Blind Date Jazz
IMC’s 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.
Hidden from each other by a curtain until mid-way through the performance, Blind Date Jazz is an exploration in listening, intuition, skill and spontaneity.
Learn more about the series HERE.
In 2019-20, IMC became a partner in the European collaborative project Jazz Connective, with seven organizations sharing artists, resources, information and best practices towards a strong future for jazz across Europe. IMC hosted and programmed the December Jazz Connective with a 2-day programme of performances and panel discussions at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. Due to IMC’s partnership, Irish artists also featured at Jazz Connective events in 5 European cities and online. Learn more about the partnership HERE and watch Irish artists at Jazz Connective Lyon online HERE.
In April and May 2020 Improvised Music Company and Triskel Arts Centre in Cork came together together to host a weekly sequence of online solo performances called Piece By Piece featuring newly-commissioned works from leading Irish improvisers. Each artist’s input performance would influence or inspire the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists created new improvised work, based on the preceding work. The work which these artists created was beyond anything we had imagined, embracing a digital medium and the work of the other artists to create an interconnected musical story of the world in lockdown. You can watch the whole series on our Youtube channel now, and learn more about the artists' thought processes HERE.
Wood Quay Summer Sessions
We were delighted to be a part of the Wood Quay Summer Sessions again in July, with the series moving online for four lunchtime concerts broadcast from Dublin City Council’s beautiful Wood Quay Venue. Wood Quay Summer Sessions is funded by Dublin City Council and presented in association with First Music Contact, Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre, & Music Network. The series kicked off with some mesmerizing contemporary jazz from quartet BigSpoon.
Hotter than July
For its 7th year in 2020, our Hotter than July Festival presented with Dublin City Council moved to an online space, celebrating inclusivity and diversity with music, story-telling, and creativity accessible to everyone from home!
Listen to the live sessions at Hotter than July for an eclectic mix of music. Enjoy high-octane Cuban salsa with Conor Guilfoyle's Havana 'che, an immersive experience of traditional Indonesian sounds with the NCH Gamelan Orchestra, Irish-Iranian fusion with Navá or the genre-blending duo of Niwel Tsumbu & Éamonn Cagney.