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Director: Kenneth Killeen

Director: Kenneth Killeen

Kenneth Killeen is the Artistic Director of Improvised Music Company (IMC), Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz & ethnic music and a dedicated resource organisation for Irish jazz musicians.

Kenneth has been professionally involved in the music industry since the mid 90’s, as a musician, teacher, promoter and producer, and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many great artists from Ireland and abroad.

Kenneth joined the IMC team 11 years ago. He studied jazz guitar at Newpark and ran a successful jazz & contemporary improv venue in Dublin for 5 years before joining IMC as General Manager in 2005. 

His current role as Artistic Director includes curating the IMC’s programming content, it's four festivals, as well as implementing IMC’s resource strategy and development.

Marketing Manager: Aoife Concannon

Marketing Manager: Aoife Concannon

Aoife Concannon joined Improvised Music Company as Marketing & Publicity Manager in 2011. She has more than 10 years experience working with Arts and Music festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe, Galway Arts Festival, PhotoIreland, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival as well as on a freelance basis for venues, theatre and dance productions, independent film releases, book publications, exhibitions, music festivals and album releases.

Production Manager: David Desmond

Production Manager: David Desmond

Dave's main role is to coordinate all production and logistic elements of IMC’s live events and festivals.  Dave has a long involvement in the music world having completed his BA in music at UCC and playing in numerous bands since his teenage years.  Dave has worked with numerous arts organisations in managerial and programming roles including Dublin International Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, and Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival, the latter of which he also founded in 2017.

IMC Board of Directors

Nigel Flegg

Nigel Flegg

Nigel Flegg is currently head of Education, Community and Outreach at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Previous to this he held a position as Higher Education Support and Projects Manager at Newpark Music Centre, while undertaking a Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) at Trinity College Dublin. Nigel was the Director of Newpark Music Centre from 2001 – 2011, and prior to this appointment he worked as a music teacher in Newpark, while also pursuing a career as a professional musician.

Ronan Guilfoyle

Ronan Guilfoyle

Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He has had commissions from a wide range of ensembles and organisations including the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, The Opus 20 String Orchestra in London, and the European Jazz Youth Orchestra. Ronan has also acquired a formidable reputation as a composer in the world of contemporary jazz, and he has been invited to teach this subject at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has also lectured on it for the International Music Congress (UNESCO) in Copenhagen. Ronan is the founder of and head of the jazz department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin.

Tony Sheehan

Tony Sheehan

Tony Sheehan was appointed as Artistic Director of Triskel in 2006, where he has led the transformation of the organisation from a small arts centre to a major Cultural Hub, incorporating Christchurch, which was annexed to Triskel in 2011 after its restoration by Cork City Council. Prior to that he served as Arts Adviser to the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, and was part of the programme team for Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture. Tony has extensive experience in the Arts over a 25 year period with various festivals and organisations.

Shauna Lyons

Shauna Lyons

Shauna Lyons has worked for nearly a decade with leading Irish cultural organisations and is currently Public Affairs & Marketing Director at the Irish Film Institute. Previous to this role, she was with Dublin Theatre Festival where, as Marketing Manager, she was responsible for all marketing, press and advertising strategies. She has worked in marketing and administrative roles with various festivals and arts organisations including Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, and the Arts Council.

Seán Mac Erlaine

Seán Mac Erlaine

Seán Mac Erlaine is a Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer, recognised as one of Ireland's most forward-thinking creative musicians. Seán's works intersects folk, free improvisation, jazz and traditional music. He also collaborates with a range of non-musical artists particularly in theatre and radio. An accomplished saxophonist and clarinetist, Seán holds a PhD in music, a first degree honours Masters of Music (Jazz Performance) and a Diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by The Guildhall School of Music, London. His work has been supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. He is a curator of the annual Bottlenote Festival of improvised music. Seán can be heard on over 30 CDs and his work has been released on several international labels.

Ríona Sally Hartman

Ríona Sally Hartman

Ríona Sally Hartman is a singer, songwriter and music tutor based in Dublin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Science. Hartman’s debut album Big Starving Thing was released in 2015, described as “finely crafted…fresh and unclichéd” (The Irish Times) and “a rising star” (Lyric FM). She performs with a number of ensembles of various genres in Ireland.