) includes Bray Jazz Festival 2017 from Ian Paterson from All about Jazz: “Through focus, perseverance and hard gigging, CEO Experiment has arrived at a fully formed sound and a pretty irresistible one at that. If this stirring BJF gig—a highlight of BJF 2017—was anything to go by, the quartet stands on the brink of even greater successes.” Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry 10€

Irish Meets the Blues – Nomadic Piano Project

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A sophisticated musical journey where Blues meets its roots in the traditional Irish music, through surprisingly original compositions and re-elaborated versions of well known pieces.

Antoni O’ Breskey – piano with Special Guests Tony Byrne – guitar Paddy Cummins – banjo, mandolin Consuelo Nerea – vocals, fiddle, bodhran

Born in Italy with Argentine roots, Antoni graduated in piano at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence and introduced improvised-style piano into Irish and Flamenco music, blending it with blues and creating a positively new and original jazz piano style described by Harry Long in the ‘The Waltons Guide to Irish Music’ as “unique and superb”.

During the 80’s the Spanish broadcasting ‘Fin de Siglos’ also described him as “The new Keith Jarrett from the Mediterranean”. Fiona Ritchie calls him the Pioneer of World Music and states that he is the composer who gave the “key structures” to the show Riverdance: “He was the first to combine Flamenco, Basque, Arabic, Latin and Irish elements, his virtuoso jazz-styled piano uniting these traditions in remarkably original compositions […] Bill Whelan developed Breschi’s synthesis of Flamenco, jazz and Irish traditional strands as a key structure in his Irish music and dance spectacular, Riverdance.” FIONA RITCHIE, THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO CURIOUS LISTENER’S GUIDE TO CELTIC MUSIC U.S.A.

“A true musical visionary, he brings all eras and cultures together in one musical space.” The Irish Echo, Boston

“One of the most innovative composers in any contemporary medium” Hot Press, Dublin

Doors 9 Music 9.30 Tickets on Eventbrite

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