OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A - Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny & Anthony Kelly on ‘Folding’
Folding is the new vinyl LP and CD of collective compositions featuring piano by Izumi Kimura, violin & viola by Cora Venus Lunny and field recordings by Anthony Kelly. The wonderfully nuanced music of Kimura and Lunny folds with immersive field recordings by Kelly to form a sonically rich response to the coastal townlands of Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. The three artists shared some of their experiences with us on creating and developing this work and their approaches.
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.
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.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Matthew Halpin, on ‘Agreements’
Cologne-based Irish saxophonist Matthew Halpin has just released his debut album, 'Agreements', and shared some of his thoughts with us on avoiding boundaries of genre and conventional album structure, how sketches develop into a final work through collaboration, and the human emotion behind the music.
International Jazz Day, Friday 30th April 2021
Friday 30th April 2021 is International Jazz Day, and we want to celebrate Irish jazz!
International Jazz Day was designated by UNESCO in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact.
Culture Ireland awards delegate bursaries for jazzahead! digital 2021
Culture Ireland have generously awarded 10 Delegate Bursaries to Irish-based artists and promoters to attend the digital edition of jazzahead!, the industry's most important international jazz tradeshow and showcase, this April 29th-May 2nd. They will attend online as part of an Irish jazz contingent led by Improvised Music Company.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Evin O’Brien of Rynx Laneran
The latest EP from Rynx Laneran “Morphology Pt.2” was released on 21st February 2021, and bandleader Evin O'Brien shared some of his experiences and thoughts with us, on influences taken from his classical background, the role of improvising in composition, and focusing on creating mood and atmosphere.
IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast airing on Mondays from mid-April
Improvised Music Company ventures onto the digital airwaves with a new podcast series for the creatively curious, premiering this April.
IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast is a series of conversations with musicians about the act of creating, from inspiration to daily practices. We’ll discuss musician’s different approaches to creativity, where they take their ideas from and how they are developed, how they approach collaboration, and also take some deep dives into particular tracks to break down how a final musical work was created.