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Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time

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For someone whose livelihood and lifeblood are all about rhythms, the COVID-19 lockdown, with its very different rhythms, must be extremely frustrating. Especially when, as is the case with Matthew Jacobson, renowned drummer, composer, promotor and record label manager, there is no drum kit in his Dublin apartment. “I've been doing more work on ...

Cian Boylan

Cian has over twenty years experience as a professional session pianist and keyboardist. He has performed and recorded with many leading Irish and International pop, rock and jazz artists, including: VAN MORRISON • SINEAD O CONNOR • BONO • RUFUS WAINWRIGHT • GREGORY PORTER • JAMIE LAWSON • DAVID GRAY • GARY LIGHTBODY • ELLA HENDERSON • ANNE MARIE • IMELDA MAY • DUKE SPECIAL • THE VILLAGERS • THE BLIZZARDS • GEORGE MICHAEL • THE BLADES • SISTER SLEDGE • CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN • WENDY JAMES • DAVE STEWART • BRIAN ENO • BRONAGH GALLAGHER • MARIA MCKEE • JERRY FISH • MARTHA WAINWRIGHT • ELEANOR MCEVOY • MUNDY • DECLAN O’ROURKE • RICCARDO COCCIANTE • THE FOUR OF US • GABRIELLE APLIN • HUDSON TAYLOR • RUTH ANNE • LUCY WAINWRIGHT • SAM PALLADIO • LOAH • CATHY DAVEY • GLEN HANSARD • AN EMOTIONAL FISH • MARY COUGHLAN • ASLAN • HOTHOUSE FLOWERS • NEIL HANNON • SOMETHING HAPPENS • PADDY CASEY • PAUL BRADY • UNA HEALY • ANDREW STRONG • CIARAN LAVERY • ROISIN O • BRESSIE • JULIET TURNER • RTE CONCERT ORCHESTRA • ULSTER ORCHESTRA • IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA • DR LINLEY HAMILTON • ADAM NUSSBAUM • MARK EGAN • NEW ORLEANS SWAMP DONKEYS • BEN CASTLE • CORMAC KENEVEY • DARREN BECKETT • GEORGIA MANCIO • POLLY GIBBONS • DANA MASTERS His arrangements have been performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, The Sofia National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Camden Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Liberty Orchestra, San Diego Brass Ensemble amongst many others. Recently he was Musical Director and Arranger for Sinead O Connor for Feile 2019 and her stunning performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Rainy Night In Soho” on the Late Late Show alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra which received over 2M views on Youtube within it’s first three days. Cian also recently produced and arranged “Homeward Bound” for the Street Lights Album which also reached number 1 in the Top 100 Irish Single Charts in 2018

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Zandra Queen Of Jazz at Smock Alley Theatre

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Zandra Queen Of Jazz Smock Alley Theatre jny: Dublin, Ireland February 2, 2020 Jazz women are like hen's teeth in general histories of jazz. It took Sally Placksin's Jazz Women 1900 To The Present: Their Words, Lives and Music (Pluto Press, 1985) to acknowledge the contributions of dozens of jazz's ...

Shy Mascot

Shy Mascot combines funk, jazz, and hip-hop styles to create a uniquely provocative sound. Formed by vocalist Fiadh Rua Gregg, keyboard player Eanna Ryder, bassist Keith Tobin, drummer Andy O’Farrell, and Dublin-based South Floridian rapper Jamel; this quintet weaves between melodious, ethereal spaces and deep, filthy grooves.

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Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer’s munificent charm and honesty is all too clear in her music which aims to embrace it’s listeners in musical refuge and individual uplift, with rounded-out low tones, smooth jazz-sensibilities and tender lyrics, from the heart to the heart.” Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer McMahon is a singer, songwriter and producer from Dublin. Inspired lyrically by life experiences, compositionally by exploration and jazz- inspired harmonies aswell as more conceptual ideas; Jennifer’s music has become a cross over of genres bringing drama through jazz, improvisation through soundscapes with a touch of soul for good measure, all the while retaining the storytelling importance of folk music. At the heart of Jennifer’s music is the human experience; living it, witnessing it and sharing it: the light in the dark, the beauty in sadness, the turbulence in stillness

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Paul G. Smyth

For the last 20 years, pianist Paul G. Smyth has been carving a unique furrow in Ireland’s cultural landscape. Parallel to his past involvement with The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth has also set himself apart as a singular voice in Europe’s vigorous improvised music scene.

Since touring with Charles Gayle in 1999, he has worked with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, John Edwards, Alan Wilkinson, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, been a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive” - Le Cool Magazine), a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 18 countries.

Smyth has released critically acclaimed duo albums with Evan Parker, Chris Corsano and John Russell on his label Weekertoft, which he co-founded with Russell in 2016.

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Jaby Sanchez

Born in Madrid in 1988, Jaby Sanchez is a soulful guitarist, singer and composer. His personal way of understanding music and the passion he implies to his interpretation makes his work a unique listening experience. With a strong blues base and guitarists such as Steve Ray Vaughan, Grant Green or Robben Ford in mind, Jaby leads several blues-fusion projects since 2008 on, which helps him to become a well-known face in Madrid's blues scene. By then, he also starts digging deeper into jazz studying in Escuela de Música Creativa, where he would get the Fundación Música Creativa Scholarship for two years, while studying a Music Education Degree in Universidad Complutense of Madrid

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Mathias Baumann

‘Music is the language that everybody understands. Music can express and evoke feelings that nobody has words for.’ Dublin based guitarist Mathias Baumann is originally from Nassau, Germany and moved to Ireland in 2005. With many years of recording and touring experience in different countries, he has been working as a session guitarist, composer and guitar teacher since 1998. Mathias studied Jazz at Blackrock’s Newpark Music Centre and finished the four- year degree course in May 2013 with an honours degree in ‘Bachelor Of Arts in Jazz Performance’. He has performed and recorded with many artists from different genre, as well as his own groups Mathias Baumann Quartet and Mathias Baumann Group


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