The Fund for Phil
In June 2020, Phil Ware - one of Ireland’s leading jazz pianists - suffered a major stroke. His friends and musical colleagues have come together to form the Fund for Phil, to support him through this most challenging time and to raise money to help his rehabilitation.
Award recipients announced for the BAN BAM Commission & Development Award
Improvised Music Company and Moving on Music are pleased to announce the award recipients of the BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021. The award is a new creative commissioning and career development opportunity which was open to Irish-born or resident female and gender-minority composers on the island of Ireland (North and South).
Enjoy online concerts for all tastes!
During the lockdown we've still been working with some amazing Irish musicians to create online works and musical experiences that you can enjoy safely from home. From the interconnected, experimental improvisations of Piece by Piece, to contemporary jazz at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, to the multi-cultural and family-friendly exuberance of Hotter than July, we've been blown away by the incredibly creative, fun, meaningful, and moving work that musicians have made in this time.
The fortunate thing about recorded performances is that you can catch them later if you missed them, or revisit them now. Brighten up your evening or weekend with some wonderful musical experiences from fantastic Irish artists - there's something here to suit all tastes and ages!
Jazz trio Origin Story (formerly F-JoB) announce debut album October 15th
As individual artists, the three members of the Dublin based jazz trio F-JoB (now identifying as Origin Story) have been at the forefront of many artistically and commercially successful projects in creative Irish music over the last 20 years. Origin Story are delighted to announce that they will be independently releasing their debut album, ‘Good Friday’, coming October 15th 2020. Pre-order the album on digital or CD from Bandcamp.
Young Irish Jazz Musician Award Postponed
Unfortunately the inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician Award has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Ronan Guilfoyle on Charlie Parker’s centenary
August 29th marks a significant centenary. It will be 100 years since the birth of jazz icon Charlie Parker. It also marks 20 years since IMC released Ronan Guilfoyle's BIRD album. Under the moniker Lingua Franca, that album was a celebration of the iconic music associated with Charlie Parker. It featured music written by him, jazz standards made famous by him and also original music dedicated to him. To celebrate this important centenary, an equally stellar cast of Irish musicians will perform the BIRD album live in its entirety for an online concert on Saturday 29th August 8pm.
Ahead of the performance we spoke to bassist, composer, and educator Ronan Guilfoyle about the long shadow Parker has cast over jazz, his personal experiences with Parker's music, and the original creation of BIRD 20 years ago.
BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021
BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021 is a new creative commissioning and career development opportunity open to Irish-born or resident female composers on the island of Ireland (North and South) presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) and Moving on Music (MOM).
Following IMC’s ‘BAN BAM’ activity in 2017/18 promoting women in jazz and improvised music, combined with MOM’s extensive experience with their emerging artists programme, IMC and MOM are pleased to come together with a commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists across the island of Ireland for 2020/2021.
Inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020
The inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician event, presented by Limerick Jazz in association with Improvised Music Company will provide a platform for the best of emerging young jazz talent (aged 13-18) on the island of Ireland, giving outstanding young jazz musicians the chance to be heard by leading Irish jazz musicians and broadcasters. Finalists in the competition will play with and be mentored by a rhythm section of professional musicians. This is the first of what is planned to be a regular event to give a platform to the best of emerging Irish jazz talent. The Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020 will get to make a professional studio recording, participate in UCH’s Rising Stars Concert, and receive a bursary to take part in an international summer school.