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Eleventh Piece: Steve Davis

The third work in the Piece series comes from Northern Irish improvising drummer Steve Davis on Friday 11th December, 8pm. Steve shared some of his thoughts on improvisation, collaboration, and making music during a pandemic with us ahead of his performance.
Dr. Steve Davis is a professional percussionist and composer known for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing. He has played with the European Jazz Orchestra and artists such as Evan Parker, Django Bates, Ben Castle, Mike Walker, Brian Irvine, & Norma Winstone amongst others. He is known for his work with his own band Hypnotoad & trio Bourne/Davis/Kane. Steve also lectures in performance and composition at Queens University Belfast. – posted

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Tenth Piece: Bianca Gannon

Galway-born, Australia-based Musician and composer Bianca Gannon is the 2nd artist in the new season of IMC's online interlinked series Piece by Piece, following Aengus Hackett's kick-off.
Bianca is an Australian-based musician-composer from Galway, who performs simultaneous piano and gamelan and creates multi-sensory immersive concert-experiences. In the act of breaking down barriers, in presenting art which is complex yet accessible, Bianca is motivated by that which connects us. We asked her to share her experiences as an artist during this strange pandemic year of 2020.

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Introducing Guest Speakers for From Inspiration to Motivation: Making Music for Young Audiences

On Friday 11th December, Improvised Music Company and The Ark host a half-day professional development event to give inspiration and support to musicians who work or wish to work with children, exploring different ways in which music with or for children can be both artistically satisfying for the musicians as well as exciting and engaging for young audiences.

The day will begin with an inspirational presentation from three pairings of Irish and international producers and artists, outlining their process and what they learnt through creating work for children. – posted

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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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