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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 Director & Creative Producer:  Aoife Concannon

Marketing Director & Creative Producer: Aoife Concannon

Aoife Concannon joined Improvised Music Company as Marketing Manager in 2011. She has 15 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 cultural organisations, venues, theatre and dance productions, independent film releases, book publications, exhibitions, music festivals and album releases.

Production Manager & Developmental Officer: Adam Nolan

Production Manager & Developmental Officer: Adam Nolan

Adam Nolan joined the IMC team as Production Manager and Developmental Officer in 2018. A graduate of the BIMM Institute, he has many years of experience in all areas of music production and event management, working with Dublin Institute of Technology, and KnockanStockan Music & Arts Festival amongst others. His diverse experience also includes his role as Managing Director of record label Minor Fall Records, and as founder, writer and concert curator/promoter for the music blog The Minor Fall, The Major Lift.

Administrator & PR Assistant: Caitríona O'Mahony

Administrator & PR Assistant: Caitríona O'Mahony

Caitriona O’Mahony joined the IMC team as Administrator and PR Assistant in 2019. A graduate of Cork School of Music, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, she has a wide range of experience in music management - programming, managing and promoting festivals and concert series through her work with the East Cork Early Music Festival, Ensemble Dagda, Nano Nagle Place Heritage Centre, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

IMC Board of Directors

Nigel Flegg - Chairperson

Nigel Flegg - Chairperson

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Matthew Jacobson

Matthew Jacobson

Matthew Jacobson is an Irish drummer, improviser, composer, educator and
producer. As well as leading his own groups Insufficient Funs and ReDiviDeR, he regularly tours, performs and records with foremost improvisers all around the world.
He is also co-director of independent Irish record label Diatribe, a jazz lecturer at
Dublin City University, is undertaking a PhD at Ulster University and has received
numerous awards and scholarships from institutions including Arts of Council of
Ireland, Music Network, Fulbright Scholar Award, Berklee College of Music and Dun
Laoghaire-Rathdown Councty Council.

Belinda Quirke

Belinda Quirke

Belinda is a curator, producer, and inaugural director of award winning Solstice Arts Centre in County Meath. At Solstice, Quirke has instigated a diverse cultural programme at the centre including the curation of performance and gallery spaces, playing an active role in arts development in the northeast of the country.  A graduate of both Crawford College of Art (Painting) and UCC (Music), Belinda also studied singing at the Cork School of Music. An eclectic early performance career manifested through a number of bands and ensembles. She has recently returned to music-making.  Previous board memberships include Cork, European Capital of Culture, Create, and Music Network.  In 2016, Belinda was part of the winning bid team of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.  She is currently a trustee of the Golden Fleece Award; an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell.