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Aleka – voice Chris Guilfoyle – guitar Barry Donohue – bass Matthew Jacobson – drums In her relatively short career, Aleka has already played with some of the most important jazz musicians in Ireland such as Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Tommy Halferty, Sean Carpio and Kevin Brady. With her Aleka project, she brings together three of the leading musicians of the next generation of Irish jazz to play her take on Romanian folk music. Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, composer and lyricist who draws influence from her home country, using folk melodies interspersed with jazz harmony and eastern rhythms as well as Debussy and Bella Bartok, inspired by her experience in the classical music world. The approach of the band may seem like it adheres to the traditional sentiments of a vocal jazz quartet however, it is influenced by a broad spectrum of styles from the roots of jazz to the contemporary reaches of pop music. Aleka’s voice is a myriad of textures and sonorities. She spent time exploring bell canto technique as well as the nuances and colours of oriental music and soul. All of these influences and styles culminate in a refined vocal sound that is very personal. Aleka released her debut album ‘Person I Knew’ in April 2019, receiving a 4-star review in The Irish Times. Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry 10euro



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