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Douwe Eisenga: For Mattia

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The music on Douwe Eisenga's For Mattia flows like a ballet dancer's movements. Its nine songs, all solo piano compositions, glitter with a lyricism many vocalists cannot manage. As if Eisenga is playing with light as well as melody. Weaving the two about each other like threads of sound and aether.

This is ...

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Aengus Hackett Quartet Plays The Music of Cole Porter at Black Gate Cultural Centre

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Aengus Hackett Quartet
Black Gate Cultural Centre
The Music Of Cole Porter
Galway, Ireland
May 25, 2019

The quartet stood in a line: saxophonist/clarinetist, guitarist, double bassist, then drummer. Their music packed the Black Gate Cultural Centre's basement venue as candle flames danced shadows across its low walls. Matthew ...

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Baiju Bhatt: Eastern Sonata

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Every day more emigrants leave their homelands. And as they travel their musics shadow them. The songs follow the singers into their new homes and, just as the people learn the language, the tunes adopt the new country's phrases. Adding its musics to the sonic lexicons of their native countries. So that new songs will be ...

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Shy Mascot: The Changing Face Of Ireland

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The bar is lit by dim neon bulbs. And the grey daylight streaming in from outside barely puts up a fight against their sickly colours. Shy Mascot sit at the back-four of their five members around two small tables tucked into a nook. The band's rapper, Jamel, is hunched over his knees on the left and ...

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Reto Anneler: Stille Post

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Stille Post is a record as spacious as a solar system. Reto Anneler's alto and Cristoph Grab's tenor move around the rhythm section like planets orbiting a distant sun. And when the two horns align, the music glows with the red light of an eclipse, shining down on the spare basslines and pointed drumming of Claudio ...

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Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

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The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted ...

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Norihiro Kikuta: Oporo

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Like blasts of radio static, the electronics on tracks such as “Into The Tunnel" and “Tuesday" of Norihiro Kikuta's album contrast starkly with the spacious, pastoral acoustics of the aphoristic tracks such as “Prospect Park" and “Hudson Park." So short are most of the tracks on the 14-song tracklist that rather than evoke musical comparisons, they ...

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2018 Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 4

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Various Artists
Various Venues
2018 Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 7, 2018

On the screen at Galway's Pálás cinema, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Ray Charles repeated their famed performance from the 1958 Newport Jazz ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 3

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Various Bands
Various Venues
Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 6, 2018

On Saturday morning in The Mick Lally Theatre's lobby, Galway Jazz Festival's Pop Up Record Shop sold the works and wares of the festival's many ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2

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Various Venues
Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 5, 2018

Thursday night's curtain rose on a brighter day, and a breeze blew gently down Galway's streets carrying the smell of the city on its back: petrol, coffee, sea-salt, cigarettes. ...