Open Call for Irish Musicians! IMC want to showcase your music at jazzahead!
The world’s biggest industry event for jazz and improvised music takes place in April, in Bremen, Germany & Improvised Music Company will be representing Irish jazz musicians in multiple ways at this important event. Read on to see how you can directly be a part of this showcase through our VR showcasing platform and Irish jazz audio playlist
Behind the Scenes: Artist Q&A with Chris Guilfoyle, Oxygen Thief
Guitarist Chris Guilfoyle says Oxygen Thief's music aims to reimagine the traditional confines of the jazz guitar trio by blending elements of math rock and electronica together with jazz. Ahead of Oxygen Thief's performance with vocalist Aleka at Signal Series, 26th March at The Wild Duck, Chris shared some of his thoughts about political motivations for music-making, thinking of breath when working with singers, and inspiration from other musicians.
Behind The Scenes: Artist Q&A with Kevin Lawlor
Described as 'the leading voice of jazz in the south-east of Ireland', Kevin Lawlor is a jazz drummer, composer and educator based Wexford. Ahead of the Kevin Lawlor Quintet's performance at Signal Series, Tuesday 26th March (doors 8pm) at The Wild Duck, we chatted to Kevin about inspiration from family and life, learning through collaborative creation, and reasons to write music.
Artist Q&A Huw Warren, The Commons
On the 29th March, a historic day for Europe, some of Britain and Ireland's finest improvising musicians come together for The Commons, a collective statement by improvising musicians of Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland that, despite potential sea changes politically, music will always flow freely across any borders, and belongs ultimately to no-one. Rather, it is us who belong to it.
The Commons was spearheaded by saxophonist Nick Roth in collaboration with pianist Huw Warren, along with other artists including Matthew Berrill, and Maria Lamburn. We spoke to Huw about The Commons and his personal reflections on Brexit and the future of music.
Culture Ireland awards Delegate Bursaries for jazzahead! 2019
Culture Ireland have generously awarded 6 Delegate Bursaries to Irish-based artists and promoters to attend jazzahead!, the industries most important international jazz tradeshow and showcase, this April 25-28. They will attend as part of an Irish jazz contingent led by Improvised Music Company who will coordinate Ireland’s presence with Jazz From Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Jazz Promotion Network.
Artist Q&A Nick Roth - The Commons
On the 29th March, a historic day for Europe, some of Britain and Ireland's finest improvising musicians come together for, The Commons, a collective statement by improvising musicians of Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland that, despite potential sea changes politically, music will always flow freely across any borders, and belongs ultimately to no-one. Rather, it is us who belong to it.
The Commons was spearheaded by saxophonist Nick Roth, who told us about the development of the concept, his experience with music which defies borders, and fears for a post-Brexit world.
12 Points 2019 Announcement
Improvised Music Company are thrilled to announce that the 13th edition of its pan-European 12 Points festival will take place in Amsterdam, from 25-28th September 2019, at the pioneering BIMHUIS venue - a leading space for creative music in Europe.
Reflections on women in jazz for International Women’s Day
As part of IMC’s Ban Bam festival celebrating female artists in 2017, we spoke to four of the performers, some of the outstanding musicians in Ireland, about being women in the music world and the gender imbalance in jazz.
On International Women’s Day, we’re reflecting on their words, which are still powerfully thought-provoking.