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Chris Guilfoyle's Pathways Trio

Chris Guilfoyle’s music for Pathways Trio traces a line from his earliest musical exploration as a punk guitarist, through forays into math rock, metal and electronic music. Their new interpretations of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Aphex Twin, Jimi Hendrix, and more will be a treat for any music lovers, guitar fans most of all!

Rescheduled from an original date in April, IMC is delighted to present the pan-European Trio ‘Pathways’, an international collaboration project, pulling in two top-class young European jazz musicians on a journey which explores musical roots and influences. Bassist Lukas Traxel and drummer Moritz Baumgartner are in-demand musicians in a multitude of projects across Europe, and have both previously performed (as has Guilfoyle) at IMC’s pan-European contemporary jazz festival 12 Points - Traxel with the Swiss Marie Krüttli Trio, Baumgartner with the German Lisbeth Quartett and Guilfoyle with Dublin-based Umbra.

Known for his melodic and groove-driven quintet Umbra, Chris comes from a musical family which is a pillar of the Irish jazz scene - his father, bassist and composer Ronan Guilfoyle, and uncle drummer Conor Guilfoyle both having long left their mark on Irish jazz. As a performer, and as a lecturer on DCU’s degree programme in Jazz and Contemporary Music performance, Chris is also leaving a mark on the next generation. With this trio’s exploration of a myriad of great music, the Pathways trio explores what it means to be a contemporary jazz musician in a digital, post-genre world.

These three rising stars of European jazz come together in Dublin’s new space for jazz and improvised music - The Cooler. A former banana-ripening unit upstairs in The Complex Arts Centre, in the heart of Smithfield’s old fruit and veg district, The Cooler is now being run by Improvised Music Company as a home for Dublin’s improvising musicians to stretch their creative skills and have time to develop new, considered music, as well as a an occasional programme of live concerts.

Access notes
The performance space is up two flights of stairs and may be difficult to access for patrons with mobility issues.The space is fully seated.Gender-neutral toilet facilities are available on the ground floor.If you have any other queries regarding accessibility, please contact us at admin @ improvisedmusic . ie and we will do our best to assist you.

Other Side of the Tracks

Ahead of their gig, Chris shared more about how this project came to be. Read on for some insight into their collaboration, Chris' early musical influences and how they've shaped the music of the Pathways Trio

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