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20 Feb

Camus Jazz. March 2017

Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford
Wednesday 8 March 2017 8.00pm

Tommy Halfery was inspired by his interest in Albert Camus, the Franco Algerian writer, to compose a suite of jazz music “Camus Jazz, Seven Musical Steps to Albert Camus” based on seven quotations from his work.

Tommy Halferty Ensemble
Tommy Halferty (guitar), Michael Buckley (tenor saxophone, flute), Aleka (vocals), Isumi Kimura (piano), Dave Redmond (double bass), Kevin Brady (drums),  Una O’Kane (violin) and Una Ni Chanainn (cello).
Hugo Halferty Drochon (narrator, reader).
The late Norman Mongan (Visuals).

A world premiere focusing on the writings of the internationally famous Albert Camus, read in French and English with strong visual images and outstanding musicians  performing the music of Halferty.

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25 Jan

“Mirrors” Tour of Ireland, Monday 29 February to Sunday 6 March 2016

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Kenny Wheeler

“Mirrors”
Poetry by W.B.Yeats, Lewis Carroll and Stevie Smith
in Kenny Wheeler’s wonderful musical settings.

The Lauren Kinsella Jazz Sextet (Lauren Kinsella:voice, Matt Robinson:piano, Matt Halpin:saxes, Bill Blackmore:tpt/flglhrn, Dave Redmond:dblebass, Kevin Brady:drms.) and choir director Pete Churchill with the Kilkenny College Senior Choir and the Resurgam Choir touring in Ireland
from Monday 29th February to Sunday 6th March 2016

Monday 29th February at the Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Featuring Kilkenny College Senior Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €12 and €10. Box Office:056 776 1674. Book Online at: www.watergatetheatre.ticketsolve.com

Tuesday 1st March at The Studio in the LEXICON, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire. Featuring Kilkenny College Senior Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €15 and €12 on the door.
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Friday 4th March at The Studio in the LEXICON, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire. Featuring the Resurgam Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €15 and €12(seniors concession) on the door.
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CANCELLED Saturday 5th March at the Theatre Royal,The Mall, Waterford.

Sunday 6th March at the Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina, County Mayo.
Featuring the Resurgam Choir. At 8.00pm. Tickets: €16 and €14.
Box Office:096 73593. Open 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm.

“The best time of day is always when you’re on the stand. If the music’s good it always puts everything else into perspective.” Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler(1930-2014) was a virtuoso trumpet and flugelhorn player. Born in Canada, he spent most of his life in England. He was a composer of rare distinction in the modern jazz era. Pieces he composed had lyrics written for them because of their beautiful melodic content.

In “Mirrors” he wrote music for poems by authors that he admired, for him a new exercise. Pete Churchill’s London Vocal Project choir recorded the music with Wheeler and collaborator Norma Winstone as part of a jazz sextet in 2012. Choral music worthy of touring.

Part of a tour of Ireland, this concert in The Studio of the LEXICON in Dún Laoghaire is jointly presented by the Improvised Music Company and Jazz on the Terrace. These concerts do not quite conform to a traditional form of touring. These concerts are ones where there has to be a high degree of engagement between a group of professional jazz musicians and a dedicated amateur choir. Both of the choirs on this tour will never have rehearsed and performed with jazz musicians or a jazz choir director like Pete Churchill.

Pete Churchill is a choir director, pianist and jazz singer. He runs the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music in London. He has collaborated with Norma Winstone and Tina May. He conducted the Kenny Wheeler Big Band. As a choral director he is very much in demand. His main project now is his own choir “The London Vocal Project” which recorded “Mirrors”.

The exuberant Kilkenny College Senior Choir have joined in this project with the encouragement of their well known and highly regarded director David Milne. The Resurgam Choir, conductor Mark Duley, best known for its work with the Irish Baroque Orchestra is also touring.

The Lauren Kinsella Jazz Sextet is led by the new Irish jazz voice, Lauren Kinsella. She is passionate about uniting the voice within instrumental sound and blending extended vocal technique and poetry in both improvised and composed settings – which, for her, are closely linked.

Matt Robinson is the pianist leader, a London based pianist, composer and improviser, working primarily in jazz and contemporary musicHe studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove prize and, upon graduation in 2012, a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship.   He has performed with Snowpoet with Irish singer Lauren Kinsella and Reuben Fowler Big Band with the American trumpeter, Tom Harrell.

Irish modern jazz saxophonist, Matt Halpin is a graduate of Berklee College, Boston. In 2010 Matthew was selected to be one of the 14 inaugural students of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, with whom he toured throughout the US and internationally. His group visited Ireland from Berklee College of Music and toured the country in 2014.

Dublin based musician Bill Blackmore on trumpet and flugelhorn is a member of Bottlenote, a musicians’ collective. He has performed with the DCJO. He is a member of Rhythm Method that released its album in 2014.

Dave Redmond on double bass began his studies in Newpark Music Centre continuing in New York with Drew Gress and Ben Allison. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Bobby Wellins and is part of the Phil Ware Trio.

Dublin based drummer / composer Kevin Brady began his drum studies in Newpark Music Centre. He studied at the Drummers’ Collective in New York. His teachers have been Eliot Zigmund and Keith Copeland. He is a member of the Phil Ware Trio and has performed with Norma Winstone, Giovanni Mirabassi and Ronnie Cuber. He has performed in Australia, India and Mexico.

The Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme fund this tour.

Further information from: Allen Smith, Jazz on the Terrace. Email address: jazzontheterrace@gmail.com.
Telephone: 01 497 9562. Mobile: 086 827 8692.

Sponsors of the Studio at the LEXICON concerts on Tuesday 1st and Friday 4th March

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

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18 Feb

“Trio Trio Piano” A late change for Friday 20th at the BelloBar

Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi in the studio.

Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi in the studio.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of Jazz on the Terrace and the BelloBar there were two changes in the Boylan Buckley Evans Trio. Cian Boylan was called away to Washington DC to deal with some issues that had arisen in a show for which he had written the music.

Damian Evans, the double bassist for the BBE Trio was also unable to play.

Francesco Turrisi, the virtuoso Italian jazz pianist has stepped into the breach and with Dan Bodwell, the American double bassist joining Irish guitarist,  I think that we have created a fine trio for your enjoyment and assuredly will present an outstanding set.

It is the TBB Trio with the Italian Francesco Turrisi on piano, American Dan Bodwell on double bass and of course the indomitable Hugh Buckley on guitar.

Dan Bodwell on double bass.

Dan Bodwell on double bass.

They will perform the first set at the Bellobar on Friday night 20th February, commencing at 8.00pm, admission €10, and the CEO Experiment with Leopoldo Osio, Peter Erdei and Cote Calmet will present the second. I look forward to seeing you there.

PIANOS PLUS, sponsors of "Trio Trio Piano".

PIANOS PLUS, sponsors of “Trio Trio Piano”.

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13 Feb

Allen Smith’s Questions and Answers with Leopoldo Osio.

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Leopoldo Osio at the keyboard

I asked Leopoldo Osio a few questions in an e-mail dialogue a few days ago. Here is how it went.

Allen:  What made you interested in playing jazz on the piano?

Leopoldo: When I was 14 years old, accidentally I came across a George Shearing concert on TV. At the time I was also starting to dig into Latin Music (where piano solos are also common), so after very short research, I learned that jazz was merely an improvised form of music, and that got me hooked straight away. From there, my interest grew and I started listening to Jazz more and more.

Allen: In which famous jazz pianist were you first interested?

Leopoldo: As my mentor Julio Mendoza is a trumpet player coming from the Bebop tradition, I spent my first 2 or 3 years listening mostly to horn players without paying attention to any jazz pianist in particular. So once I was familiar enough with the Bebop vocabulary, I started to focus more in modern pianists, as a way of transcending the logic of the concepts I was learning at the time.

Herbie Hancock became my first model as a jazz pianist. I always found it fascinating to hear how modern and creative Hancock could sound while still keeping Bebop and Blues elements in his playing. His rhythmic sense and articulation has also been a constant reference for me.

Allen: Which jazz piano trio do you like the most?

Leopoldo: I am not attached to any trio in particular. I am always oscillating between the Keith Jarrett Trio and Brad Melhdau among the famous Jazz Trios.

Allen: What do you like about the rhythm section of the piano trio you have chosen in question 3 above?

Leopoldo: From Brad Mehldau’s rhythm section I like the way they interact with the piano solos. They are communicating all the time at a very deep level. Each player is developing an independent way of comping, that sometimes is related to what the soloist is doing (and sometimes it isn’t) and at the same it doesn’t interfere with the soloist. I like to think of this as a compositional way of comping.

In the other, if any of them throw an interesting idea at the right moment (that is different to the one that the soloist is developing), it can be easily picked up and developed further by another member of the group, sometimes leading to dynamic development or the creation of a new atmosphere that can last for the rest of the solo.

Allen: From where will you and your trio draw your repertoire for its set at “Trio Trio Piano”?

At the moment we are working on original compositions (most of them by me). They reflect the background of the players in the band as well as my own. Postbop material, grooves with some Funk and Latin inflections, dynamics and expressive ballads are part of our set for “Trio Trio Piano”.

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09 Feb

Allen Smith’s Questions and Answers with Cian Boylan

BBE Trio performing. Hugh Buckley(guitar, Damian Evans(double bass) and Cian Boylan(piano).

I asked Cian Boylan, the leader of the Boylan Buckley Evans Trio some questions in an e-mail dialogue a few days ago. Here is how it went.

Allen: What made you interested in playing jazz on the piano?

Cian: When I was about five, a friend of my family used to come over to the house and play blues piano – At that stage I was already tinkering on the piano and I remember thinking how great it sounded and wanting desperately to learn how to do that. A year or two later I started studying classical piano, but I was always leaning towards improvising.

Allen: In which famous jazz pianist were you first interested?

Cian: I think Fats Waller was the first jazz pianist that I got truly interested in quite early on. I wore out cassette tapes of him, marvelling at his virtuosity in stride piano. What an amazing voice also! Once I got hooked on him, I really started discovering other great jazz pianists chronologically from there on which gave me a great insight into how jazz piano playing has developed over the years.

Allen: Which jazz piano trio do you like the most?

Cian: I guess it’s very difficult to pick one. I have my favourites though. I still love the Monty Alexander Trio, particularly the Live at Montreux recording. I also loved the drummer-less trios of Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson which is the format I am using in this current trio setup. These days I love the trios of guys like Geoff Keezer or Brad Mehldau who are so rooted in the tradition but have taken jazz piano to a whole new level and both in a different direction.

Allen: What do you like about the rhythm section of the piano trio you have chosen in question 3?

Cian: The dynamic, rhythmic and harmonic challenges are very different with a guitar in place of the more idiomatic drums. It enforces a different set of restrictions while opening up all sorts of other possibilities.

Allen: From where will you and your trio draw your repertoire for its set at “Trio Trio Piano”?

Cian: The choice of music is quite eclectic and matches our taste in music. There are song picks from country music, rock, pop, well known jazz standards and some lesser known gems. We also perform some original tunes in the set written by myself and Hugh.

The BBE Trio can be heard in the first concert of the “Trio Trio Piano” series on Friday 20th February in the BelloBar, 1 Portobello, Dublin 6, gig commences at 8.00pm.

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05 Feb

CEO Experiment perform “Down South”

 

This video shows CEO Experiment playing “Down South” at Newpark Music Centre recently with Leopoldo Osio on piano and keyboards, Peter Erdei on electric bass and Cote Calmet on drums. This trio is performing in the first concert of “Trio Trio Piano”, the two concert series of acoustic piano trios on Friday 20th February in BelloBar, 1 Portobello, Dublin 8 at 8.00pm.

This concert is presented by Jazz on the Terrace with BelloBar and is sponsored by PIANOS PLUS.

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31 Jan

“Trio Trio Piano” on Friday 20th February in BelloBar. In the first concert the second group is the Boylan Buckley Evans Trio.

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From left: Hugh Buckley, Cian Boylan, Damian Evans.

 

 

 

 

The Boylan / Buckley / Evans trio has been described as an ‘oh so tasty trio in the style of Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson with standards and soul infused originals for piano, guitar and bass respectively’.

The three convivial spirits here are Cian Boylan, Hugh Buckley and Damian Evans. Since their inception in 2008, they have become the leading exponents of the Piano/Guitar/Bass Trio in the country. What started as a way to kill time during a year spent on a Masters in Jazz Performance blossomed into a satisfying swinging trio of the old school with a contemporary twist.

It quickly became apparent that the line-up was something they enjoyed immensely and an instant rapport developed within the trio. Time always tells, and a long-standing residency in Cibo jazz club in Dublin has brought forth an empathic style and a lovely division of labour between three excellent soloists, all out to have a good time. In addition to the residency, the trio also appeared on RTÉ’s The View, a series of performances in Bewley’s Theatre Cafe, appearances at various Jazz Festivals, special guests of Guinness on Arthur’s Day and appearances at Dublin’s premier jazz performance space, The Pendulum @ JJ Smyth’s.

In late 2010 the group recorded the their debut CD in true jazz style over a period of two days in Pyro Studios, Dublin. The result was a relaxed but fresh sounding documentation of this Trio representing the mainstream face of contemporary jazz in the Dublin jazz scene.

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28 Jan

CEO Experiment, the jazz piano trio that is first up!

From Left to Right: Leopoldo Osio, Peter Erdie and Cote Calmet.

From Left to Right: Leopoldo Osio, Peter Erdei and Cote Calmet.

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The very first set of the Trio Trio Piano two concert acoustic piano trio series will be presented by the CEO Experiment which is made up of Leopoldo Osio on piano, Peter Erdei on electric bass and Cote Calmet on drums. This will happen at 8.00pm on Friday 20th February.

Leopoldo describes this trio as follows:

“The CEO Experiment is a one of a kind Piano Trio which combines delicate atmospherics and highly creative improvisations, oscillating between almost every genre in Jazz.

The rhythm section posses a natural drive and integration that complement the fluidity and ever changing direction of the Piano improvisations.

Post-bop and Contemporary Jazz elements channeled through original compositions and reworking of traditional standards, serve as a vehicle for high energy interplaying.

The CEO Experiment’s music is thoughtful and inventive but also full of character, reflecting the different background and imagination of the players.”

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01 Dec

A few questions for Rick Margitza from Allen Smith.

Prior to his concert next Wednesday 7th December with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in The Grand Social,

Rick Margitza

I asked Rick Margitza a few questions in an e-mail dialogue a couple of days ago. Here is how it went.

Allen:   How did you come to join the Miles Davis group in 1989?

Rick:  A friend of mine who was working at Blue Note Records sent a demo tape I had done to the studio where Miles was working on his ‘amandla’ album. His producer Tommy Lipuma heard it and then played it for Miles over the phone. Miles told Tommy to call me and tell me that I had a job.

Allen:  Which of the three albums that you recorded with Miles Davis did you enjoy the most?

Rick:   Honestly, none of them. the ‘Amandla’ album is just me playing a melody….no solo. the one track that I played on ‘Live around the world’ is taken from one of the nights that I feel I didn’t play very well and the same goes for ‘Live at Montreux’

Allen:  When did you work with Maria Schneider? What was the most rewarding aspect of the experience?

Rick:   There were so so many, but if I had to pick one, I would say the fact that she actually composed something for me specifically.

Allen:   Since you have lived in Paris with what other musicians have you had the opportunity to perform beyond the Louis Moutin Quartet?

Rick:   Just a small correction, the group is called ‘The Moutin Reunion Quartet.’ Since I’ve moved here I’ve been lucky to play with many great musicians, including Martial Solal, Birelli Lagrene, Stefan Belmando, and Rhoda Scott.

Allen:   What was the most memorable aspect of playing at the Galway Jazz Festival earlier this year?

Rick:   Meeting and playing with the musicians, Myles, Dan and Shane, the drummer with the big band next Wednesday.  Travelling around and playing with local rhythm sections is always hit or miss. but these guys are all great and we had a connection very quickly. I look forward to making more music in Dublin.

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22 Nov

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones – Rick Margitza

DUBLIN CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH “THE FIFTIETH ONES” – RICK MARGITZA

(tenor and soprano saxophone)

 On Wednesday 7th December 2011 at

The Grand Social.

 

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones Rick Margitza (tenor and soprano saxophone) special guest soloist from America. In The Loft at The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Doors open at 8.30pm. Concert at 9pm. Admission €10. Student Discount: Two For One(on the door).

Rick Margitza playing tenor sax

Rick Margitza playing tenor sax

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Nothing beats the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and outstanding soloists in all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known on the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra their well honed skills, performing arrangements from great International writers and Irish composers.

 

 

Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin founded the Dublin City Big Band in 2007. It became Dublin City Jazz Orchestra for a performance at the Electric Picnic in 2008. Allen Smith of Jazz on the Terrace and Ciaran Wilde in collaboration create opportunities for the DCJO to perform throughout Ireland.

In 2010 and 2011 the DCJO has played 24 concerts including in 2010 the dlr Festival of World Cultures, TBCT’s Culture Night, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival. In 2011 the orchestra performed an outstanding concert in the National Concert Hall with singers Mary Coughlan, Christine Tobin and David Linx, at the Sligo Jazz Festival with guests, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and drummer John Riley, and at “Made in Temple Bar”. Always very good, many times brilliant.

This concert by the DCJO is the second in a series called “The Fiftieth Ones”. The Fiftieth One in this concert is American tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, fifty this year.

Born into a musical family in 1961 in Detroit. Rick Margitza’s paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Gypsy violinist, taught him to play the violin at the age of four. His father, a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra helped his musical education. His maternal grandfather, a jazz bassist with the Glen Miller band, also played cello on the famed Charlie Parker with strings recording. After hearing Parker on this recording, Margitza switched to the saxophone.

He studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David Liebman. He studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated with a B. Mus. from the Loyola University in New Orleans. Rick was touring with Maynard Ferguson and also Flora Purim and Airto Moreira at this time.

From New Orleans, Margitza moved to New York in 1989, and joined Miles Davis’ group and recorded three albums with it: “Amandla”, “Live around the world” and “Live in Montreux”. He made three recordings as leader for Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career has been enriched with five more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner. He has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Martial Solal and Dave Douglas. He has led his own band and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world.

His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He currently lives in Paris and his recording Bohemia, on the French label Nocturne, was his most personal to date.

Rick Margitza, who has long been regarded as one of the  “Young Lions” of the International Jazz Scene, is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation. An excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive.

Rick Margitza has appeared in Dublin on a previous occasion recently, appearing with Myles Drennan, Damian Evans and Shane O’Donovan in JJs. As the guest soloist, he brings arrangements in which he will shine with the DCJO in this exciting concert.

The members of the DCJO are:

Trumpets: Danny Healy, Mark Adams, Eamonn Nolan Ray Martin.

Trombones: Jim Clarke, Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien, Paul Frost.

Reeds: Alex Mathias, Derek O’Connor, Ciaran Wilde, Nick Roth, Robert Geraghty.

Rhythm Section: Phil Ware(kybrds), Hugh Buckley(gtr), Cormac O’Brien(dbl bs), Shane O’Donovan(drms)

 

 

 

This concert is presented by Jazz on the Terrace with funding from the Small Festivals and Events Award of The Arts Council.

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