Kadialy Kouyate | Indré Jurgeleviciute  (Senegal/Lithuania) @ Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Kadialy Kouyate | Indré Jurgeleviciute (Senegal/Lithuania) @ Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 8.00pm

The universality of music, across cultures and continents is the theme of this double-bill of recitals by two leading exponents of traditional stringed instruments from opposite ends of our world – Lithuania, on The Baltic, and Senegal, West Africa. The presentation will offer audiences two separate recitals by leading singers and players - Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a folk singer and master of the kanklés, a medieval box zither from this region of Europe’s far north, while Kadialy Kouyate is a Senegalese griot, a musical storyteller and a leading player of the traditional West African kora.

For booking, visit www.brayjazz.com

Bray Jazz Festival will return for its 20th anniversary on the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 3rd-5th 2019.

This year’s festival features:
John Scofield Combo 66
Fred Hersch
Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier
Mat’s Gustaffson’s Fire!
Norma Winstone & Tommy Halferty
Tin Men & The Telephone
No Tongues
Indré Jurgeleviciute & Kadialy Kouyate
…. and more than 30 other shows.

See full line-up below.

Bray Jazz Festival Programme 2019

FRED HERSCH (USA)
Mermaid Arts Centre
Friday, 3rd May, 8pm
Tickets: €26
Fred Hersch is a brilliant solo artist who has long been regarded as one of the most under-rated players in jazz. He takes his listeners into an enchanting world of teeming melodies, rich colours and criss-crossing stories. Revered by an impressive alumni of former students who include Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus’s Ethan Iverson, Hersch has earned a whopping 14 Grammy Award nominations in a remarkable and prolific career.

JOHN SCOFIELD COMBO 66 (USA)
Mermaid Arts Centre
Saturday, 4th May, 8pm
Tickets: €32
John Scofield is one of those timeless jazz greats, a unique guitarist, composer, band leader, and a true heavyweight. He’s a multi-Grammy Award winner, winning an album of the year prize in 2016, and collecting two awards from the Grammy judges just a year later. Scofield’s output spans bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul and rock. Combo 66 sees him team up with long-time drummer, Bill Stewart, and two new collaborators, pianist/organist Gerald Clayton and bassist Vicente Archer.

ANJA LECHNER & FRANCOIS COUTURIER (GERMANY/FRANCE)
Mermaid Arts Centre
Sunday, 5th May, 8pm
Tickets: €26
Celebrated German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist François Couturier traverse a wide musical arc with a chemistry that most duos can only aspire to. Virtuoso players who have recorded on the respected ECM label for over 20 years, Lechner is the classical soloist with an uncommon interest in improvisation, while Couturier, is a jazz musician prepared to travel far beyond the genre. Theirs is music of warmth, sincerity and vibrant colour across an expansive repertoire that hints at folk, spiritual and eastern music, as well as jazz.

FIRE! (SWEDEN)
The Well (St. Paul’s Church, Main St)
Friday, 3rd May, 9.30pm
Tickets: €16
The fearsome heavyweight baritone sax playing of Mats Gustafsson has earned the Swede a legion of devoted followers. Fire! Brings Gustafsson together fellow countrymen Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). The trio burnsup tradition with influences from industrial music, garage punk and psychedelic rock as much as it does from jazz. Gustafsson’s playing has a visceral rhythmic physicality, his deployment of electronic circuit breakers and pedals brings a unique ferocity to the music.

LUCIA CADOTSCH SPEAK LOW (SWITZERLAND/SWEDEN)
The Well (St. Paul’s Church, Main St)
Saturday, 4th May, 9.30pm
Tickets: €16
“Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch - you’re going to be hearing a lot of it” is how the veteran British jazz critic introduced his five-star review of Speak Low’s debut album. The Guardian writer and BBC jazz radio presenter enthused about the Zurich-born singer’s classical clarity, folk singer’s simplicity, and the ‘eerily beautiful’ performance that Cadotsch produced in the company of two edgy Swedish jazz instrumentalists, saxophonist Otis Sandsjo and bass player Petter Eldh. The Swiss singer has been picking up praise and awards too, including the ‘Best Vocal’ award at the Echo Jazz Awards, in 2018.

TIN MEN & THE TELEPHONE (HOLLAND)
The Well (St. Paul’s Church, Main St)
Sunday, 5th May, 9.30pm
Tickets: €16
‘Tin Men and the Telephone’ are an Amsterdam based band who have made a name for themselves for their innovative approach to engaging audiences during their improvised live shows. Through the use of their cutting-edge technology, a specially-devised ‘Tinmendo’ mobile phone app, they invite their audiences to become a part of their multi-faceted, hugely engaging, enormously fun interactive shows, with remarkable results. The band employ live electronics and projected visuals to create a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience.

Kadialy Kouyate | Indré Jurgeleviciute  (Senegal/Lithuania)
Bray Town Hall
Friday, 3rd May, 6.30pm
Tickets: €12

The universality of music, across cultures and continents is the theme of this double-bill of recitals by two leading exponents of traditional stringed instruments from opposite ends of our world – Lithuania, on The Baltic, and Senegal, West Africa. The presentation will offer audiences two separate recitals by leading singers and players - Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a folk singer and master of the kanklés, a medieval box zither from this region of Europe’s far north, while Kadialy Kouyate is a Senegalese griot, a musical storyteller and a leading player of the traditional West African kora.

NO TONGUES (FRANCE)
Bray Town Hall
Saturday, 4th May, 6.30pm
Tickets: €12
No Tongues are a boundary breaking French 4tet find their inspiration in vocal traditions across the globe, whether these are European songs about ploughing, remote tribal Indian burial hymns, Inuit wedding songs or Siberian psalmodies. The result is a stylistic diversity in music that can be atmospheric, trance-like and oddly shamanic.
The young quartet are recently chosen laureates for the prestigious Jazz Migration Award in France.

NORMA WINSTONE & TOMMY HALFERTY (UK/IRL)
Bray Town Hall
Sunday, 5th May, 6.30pm
Tickets: €12
Norma Winstone is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest jazz singers; Tommy Halferty one of Ireland’s most acclaimed and admired guitarists. Norma and Tommy have collaborated at various intervals in their long and stellar careers. Their show in Bray will celebrate the launch of the duo’s first ever shared recording. A recording artist on the prestigious European ECM label since the early 1970s, Norma Winstone was awarded an MBE for her contribution to music a decade ago.

NO TONGUES (FRANCE)
Bray Town Hall
Saturday, 4th May, 6.30pm
Tickets: €12
No Tongues are a boundary breaking French 4tet find their inspiration in vocal traditions across the globe, whether these are European songs about ploughing, remote tribal Indian burial hymns, Inuit wedding songs or Siberian psalmodies. The result is a stylistic diversity in music that can be atmospheric, trance-like and oddly shamanic.
The young quartet are recently chosen laureates for the prestigious Jazz Migration Award in France.

KENOSHA KID (USA/IRL)
Late Lounge @ The Martello
Saturday, 4th May, 11pm
Tickets: €10 
Georgia guitarist and bandleader Dan Nettles ‘Kenosha Kid’ are purveyors of a groovy blend of modern jazz meets classic US college radio. Nettles reignites ‘Kenosha Kid Europe’ at this year’s Bray Jazz, teaming up again with Berlin bassist Roland Fidezius and Dubliners Shane Latimer (guitar) and Sean Carpio (drums). The melodies are haunting, grooves devastating.

SCOTT FLANIGAN QUARTET FEATURING MEILANA GILLARD (IRL/USA)
Late Lounge @ The Martello
Sunday, 5th May, 11pm
Tickets: €10 
Emerging Belfast pianist Scott Flanigan made a name for himself as a side-man for demanding taskmasters including Van Morrison, before stepping out of the shadows with his own hard-hitting piano trio a number of years ago. 
Now with a new project and new music, Flanigan has found his foil in a quartet setting alongside hugely talented saxophonist Meilana Gillard. The Ohio-raised tenor saxophonist first emerged in the early 2000s as a rising star of the New York scene.

DOWRY (IRL/DENMARK)
Bray Jazz ‘On the Road’ Series
Calary Church, Roundwood
Friday, 3rd May, 8pm
Tickets: €15/12 
Dowry is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and songwriter whose music combines elements of experimental folk, ambient instrumental, contemporary classical, Irish traditional and country, to name a few.

The stage name of Éna Brennan, born in Brussels, Belgium to parents who are Danish and Irish, Dowry begins every set with a completely improvised violin piece using loops and pedals, before launching into a collection of melodies on either bass, guitar, violin or looped voice.

Kadialy Kouyate | Indré Jurgeleviciute  (Senegal/Lithuania)
Bray Jazz ‘On the Road’ Series
Russborough House, Blessington
Saturday, 4th May, 8pm
Tickets: €15/12 

The universality of music, across cultures and continents is the theme of this double-bill of recitals by two leading exponents of traditional stringed instruments from opposite ends of our world – Lithuania, on The Baltic, and Senegal, West Africa. The presentation will offer audiences two separate recitals by leading singers and players - Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a folk singer and master of the kanklés, a medieval box zither from this region of Europe’s far north, while Kadialy Kouyate is a Senegalese griot, a musical storyteller and a leading player of the traditional West African kora.

NO TONGUES (FRANCE)
Bray Jazz ‘On the Road’ Series
Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre
Sunday, 5th May, 8pm
Tickets: €15/12 
No Tongues are a boundary breaking French 4tet find their inspiration in vocal traditions across the globe, whether these are European songs about ploughing, remote tribal Indian burial hymns, Inuit wedding songs or Siberian psalmodies. The result is a stylistic diversity in music that can be atmospheric, trance-like and oddly shamanic.
The young quartet are recently chosen laureates for the prestigious Jazz Migration Award in France.

GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO (USA/IRL)
Bray Jazz ‘On the Road’ Series
Arklow Methodist Church
Monday, 6th May, 8pm
Tickets: €15/12 
George Colligan is a New York based pianist and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. He has released more than 24 of his own albums, has recorded on over 100 albums, and has performance with jazz stars including Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron and Buster Williams amongst others.
The winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll for keyboard, Colligan is a member of the legendary Jack DeJohnette’s ensemble.

BRAY JAZZ @ THE HARBOUR BAR

THURSDAY, 2ND MAY
10pm: Shookrah
Shookrah are a 6-piece outfit from Cork, serving fresh helpings of synth-grooves, interruptive hooks and dystopian romance-themed songs. 

FRIDAY, 3RD MAY
8.15pm: ReDiviDeR 
Drummer Matthew Jacobson’s two-horns-no-chords quartet are a hard hitting combo who serve up downtown grooves with catchy riffs.
10.30pm: Conor Guilfoyle Octet
Ireland’s foremost drummers band look back to the 1950’s to a style often associated with the west coast of America known as “Cool Jazz”. 

SATURDAY, 4TH MAY
3.30pm: Greg Felton Trio
Felton is a fearless improviser whose distinctive compositions draw on everything from jazz and folk traditions to South Indian classical music. 
5pm: Paj
Soul boi Paddy Groenland is no stranger to global sounds and new ways of using them.
8pm: The Soro Quartet
New guitar quartet led by frontman Daniel Soro. The quartet sets about blending modern and traditional jazz in tight arrangements.
10.30pm: Yankari 
Die-hard Fela Kuti fans, Dublin-based Yankari, aspire to advance the original Afrobeat genre.

SUNDAY, 5TH MAY

3.30pm: Aleka Potinga Quartet
Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, and composer who is joined by in a great quartet by Chris Guilfoyle, bass player Ronan Guilfoyle and jazz drummer, Eric Ineke. 
5.45pm: Maya Goldblum/Queen Bonobo
Maya Goldblum, a young singer songwriter from Sandpoint Idaho who has been living and playing music in Ireland for the past two years.
8pm: Shy Mascot
Shy Mascot combines funk, jazz, and hip-hop styles to create a uniquely provocative sound. 
10.30pm: Cooks But We’re Chefs 
Cooks but We’re Chefs are a seven-piece Dublin band whose music is a fusion of multiple genres ranging from hip-hop to house bop. 

MONDAY 6TH MAY
7.30pm: ÄTSCH 
Dublin based quartet formed by German guitarist Matthias Winkler, ÄTSCH is an active part of Dublin´s instrumental music and jazz scene. 
9.30pm: Dick Valentine
Dick Valentine of hit-machine Electric Six rides into town on a Satanic horse to break it down for you.

JAZZ FESTIVAL FRINGE
There will also be more than 20 shows taking place over the weekend on the Bray Jazz Festival trail at bar, hotel and restaurant venues across the town. The jazz trail is sponsored this year by Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company in association with The Powerscourt Distillery.

Featured performers will include The Leopoldo Osio Latin Sextet, John Moriarty Quartet, guitarists Orlando Molina, Hugh Buckley, Nigel Clark, Derek Wyte, Julien Colarossi, and saxophonist Richie Buckley.

To find out more about what’s on at this year’s Bray Jazz Festival visit: www.brayjazz.com for more information.

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Published on 24 April 2019

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