IRISH TIME / DECEMBER 2019
JAZZ CONNECTIVE IN IRELAND WITH IMPROVISED MUSIC COMPANY CURATING CONCERTS, CONFERENCES AND ARTIST RESIDENCIES
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 the captivatingly shamanic French drummer and electronics wizard Ar Ker, 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 Ruth Goller 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.
Wednesday December 11th
19:30 Cora Venus Lunny, violin/viola & Izumi Kimura, piano IE
20:30 Laura Jurd, trumpet GB
21:30 Mopo (Linda Fredriksson, saxes; Eero Tikkanen, bass; Eeti Nieminen, percussion) FI
Thursday December 12th
19:30 Elliot Galvin, piano GB
20:30 Shane Latimer, guitar/electronics IE; Ar Ker, drums/electronics FR; Linda Fredriksson, saxophones FI
21:30 Vula Viel (Bex Burch, gyil; Ruth Goller, bass; Jim Hart, drums) GB