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Give the Gift of Music

Support Irish music and musicians by giving the gift of music this holiday season. Ireland’s creative music-makers have a huge range of things to choose from, from albums (whether you prefer digital or classic vinyl), to merch, to subscriptions, which will give someone a continuous gift of regular new music over a longer period of time! Have a browse through. – posted

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Ninth Piece: Aengus Hackett

Following the international success of the series Piece By Piece in April-May 2020, IMC returns with a second season of this unique musical ‘chain letter’ of online improvisation, with eight exciting new artists from Ireland creating new work in sequence.

This series opens with a performance from Galway guitarist, composer, and producer Aengus Hackett. Aengus told us a bit about his thoughts on improvising as a way of life, and engaging with the previous series of Piece by Piece, ahead of his performance on Friday 27th December, 8:00pm GMT. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Tommy Halferty

The next in Improvised Music Company’s Icons of Jazz takes on the music of genre-blending guitar genius John Scofield. Derry-born Tommy Halferty, the great elder statesman of the Irish jazz guitar, is the perfect musical match to take on Scofield’s music. Like Scofield, Halferty has blended a wide range of styles over the course of his career, from his early days as a student of Louis Stewart.

We chatted to Tommy about his perception of Scofield’s music, what it means to the jazz guitar world, and how he has approached bringing his own style to Scofield’s music. – posted

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Artists announced for Piece By Piece Season 2

Returning for a second season Piece By Piece is a unique musical ‘chain letter’ of online improvisation with eight exciting Irish artists creating work in sequence.

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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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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. – posted

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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). – posted

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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! – posted

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