IMC Team Members
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 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.
Aoife Concannon joined Improvised Music Company as Marketing Manager in 2011. She has many years experience working with Arts and Music festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe, Galway Arts Festival, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Bram Stoker 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.
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.
Gary Lutton joined the IMC team in 2022 as Production Coordinator. Gary has many years of experience as a founding member of US-based label Fretmonkey Records and as the coordinator of the Belfast Guitar Night. Gary holds a PhD in improvisation from Ulster University and has toured as a solo guitarist in Europe, US and China.
Bianca Gannon joined the Improvised Music Company team as Artist Development Officer in mid 2022. A seasoned Arts Producer, she brings a wealth of experience working on intercultural and art music festivals and events in Australia. As a musician-composer, Bianca was Artist in Residence with the City of Greater Dandenong. Her compositions have been awarded the Pythia Prize and the Percy Grainger Awards, and she has been commissioned by and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl. Her improv album 'with // without' was selected by Rhythms Magazine as Best Instrumental Album 2020.
IMC Board of Directors
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, was recently awarded a PhD from 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 DunLaoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
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.
Dermot Rogers is a digital content and e-commerce veteran with extensive, project and program management experience in aviation/travel, utilities, elearning/digital content/publishing, telecoms, banking/finance, education/training. His specialities are in project/program management, people management, team building, customer success, user experience, multi-channel content creation and delivery. Dermot is a passionate music fan, who presents a weekly music program on DublinCityFM.
Pauline is a qualified Accounting Technician of 30 years gathering her experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sector and is currently Finance Manager with Pieta. Pauline holds a diploma in classical guitar and an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has a strong involvement in the arts and is a student with the TUD Jazz Conservatoire and is active as a vocalist and guitarist with Jazzabelles, a female-led jazz collective, and indie band Akrobat.
Kate Maguire joined IMC as a Board Director in 2022. Music has been a true passion for her since an early age - playing violin since the age of 3, and continuing on with music scholarships at home and abroad. She now works in a corporate role in the tech industry and is excited to bring her passion and experience together to support IMC.