Matthew Jacobson artist-in-residence at Jazz Connective UK
IMC are happy to announce that Irish percussionist Matthew Jacobson has been selected as artist-in-residence for Jazz Connective’s UK edition, taking place in Birmingham and London in March. IMC is delighted to help create opportunities for Irish artists as part of its partnership in Jazz Connective, a collaborative artist-focused project, which is taking place during 2019 and 2020 across seven partner European cities.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Tom Caraher
Born in Bangkok and raised across continents from the Far East to North Carolina, Kerry-based saxophonist Tom Caraher has seen his fair share of the world. Discovering his love of saxophone in the land of Bluegrass and studying in the prestigious Berklee College of music he finally relocated back to Ireland and quickly established himself in bands including the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, the Hot House Big Band, ZASKA, The Connor McKeon Band, Aja, Phisqa and The Booka Brass Band. At Signal Series on the 5th March at Arthur's Blues & Jazz Club, he leads a quartet of fine players for a contemporary jazz set steeped in groove and inflected with this saxophonist's many travels. Ahead of the gig, Tom shared some of his thoughts on music and inspirations - from wild Kerry landscapes, to RnB and hip-hop, to giants in the saxophone world.
OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid
Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, guitarist/composer/bandleader Dan Nettles has supplied the world with his own unique blend of modern-jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, Nettles formed Kenosha Kid with these principles: build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. Ahead of Kenosha Kid’s performance at LoSt Lane on Friday 6th March, Dan encapsulated some of his thoughts on music and life for us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.