Métier - Dublin
As Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council's Jazz Ensemble in Residence, the band is the first of its kind here, following similar initiatives around Ireland in classical music, and is just one strand of an innovative project that has also featured schools workshops and performances by international artists like cellist Vincent Courtois.
With a line up that convenes five of the strongest musicians in Ireland today to play their own compositions, Metier is a potent assembly, and Michael Buckley (saxophones), Paul Williamson (trumpet), Justin Carroll (piano) and Sean Carpio (drums) join the project's leader, bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, in a quintet that fairly bristles with creative energy.
In 2007 Métier’s Artistic Director worked with the ensemble to present his extended work ‘Terms and Conditions Apply’ - a piece which used a unique mix of composition, improvisation and audio clips to comment on contemporary Ireland at the height of the Celtic Tiger. In this new piece Ronan Guilfoyle again uses the power of improvised music to comment on the new situation the country finds itself in, in an original and powerful way.