Greg Felton piano
Cormac O’Brien bass
Seán Carpio drums
“Dazzling post-Cecil Taylor banging…” Downbeat Magazine on Greg Felton
Are you sitting comfortably? Brace yourself for a few bombshells as Greg Felton’s trio go head to head with the incomparable vocalist Isa Wiss. Tipped as a major star of the future, Wiss is one of those musicians who defies description; her remarkable technique and three-octave range make her a truly free improviser who can switch from stuttering gasps and cries to honeyed tones in a single phrase. Greg Felton is the perfect foil for Wiss’ vocal acrobatics. Hailed in the Irish Times as “the most gifted young pianist on the scene,” Felton is another fearless improviser whose distinctive compositions and two-fisted technique draw on everything from jazz and folk traditions to South Indian classical music.
Greg Felton recently finished a masters in composition in Waterford which prevented him from doing any playing! He gained expertise in many areas through intensive study with Ronan Guilfoyle in Dublin, Dave Liebman in the USA, Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer in Banff, Canada and Dr. K.S. Subramaniam and Trichur Narendren in Chennai, India. He is very active in Newpark music centre where he teaches composition, piano and rhythm studies. Greg’s compositional skills are, at this stage, well recognised and he was commissioned to write and perform a large-scale piece with the group White Rocket for the RTÉ Living Music Festival in 2007. The Greg Felton Trio represented Ireland in Macedonia in September 2009 for the Skopje Biennale of Young Artists. Other performance highlights include touring the USA in 2009, support slots to Charles Lloyd with Jason Moran, Dave Douglas and Steve Coleman as well as representing Ireland in New Delhi in 2009 and in the EuroJazz Festival in Mexico City with the group White Rocket in March 2007.
His intuitive and often playful approach to music is shared by drummer Seán Carpio, whose seductive grooves have made him a regular collaborator with Mikkel Ploug, Sebastien Texier, Louis Stewart and Ronan Guilfoyle. The line-up is completed by bassist Cormac O’Brien, a fellow stalwart on the Irish jazz scene who has also played with international stars such as Bobby Watson, Jamie Baum, Dave Allen, Bjorn Vidar Solli and Bruce Adams.