November 4th, 2008
Manu Katche (drums), Trygve Seim (tenor and soprano saxophones), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Frank Avitabile (piano), Jerome Regard (double bass).
Manu Katche’s reputation as drummer of choice for Peter Gabriel, Sting and ECM stable mate Jan Garbarek has been overtaken by his accomplishments as bandleader, following two hit ECM recordings, Neighbourhood and Playground. He makes his Irish debut with a stunning group featuring two new names in ECM’s pantheon of Nordic talent, saxophonist Trygve Seim and trumpeter Mathias Eick. One of the strongest line-ups to appear in Ireland this year, The Manu Katche Group offer a view of the future of European jazz and the next generation of ECM greats.
One of the best-known drummers in the world today, Manu Katche is a famed for his work with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson. Yet he is first of all a jazz musician. Having been introduced to Jan Garbarek by ECM owner Manfred Eicher he has gone on to tour and record with the great saxophonist. His debut for the label, Neighbourhood, featured both Garbarek and Thomasz Stanko and is regarded by many as one of the great European jazz records of recent decades.
Now Katche has covened the most exciting young European players for his Playgroup album and tour. Norway’s Trygve Seim is an exceptional saxophonist. Award-winning trumpeter Matthias Eick has recently released his leader debut, The Door (ECM).