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Memories of Down With Jazz

Our very first live event after COVID-19, Down With Jazz returned to Meeting House Square in September 2021, with a bang, proving that you can't keep good jazz down!

“The festival with a sense of humour” [The Irish Times] harks back to 1930s Ireland when jazz and ‘foreign’ music was seen by the Catholic Church as a filthy force of corruption. A repressive ‘anti-jazz’ campaign arose to ban jazz from the dance halls and airwaves of Ireland, and protect the ‘morality’ of the sons and daughters of Erin. Today’s Down With Jazz festival connects 21st century Ireland’s vibrant and diverse music scene, with this notorious period in our social history, through a tongue-in-cheek presentation of some of the hottest jazz and improvised music acts around! – posted

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Artist Opportunity - Fun Size Jazz - Northwest Edition

Improvised Music Company in partnership with The Ark and Sligo Jazz Project is seeking applications from professional artists in jazz and improvised music for short ‘scratch’ performances aimed at young audiences. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Kevin Brady on ‘Plan B’

Acclaimed Irish jazz drummer, composer, and educator, Kevin Brady celebrates The Kevin Brady Electric Quartet’s upcoming worldwide album release of Plan B with Ubuntu Records. – posted

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IMC Navigator Jazz Residencies: Ríona Sally Hartman at The Courthouse, Tinahely House, Co. Wicklow

IMC is pleased to announce the third part of the new Navigator jazz residency programme taking place in 2021, which will see bi-lingual vocalist, composer and songwriter, Ríona Sally Hartman in residence in The Courthouse Venue at Tinahely, Co Wicklow for ten days during October. – posted

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IMC seeks new board members

Improvised Music Company is seeking to appoint new members to its Board of Directors, to assist us in the vibrant development of creative improvised music in Ireland. We are particularly seeking candidates with corporate sector, fund-raising development experience, candidates with charitable organisation and non-profit experience, or candidates with strategic and business planning experience, however we welcome applications from any candidates who feel they have other skills to advance IMC’s mission. – posted

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IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast returns with a season of Blind Date Jazz

Improvised Music Company’s Creative About Music Podcast is back from Monday 2nd August, with a season of seven musical blind dates, bringing our Blind Date Jazz series into a purely audio experience. The series brings listening and creative improvisation into focus, with pairs of Ireland’s leading improvisers coming into the studio to create an exciting, new, musical conversation.
The twist?
Neither musician has any idea who they are playing with. – posted

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IMC Navigator Jazz Residencies: Cormac McCarthy in residence at An Grianán, Letterkenny

IMC is pleased to announce the second in a series of four ‘Navigator’ jazz residencies taking place in 2021, which will see pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy in residence at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny this July. The Navigator Jazz Residency programme, in collaboration with arts centres around the country, offers artists professionally remunerated time and space to develop and perform work with a deep sense of space, informed by community involvement. – posted

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Hugh Buckley live from The Source Arts Centre

IMC's Navigator Jazz Residency programme, in partnership with The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, welcomed Irish jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley to Tipperary for 10 days during April-May 2021 to develop his solo work, write new music and engage with the local scene. Enjoy Hugh's unique arrangement of 'Rainy Days & Mondays' by The Carpenters, filmed live onstage at The Source Arts Centre on the final day of the residency. – posted

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