As Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Jazz Ensemble in Residence, Métier is the first of its kind here, following similar initiatives around Ireland in classical music, and its just one strand of an innovative project that has also featured workshops and performances by visiting international artists. Cascade, Métier’s first CD, is an impressive affair, heralded by The Irish Times for its austere beauty, flexibility and fire. The group’s current tour includes dates in Ireland, Norway and the London Jazz Festival.
Under the artistic directorship of Ronan Guilfoyle, one of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians and composers, Métier is a group bristling with creative energy, both in improvisation and composition. Their repertoire is comprised exclusively of pieces composed by the various members of the ensemble and performance by Métier represents the best that jazz in Ireland has to offer both in playing and composing.
Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He began his career with Louis Stewart’s group in the early 1980’s and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987. where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland,and Steve Coleman.
Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument’s leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning “Devsirme” in 1997.