What Makes a Jazz Scene?
Next week, as part of a pop-up Jazz Connective two-day festival in Dublin, organised by the Improvised Music Company, a public discussion will take place at the Project Arts Centre to explore the current standing of the Irish jazz scene and how it can be developed further.
The event, which takes place from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on 12 December, will be chaired by journalist, musician and filmmaker Cormac Larkin and will feature contributions from Annamaija Saarela (Finland), Eva Frost (Denmark), Martyna Markowska (Poland) and Matthew Jacobson (Ireland). The discussion is open to all and welcomes contributions from artists, audiences, labels, programmers, educators, policy-makers and media. Register your attendance here.
Jazz Connective is a European collaborative project with the aim of strengthening jazz and improvised scenes across Europe. Over eighteen months, the collective is holding a number of events around Europe. The seven partners are Druga Godba festival (Slovenia), Vapaat äänet Agency (Finland), Improvised Music Company (Ireland), Performances Birmingham (England), New Vortex Jazz Club (England), Wytwórnia Foundation (Poland), and Le Périscope (France). Previous events have taken place in Finland, Slovenia, Poland.
Concerts and discussions
Jazz Connective in Dublin will take place over two days at the Project and features a number of concerts and discussion workshops. The festival will be launched at 5.30pm on Wednesday 11 December with a performance by Shane Latimer (guitar/electronics) and France’s Seb Brun (drums/electronics). Later that evening, Cora Venus Lunny (violin/viola) and Izumi Kimura (piano) will perform at 7.30pm, followed by British trumpeter Laura Jurd at 8.30pm, then Mopo (Linda Fredriksson, saxophones; Eero Tikkanen, bass; Eeti Nieminen, percussion) from Finland at 9.30pm.
On Thursday, British pianist Elliot Galvin will perform at 7.30pm, followed by Latimer and Brun, and Finnish saxophonist Linda Fredriksson, at 8.30pm. The final concert features London group Vula Viel with Bex Burch playing the gyil (a large African xylophone), Tom Herbert on bass and Jim Hart on drums.
On Wednesday afternoon, a workshop discussion on performance spaces will take place at 2.30pm featuring Annamaija Saarela from G LiveLabs Tampere and Martyna Markowska from Institute of Culture Katowice. At 10.30am on Thursday a discussion on creating improvised work for children will feature contributions from Aisling O’Gorman of the Ark and Eva Frost of Jazz Danmark. A performance of String Play by Mary and Katherine Barnecutt and Matthew Jacobson will take place at 12.30pm. These workshops are reserved for Jazz Connective delegates and invitees, but a limited number of spaces are available for Irish industry professionals (email hello [at] improvisedmusic.ie).
For further information on the Jazz Connective festival and to purchase tickets to concerts, visit www.improvisedmusic.ie/events.
Jazz Connective will also be hosting events in London in March and Lyon in April. Find out more: https://jazzconnective.eu/events/