A tour featuring the Music of Nine Irish Jazz Composers
written for the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.
Glor, Causeway Link, Ennis on 20th July 2011.
Last November in The Button Factory, Dublin in what was one of the jazz highlights of the year, the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra presented the world premiere of the music of nine Irish jazz composers.
The nine composers were Brian Byrne, Alex Mathias, John Moriarty, Fintan O’Neill, David O’Rourke, Karl Ronan and Ronan Dooney with Pamela Keeley, Nick Roth, Abigail Smith and Brian Wynne.
Three of these composers are based in America, Brian Byrne, Fintan O’Neill and Dave O’Rourke. Three of them are regular members of the orchestra, Alex Mathias, Karl Ronan and Nick Roth. John Moriarty and Brian Wynne have occasionally performed with the orchestra. Pamela Keeley, the lyricist for Karl Ronan and Abigail Smith have not written for a jazz orchestra before.
This tour is the result a successful grant application by Jazz on the Terrace in late 2010 to the Arts Council’s Music Projects Award for “The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra Way Out West and Play Irish Again”.
Allen Smith and Ciaran Wilde, the co-founder/leader of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra discussed the possibility of Jazz on the Terrace commissioning Irish jazz composers to write original compositions for the Orchestra to add to its repertoire. A successful application for grant aid under the Arts Council’s Music Commissions Award for a Jazz on the Terrace commission for 2010 was made. The music was included in the Music Network Performance and Touring Award series of concerts including the world premiere.
One of the aims of Jazz on the Terrace since its inception has been to expose Irish musicians to new ventures in jazz music and this project affords an exceptional opportunity for Irish composers to create music for an Irish jazz orchestra.
The desire and the enthusiasm of Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin in working so hard to bring this jazz orchestra together, to seek out arrangements of the classic jazz big band repertoire and then to ask some of the Irish arrangers in America to help them by sending what they could, deserved to have the added dimension of new work performed throughout the country and recorded. Jazz on the Terrace made a successful application to the Music Network Arts Council Music Recording Scheme 2010 to make a permanent archive of this music.
In 2010 the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra has performed at the dlr Festival of World Cultures, Kilkenny Arts Festival, The TBCT Culture Night and at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. The orchestra has in the last year appeared three times on the Late Late Show. In March of this year there was a most succeessful concert in the National Concert Hall.
The members of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra are: Ciaran Wilde, Alex Mathias, Derek O’Connor, Nick Roth, Robert Geraghty – saxophones; Danny Healy, Ray Martin, Mark Adams, Eamon Nolan – trumpets; Jim Clarke, Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien, Paul Frost – trombones; Phil Ware – piano, Hugh Buckley – guitar, Cormac O’Brien – double bass, Shane O’Sullivan – drums; Stella Bass – vocalist.
Further information from:
Allen Smith, Administrator, Jazz on the Terrace, 44 Belgrave Square West, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Ireland.
Tel: 01 4979562 .Fax: 01 4979562 Mob: 086 8278692