David Lyttle has been hailed by the international press as one of the most important jazz artists to emerge from Ireland in recent years. Originally from Co. Armagh, his groups have featured top-tier globally-respected artists such as Greg Osby, Soweto Kinch, Andreas Oberg and Jean Toussaint. All About Jazz (USA) describes him as ‘a drummer of real talent’ and Jazzwise (GB) describes him as ‘a prolific composer’. Following ten tours in 2010, he received the best young jazz musician award from the Cork Jazz Festival.
David is also frequently talked about in the press for his mentoring of thirteen-year-old Slovakian guitarist Andreas Varady, who has lived in Ireland since 2007. Last year, co-leading with Lyttle, the young prodigy released his debut album ‘Questions’ to much acclaim. He also appeared on BBC and RTE radio and television, and guested with guitar heroes Louis Stewart, Andreas Oberg, Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel. The Irish Times listed Andreas’ introduction to the music world as one of the best musical moments of 2010. Following this tour, he will be headlining at London’s Ronnie Scott’s with his own group, featuring David Lyttle and US bassist Michael Janisch.
Berlin’s Torsten Goods is a genuine star of EU jazz guitar. A generation above Andreas, he was a finalist in the Montreux and Monk Institute guitar competitions, and his early mentors included George Benson, Les Paul and Bireli Lagrene. In addition to these,
he has worked with Chris Potter, Till Brönner, Andreas Öberg and Reverend Run (Run DMC), and recorded three CDs as a leader. Also a singer, Torsten’s set often includes jazz covers of songs by Queen and Van Morrison, who hails from the same county as Torsten’s mother.
On bass is Scotland’s finest, Euan Burton.
Like Lyttle and Goods, he is one of the new crop of entrepreneurial European jazz musicians who make big things happen. He has toured with a diverse list of artists, from New York jazz icons Ari Hoenig and Jonathan Kreisberg, to Scottish folk stars Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.