UMBRA @ Bray Jazz Festival 2022
Mermaid Arts Centre - Friday 29th April, 8:00pm
Opening for: Bill Frisell Trio
Umbra is one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Irish Jazz scene.
Comprising some of the most promising young musicians in Ireland, the quintet have been described by reviewers as “arguably one of the most exciting new jazz ensembles in Europe.”
Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra is a vehicle that showcases his unique take on contemporary jazz. The music is a blend of harmonic and melodic sophistication reminiscent of artists like John Hollenbeck and Jim Mcneely, cyclical grooves evoking comparisons with IDM and math metal, all played with the energy of a punk rock band.
Each members individual strengths are showcased in the compositions, while at the same time blending masterfully into a cohesive and recognisable group sound. Drummer Matt Jacobson and bassist Barry Donohue lay down elastic grooves, while the contrasting horns of soprano Chris Engel and tenor Sam Comerford make the most of the explosive front line in the company of Chris Guilfoyle’s intricate guitar playing.