IMC’s Signal Series APRIL: Berri | Street Improv

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IMC’s Signal Series: New Directions in Irish Jazz Berri | Street Improv Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 Thursday 2nd April 2020 | Doors 8:30pm/Music 9:00pm Tickets: €10 online/€12 at the door. April’s edition of IMC’s Signal Series sees showers of creativity in two distinct approaches, contrasting the vocal and the instrumental, the word-based and the wordless. The musical-poetic creations of Jenna Harris’ Berri are set against the meditative free jazz of Street Improv , led by saxophonist Adam Nolan. Using an open musical approach while exploring the finer details of dynamics, Berri are a three piece from Dublin. An audience can expect original compositions, the use of words from some of the great contemporary poets of our time, along with interpretations of music from the likes of the Kinks/The Beatles/David Bowie and jazz standards. Featuring leading creative Irish musicians, Jenna Harris (vocals, electronics), Matthew Jacobson (drums), Derek Whyte (bass). “…Berri started as an out-where-the-trains-don’t-run duo placing her voice, frequently processed and looped, alongside the rattles and scrapes of inventive drummer Matthew Jacobson. These days, bassist Derek Whyte adds another dimension to a group that makes clear the difference between a jazz singer and a singer of jazz songs” [Irish Times] Formed by saxophonist Adam Nolan in 2018, Street Improv began as a quartet taking on the jazz standards without their melodies, working from original chord charts. A sound began to develop from gig to gig and eventually the music began to find itself. As improvised melodies developed over set chord changes it came clear that the real magic was in the moment. Focusing on the uncertainty of the next step, the set chords and structures faded away and a new vibe of freedom began. Street Improv strives to make each gig different, creating new landscapes, moods and scenes, through the driving force of in-the-moment creativity, risks and meditative states. The Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland, taking place on the first Thursday of each month in Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club. Please Note: There is generous but not complete seating available in this venue. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. If you have particular requirements, please notify us and we will do our best to assist you.

Doors 8.30 Music 9 12euro on the door or tickets ->

Left, Right & Centre

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Noel Bridgeman drums/vocals Tommy Moore bass/vocals Ed Deane guitar/vocals Doors 9pm €10 Bios: Noel Bridgeman – drums and vocals, is undoubtedly one of the best drummers that Ireland has ever produced. He started playing with Skid Row: Phillip Lynott on vocals, Brush Shiels on bass, Gary Moore on guitar. Noel has played and recorded with artists such as Mary Black, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Jackson Browne, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, Mick Hanley, Donal Lunny, The Corrs, The Chieftans and Paul Brady. Apart from his ability as drummer and percussionist, Noel is a very distinctive singer. His funky, unique and very soulful interpretations of blues, rock and soul classics are a must hear for any fan of these genres. Ed Deane – guitar and vocals. Ed started playing guitar and slide guitar while still at school. Age sixteen he formed Blueshouse and played alongside visiting American blues artists such as, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Shines, Mississippi, Fred Mac Dowell and Juke Boy Bonner. He played with Granny’s Intentions and the Woods Band. Moving to London, he played with Bees Make Honey, recording an album with them produced by Nick Lowe. After a spell in France, he joined Frankie Miller Band, touring Europe and the US. In the eighties he wrote soundtrack music for Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas. In the 90’s he recorded and toured with Chris Jagger, Nick Lowe, Bap Kennedy and Dana Gillespie. Since returning to Ireland, he has released his own album of instrumental music, Slideshow and with Left, Right and Centre has recently toured with Donovan. Tommy Moore has been playing bass and singing in bands since the 1970’s. He hails from a family of famous Irish and now internationally renowned musicians ; Butch Moore, Des Moore, (The premier session guitarist in Ireland since the 1960’s), his daughter Gwen has a Phd in Music Education, his nephew Paul Moore, bassist with Van Morrison, his grand nephew, Jake Curran, guitarist with Niall Horan. He has been involved with artists and bands such as ; The Vampires , The Strangers, Stagalee, a founder member along with Errol Walsh, Pat Farrell and Don Baker in blues outfit ‘The Business’, played bass on Paul Brady’s first electric album ”Hard Station”, and toured with Brady. Played bass on the Johnny Logan Eurovision winner ”What’s Another Year” Played bass in the original Irish production of ”Jesus Christ Superstar”. Other associations include; The Fleadh Cowboys, Mary Coughlin, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan (Riverdance), Ronnie Drew, Philip Donnelly, Scullion,( Balance and Control, Prod. John Martyn), Greg Boland, Jimmy Faulkner, Mick Pyro, Anto Drennan, Myles Drennan. He has done numerous studio and RTE sessions as a bassist and backing vocalist. While involved with all of this, he taught Bass and Aural skills in The Senior College, Ballyfermot for 25 years. He currently plays bass and is a vocalist with ”Left Right and Centre, along with Noel Bridgeman (drums) and Ed Deane (guitar), he is lead vocalist and bassist with his band ” Badge”, and is bassist and vocalist with the Steely Dan tribute band ”Aja”.

The Dirty Jazz Club

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Conor Murray – Drums Derek Whyte – bass Colm O’Hara – Trombone Bill Blackmore – Trumphet Cathal Roche – Alto Sax

Darragh O’Kelly – keys

The Dirty Jazz club have been a massive part of the Dublin Jazz scene for over a decade. Their focus is on the exploration and deconstruction of songs and an emphasis on creating a depth and textural soundscape on the melody, form and feel of the tunes

Doors 9 Music 9.30



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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

The Troupe

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Cathal Roche – contralto clarinet and saxophones Matthew Berrill – bass clarinet and saxophones Colm O’Hara – trombone Izumi Kimura – piano Sean Maynard Smith – bass guitar Matthew Jacobson – percussion Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry 10€ The Troupe have been playing original improvised music on the Irish scene for over ten years. This incarnation of the ensemble has an extraordinary front line of bass and contralto clarinets, along with trombone making for timbres seldom heard on the Dublin jazz scene. Prepared piano, 5 string bass guitar, and drumkit make up the rest of this fascinating sextet, led by Colm O’Hara


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