The Navigator Jazz Residency programme, in collaboration with arts centres around the country, offers artists professionally remunerated time and space to develop and perform work with a deep sense of space, informed by community involvement.
In 2021, 4 residencies took place. Guitarist Hugh Buckley was in residence at The Source Arts Centre.
Cork pianist Cormac McCarthy travelled to the other end of the country for a residency at An Grianán Theatre, Donegal. “The opportunity to have a musician of Cormac's calibre working in the theatre is of enormous benefit to the music community here in Donegal. Through his residency he will be exchanging ideas with other professional musicians, and engaging with our music students - generously sharing his skills and experience. We hope to offer him the chance to make new creative partnerships and enjoy our rich local musical landscape.” said Patricia McBride, Director at An Grianán.
Singer & composer Ríona Sally Hartman was in residence at The Courthouse Arts Tinahely. “The Courthouse Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Ríona Sally Hartman to Tinahely this autumn. We are particularly excited to have an artist of Ríona’s calibre here developing work for young audiences and engaging with our local community. We look forward to bringing our audiences high-quality improvised music that is influenced directly by our surroundings and locale, and inspiring the next generation of Tinahely jazz enthusiasts.” said Denise Mc Grath, Director at The Courthouse Venue.
Finally, saxophonist and composer Nick Roth engaged with local musicians, schools, and visual artists at Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo. Nick said: "The IMC Navigator residency offers an invaluable opportunity to engage in conversation with a local community through the international language of jazz. I am curious to discover and nurture new musical friendships, and hugely excited to have this chance to work and practise in the rich cultural landscape of Ballina Arts Centre."
Short documentaries made around the residencies show the creative process involved in the residencies and the exciting engagement with local communities.
These partnerships will continue into 2022 with the programming expanding further in the future.