Brian Irvine Ensemble (part of Spectrum Festival)

Brian Irvine Ensemble (part of Spectrum Festival)

Friday, 8 March 2019, 8.30pm

SPECTRUM Creative Music for Curious Ears

IMC present 3 nights of diverse programming at SPECTRUM 2019 with an eclectic mix of acts at the intersection where jazz and creative music collide, with focus on the live and the improvised.

Brian Irvine Ensemble

This visceral, boundary busting 13 piece ensemble create a special type of music - music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity!

Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the world’s leading festivals.

Composer/conductor Brian Irvine was born in Belfast. His huge body of work includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale participatory work, films, multi-media installations, dance works as well as ensemble, solo, and chamber pieces. He has won two BSACA British Composers Awards as well as the Radio 3 Jazz Award for best new work.

"Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” - The Guardian

Brian Irvine - conducting
Roman Mints - violin
Julie Kjaer - Alto Sax / flute
James Allsopp - Sax/clarinet
Richard Mawhinney - Saxophone
David Liddell - Trombone
Matthew Bourne - Piano
Phil Smyth - Bass guitar
Bill Campbell - Guitar
Steve Davis - Drums / Percussion
Andrew Lavery - Drums / percussion

Presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) as part of a Moving On Music tour jointly supported by the Arts Council of NI and Arts Council Ireland.

For the full Spectrum Festival line-up



Published on 11 December 2018

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