Jazz Promotion Network receives funding from Arts Council England
IMC is delighted to announce that Jazz Promotion Network has received an award of £90’000 from Arts Council England to develop the jazz workforce across the U.K. and Ireland.
Chris Cross Europe
IMC is delighted to announce that guitarist Chris Guilfoyle has been chosen to represent Ireland in the Criss Cross Europe Band for 2020. Chris will be a member of a pan-European band, coached and led by the legendary Jim Black, who will perform eight concerts in six countries late in 2020.
Looking back at Signal Series 2019
In 2019, Improvised Music Company committed to celebrating Irish jazz talent with the creation of a new monthly live event, The Signal Series, focused on showcasing the best emerging and established Irish jazz and improvised music acts from across the country.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Chris Engel, BigSpoon
South African saxophonist and adopted Irishman Chris Engel has cultivated a successful career in jazz and improvised music throughout Europe with his chameleon-like musical talents; adept in small and large ensembles, free improv, contemporary jazz, and latterly electronic music. Through this lens of electronic bits and bytes, BigSpoon emerge. This musical offering is a crystallization of Chris’ musical journey which brings all of his impulses and influences to bear in the company of some of Ireland's leading improvisers and electro-sonic explorers, creating a sound world designed to immerse both the artist and the audience. Ahead of BigSpoon's performance at Signal Series on Thursday 6th February, Chris shared some of his thoughts with us on introspection as a musician, enveloping the audience music, and concerns for the future.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with ÄTSCH
Led by Irish-based German guitarist, Matthias Winkler, ÄTSCH fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with the sound aesthetics of modern-day post-rock. ÄTSCH create a soundworld rich in lyrical melodies with ample space for each of the soloists to shine. Taking their cues in equal measure from post-rock giants like Sigur Rós or Explosions in the Sky, as well as contemporary Jazz artists such as Gilad Hekselman or Julian Lage, ÄTSCH have certainly got the attention of the European Jazz Scene, being the first Irish artists to perform in Jazzahead’s Club night series which runs concurrent to the main showcases in Germany. They shared a few of their thoughts on music and life with us, ahead of their performance at the first Signal Series of 2020, 6th February at Arthur's Blues & Jazz Club.
IMC’s 2019 Retrospective
Collecting our favourite reading and listening from our 2019, to fill your holidays with improvised music.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Pierre Dugelay, Jazz Connective
Pierre Dugelay is one of the founders of Le Périscope, jazz club and creative artistic scene in Lyon, France. He is a active member of the Europe Jazz Network and vice-president of Association Jazz Croisé. Pierre led the creation and funding of Jazz Connective, and told us something about the idea behind it, its progress so far, and his perspective on the European jazz scene generally.
What is Jazz Connective?
Jazz Connective is a collaborative artistic and professional exchange between seven different European jazz-related organisations, taking place during 2019 and 2020 across six countries. Introducing the Jazz Connective's partners and the performance and workshop programmes for Jazz Connective Dublin.