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Behind The Scenes: Artist Q&A with Kevin Lawlor

Described as 'the leading voice of jazz in the south-east of Ireland', Kevin Lawlor is a jazz drummer, composer and educator based Wexford. Ahead of the Kevin Lawlor Quintet's performance at Signal Series, Tuesday 26th March (doors 8pm) at The Wild Duck, we chatted to Kevin about inspiration from family and life, learning through collaborative creation, and reasons to write music. – posted

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Artist Q&A Huw Warren, The Commons

On the 29th March, a historic day for Europe, some of Britain and Ireland's finest improvising musicians come together for The Commons, a collective statement by improvising musicians of Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland that, despite potential sea changes politically, music will always flow freely across any borders, and belongs ultimately to no-one. Rather, it is us who belong to it.

The Commons was spearheaded by saxophonist Nick Roth in collaboration with pianist Huw Warren, along with other artists including Matthew Berrill, and Maria Lamburn. We spoke to Huw about The Commons and his personal reflections on Brexit and the future of music. – posted

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Culture Ireland awards Delegate Bursaries for jazzahead! 2019

Culture Ireland have generously awarded 6 Delegate Bursaries to Irish-based artists and promoters to attend jazzahead!, the industries most important international jazz tradeshow and showcase, this April 25-28. They will attend as part of an Irish jazz contingent led by Improvised Music Company who will coordinate Ireland’s presence with Jazz From Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Jazz Promotion Network. – posted

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Artist Q&A Nick Roth - The Commons

On the 29th March, a historic day for Europe, some of Britain and Ireland's finest improvising musicians come together for, The Commons, a collective statement by improvising musicians of Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland that, despite potential sea changes politically, music will always flow freely across any borders, and belongs ultimately to no-one. Rather, it is us who belong to it.

The Commons was spearheaded by saxophonist Nick Roth, who told us about the development of the concept, his experience with music which defies borders, and fears for a post-Brexit world. – posted

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12 Points 2019 Announcement

Improvised Music Company are thrilled to announce that the 13th edition of its pan-European 12 Points festival will take place in Amsterdam, from 25-28th September 2019, at the pioneering BIMHUIS venue - a leading space for creative music in Europe.
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Reflections on women in jazz for International Women’s Day

As part of IMC’s Ban Bam festival celebrating female artists in 2017, we spoke to four of the performers, some of the outstanding musicians in Ireland, about being women in the music world and the gender imbalance in jazz.
On International Women’s Day, we’re reflecting on their words, which are still powerfully thought-provoking. – posted

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Five before Live Q&A with Barry O’ Halpin - Alarmist

We chatted to Barry Halpin of math-rock trio Alarmist about influences, upcoming projects and the future of live music, ahead of Alarmist's performance in Spectrum, 9th March at The Grand Social. – posted

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Five before Live Q&A with Heather Leigh - Brötzmann/Leigh

We chatted with pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh about her thoughts on music, life and her musical partnership with Peter Brötzmann, the legendary saxophonist, ahead of their performance at Spectrum 2019, March 7th at The Fumbally Stables. – posted

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