Happy New Year one and all!
Onwards and Upwards is our New Years motto anyway, so with that in mind, straight into it….We are kicking off the New Years entertainment in style with a visit from our own Andreas Varady and this time he is bringing a special guest!
Andreas is now 13 and has established himself as a very welcome addition to the Irish Jazz scene. Co-leading with Irish drumming force David Lyttle, he released his debut album ‘Questions’, appeared on BBC and RTE radio and television, and guested with guitar heroes Louis Stewart, Andreas Oberg, Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel!!
Andreas made waves over in New York when he attended a course at Skidmore College of Music, helped along the way by the fine people of Limerick of course!, you can have a look at the day we held for him on Bock The Robber’s page here:
He has since also featured in All About Jazz (USA), Jazz Journal (GB) and Jazzwise (GB), and at home was listed by the Irish Times as one of the best musical moments of the year! This year is looking even more exciting, with confirmed headlining spots at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, various festival performances, and special appearances on tour with David Lyttle alongside German guitar star Torsten Goods, US trumpet ace Jason Palmer (Dave Holland, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Common) and saxophone legend Jean Toussaint.
Andreas starts off the year by featuring young Slovakian drum star David Hodek, who in turn featured Andreas in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary in 2010.
Also born in 1997 (yes believe it!) , David has performed at festivals and clubs through Europe, including Warsaw Summer Days, Jazzy Colours (Paris), Jazz Prerov Festival (Czech Republic) and Porgy and Bess (Vienna), where he received the 2009 ‘Talent of the Year’ award. His animal beats have to be witness to be believed, his playing is fluid and finely tuned!
Completing the trio on the night will be Bandi Varady, Andreas’ teacher and father who will be taking a break from rhythm guitar for the night and returning to his roots with the Bass.
SpeakeasyJazz would like to thank the lovely people The Mill Foodstore, Corbally for their help and support!
So, Folks, There ye have it.
A one off night off seriously cool Jazz offered up by the next generation of talent!
Spread the good word folks, Twill Be Great!!!***
Andreas Varady FT David Hodek
The Shannon Rowing club
Thur Jan 20th