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BAN BAM: Music Talking

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The Complex
jny:Dublin, Ireland
November 25, 2017

BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the ...


BAN BAM: Talking Music

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Regular goers to jazz/improvised music gigs and festivals might have clocked the fact that those on stage tend to be predominantly male--a mirror, more often than not, of the make-up of the audience. Women instrumentalists are the exception rather than the norm. Though what exactly, we should perhaps ask ourselves when it comes to music and ...


CEO Experiment With Kurt Rosenwinkel at The Sugar Club

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CEO Experiment with Kurt Rosenwinkel
The Sugar Club
jny: Dublin, Ireland
September 30, 2017

CEO Experiment's Dublin concert with special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel seemed to be a long time coming. For months there'd been speculation that the great American guitarist might rock up for this one-off gig. When it was ...


Match&Fuse Dublin 2017

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017
dlr Lexicon, Dun Loaghaire,
Dublin, Ireland
September 16, 2017

“We are Rocky Road and we've existed since Wednesday," bassist Anneleen Boheme announced to the Saturday afternoon audience of the first Match&Fuse festival to be held in Ireland. Well, we're used to pop-up shops after all, so why ...


Sue Rynhart at The Cresent Arts Centre

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Sue Rynhart
The Crescent Arts Centre
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
September 7, 2017

Beatroot, Moving On Music's folk 'n' roots music festival, returned for its third annual outing with a typically eclectic line-up that embraced contemporary folk music of the broadest possible spectrum. With almost as much cross-genre pollination in ...


Bray Jazz Festival 2017

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Bray Jazz Festival
Various venues
Bray, Ireland
May 28-30, 2017

There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...


Steve Averill: U2's Joshua Tree is Still a Strong, Exciting, and Relevant Album

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Album art has always played an important role in how certain music was received. The best album covers are often as much a part of the whole work as the music itself. They are not only a marketing tool but an extension of artistic intent as well as they create a visual representation of the music ...

Sue Rynhart: Signals

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Following her impressive debut, Crossings (Songs for Voice and Double Bass) (Self Produced, 2015), Dubliner Sue Rynhart returns with more finely crafted, beguiling songs. Once more, bassist Dan Bodwell lends hefty doses of jazz-inflection, his infectious ostinatos and roaming improvisations shadowing and shading the contours of Rynhart's artfully through-composed pieces. There are more timbral textures on ...


Barry Guy & Izumi Kimura At The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

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Barry Guy & Izumi Kimura
The Hugh Lane Gallery
Dublin, Ireland
March 12, 2017

The Hugh Lane Gallery has been hosting free Sunday afternoon concerts in Dublin for over forty years--a remarkable feat by any yardstick. It's the quality of the music, however, that makes this weekly event something truly special. ...


Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Erik Friedlander
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
jny:Dublin, Ireland
February 4, 2017

The sense of privilege was inescapable. To be one of a small number of people present at an intimate performance of music so beautiful felt like a royal invitation.

Cellist Erik Friedlander was born the year ...