The healthy state of Irish jazz/improvised/contemporary music is celebrated in a series of upcoming Monday night concerts at Whelans in Dublin.
Improvised Music Company begins its series of monthly Monday nights in Whelan’s with three vocally adventurous acts on 23rd June. Fresh from a breathtaking performance at Down With Jazz festival, Blue Eyed Hawk present melodic, spacious and richly texture material, lead by jazz improviser Lauren Kinsella, a young Dubliner now based in London and making waves in the UK scene, winning the prestigious Kenny Wheeler award in 2013.
With Clang Sayne, Laura Hyland also occupies the space between song and improvisation, redefining jaded definitions of the singer/songwriter. The Wire describes her debut release Wonderlands as exhilarating in its refusal to conform", and she co-opts singer Judith Ring and drummer Matt Jacobsen for this Whelan’s set.
Selk is a new departure for jazz and hip hop drummer Dennis Cassidy, fusing with Anna Jordan’s ethereal voice and keys to create an intimate, quietly insistent sound world.
OKO / Alarmist : (Double-Bill) 8pm, Monday July 21st Ticket Price:€ 10 Two Dublin bands, both exploring their own space between jazz and rock, both alumni of the acclaimed 12 Points festival, that has its gaze firmly focused on pathways of creative European music.
Ensemble Eriu / Treelan : (Double-Bill) Monday August18th Tickets € 10 The adventurous Ensemble Eriu, beautifully poised between jazz, trad and classical, with no sense of stylistic hierarchy or compromise. Co-led by bassist Neil O'Loghlen and box player Jack Talty, Ériu draws on an ambient, chamber palette of seven players, and the debut album has drawn effusive praise from discerning ears like John Kelly, Jim Carroll and Nialler 9. Percussionist Éamonn Cagney, accordionist Martin Tourish and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu are equally adventurous, breaking fertile new ground between Irish and African traditions.
Guilfoyle-Nielsen Trio / Phisqa : (Double-Bill) Monday September 22nd €10 You can’t keep a good band down, and guitarist Mike Nielsen and the brothers Guilfoyle are ready again to ply their intense, rhythmically adventurous approach to jazz and improvisation. Phisqa demonstrate just how much has changed over those two decades, with five different nationalities in their Dublin based line up. The common thread is Afro Latin rhythms, woven into a vivid tapestry of sparkling writing and energetic soloists throughout including leader/drummer Cote Calmet, Italian guitarist Julien Colarossi, saxophonist Tom Caraher and Venezuelan pianist Leopoldo Osio