Improvised Music Company

A Love Supreme

Often acclaimed as one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme will be performed in full for the first time in Dublin by a stellar line-up of Irish and international jazz musicians including Michael Buckley on saxophone, Ronan Guilfoyle on bass, Kevin Brady on drums and Swedish jazz piano master Lars Jansson.  A great opportunity to see a highly complex yet much-loved album brought to life.

A Love Supreme is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power. Coltrane plays exclusively tenor saxophone on all parts.

Released in January 1965 by Impulse! Records, A Love Supreme became one of the most acclaimed jazz albums of all time and has been widely regarded as Coltrane's masterpiece. It was also quite popular for a jazz record, selling about 500,000 copies by 1970. Rolling Stone called it a "legendary album-long hymn of praise" and stated: "the indelible four-note theme of the first movement, 'Acknowledgement,' is the humble foundation of the suite. But Coltrane's majestic, often violent blowing (famously described as 'sheets of sound') is never self-aggrandizing. Aloft with his classic quartet..., Coltrane soars with nothing but gratitude and joy. You can't help but go with him”

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 began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987 where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman.

Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997.

Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd metre playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area. 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, the only school offering post-secondary jazz education in Ireland.

  • SPECTRUM: Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘Hands’
    , Whelan’s more info
  • Flyin’ Hi - Tommy Halferty at 70
    , The Opium Rooms more info
  • STRUT at the Peacock
    , The Abbey Theatre more info
  • David Liebman Trio feat. Ronan Guilfoyle & Jussi L
    5th October 2011, Whelan’s
  • Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio - Pendulum
    7th June 2009, JJ Smyth’s
  • Pendulum- Ronan Guilfoyle plays Steve Coleman
    11th April 2010, JJ Smyth’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Lingua Franca
    31st October 2010, JJ Smyth’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s 50/50
    2nd March 2008, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Jamie Oehlers & The Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio
    4th April 2004, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Tudo Bem
    26th March 2006, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Guilfoyle Nielsen Trio
  • Ronan Guilfoyles Simulacrum
    4th July 2003, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Devsirme
    13th February 2005, Pendulum Club at JJ’s