OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Chris Engel, BigSpoon
South African saxophonist and adopted Irishman Chris Engel has cultivated a successful career in jazz and improvised music throughout Europe with his chameleon-like musical talents; adept in small and large ensembles, free improv, contemporary jazz, and latterly electronic music. Through this lens of electronic bits and bytes, BigSpoon emerge. This musical offering is a crystallization of Chris’ musical journey which brings all of his impulses and influences to bear in the company of some of Ireland's leading improvisers and electro-sonic explorers, creating a sound world designed to immerse both the artist and the audience. Ahead of BigSpoon's performance at Signal Series on Thursday 6th February, Chris shared some of his thoughts with us on introspection as a musician, enveloping the audience music, and concerns for the future.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with ÄTSCH
Led by Irish-based German guitarist, Matthias Winkler, ÄTSCH fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with the sound aesthetics of modern-day post-rock. ÄTSCH create a soundworld rich in lyrical melodies with ample space for each of the soloists to shine. Taking their cues in equal measure from post-rock giants like Sigur Rós or Explosions in the Sky, as well as contemporary Jazz artists such as Gilad Hekselman or Julian Lage, ÄTSCH have certainly got the attention of the European Jazz Scene, being the first Irish artists to perform in Jazzahead’s Club night series which runs concurrent to the main showcases in Germany. They shared a few of their thoughts on music and life with us, ahead of their performance at the first Signal Series of 2020, 6th February at Arthur's Blues & Jazz Club.
IMC’s 2019 Retrospective
Collecting our favourite reading and listening from our 2019, to fill your holidays with improvised music.
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.