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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.

Why we did it

Musicians often describe improvising with each other as having a conversation - listening, throwing out ideas, responding and developing on each other’s musical thoughts, all in real time. Since the start of the pandemic we’ve all had less opportunity to listen and hear - feeling either isolated from other people, or besieged by a tsunami of digital content, impossible to focus and listen. We wanted to give artists an opportunity to experiment together again.

What is means for you

The 2020 Blind Date Jazz series has now ended, but we may create a new series, online or live in the future. This opportunity is open to all music makers who perform broadly in the genre of jazz, and/or creative improvised music. The performers each received a €300 guaranteed fee to participate.

How to get involved

Sign up to our dedicated musicians newsletter. This is where we will communicate any upcoming opportunities.

You can watch all of the 2020/21 Blind Date Jazz performances on our YouTube page.

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