February 20 – Paul Dunlea Goup
Formed in 2011 by Cork Trombonist/Composer Paul Dunlea as a creative outlet for his own composititions – The Paul Dunlea Group – utilizes some of Ireland’s finest improvising musicians to produce melodic and groove driven music fusing influences of Jazz harmony, pop, funk and R&B. The groups recently released it’s debut album ‘bi-polAr’ to critical acclaim.
March 7 – ReDiviDer and World Service Project
ReDiviDer is two-horns-no-chords quartet was established by drummer Matthew Jacobson in 2007 as a creative outlet for his compositions as well as his somewhat perverse fascination with anagrams. The band play all original compositions from Jacobson (“one of Ireland’s most exciting young talents” – The Irish Times) with influences including artists such as Charles Mingus, Jim Black, Deerhoof and Phil Ivey. The formula for putting all this together in one palindromic setting is downtown grooves with catchy riffs and collective improvs.
Award winning* punk-jazz-funk specialists WorldService Project (WSP) have erupted across the UK and Europe through 2011/12.The London based unit are described by Time Out London as “…dazzling…big things lie ahead for them” and were also dubbed as “brilliant post-prog funk” (Jazzwise) a “tight, deftly structured and grittily grooving music…” (The Guardian) and “serious skronk-jazz” (The Telegraph).
March 22 – Ian Shaw and the Phil Ware Trio
This will be a highly charged evening as superb vocalist meets top trio. Their original musical meet-up was at the Galway Jazz Festival in 2006; Phil invited Ian back to guest with the trio in Dublin in 2007, and RTÉ Lyric FM reunited them later that year for The Blue of the Night Live, broadcast from the Dublin Fringe Festival. Ian calls the Trio a ‘dream band’, and their collaboration has continued with many appearances in Ireland and the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Phil also features on Ian’s highly acclaimed 2010 recording The Abbey Road Sessions.
April 17 – Mikkel Ploug Trio
The trio has opened for jazz legend Wayne Shorter and worked with some of the most renowned saxophonists such as Mark Turner, Loren Stillman and Bill McHenry. The repertoire is Mikkel’s original compositions who have won much recognition all over the world for their originality and strong melodic qualities. Mikkel, Sean and Jeppe are also part of a number of bands making a statement on the music scene today like the Wowos, The Unusual History Of Ether, Pete Robbins Transatlantic, Equilibrium and more.