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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Umbra: West

Read "West" reviewed by Ian Patterson

American road trips have long inspired writers, from Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Tom Wolfe, to Hunter S. Thompson, Robert M. Pirsig and Bill Bryson. Fewer are the extended works, similarly inspired, written by musicians. Some things, it seems, may be easier put into words. Umbra's West is inspired by founding member Chris Guilfoyle's 2017 road ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Umbra: Umbra

Read "Umbra" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Dublin guitarist/composer Chris Guilfoyle's Umbra has been around for half a decade, so its debut album can be seen as the product of patience and endurance. Critically acclaimed performances at the IMC's Down With Jazz and 12 Points festivals, as well as Bray Jazz, have helped raise the band's profile, but with band members not always ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Improvised Music Company@25, Various Artists At Sugar Club

Read "Improvised Music Company@25, Various Artists At Sugar Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Improvised Music Company@25
Sugar Club
jny: Dublin, Ireland
November 26, 2016

It was an appropriately festive atmosphere in the Sugar Club to mark Improvised Music Company's twenty fifth birthday celebrations. Older musicians, perhaps just starting out a quarter of a century ago, rubbed shoulders with the current generation of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

12 Points 2015

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12 Points 2015
Project Arts Centre
jny: Dublin, Ireland
April 15-18, 2015

In an international calendar absolutely bulging with jazz festivals, 12 Points--conceived in Dublin by Improvised Music Company in 2007--stands out as one of the more original. It's not just the diversity and quality of the music that sets Twelve Points apart, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Down With Jazz 2014

Read "Down With Jazz 2014" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Down With Jazz
Meeting House Square
jny: Dublin, Ireland
May 31-June 1, 2014

There's nothing quite like a Bank Holiday weekend, sunshine and music. Having moved from 2013's September slot with its unpredictable autumn weather to the last weekend in May with its unpredictable spring weather, Down With Jazz 2014 passed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Down With Jazz 2013

Read "Down With Jazz 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Down With Jazz
Meeting House Square
jny: Dublin, Ireland
September 6-8, 2013

Father Conefrey must be turning in his grave. He's surely cursing the cruel fates, for jazz you see, is alive and kicking in Dublin. On New Year's Day 1934 Father Conefrey led a 3,000-strong protest on the streets of Mohill in County ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz's Filthy Rhythms And Diabolical Airs To Rock Dublin!

Jazz's Filthy Rhythms And Diabolical  Airs To Rock Dublin!

Historical wounds have been known to fester in Ireland. In 1934 Father Peter Conefrey railed against jazz as “music borrowed from the savages of Africa by the anti-God society, with the object of destroying morals and religion.” Now the jazz community is getting its own back. Eighty years on the Improvised Music Company, in conjunction with ...