Fourth Piece: Cormac McCarthy
Composer, pianist and arranger Cormac McCarthy brings to bear a background across traditional, jazz, and classical music in his music. We chatted to Cormac about his approach to improvisation ahead of his contribution to the Piece by Piece series on Friday 1st May.
International Jazz Day, Thursday 30th April 2020
Thursday 30th April 2020 is International Jazz Day, and we want to celebrate Irish jazz! Find out how you can enjoy and celebrate Irish jazz for the day, with online content, playlists, albums and lots of other enjoyable things!
Third Piece: Seán Mac Erlaine
The third link in the chain comes from Seán Mac Erlaine. Seán has been making music with woodwinds and an assortment of instruments professionally for twenty years. Usually his home studio is a play room to prepare for concerts that take him to many places around the world. For this video, he invites us in and creates a performance at home. Seán shared with us some reflections on the process of creating his work for Piece by Piece.
Second Piece: Nick Roth & Olesya Zdorovetska
IMC and Triskel come together to host a weekly sequence of online performance called Piece By Piece featuring leading Irish improvisers, which kicked off on Friday 10th April.
Each artist’s input performance will influence the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work. Improvising musicians are uniquely skilled at interpretation and spontaneous creation allowing for fresh creation of the highest calibre and a unique 'live art' experience for the Piece By Piece online audience.
We spoke to multi-talented couple saxophonist/composer/producer Nick Roth and vocalist/instrumentalist/composer Olesya Zdorovetska, who create the second link in the chain this Friday 17th April at 20:00 GMT+1.
First Piece: Shane Latimer
Ahead of his online performance as the first artist in the Piece By Piece chain of new improvised works, Shane Latimer share some thoughts on music making and the current Covid-19 crisis
Artists announced for Piece By Piece
Piece by Piece: a sequence of online solo improvisation
IMC and the Triskel are coming together to host a sequence of unique online solo performances featuring leading Irish improvisers.
Each artist’s input performance will influence or inspire the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work, which, by its conclusion, will have dynamically reflected this strange new world we find ourselves in.
Improvising musicians are uniquely skilled at interpretation and spontaneous creation allowing for fresh creation of the highest calibre. Audiences can enjoy this new work live via IMC’s YouTube channel as well as IMC's and Triskel's social media platforms.
Take music lessons online from home!
Have you always wanted to polish up some skills on the instrument you learned years ago? Have an instrument in a cupboard that you'd love to play? Play an instrument well and feel like experimenting with learning new skills, perhaps improvising or jazz standards? Through the COVID-19 crisis, many incredible Irish-based musicians are moving online, and sharing their skills teaching classes by Skype/Zoom and other platforms. If you're social distancing, this could be a great time to pick up some new skills safely from your own home