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Once-in-a-lifetime live concert recording from ZASKA

IMC and Triskel Arts are delighted to announce a once-in-a-lifetime live concert recording as part of WRITE RECORD PERFORM in 2023.

Taking place at Triskel in Cork on Friday 15th September, the performance is both the PERFORM and RECORD sections of Triskel and IMC's WRITE RECORD PERFORM in 2023, and the culmination of many months of writing and collaborating.

Max Zaska and his band, a.k.a. ZASKA, join with collaborators Gemma Dunleavy, shiv, Melina Malone, and jarjarjr for an exclusive world premiere of new music. Their exciting new project is grounded in jazz and blended with soul, R&B, hip-hop, and pop. This once-in-a-lifetime live concert will be recorded for a future audio and video release.

Collaboration is at the very heart of ZASKA’s music. This project began in writing sessions with Gemma Dunleavy, shiv, and Melina Malone in Paris in 2022. The addition of jarjarjr to the project this year takes ZASKA’s work in new directions, capturing the spark and sound of each of these up-and-coming artists.

Max Zaska was selected as the winner of Triskel and IMC's first collaborative WRITE RECORD PERFORM programme focused on jazz and improvised music - a programme which allows a professional musician working in jazz or creative improvised music dedicated time, space and budget to develop a new musical concept in a holistic way.

ZASKA 2 Ellius Grace S6 A7394


Guitarist, songwriter, musical director, and producer, Max Zaska is best known for his band ZASKA's feel-good blend of indie jazz, neo-soul, and modern funk featuring collaborations with Irish vocalists including Hozier. ZASKA has released two albums to critical acclaim and played high-profile headline sets at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, The Button Factory Dublin, and the Mladí ladí jazz Open Air Festival in Prague.

Gemma Dunleavy 2023

Gemma Dunleavy

Dublin’s Gemma Dunleavy’s breakout EP and single ‘Up De Flats’ tells of her love for her North Inner City Sherrif Street community. Gemma is a songwriter and producer who experiments with integrating harp and flute together with traditional storytelling and her love for pop & club music. She has headlined Other Voices, All Together Now, Forbidden Fruit, Electric Picnic, and Longitude festivals.



shiv is an Irish-Zimbawean DJ turned singer-songwriter & producer who blends R&B and low-fi hip-hop with elements of neo-soul. Her silky voice, soulful lyrics, and warm hazy instrumentals

have won over a global audience with her song ‘Golden’ amassing over 10M Spotify streams.

Her most recent singles 'Heavy Water' and 'Late Now' released with Warner Music Ireland are the beginning of a new shiv era and are sure to pull on your heartstrings. shiv has performed at Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, and Forbidden Fruit festivals.

Melina Malone June 2023

Melina Malone

Tipped as 'one of the best voices in Ireland' by GoldenPlec in 2021, Dublin-born alt R&B artist Melina Malone recently released ‘Lovers Sunday’, the sensual and dreamy first single from her upcoming debut album which is set for release this October. Melina was part of Irish Women in Harmony’s 2020’s breakout charity single, ‘Dreams’ which amassed over €250,000 for SAFE Ireland. Her powerful voice can be heard on Mango X Mathman’s club hit ‘Heartbreaks & Promises’. Melina co-wrote and performed the 2022 ZASKA single, ‘Just For One Day’.



Cork-based beat-maker turned vocalist jarjajr amassed a huge online following as a pioneer in the SoundCloud beat scene. He mixes instrumental lo-fi hip-hop beats, spoken word, rap, and jazz elements to create a uniquely chilled sound. Jarjarjr presented Soul Service in St. Luke’s Church as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, a curated gathering of the most exciting and experimental voices in hip-hop, jazz, and neo-soul. jarjarjr’s 2023 release ‘Song 50,000’ is a collaboration with Dublin jazz trio Five to Two. His debut album ‘Catch the Dusk’ will be released later this year.

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