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12 Points! may be a precocious child of only two, but already the festival of new European jazz has endeared itself to music devotees in Dublin, joining the dots to Europe’s other creative hubs, and carving out a niche as an indispensable showcase for exciting talent from across the union. WED 5 MARCH 2008
From Rome Giovanni Guidi
“A wonderful surprise” is how Enrico Rava, the patriarch of Italian jazz, described his first encounter with the sensational young pianist Giovanni Guidi some years back. Guidi, now all of 23, has gone on to work regularly with the great trumpeter, one of many accolades bestowed by the Italian scene, including a stint as artist in residence at Umbria Jazz 2006 and Indian Summer, a debut recording for Camjazz, home to pianists like John Taylor and Enrico Pieranunzi. His labelmates are both musicians who this emerging force in European jazz may well yet emulate and certainly, he carries Taylor’s elegance with Piernanunzi’s swathes of Mediterranean colour. International recognition seems inevitable for this Italian original, who performs with his working quartet of bassist Stefano Senni, Portuguese drummer Joao Lobo and Rome based saxophonist Dan Kinzelman.
From Cologne Shreefpun
kThe current talking point in the resurgent German jazz scene is Shreefpunk, a young quartet that makes light work of some very intricate, very engaging music. It’s led by a bona fide prodigy in trumpeter Mathias Schriefl, who at 26 not only has a striking agility but also commands the full range of expressive devices in the trumpet’s arsenal. A surfeit of technical riches can sometimes work against creative music making, but not here. Shreefpunk is the product of many years’ dedication and kinship between Schriefl and his Cologne friends; guitarist Johannes Behr, drummer Jens Düppe and bassist Robert Landfermann. It shows in gnarly, angular group-playing that reaches a degree of telepathic interplay, to then give way to some exhilarating open spaces. Cocky and self-assured, and deservedly so.
From Luxembourg Pascal Schumacher Quartet
Many are called, few are chosen to master the vibraphone, but Luxembourger Pascal Schumacher is well on his way to joining the masters of this member of the percussion family. This is an instrument that often guards it melodic potential jealously, but Schumacher has a marvelous pianistic touch borne of a lengthy classical background, always coaxing subtle shades of colour and dynamics, and heard in the context of compositions that are deft and persuasive in all emotional terrain. Like the best small group writing and playing, the creative load is evenly distributed and sharing it here are some exceptional young players. Appropriately for a citizen of one of Europe’s smaller states, Schumacher, now based in Brussels, keeps pluralist company, with Belgian bassist Christophe Devisscher and Germans Florian Weber (piano) and Jens Düppe (drums).
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February 10 2020, at 05:04pm
Project Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Marketing, Communications & Engagement team. We are delighted to welcome Veronica Dyas (Access & Engagement Officer), Sorcha FitzGerald (Marketing & Communications Officer) and Astrid Newman (Marketing & Communications Officer) to the Project family. The team will work to further develop audiences and grow opportunities for engagement across our busy performance and visual arts programmes. Welcome to the big blue building! Veronica Dyas joins the team in the brand new position of part-time Access & Engagement Officer. Veronica is an artist working through theatre, new text & installation. Facilitation, Action & LOVE…Read More
February 03 2020, at 05:51pm
This month critically acclaimed choreographer Philip Connaughton brings his beautiful, sparkling, laugh-out-loud meditation on the fear of forgetting and of being forgotten to Cork and Dublin venues. Mamafesta Memorialising, which enjoyed its successful international premiere in France last year, is woven from inspirations including musical theatre, Bruce Forsythe’s Generation Game and most importantly, Philip’s mum Madeleine, who has senile dementia. Philip made his last piece, Assisted Solo, about her. But it wasn’t enough. He still has more to do and more to say. He’s worried that what’s happening to her will happen to him. His latest testimony to an ever-evolving,…Read More