Fourteenth Piece: Chris Guilfoyle
This sixth work of this winter season of Piece By Piece, and fourteenth in the series overall, comes from guitarist Chris Guilfoyle, premiering on Friday 15th January at 8pm. Chris shared thoughts with us on improvisation, collaboration and a changing musical world after COVID-19.
Thirteenth Piece: Lauren Kinsella
Award winning improvising vocalist and composer Lauren Kinsella
IMC 2020 Retrospective
It’s been a very long, and strange year, and we’re very grateful for your continued support, so we’ve gathered together some of our Favourite Things below so you can enjoy a selection box of our favourite reading and listening from 2020, to keep your holidays filled with improvised music.
Twelfth Piece: Jenna Harris
This fourth work of online musical chain Piece by Piece comes from vocalist and electronics composer Jenna Harris on Friday 18th December.
Jenna shared reflections on creating her work for Piece by Piece with us, which was influenced by thoughts around the isolation of the elderly during COVID, the climate crisis, and a different way of looking at the pieces which have gone before her in the series.
Eleventh Piece: Steve Davis
The third work in the Piece series comes from Northern Irish improvising drummer Steve Davis on Friday 11th December, 8pm. Steve shared some of his thoughts on improvisation, collaboration, and making music during a pandemic with us ahead of his performance.
Dr. Steve Davis is a professional percussionist and composer known for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing. He has played with the European Jazz Orchestra and artists such as Evan Parker, Django Bates, Ben Castle, Mike Walker, Brian Irvine, & Norma Winstone amongst others. He is known for his work with his own band Hypnotoad & trio Bourne/Davis/Kane. Steve also lectures in performance and composition at Queens University Belfast.
Tenth Piece: Bianca Gannon
Galway-born, Australia-based Musician and composer Bianca Gannon is the 2nd artist in the new season of IMC's online interlinked series Piece by Piece, following Aengus Hackett's kick-off.
Bianca is an Australian-based musician-composer from Galway, who performs simultaneous piano and gamelan and creates multi-sensory immersive concert-experiences. In the act of breaking down barriers, in presenting art which is complex yet accessible, Bianca is motivated by that which connects us. We asked her to share her experiences as an artist during this strange pandemic year of 2020.
Introducing Guest Speakers for From Inspiration to Motivation: Making Music for Young Audiences
On Friday 11th December, Improvised Music Company and The Ark host a half-day professional development event to give inspiration and support to musicians who work or wish to work with children, exploring different ways in which music with or for children can be both artistically satisfying for the musicians as well as exciting and engaging for young audiences.
The day will begin with an inspirational presentation from three pairings of Irish and international producers and artists, outlining their process and what they learnt through creating work for children.
Give the Gift of Music
Support Irish music and musicians by giving the gift of music this holiday season. Ireland’s creative music-makers have a huge range of things to choose from, from albums (whether you prefer digital or classic vinyl), to merch, to subscriptions, which will give someone a continuous gift of regular new music over a longer period of time! Have a browse through.