Musician, writer and broadcaster, one of the founders of the Improvised Music Company (Dublin).
Cormac Larkin is a musician, writer and broadcaster from Dublin. In 1991, he was one of the founders of the Improvised Music Company, Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz and world music. As well as an award-winning director of popular mainstream television, he is also founder of Hatch 21, a video production company specialising in music and the arts, where his credits include Five Cities, a critically acclaimed documentary about the Irish-Indian supergroup Khanda, as well as numerous concert films and music videos, featuring artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Paul Motian, Olivia Trummer and the 12 Points Festival. As a journalist, he has written extensively on music and the arts for national and international publications, including The Irish Times, where he is currently jazz critic and he is a regular contributor to the Arena, the arts show on RTE Radio , Ireland’s national broadcaster. He has interviewed many of the leading figures in world jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock and Jan Garbarek and is the author of the Irish chapter in The History of European Jazz (Equinox, 2018). He is also curator of the Sofa Sessions, a popular, long-running concert series in Kilkenny city near his home in the Blackstairs mountains in the south east of Ireland.