Brilliant news for Belfast
jazz lovers! Brilliant Corners, the city’s jazz festival is back for its eagerly anticipated second edition from March 26th to 29th and it promises to be an absolute cracker.
Local musicians of the highest caliber will highlight the strength of the Irish jazz scene while international acts attest to the pulling power that Irish jazz musicians and the newly minted Brilliant Corners festival both exert.
There’s jazz to suit most palettes, showcasing the wide-ranging vernacular of the modern idiom. Rap, art-rock, World Music, hip-hop and electronica have all seeped into the fabric of today’s jazz so there’s plenty of variety on offer to challenge the common misconception that jazz is something your old man would listen to. Jazz, as the Brilliant Corners line-up boasts, is something everyone can dig.
Brilliant Corners is the brainchild of Brian Carson, CEO of Moving On Music
, Northern Ireland’s premier music promotions outfit. Carson had no doubts that Belfast was more than ready for such a creative music festival: “When Moving on Music launched the festival in 2013 we knew there was a niche for such a festival,” explains Carson, “but we didn't quite know what to expect. But the response from local musicians of all hues and the audience was so positive it gave us the heart to do it all again.”
And Moving On Music is doing it all again in style! The four-day program of events includes the brilliant improvising trio of Bourne/Kane/Davis
; trumpet great Linley Hamilton
’s Quartet; Waringstown most famous export, drummer David Lyttle
(with rapper/saxophonist Soweto Kinch
) and world-renowned flamenco/jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla
. One of jazz’s best kept secrets, the brilliant and versatile saxophonist Paul Dunmall
—who has played with Danny Thompson
, Andy Sheppard
and Tony Levin
— will pay tribute to John Coltrane
, while the band that’s on everyone’s lips, Go Go Penguin
will close the festival on Saturday the 29th.
For Carson the essence of the festival is about “local artists who are bringing something new to the music through original composition and collaboration with contemporaries from home and abroad.”
Brilliant Corners is also about throwing open the doors of jazz to the widest possible audience as Carson explains: “The festival programme is curated with a variety of tastes in mind while maintaining a forward looking attitude. We are sure that new, inquisitive attendees will not fail to be beguiled by 'the sounds of surprise' on offer.”
For full festival line-up, venue and ticket information visit the festival website