OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Pierre Dugelay, Jazz Connective
Pierre Dugelay is one of the founders of Le Périscope, jazz club and creative artistic scene in Lyon, France. He is a active member of the Europe Jazz Network and vice-president of Association Jazz Croisé. Pierre led the creation and funding of Jazz Connective, and told us something about the idea behind it, its progress so far, and his perspective on the European jazz scene generally.
What is Jazz Connective?
Jazz Connective is a collaborative artistic and professional exchange between seven different European jazz-related organisations, taking place during 2019 and 2020 across six countries. Introducing the Jazz Connective's partners and the performance and workshop programmes for Jazz Connective Dublin.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Cora Venus Lunny
Cora Venus Lunny is an improvising violinist, violist, vocalist and composer with a strong classical background and extensive experience in many genres. Cora performs a unique improvisatory programme with pianist Izumi Kimura at Jazz Connective Dublin. Having been commissioned by IMC for a collaborative performance at our BAN BAM Festival in 2017, and more recently performed together utilising the soundscape of Dun Laoghaire during Izumi’s DLR residency, these two intuitive masters come together again to bring something utterly unique to Jazz Connective. In advance of their performance we spoke to Cora about their collaboration, improvisation as the essence of music, and the power of music to transform and transport both players and audience.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Sebastien Brun
A shamanistic electronic ritual, merging acoustic textures and electronics effects with a singular rough style of playing, Seb Brun (aka Ar Ker) has appeared with Jeanne Added, Yasmine Hamdan and Magnetic Ensemble. He is one of the most active musicians on the French noise jazz scene, offering up whole worlds of sound, space and speed, and rhythms that are organic and mechanical all at the same time. We spoke to Seb about his perspective on what improvisation is, experiences in music from La Réunion and Rajasthan, being connected in multiple ways while making music, and the active participation of the audience in creating musical meaning.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Bex Burch, Vula Viel
Bex Burch is a percussionist specialising in the Dagaare xylophone or Gyil and composing. Following a series of chance encounters and a keen interest in groove based music / minimalism Burch was invited to be the apprentice to master Ghanaian xylophonist Thomas Segkura and lived in Dagaare, Ghana making and playing Gyilli for 2 years. On passing out of the apprenticeship, she was given the name ‘Vula Viel’, meaning 'Good is Good' and shared the name with her own group on returning to UK. She also composes widely for Vula Viel and other projects. Ahead of Vula Viel's performance at Jazz Connective, we chatted to Bex about feeling her way through music, a secret series of improvised gigs, and the influence of other musicians.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Izumi Kimura
Irish-based pianist Izumi Kimura has worked with many of the top names in contemporary and improvised music and performed all over the world. Ahead of her performance at Jazz Connective with violinist Cora Venus Lunny on Wednesday 11th December, we chatted to Izumi about connecting with the essence of music, sharing changes of perspective with audiences, and the mental and emotional struggles and rewards of being an improvising musician.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Elliot Galvin
Maverick pianist Elliot Galvin’s stupendous creativity has earned him comparisons with Django Bates, though Galvin's singular approach has affirmed his reputation as a true original. A 12 Points alumnus, Irish audiences will remember his trio’s stand-out performance in Dublin in 2018.
We chatted to Elliot about taking inspirations from his fellow musicians, and the centrality of improvisation.
Jazz Connective Dublin 11-12th December
Jazz Connective is a 2 day pop-up festival of avantgarde and adventurous music, featuring Irish and international artists, curated by Improvised Music Company in collaboration with six European partners.
In addition to concerts on the Project main stage and the CUBE, Jazz Connective features artistic residences, music workshops and discussions about jazz and improvised music in the 21st century, and is the result of ongoing collaboration between Ireland and other European countries. This landmark Dublin event is the 4th in a European series with stops already in Ljubljana, Lodz and Helsinki and future stops in London, Birmingham and Lyon in 2020.