International Jazz Day, Friday 30th April 2021

Friday 30th April 2021 is International Jazz Day, and we want to celebrate Irish jazz!

International Jazz Day was designated by UNESCO in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact. – posted

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Culture Ireland awards delegate bursaries for jazzahead! digital 2021

Culture Ireland have generously awarded 10 Delegate Bursaries to Irish-based artists and promoters to attend the digital edition of jazzahead!, the industry's most important international jazz tradeshow and showcase, this April 29th-May 2nd. They will attend online as part of an Irish jazz contingent led by Improvised Music Company. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Evin O’Brien of Rynx Laneran

The latest EP from Rynx Laneran “Morphology Pt.2” was released on 21st February 2021, and bandleader Evin O'Brien shared some of his experiences and thoughts with us, on influences taken from his classical background, the role of improvising in composition, and focusing on creating mood and atmosphere. – posted

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IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast airing on Mondays from mid-April

Improvised Music Company ventures onto the digital airwaves with a new podcast series for the creatively curious, premiering this April.

IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast is a series of conversations with musicians about the act of creating, from inspiration to daily practices. We’ll 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. – posted

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Hugh Buckley announced as IMC artist-in-residence at The Source Arts Centre

IMC is pleased to announce the first residency in our 2021 Music Residency programme, which will see guitarist Hugh Buckley in residence at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles this April.

The IMC Music Residency, in collaboration with arts centres around the country, offers artists professionally remunerated time and space to develop and perform work with a deep sense of space, informed by community involvement. – posted

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New episodes of Blind Date Jazz, Sundays from 18th April

New episodes of IMC’s Blind Date Jazz series are releasing on Sunday evenings from April 18th.

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. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A - Hugh Buckley on Wes Montgomery

For the next in IMC's Icons of Jazz series, the spotlight falls on the music of legendary Indianapolis-born guitarist Wes Montgomery, whose influence on the jazz guitar can hardly be overstated. Bringing his own brand of flowing melodicism to a selection of music connected with Montgomery is Dublin-born Hugh Buckley, a self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and long-standing icon of the Irish jazz scene.

Hugh shared with us some of his thoughts on what makes Montgomery's style so unique and how it's played into his own musical style. – posted

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IMC announces Arts Centre Residency programme

Improvised Music Company is pleased to announce a new Music Residency programme in 2021, partnering with four renowned Arts Centres to provide artist residency and community engagement opportunities for 4 Irish-based composers working in the field of jazz and improvised music.

The venue partners are cross-country, encompassing each of the four provinces; The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, An Grianán in Letterkenny, The Courthouse in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, and Ballina Arts Centre in Mayo. – posted

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