Music Network: Live and Local with Christine Tobin & Phil Robson

Music Network: Live and Local with Christine Tobin & Phil Robson

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Friday, 14 August 2020, 8.00pm

Sublime jazz duo Christine Tobin (voice) and Phil Robson (guitar) present a night of live music as part of Music Network: Live and Local.

Currently based between the countryside of Northwest Roscommon and New York City, Christine Tobin is an Irish born vocalist and composer. Her authentic sound was described by The Guardian as “Tobin’s 24 carat voice” while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and the warmth of her voice. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a broad range of influences.

Christine has led various award-winning projects including her presentation of WB Yeats’ poetry Sailing to Byzantium which won a British Composer Award, and her imaginative versions of Leonard Cohen classics A Thousand Kisses Deep which took the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2014 she won Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. She appears in the most important venues in NYC such as Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Mezzrow and National Sawdust, as well as in concert halls, clubs and international festivals around the world. Christine & Phil also curate the popular jazz & mixed media series Tobin’s Run on 51 at the Irish Arts Center, NYC.

Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of diverse settings, as well as being a renowned bandleader & composer. He has played with a broad cross section of artists such as Barbra Streisand, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Adam Nussbaum and Donny McCaslin among others.

As a leader, Phil has fronted many innovative projects including The Phil Robson Quartet featuring Jed Levy, with Peter Slavov and Clarence Penn, The Immeasurable Code Quintet with Mark Turner, Julian Arguelles Gareth Lockrane, Michael Janisch and Ernesto Simpson, Six Strings & The Beat with Peter Herbert, Gene Calderazzo, Mandy Drummond, Jennymay Logan, Naomi Fairhurst, Kate Shortt and more.

Long term band members and collaborators, Christine and Phil bring their highly acclaimed approach to jazz to the stage offering audiences a night of soulful poetry and alluring guitar. Their programme will include originals, new arrangements of Leonard Cohen, settings of poems by WB Yeats and Paul Muldoon alongside compelling versions of jazz classics and contemporary songs.

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