Blind Date Jazz: Episode 2

IMC’s Blind Date Jazz - A New Limited Series

Episode 2: Lina Andonovska + Izumi Kimura
Sunday 21st February, 8pm 
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Musicians often describe improvising with each other as having a conversation - listening, throwing out ideas, responding and developing on each other’s musical thoughts, all in real time.

Since the start of the pandemic we’ve all had less opportunity to listen and hear - feeling either isolated from other people, or besieged by a tsunami of digital content, impossible to focus and listen.

IMC’s new limited series Blind Date Jazz brings listening and creative improvisation into focus, with some of Ireland’s leading improvisers coming into the studio to create an exciting, new, musical conversation.

The twist?

Neither musician has any idea who they are playing with. Unknown, unrehearsed, unplanned and unseen. Not even aware what the other instrument is. In other words, completely blind.

For our second episode, we paired up flautist Lina Andonovska with pianist Izumi Kimura on their musical blind date. 

Japanese-born, Irish-based pianist Izumi Kimura has worked with many of the top names in contemporary and improvised music and performed all over the world, and is praised by the Irish Times for her “heroic level of technical fearlessness”. Get a taster of her upcoming album with Cora Venus Lunny on Farpoint Recordings and find more of her work at her website.

Lina Andonovska has been an important figure in contemporary music for some time now and has built a reputation as a flute-player who is equally at home in contemporary jazz and classical music. She has been especially prominent in Ireland where she has played with groups such as Crash Ensemble, and performed works by Irish composers such as Ann Cleare, Linda Buckley, Anna Murray and Michael Gallen. Check out Lina’s debut album ‘A Way A Lone A Last’ or find her other work on her website.

So, join us on this journey, as we introduce the two performers, shepherding them into the studio while completely hiding from each other’s sight. A curtain bisects the studio, obscuring the artists from one another.

They begin to play, exchanging musical thoughts, sentences, developing a theme and interacting only through the music, an open mind and completely blind. Our studio curtain drops at a certain point and they come face to face with their new improvising partner. Does the musical conversation change?

Blind Date Jazz is an exploration in listening, intuition, skill and spontaneity, all unique hallmarks of the improvising artist.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to find out each Wednesday what musicians we've paired up for this week's blind date, and tune in each Sunday evening on Facebook, Youtube or IGTV to listen in to their musical conversation.

“Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation.”

- Wynton Marsalis

Izumi Kimura

Izumi Kimura, Japanese born and Irish resident, is a highly acclaimed practitioner of contemporary piano music, improviser, and educator.Kimura was born in Yokohama, Japan where she commenced her piano studies. She completed her undergraduate degree in Toho University of Music in Tokyo under the tutelage of Akikio Teranishi, Akira Miyoshu and Kazuoki Fujii. In 1995, she moved to Ireland where she studied with Ray Keary at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Kimura has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician and broadcast including on RTE Lyric FM, RTE one, Dublin City FM, Raidió na Life, and RTE 2 television. She has worked with some of the leading performers and ensembles from both disciplines of classical and jazz, including RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Michael D’arcy, Ioana Petcu, Colan, Ken Edge, Benjamin Dwyer, Susan Doyle, Cora Venus Lunny, and many more from the world of classical music, and with jazz musicians including Tommy Halferty, Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Joe O'Callaghan, Oki Itaru, Makoto Sato, Benoít Delbecq, Stéphane Payen, Sarah Buechi, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and more.

Kimura released her début album Asymmetry on Diatribe Records in 2010. The album includes works by Japanese and Irish composers including Mamoru Fujieda, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Toshinao Sato, Gred Caffrey, Ronan Guilfoyle and Gerald Barry. 

Although classically trained, Kimura has spent much of her time in Ireland exploring jazz music. She has worked with many of Ireland's stellar jazz musicians including Julian Arguelles, Tommy Halferty, Ed Neumeister, Stéphane Payen and Sarah Buechi.

Izumi is currently being supported by the Arts Council for a series of collaberative duos under the title 'Though Bubbles'. The first two performances of the series took place in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway and RIAM in January 2017 when Kimura was joined by American jazz percussionist Gerry Hemingway. As part of the SPECTRUM festival which takes place from the 10th-12th of March, Kimura will be performing yet another collaborative duo in The Hugh lane gallery with bassist Barry Guy. 

‘Meditative, subtly provocative, impressionistic and consistently alluring’

– All About Jazz

'Heroic levels of technical fearlessness, stamina and strength’

– The Irish Times

'Natural kind of musicianship that never strives too much'

– Irish Times
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