Craig Taborn, Izumi Kimura and Brian Irvine Ensemble at Brilliant Corners 2019

Craig Taborn, Izumi Kimura and Brian Irvine Ensemble at Brilliant Corners 2019

The Belfast jazz festival will take place on 2–9 March in several venues.

The 2019 Brilliant Corners Festival, presented by Moving on Music, will take place in Belfast on 2–9 March. 

The seventh edition of the festival will feature 10 concerts, a photo exhibition and a range of workshops for young people. 

The festival will be launched earlier, however, on Saturday 16 February, with a solo set by American pianist and composer Craig Taborn at Queen’s University Belfast’s Sonic Lab. Born in Minneapolis and based in Brooklyn, Taborn is known for his performances on both piano and electronic keyboards, and has released a number of solo albums on the ECM label.

The festival week will then be opened on 2 March with an afternoon performance by the Ulster Youth Orchestra, followed by an evening performance by rock/electronica/jazz fusion band The Comet Is Coming (8pm, Black Box).

Japanese/Irish contemporary pianist Izumi Kimura will perform a set exploring composed and improvised music, and Irish keyboard player Scott Flanigan will be joined by guitarist Ant Law, bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Stephen Davis to perform a range of new commissions on 3 March. 

Other performers in the festival include the Brian Irvine Ensemble (6 March); the Liane Carroll Trio (7 March); saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen’s Magnetia Orkesteri (8 March); and the 2016 Moving on Music ‘Emerging Artist’ Joseph Leighton (9 March). The festival will close with a performance by experimental band Get The Blessing, with support from guitarist Chris Guilfoyle. 

The festival’s photo exhibition, The Faces of Jazz by Belfast-based photographer and graphic designer Marcin Wilkowski, is a series of portraits taken of live jazz performances.

Byron Wallen (photo: Marcin Wilkowski)

The details of the workshops and outreach programme have yet to be announced. 

A limited number of festival tickets, covering all ten concerts, is available for £45. For booking and further information, visit

Published on 6 February 2019

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