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Fun Size Jazz goes to Limerick

Fun Size Jazz goes on the road this February, with three shows taking place in Limerick in collaboration with Limerick Jazz. Fun Size Jazz was developed by IMC and The Ark, to support artists in creating high-quality and engaging jazz performances for young audiences. – posted

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Culture Ireland offers bursaries for jazzahead!

Jazzahead!, the world’s biggest industry event for jazz and improvised music, takes place from 23-26 April in Bremen, Germany. Culture Ireland is offering a number of bursaries to Irish jazz industry members to attend this important event, as part of the Irish delegation, led by Improvised Music Company. – posted

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Two part-time freelance roles available with Jazz Promotion Network

Jazz Promotion Network is seeking to fill 2 new part-time freelance positions, for a Network Manager and a Communications Manager. These are remote working positions, and available to anyone with appropriate qualifications and skills. Brief overviews of the positions are listed below, but further details and information on how to apply can be seen on the Jazz Promotion Network website. – posted

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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. – posted

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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. – posted

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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. – posted

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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. – posted

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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. – posted

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