Improvised Music Company

Ronan Guilfoyle 60: ‘Always Know’ - For Thelonious Monk

PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets €20 include both sets on the night. Door at 8pm. First set starts at 8.30pm sharp.

*for those who can not attend both sets, there will be €12 tickets available on the door.

('Flyin' Hi - The Music of Tommy Halferty' and 'Always Know - For Thelonious Monk')

IMC celebrates the work of one of the champions of Irish Jazz, Ronan Guilfoyle, in his 60th year with a series of special concerts at Arthur’s this May 9th & 10th. Musician, composer and educator, Guilfoyle observes this milestone by gathering a cornucopia of Irish and International talent for 4 very distinct sets of music penned, arranged or orchestrated by Guilfoyle.

'Always Know' - For Thelonious Monk

A tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk, one of the key influences in Ronan Guilfoyle’s musical career, which was performed at Galway Jazz Festival in 2017 to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the great jazz pianist.

Just before going on stage, Thelonious Monk would often deliver this particular piece of advice to his band: 'Don't forget, always know..'. This and other Monk sayings were captured by band member Steve Lacy - a handwritten document scrawled with the typically gnomic, yet brilliant things Monk would say to the band. Guilfoyle based this suite of music on this document, with each piece based on one of Monk’s infamous sayings. As Monk said, 'You've got to dig it, to dig it - you dig?'

'If, like me, you have been playing professionally for nearly 40 years, it's good from time time, to take stock and celebrate the journey so far. I have asked some of my best friends and colleagues in music to join me in a celebration, both of my 60th birthday, and in music itself - especially jazz music. I'm very happy to be doing this on the 9th and 10th of May in Arthur's, by celebrating my 60th birthday along with 17 of my closest colleagues. In choosing the music for this celebration I wanted to include players and projects with whom I have a long track record and I am delighted to have such a stellar cast with me over the two nights.' - Ronan Guilfoyle

Tickets €20 includes both Thursday night performances

Flyin' Hi - Tommy Halferty at 70 + 'Always Know' - For Thelonious Monk

Door at 8pm. First set starts at 8.30pm sharp.

*for those who can not attend both sets, there will be €12 tickets available on the door.

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 began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987 where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman.

Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997.

Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd metre playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area. 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, the only school offering post-secondary jazz education in Ireland.

  • SPECTRUM: Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘Hands’
    , Whelan’s more info
  • Flyin’ Hi - Tommy Halferty at 70
    , The Opium Rooms more info
  • STRUT at the Peacock
    , The Abbey Theatre more info
  • David Liebman Trio feat. Ronan Guilfoyle & Jussi L
    5th October 2011, Whelan’s
  • Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio - Pendulum
    7th June 2009, JJ Smyth’s
  • Pendulum- Ronan Guilfoyle plays Steve Coleman
    11th April 2010, JJ Smyth’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Lingua Franca
    31st October 2010, JJ Smyth’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s 50/50
    2nd March 2008, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Jamie Oehlers & The Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio
    4th April 2004, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Tudo Bem
    26th March 2006, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Guilfoyle Nielsen Trio
  • Ronan Guilfoyles Simulacrum
    4th July 2003, Pendulum Club at JJ’s
  • Ronan Guilfoyle’s Devsirme
    13th February 2005, Pendulum Club at JJ’s