Cormac O’Brien’s Rhythm Method

Rhythm Method was co-founded in 2009 by guitarist Shane Latimer and Bassist Cormac O’Brien. With the addition of Bill Blackmore on trumpet, Darragh O’Kelly on keys and Shane O’Donovan on drums a collaborative project featuring five of Dublin’s most innovative and creative musicians was established.

The writing responsibilities are shared and the music reflects the different creative personalities in the group. With only a few gigs under their belt, the band has already established a cohesive group sound which explores the possibilities of minimalism, groove, free improvisation and odd meters. With a focus on lyricism and musicality over extended forms, Rhythm Method deliver a set of music that is constantly engaging and full of surprises.

Shane Latimer is a guitarist and composer based in Dublin. As an active musician on Dublin’s creative music scene he performs with a variety of groups on a regular basis including Jenna Harris Quartet, Rhythm Method and Bang Hazard. He has performed at various festivals including Cork Jazz Festival, DEAF and Electric Picnic. Shane has attended the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music and the School for Improvisational Music in New York. He received a B.A. in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre where he now teaches Jazz Improvisation, Contemporary Repertoire and Guitar.

Cormac O’Brien is one of Dublin’s double bassists and has been making a name for himself on the Irish jazz scene over the past 10 years. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects over that time including The Kai Big Band, The Zoid Ensemble, Dorothy Murphy’s Circleways and The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and with the likes of Jack L and Mary Coughlan. Cormac studied music in Newpark Music Centre where he earned his degree and is now a full time member of the faculty. He has worked and studied with many top local and international players such as Louis Stewart, Bobby Watson, Hugh Fraser, Dave Liebman, Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Jamie Baum, David Allen, ands Jaqui Dankworth to name just a few. In May 2007 Cormac attended the Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop where he had the opportunity to study with some of the worlds top players and teachers including Dave Douglas, Scott Colley, Misha Mengleberg, Miquel Zenon, Mark Feldman, Hans Bennick, Jerry Grunelli, and many more.

Bill Blackmore has a B.A. in Music from Trinity College, Dublin and has attended the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music under the Stewardship of trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas. In addition to being a fixture on the Dublin jazz scene for many years, Bill has also performed with such acts as ‘The Republic of Loose’, ‘Friendly Fires’ and Colm Mac Con Iomaire with whom he recently performed in the Royal Albert Hall. He is currently the trumpet tutor on the B.A.J.P. program at Newpark Music Centre.

Darragh O’Kelly is a pianist/composer/waveform synthesiser based in Dublin. He has previously studied at Newpark Music Centre (Diploma in Jazz Performance – 2002) and Trinity College Dublin (Masters in Music and Media Technologies – 2005). He has been involved in a wide range of musical work ranging from live film re-scoring to improvisation using game consoles, and has performed at the Festival of World Cultures, the Cork Jazz Festival and the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Shane O’Donovan is a Dublin based drummer and electronic music composer. He began studying drums with Conor Guilfoyle and then went on to complete a diploma in jazz performance at Newpark School of Music. After over ten years of professional performance he is now recognized on the Irish jazz scene as one of the instruments leading exponents. Currently very active on the Dublin jazz scene, Shane is involved in a number of projects alongside some of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians. These include Floater; Awkward Silence Sextet; Hugh Buckley’s quartet with Michael Buckley; and Mike Nielsen’s trio with Brendan Doyle. He has also worked with many top international musicians such as Guy Barker, John Stowell, Greg Osby, Greg Burke, and Loren Stillman, to name a few.