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March 2021 Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

Today marks 365 days since the lights went out on stages all across the country. It's been an incredibly tough year for everyone, but the arts & entertainment industry has been especially hard hit. First to close and undoubtedly last to open. 

The last year has also had so many positives, giving us a chance to step back, reflect and build our connections and communities. Ironically, in a time when travel is nearly nonexistent, new technologies have made the world seem smaller, allowing us to connect with people half way around the globe in real time from the comfort of our own homes. 

With vaccines finally being rolled out and the all important grand stretch in the evening, things are starting to look up! Here's hoping that this lockdown will be or last. 

Have a read below for lots of exciting new events, resources, news and opportunities to keep you busy, engaged and entertained in the meantime! 

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

Jazzahead! 2021 goes DIGITAL!

Improvised Music Company, in partnership with Culture Ireland, will, once again represent a select cohort of Irish artists at this years edition of Jazzahead!, which, for obvious pandemic related reasons, will be an all-digital event.

We believe this format is a good opportunity for Irish artists looking to internationalise their work because navigating the real event can be quite dense, and the online format should mean a more equal environment for everyone.

Full details will be announced soon and we will send a special Jazzahead! email next week with lots more information on how you can be a part of this event.
In the meantime, click the button below to check out the available programme of events announced so far! 

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IMC’s Icons of Jazz: The Hugh Buckley Organ Trio plays music of Wes Montgomery

Beginning with bassist Ronan Guilfoyle’s take on the music of Charlie Parker and most recently, saxophonist Richie Buckley’s tribute to John Coltrane, Improvised Music Company’s Icons of Jazz series continues, presenting some of Ireland’s most renowned jazz musicians performing their take on the iconic musicians who have shaped jazz music in the last century. 

In his short life, Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) made an impact on the jazz guitar that can hardly be overstated. The Indianapolis-born guitarist’s sound is instantly recognizable for its warm tone, and his innovative and virtuosic right hand techniques using only his thumb rather than a pick. 

Bringing his own brand of flowing melodicism to a selection of music connected with Montgomery is Dublin-born Hugh Buckley, a self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and long-standing icon of the Irish jazz scene. With the flowing groove of organist Darragh Hennessy and sensitive percussive support of drummer Dominic Mullan, join the Hugh Buckley Organ Trio from the comfort of your own living room, for a fitting tribute to one of jazz’s most iconic guitarists, and a highlight of the fine work of the current Irish jazz scene.

We do hope you’ll join us live for this concert at 8pm on Saturday 20th March. Your link will be valid for 24 hours in case you need to enjoy the show later, or simply want to watch again. You will receive your link for the concert via your registering email before the beginning of the concert.

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We've also got a
Discounted €5 'Performer Promo' ticket 
which you can buy using this code at checkout:


The Ark & Improvised Music Company present: Tin Men and the Telephone at Big Bang Bubble

Children aged 8+ will love this fun online show mixing music, technology, visuals and audience participation for an interactive concert that you can influence directly from your living room!

Tin Men and The Telephone are an Amsterdam-based music trio who perform hugely engaging and enormously fun interactive online shows. Their music blends jazz, classical, Balkan, hip hop and more through exciting improvisation which you, the audience, can influence during the concert by swiping, texting and shaking your phones at home.

How? With the band's custom-made smartphone app, Tinmendo. Using the app, children can discover the building blocks of music to create melodies, rhythms and harmonies that are uploaded live and assembled into a collective composition, performed on the spot by the band. These elements create concerts that are a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience where you steal the show!

This promises to be a surprising, entertaining show that's fun for both children and grown-ups alike. Every performance is a unique interactive experience that encourages listening skills and develops musical sensibilities through outstanding music and fantastic technology-based fun.

Join in on Monday April 5th at 2pm, click below to book your ticket! 

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Catch up on all 4 episodes of IMC’s Blind Date Jazz 

Catch up on the first 4 episodes of IMC’s new limited series Blind Date Jazz now! This series brings listening and creative improvisation into focus, with some of Ireland’s leading improvisers coming into the studio to create an exciting, new, musical conversation.

The twist?  Neither musician has any idea who they are playing with!

Unknown, unrehearsed, unplanned and unseen. Not even aware what the other instrument is. In other words, completely blind.

So far we've featured Olesya Zdorovetska, Matthew Jacobson, Izumi Kimura, Lina Andonovska, Mike Nielsen, Cathal Roche, Hugh Buckley & Derek Whyte. Click the link below to catch up on any you might have missed! 

Watch the full playlist here!

Watch our recent Jazz Connector on Digital Distribution: Everything you need to know about releasing music digitally in 2021 with CD Baby's Henriette Heimdal

Digital Distribution Series: Everything you need to know about releasing music digitally in 2021 with CD Baby's Henriette Heimdal

If you missed out on last months Jazz Connector session with CD Baby's Henriette Heimdal, don't worry. We've just uploaded a recording of the session along with notes & talking points. Hen had lots of wisdom and industry knowledge to share so make sure to check it out! 

Get the Talking Points HERE

OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with flautist Lina Andonovska

Flautist Lina Andonovska released her debut solo album A Way A Lone A Last on Diatribe Records in February 2020, a release which was derailed by the pandemic, along with so many other plans for the year. The album features works by Irish composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Judith Ring, Nick Roth, and Barry O’Halpin. The album has been warmly received by critics, described as "an absorbing blend of cerebral concept and visceral, playful execution," [All About Jazz], and "a tour de force, and well worth a serious listen." [Journal of Music]

Lina has been an important figure in contemporary music for some time now and has built a reputation as a flute-player who is equally at home in contemporary jazz and classical music. She has been especially prominent in Ireland where she has played with groups such as Crash Ensemble, and performed works by Irish composers such as Ann Cleare, Linda Buckley, Anna Murray and Michael Gallen. Amongst other initiatives during lockdown, Lina was invited to take part in Music Network’s Butterfly Sessions with composer Judith Ring, and IMC’s Blind Date Jazz series, in a blind musical conversation with pianist Izumi Kimura.

Read the Interview HERE

Improvised Music Company launches the BAN BAM Podcast

Launching this April, the new BAN BAM podcast will explore creative work from inspiration to execution, through conversations with a host of women working in jazz and creative improvised music.

Listeners will get an insight into different musicians’ approaches to the creative process and their work over the course of a career, along with deep-dives into some particular works, inspirations and areas that define them.

Kicking off the series, we’ll be talking to the three recipients of the BAN BAM Commissioning Award 2020/2021 (Sue RynhartCora Venus Lunny, and Úna Monaghan) about their process in creating their new pieces, which are planned for live performance in Autumn 2021. We’ll explore the sparks that can be a starting point - a short story recommended by a friend, a childhood memory, or a feeling that needs expression in a different way. They’ll take us through how and when they create music, and how life and the pandemic has played into their work this year.

Find out more

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Job Opportunities & Industry News

  • dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2021: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and Music Network invite applications for the dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2021. The aim of the Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is to provide opportunities to develop and showcase new work which may be compositional and/or performance focused i.e. to create new material and/or to develop a new artistic collaboration. 
    DEADLINE March 31st 14:00PM
  • St Patrick's Festival - The Cobblestone Sessions at The Complex: Each evening from 12th – 17th March, some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians and dancers will be streamed into the homes of the nation, connecting with Irish audiences at home and around the world.
  • Music Generation hiring a Strategic Communications & Marketing Manager: Music Generation is seeking a highly motivated and expert strategic communications and marketing professional to tell their stories to stakeholders, funders, partners and the wider public. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has an affinity for music and is looking for a fresh challenge in their communications career.
    DEADLINE March 19th 17:00PM
  • Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange on Music: From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council. Part of an online series of panel discussions, workshops and resources seeking to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.
    March 29th 10:30AM
  • Jazz Ireland Launching Directory of Resources: Jazz Ireland rolls out the first phase of a Directory of Resources for the Irish jazz community. The directory will provide the location and pertinent information for any venue, studio, organisation and school that has supported Irish Jazz. 
  • Arts Council Ireland Agility Award: The purpose of the Agility Award is to support professional artists and arts workers to develop their practice, work, skills and/or create/present new work. This award is open to freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their career.
    DEADLINE April 8th 17:30PM
  • Have your say about RTÉ: RTÉ is preparing a new Public Service Statement – this will be their commitment to you, the audience. They want to understand what you think about RTÉ and what you want from it. Your views will guide what they will do over the years ahead. Be sure to make the demand for Irish music and musicians heard!
    DEADLINE March 21st
  • Arts Council Ireland Artist in the Community Scheme: Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is open to artists from any artform. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, e.g. arts and health; arts and disability; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.
    DEADLINE April 26th

Help bring ZASKA's 2nd Album 'A Better Way' to life!

Dublin jazz-fusion band ZASKA have a brand new album called “A Better Way” ready to go but they need your help to bring this baby to life.

'A Better Way' is the next musical step in the neo-soul/funk evolution from their first album. It’s a concept record themed around sustainability - not just sustainability for this gorgeous planet, but for all aspects of living a harmonious life. It’s a hopeful album about our ability to turn it all around for ourselves and the next generation.

Joining Max Zaska (guitar), Dylan Lynch (drums), Neil Dorrington (bass), and James Smith (keys/synth) are:

Tolü Makay - Faye O’Rourke - Jess Kav - Melina Malone - Precious Okpaje - James Smith - Carly Coonagh and more.

Click below to find out more or to help support the campaign! 

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