BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021
BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021 is a new creative commissioning and career development opportunity open to Irish-born or resident female composers on the island of Ireland (North and South) presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) and Moving on Music (MOM).
Following IMC’s ‘BAN BAM’ activity in 2017/18 promoting women in jazz and improvised music, combined with MOM’s extensive experience with their emerging artists programme, IMC and MOM are pleased to come together with a commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists across the island of Ireland for 2020/2021.
Inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020
The inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician event, presented by Limerick Jazz in association with Improvised Music Company will provide a platform for the best of emerging young jazz talent (aged 13-18) on the island of Ireland, giving outstanding young jazz musicians the chance to be heard by leading Irish jazz musicians and broadcasters. Finalists in the competition will play with and be mentored by a rhythm section of professional musicians. This is the first of what is planned to be a regular event to give a platform to the best of emerging Irish jazz talent. The Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020 will get to make a professional studio recording, participate in UCH’s Rising Stars Concert, and receive a bursary to take part in an international summer school.
Limerick Jazz Festival returns in innovative post-COVID format
Limerick city will host a redesigned and innovative Limerick Jazz Festival, in September as organisers have adapted the festival to the new world following COVID-19.
The ninth annual festival runs for the week of September between the 21st and 27th, and will include the inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician event, presented by Limerick Jazz in association with Improvised Music Company.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Shahab Coohe, Navá
Well-known across Ireland, Navá is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It comprises folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian-born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe. Their performance weaves material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound.
Ahead of Navá's performances in Hotter than July online's live sessions on 22nd & 25th July, santoor player Shahab Coohe told us a bit about how the group came about, uniting different traditions, and how he's found lockdown.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Conor Guilfoyle, Havana ‘che
As Ireland’s leading exponents of authentic Cuban music, Havana ‘che are a high-octane 10-piece salsa band who play everything from timba and salsa classics to rumba and guguanco guaranteed to get you grooving. For Hotter than July online in 2020, Havana ‘che will kick off our online performances on 17th July at 7pm, bringing their high-energy music that says ‘Hotter than July’, from Dublin’s Camden Studios straight into your living room!
Ahead of their performance, bandleader and drummer Conor Guilfoyle told us a bit about Havana ‘che’s history, being bitten by the Latin music bug as a young musician, and how he’s thinking about music in lockdown.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Éamonn Cagney, percussion
Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, percussionist Éamonn Cagney and guitarist Niwel Tsumbu are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances. For Hotter than July the duo will be coming from Dublin’s Camden Studios straight into your living room, and ahead of these performances, Éamonn chatted to us a bit about their style as a duo, thinking about creativity in lockdown and the magic moments of music-making.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS: Indonesian gamelan music with Dr. Peter Moran
The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra was established by Dr. Peter Moran in 2014 when Ireland received a specially-built gamelan as a gift from His Royal Highness Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta. For Hotter than July 2020, techniques of binaural recording will bring you from the tranquil setting of The Space Between yoga studio into an immersive 3D musical experience from the NCH Gamelan Orhestra performing the ancient traditional music of Indonesia. Ahead of their performance at Hotter than July, Peter gave us a background on the traditional Indonesian music played by the ensemble.
Hotter than July ONLINE, 17-26th July 2020
Proudly presented by Improvised Music Company in association with Dublin City Council, Hotter than July has become a staple of the Dublin summer calendar, celebrating the cultural diversity of Dublin city through music and dance from around the world. This year, from the 17th to 26th of July, you can access 10 days of events on Facebook and YouTube, including short performances of everything from Cuban dance music to Indonesian gamelan, songs and story-telling for young audiences, and chances to participate through instrument-making workshops and an online choir!