Ban Bam

The BAN BAM Podcast

Launching this April, the new BAN BAM podcast will explore creative work from inspiration to execution, through conversations with a host of women working in jazz and creative improvised music.

IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast is a series of conversations with musicians about the act of creating, from inspiration to daily practices. We discuss musician’s different approaches to creativity, where they take their ideas from and how they are developed, how they approach collaboration, and also take some deep dives into particular tracks to break down how a final musical work was created. Illuminating the creative process, these conversations are a perfect stopping point for some creative inspiration for your own projects, whether big or small.

Beginning with a season of BAN BAM episodes, Aoife Concannon talks to 10 incredible women in Irish improvised music, including the three recipients of the BAN BAM Commissioning Award 2020/2021 (Sue Rynhart, Cora Venus Lunny, and Úna Monaghan) about their process in creating their new pieces. Conversations explore the sparks that can be a starting point - a short story recommended by a friend, a childhood memory, or a feeling that needs expression in a different way. They take us through how and when they create music, and how life and the pandemic has played into their work this year.


Listen in to the BAN BAM Podcast for diverse perspectives on music and musicians’ careers - from the musical work of improvising and composing, to daily practices and project-planning. BAN BAM is a new podcast highlight for the creatively curious, on how a dynamic selection of artists improvise and create, in music and in life.

Find IMC's Creative About Music Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, or wherever you get your podcasts. Connect with IMC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to be notified when new episodes air.

If you need to look back for something more that's great to listen to, our Wax On Podcasts exploring iconic jazz musicians are available on MixCloud or Apple Podcasts, or subscribe to our YouTube channel for some fantastic original work by Irish artists, including our Blind Date Jazz and Piece by Piece series.

The BAN BAM Podcast is part of the BAN BAM Initiative, which launched in 2017 through a series of informal research activities, mentorships and a one-day festival highlighting women in jazz and improvised music. IMC are committed to striving for a gender balanced programme, and in supporting and developing the careers of women in this genre. BAN BAM includes the Commissioning Award from IMC (in partnership with Moving On Music in 2021).