Maja Elliott/Dylan Lynch. This daring new Duo combines original compositions, jazz, classical undercurrents and breakbeat improvisation. Versatile musician Maja trained as a concert pianist. She performed with Anohni (Anthony and the Johnsons) who wrote: “Maja’s piano playing is so sensitive. She holds notes in fearless anticipation of subtle emotions.” Dylan Lynch is a highly sought after drummer and session musician (Zaska, Loah, Little Green Cars, Soda Blonde, Charlie Moon Organisation). His scintillating and subtle rhythms punctuate Maja’s sonorous soundscapes. 9pm Free entry
Aleka Potinga returns to Arthur’s to release her debut album with a star-studded lineup featuring one of Europe’s greatest jazz drummers, Eric Ineke. ‘Person I Knew’ is Aleka’s follow up release to her critically acclaimed self-titled EP, Aleka. While the Aleka EP focused on mostly original material, Person I Knew is a collection of some of her favorite tunes from the great American songbook as well as compositions by jazz visionaries such as Wayne Shorter and Bill Evans.
Aleka – Voice / Eric Ineke – Drums / Chris Guilfoyle – Guitar / Ronan Guilfoyle – Bass
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BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 play-listed and BBC Radio 2 Blues Show live session artist Dom Martin (28) is from Belfast. Primarily a solo singer songwriter heavily influenced by the Blues genre, he occasionally joins forces with his two Belfast friends to form The Furious Thirst (Phil Smyth on bass and Matt Hewer on drums). Heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher in particular, Dom and the band punch out an array of Gallagher, Hendrix and a few Dom Martin originals to delight any crowd they play to. Dom has played solo the last few years in the square in Ballyshannon at the International Rory Fest and always draws a huge appreciative crowd. On March 1st and going into Rory’s Birthday on the 2nd at Arthur’s Dublin, when you see him, hear the voice and the intricate guitar work you’ll think Rory is in the room. He may well be looking down in delight as the Celtic Blues tradition is carried on in style. Doors 9.30 Music 10 Entry 10e
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. Doors 9.30 Music 10-12 Entry 12euro
Melanie O’Reilly and Frank Martin have become known as one of the most formidable vocal /piano duos in the Bay Area ,California & the West coast of USA and together the they will perform their unique, exciting, exhilarating sound fusing two great traditions – Jazz and Celtic. Their repertoire will include original compositions – inspired by Irish literature such as James Joyce’s works, contemporary Irish poetry by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill , Sean O Riordain and stories of Ireland, – as well as the duo’s unique take on jazz standards. Having represented Ireland at the International European Jazz Festival at Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles, Melanie and Frank are delighted to be bringing their special magic to Dublin, especially as Frank travels en route from his weekend at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club! They will be joined by Dublin’s own Cormac O’Brien on Bass Myles Drennan on drums
. ““Melanie swings and shimmers with a Gaelic edge….A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition…. utterly transformative”. Ken Kubernik : Record Producer/Journalist Music Connection.
“Timeless & thoroughly modern,… songbird Melanie O’Reilly showcases Gaelic as an exciting jazz medium along with innovative flights into French and American jazz standards. Her voice soars to dynamic heights, drifts into sultriness and fuses with Frank Martin’s masterful piano. Gianna Ranuzzi, Artistic Director /Berkeley World Music Festival
“The most exciting of the tracks (from Melanie’s album “Ceol Ceantair” ) are “I Lose my Breath” and “I Am”, both written by Melanie with Frank Martin and taken from their Joyce and Jazz Suite.” Grainne Farren/Sunday Independent
Melanie, from Ireland, is an international figure in the world of Celtic music and jazz, having performed in venues including Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Schoenberg Hall LA, the Cork Jazz Festival. and the World Music Festival “d’Ici et D’Ailleurs” in France. Her unique style fuses traditional Celtic melodies, American jazz, and Latin music. Her original compositions are created through the inspiration of literary figures, such as James Joyce, and lyrics based on contemporary Irish poems. She is also the creator, host and co-producer of the award-winning series “Jazz on the Bay”, broadcast on RTE Radio 1.
Frank Martin is highly renowned and one of the most exciting pianist/arrangers in the Bay Area with a formidable roster of performances and recordings with musicians in the jazz and pop worlds, including Sting, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Narada Michael Waldon, Turtle Island String Quartet, Stevie Wonder, and the world-class Brazilian band of Jose Neto.
Both Melanie and Frank are renowned music educators.
Doors 8pm Music 8.30 Tickets at door : €15 / €12 students