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Jazz Connective Dublin 11-12th December 2019

Jazz Connective
11th-12th December 2019

Project Arts Centre, East Essex Street (Temple Bar), Dublin 2

TICKETS: €19 standard per night / €16 early bird

Jazz Connective Dublin:
Creative encounters in improvised music.
15 musicians | 4 countries | 2 days of connection and collaboration

Improvised Music Company (IMC) are connecting the European dots, celebrating contemporary improvisers and how they work and play together at this 2-day festival of creative interplay at Project Arts Centre on 11th and 12th December.

Jazz Connective is based on one of the central tenets of jazz - improvisation, and features musicians from Ireland, France, Finland and the UK coming together, playing, collaborating and sometimes creating completely new music for this once-off, 2-day event.

Jazz Connective Dublin begins on Wednesday night with two celebrated Irish-based musicians, pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny. In 2017, IMC commissioned both to create new work together for the BAN BAM festival, and they really hit it off. This is improvisational simpatico of the highest order, with both musicians deftly weaving a kind of musical alchemy.

Following them, Mercury-nominated and award-winning trumpeter Laura Jurd is an utterly distinctive voice as a composer and performer. In a rare solo set, she brings her blend of contemporary, jazz and improvised music to new heights.

Finally, Finnish trio Mopo draw inspiration from jazz, 70's punk and nature, resulting in intense and inspiring performances which have captured audiences all over the world. Last seen in Dublin at 12 Points in 2013, since then they have catapulted into the European festival circuit.

Thursday night at Jazz Connective features maverick pianist Elliot Galvin, whose stupendous creativity has earned him comparisons with Django Bates, though Galvin's singular approach has affirmed his reputation as a true original. Another 12 Points alumnus, Irish audiences will remember his trio’s stand-out performance in Dublin in 2018.

Next, Irish guitarist and electronic pioneer Shane Latimer joins forces with Northern Irish drummer Steve Davis, and saxophonist Linda Fredriksson of Mopo, a unique musical encounter brought together exclusively by Jazz Connective.

Rounding out the evening are Vula Viel, a superbly spicy, post-punk, Afro-jazz style trio featuring Bex Burch on the gyil, a large African xylophone made of sacred lliga wood, while bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Jim Hart weave intricate rhythmic structures around Burch's trance-tastic lines. A band which prompted Iggy Pop to say, “Dance to it, make love to it, consume it, listen to it, stare at the clouds to it!”.

Expect the unexpected in Dublin this 11th and 12th December as IMC host a selection of world-class improvisers and collaborators from both home and abroad at the Project Arts Centre.

Jazz Connective is is a collaborative project supported by the Creative Europe - Cooperation Project. It is presented in Dublin by Irish project partners Improvised Music Company (IMC).

Learn more about Jazz Connective Day 1 and book tickets.

Learn more about Jazz Connective Day 2 and book tickets.

Jazz Connective also includes a Public Discussion - Exploring Creative Communities: What makes a scene a scene? Taking place at 3:30pm on Thursday 12th December at Project Arts Centre, this will be an opportunity for members of the Irish music industry to discuss the wider Irish jazz scene with input from our European colleagues. This discussion is open to the public, but places are limited. Learn more about the discussion and register attendance.

For the delegation, Jazz Connective will also involve two workshops 'Space is the Place', and 'Creating Jazz for Young Audiences'.

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