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Jazz at Hard Working Class Heroes

Zaska // The CEO Experiment // Nature

Improvised Music Company (IMC), in association with First Music Contact, is delighted provide some jazz grooves for the 13th edition of Hard Working Class Heroes, with 3 artists curated specifically for the festival. HWCH will open on Thursday 1st October with a triple-header jazz showcase in The Academy, while 100 acts will perform at multiple venues over the weekend.

ZASKA are an energetic 8-piece band presenting complex and unconventional writing channelled through a feel-good blend of Funk and Soul reminiscent of Steely Dan and Frank Zappa. This high-octane super group have a well-deserved reputation for a stunning live show, and have been cheered as “One of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in the country” – Le Cool

Piano trio The CEO Experiment combine delicate atmospherics and highly creative improvisations, oscillating between almost every genre in jazz. Elements of Post-bop and contemporary jazz are channelled through original compositions and reworking of traditional standards, serving as a vehicle for high-energy interplay. “The band’s subtle yet effusive dialog is one steeped in the broad jazz traditions” All About Jazz

Nature is a groove-jazz quartet led by bassist/composer Kevin Higgins, featuring Chris Guilfoyle on guitar, Tommy Gray on drums and Sarah Red on vocals. Nature’s influences are broad, with dubstep, blues, beats and grooves blending to create the quartet’s original sound. Nature’s live shows combine scorching improvisation, glassy textures and infectious head-nodding beats.

TICKETS: €10 on-the-door entry to the Academy gigs on Thursday night // €20 access to all HWCH venues on Thursday or €45 for a full Weekend Ticket


Improvised Music Company (IMC) is an Arts Council funded resource for Irish musicians and a specialist music promoter for jazz and ethnic music in Ireland.

Hard Working Class Heroes festival and convention, sponsored by HMV Ireland runs from 1st-3rd October 2015. Now in its thirteenth year, HWCH has showcased many of Ireland’s best known acts including Delorentos, The Coronas, Fight Like Apes, Villagers, Lisa O’Neill and 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier.

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