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Morla might be the newest band in this year's 12 points! line up, but this duo comprises two of the bolder spirits in Irish jazz today , and its also a product of Bottlenote, a Dublin creative collective that mirrors the emergence of similar coalitions of young musicians throughout Europe such as London's F-IRE and Copenhagen's Ilk. Guitarist Simon Jermyn has just released a debut cd for Barcelona's Fresh Sounds imprint, and his beautifully textured manipulations of the guitar soundworld are a talking point in the Irish jazz scene. Similarly, alto saxophonist Sean Óg has foregone the instrument's more linear approach, opting for microtonality, electronica and the use of DIY instruments and objet trouve to forge a personal vocabulary. Two to watch, with a shared commitment to sincere improvisation.

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