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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A - Hugh Buckley on Wes Montgomery

For the next in IMC's Icons of Jazz series, the spotlight falls on the music of legendary Indianapolis-born guitarist Wes Montgomery, whose influence on the jazz guitar can hardly be overstated. Bringing his own brand of flowing melodicism to a selection of music connected with Montgomery is Dublin-born Hugh Buckley, a self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and long-standing icon of the Irish jazz scene.

Hugh shared with us some of his thoughts on what makes Montgomery's style so unique and how it's played into his own musical style. – posted

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IMC announces Arts Centre Residency programme

Improvised Music Company is pleased to announce a new Music Residency programme in 2021, partnering with four renowned Arts Centres to provide artist residency and community engagement opportunities for 4 Irish-based composers working in the field of jazz and improvised music.

The venue partners are cross-country, encompassing each of the four provinces; The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, An Grianán in Letterkenny, The Courthouse in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, and Ballina Arts Centre in Mayo. – posted

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Bursaries for Jazzahead Digital Trade Fair

Improvised Music Company invites Irish and Irish-based jazz musicians, managers, members of resources organisations or companies to apply for Culture Ireland bursaries to attend the jazzahead! digital trade fair in April 2021. – posted

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Improvised Music Company launches the BAN BAM Podcast

Launching this April, the new BAN BAM podcast will explore creative work from inspiration to execution, through conversations with a host of women working in jazz and creative improvised music. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Lina Andonovska, flute

Flautist Lina Andonovska released her debut solo album A Way A Lone A Last on Diatribe Records in February 2020, and chatted to us about her musical relationship with Ireland and Irish composers, moving beyond the boundaries of genre in her collaborations, and release plans derailed by COVID. – posted

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Tin Men & the Telephone at Big Bang Bubble

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Announcing new limited series: Blind Date Jazz

IMC’s new limited series Blind Date Jazz brings listening and creative improvisation into focus, with some of Ireland’s leading improvisers coming into the studio to create an exciting, new, musical conversation.

The twist?

Neither musician has any idea who they are playing with. Unknown, unrehearsed, unplanned and unseen. Not even aware what the other instrument is. In other words, completely blind. – posted

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OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with John Walsh, flamenco guitar

Leading Irish flamenco guitarist John Walsh has just released his debut album, Irlanducía, and shared some insights with us about his inspiration from different flamenco artists, the different paths composition can take, the process of fine-tuning different tunes through experimentation, and his thoughts on ‘authenticity’ and what it means. – posted

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