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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Tommy Halferty

Tommy Halferty’s Timeless at Signal Series will see The Wild Duck as the only stop in the capital on a nationwide tour celebrating John Abercrombie. The late guitarist was one of the most important & influential figures in jazz guitar history, and performed in Dublin on a number of occasions at IMC-hosted events. Abercrombie’s compositions, including ‘Ralph’s Piano Waltz’, and his pioneering 'less-is-more' style have left their mark on jazz. As a close friend of Abercrombie’s, Derry-born guitarist Tommy Halferty has sourced a collection of compositions highlighting the varied work of the late, great musician. We spoke to Tommy about the Timeless project, its origins, and his inspirations and thoughts as a musician. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Katharine Timoney

Katharine Timoney is one of the brightest stars of the Northern Ireland jazz scene. With a smooth and incredibly flexible voice, reminiscent at once of both Billie Holiday and early Amy Winehouse, she blends cabaret-style jazz singing with a winning openness of expression, and was a winner of this year's BBC Platform Award in the Jazz Category sponsored by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Ahead of her performance at The Signal Series on 30th July, we spoke to Katharine about the expressive drive behind making music, the power of melody, and everyday inspirations. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Meilana Gillard

Performing as part of the RBG Trio at the Wood Quay Summer Sessions is outstanding tenor saxophonist Meilana Gillard. Ahead of the performance, we spoke to Meilana about musicians who influenced her, music as communication and expression, and the conversational element of performing in a group. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Charlie Moon

With jazz music well and truly in his blood, Charlie is the son of singer Mia Parsons and jazz guitarist Nigel Mooney (Ireland's King of the Blues - BBC). From an early age he was immersed in music, leading him to graduate from Newpark Music School with an honours degree in Jazz Performance, graduating top of his class. He has since tackled a Jazz Performance Msc in DIT. Recent engagements include the prestigious Cork, Limerick and Bray Jazz Festivals, and he was named “Rising Star” of jazz by The Irish Times in 2018. Ahead of the Charlie Moon Quartet's performance at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, we spoke to Charlie about his formative musical experiences, the power in melody and harmony, and taking inspiration from friends. – posted

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12 Points programme announced for the 2019 edition taking place at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam!

Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of the award-winning 12 Points Festival, today announce the 12 acts selected to perform at the 2019 edition of 12 Points, which will take place 25-28 September at BIMHUIS Amsterdam. The announcement took place today at InJazz in Rotterdam, itself the biggest and annual international jazz network event in the Netherlands. – posted

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Alarmist new single and performance at InJazz

Dublin-based math-rock trio and 12 Points alumni release 'Bronntanasaurus', from their upcoming album, and will play in a prestigious line-up of young European jazz in Rotterdam at the end of this month. – posted

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Fun Size Jazz at Cruinniú na nÓg

Following on from ‘Fun Size Jazz!’, IMC’s collaboration with The Ark Children’s Cultural centre in 2018, two Fun Size Jazz acts return to perform at Cruinniu na nOg this June. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Cormac Kenevey

From an initial career as a software consultant, Cormac Kenevey followed his musical dreams to release his first album on the CANDID label in 2006 - This is Living, a collaboration with the exceptionally talented Dublin stalwart Phil Ware and his Trio. This was followed in 2009 by his second album The Art of Dreaming. His tour dates have included locations in London (Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Dean St), around Europe, and as far afield as Abu Dhabi and Mexico, besides which he has found the time to complete a Masters in Jazz Vocal Performance.Ahead of the Cormac Kenevey Quartet's performance at the Signal Series this Tuesday 28th May, we spoke to Cormac about connecting with lyrics, the nature of words, and the vulnerability of performing your own music. – posted

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