Improvised Music Company

Ronan Guilfoyle 60: Things We Like - The Music of Jack Bruce


Tickets €20 include both sets on the night. Door at 8pm. First set starts at 8.30pm sharp.

*for those who can not attend both sets, there will be €12 tickets available on the door.

'Things we like - The Music of Jack Bruce' + 'Divisions' with Lars Moeller and Jonas Johansen 

IMC celebrates the work of one of the champions of Irish Jazz, Ronan Guilfoyle, in his 60th year with a series of special concerts at Arthur’s this May 9th and 10th. Musician, composer and educator, Guilfoyle observes this milestone by gathering a cornucopia of Irish and International talent for 4 very distinct sets of music penned, arranged or orchestrated by Guilfoyle.

Things We Like - The Music of Jack Bruce

John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream. Guilfoyle credits Bruce as “probably the reason why I play the bass.” Stating that “Although I was raised on jazz at home, and spent my musical life in jazz, it was hearing Bruce’s great bass lines with Cream that first made me think of how much I liked that sound, and how this could be something I’d like to check out for myself.”

Having met him and admired his musicianship and character for many years, after Bruce passed away in 2014, Guilfoyle embarked on a project based on his music, thoroughly enjoying going through his enormous songbook, picking tunes and finding a way to do them that is both respectful to the songs while allowing for a personal response. Joining Ronan onstage for this concert are Margot Daly, Lars Moeller, Joe O'Callaghan, Izumi Kimura and Brendan Doherty - five musicians with the incredible range of skills necessary to do justice to one of the great musicians of the 20th Century.

'If, like me, you have been playing professionally for nearly 40 years, it's good from time time, to take stock and celebrate the journey so far. I have asked some of my best friends and colleagues in music to join me in a celebration, both of my 60th birthday, and in music itself - especially jazz music. I'm very happy to be doing this on the 9th and 10th of May in Arthur's, by celebrating my 60th birthday along with 17 of my closest colleagues. In choosing the music for this celebration I wanted to include players and projects with whom I have a long track record and I am delighted to have such a stellar cast with me over the two nights.' - Ronan Guilfoyle

Doors at 8pm

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for €20 include BOTH Wednesday night performances

'Things we like - The Music of Jack Bruce' + 'Divisions' with Lars Moeller and Jonas Johansen 

Door at 8pm. First set starts at 8.30pm sharp.

*for those who can not attend both sets, there will be €12 tickets available on the door.

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.

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    , 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