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Irish Meets the Blues – Nomadic Piano Project

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

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

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Conor Guilfoyle Octet

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Ireland’s foremost drummers and educators and has toured and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Having led various Latin jazz and salsa bands over the last 20 years this is his first time leading a jazz ensemble. The members were all handpicked by Conor and represent some of the finest young musicians on the scene today. The music is a look back to the 1950’s to a style often associated with the west coast of America known as “Cool Jazz” as well as arrangements of hardbop classics by Horace Silver, Benny Golson and Tadd Dameron. Expect tight section playing and great soloists all underpinned with a swinging rhythm section.

The Conor Guilfoyle octet is:

Conor Guilfoyle –Drums Bill Blackmore – Trumpet Paul Frost – Trombone Yuzaha O Halloran – Alto Peter Dobai – Tenor Kelan Walsh –Baritone Luke Howard – Piano Barry Rycraft – Bass.

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The Connie Han Trio

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Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut CRIME ZONE. At 23, this young lioness is on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from The New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, and more. According to Downbeat Magazine, Han has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical knowledge and enough originality to write tunes that absorb your ear easily.” Weaving in and out of the tradition, Han pays tribute to McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Kirkland with her own unique edge and fire at the piano.

Her connection to jazz began at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. After graduation, Han accepted a full-tuition scholarship to UCLA but chose to leave school after three weeks to pursue her professional career. It was at this time she sought out drummer/producer Bill Wysaske to begin work on what would eventually culminate her signing with Mack Avenue Records. In 2019, Han became a Steinway Artist, joining an exquisite circle of renowned artists such as McCoy Tyner, Art Tatum, Kenny Barron, and Duke Ellington. “This record is meant to be a statement about being rebellious… but within the tradition,” Han explains. “It’s provocative and fresh in its own way while still honoring the rich legacy of jazz.” The title, CRIME ZONE, reinforces how I brand myself as an artist: a provocateur of creative music.” “With this album she’s booking a place as a star in the jazz firmament of tomorrow,” says All About Jazz.” Watch out for Connie Han, the face (and shape) of jazz to come.”

Jazziz Magazine claims, “Han has been labeled a rising star and rightfully so — she’s an intriguing artist with mastery over her instrument as well as a deft bandleader. Given the maturity and brilliance she demonstrates on ‘CRIME ZONE’, perhaps ‘rising’ could be dropped from that designation.”

Connie Han Piano Bill Wysaske Drums Ivan Taylor Bass

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Afro Brazilian Jazz – Where Rio de Janeiro meets bahia

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Mario Bakuna and Edmundo Carneiro are delighted to release their new album ‘Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia’. The album recorded in Paris brings in the core of its research the Afro-Brazilian rhythms from ‘Recôncavo baiano’ and the charm and subtlety of bossa nova. In ‘Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia’, Mario and Edmundo try to dissolve the fine line that separates music and anthropology. In the search for the synthesis of what can only be nurtured by great masters, the album is a journey through the landscapes of Dori Caymmi, as when he narrates the life of the fishermen in “Mercador de Siri”. It praises Tom Jobin’s finesse in “Fotografia”, a song in which the poet speaks of the solitude of the stars and the existence of an idyll. In the show “Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia”, Mario and Edmundo promise to transport the audience to a place where the real and the imaginary are experienced and enhanced by poetry and music. The objective of this show and the recording of the album “Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia” is to propose a narrative capable of dissolving the fine line that separates music and anthropology.

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