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April 2021 Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

Here at IMC we're busy gearing up to present the best of Irish jazz at next weeks annual Jazzahead! conference, which will be delivered entirely online this year. Putting together our pitch for the event has been such a great reminder of how vibrant and multifaceted the scene all around our little island is, with artist constantly pushing the boundaries and punching above their weight. We can't wait to share some of this incredible talent with the world at our 'This is Irish jazz' panel and throughout the weekend from our virtual stand. 

Closer to home, we've got some great events lined up including a 3 part Jazz Connector series on Alternative Income Streams and new episodes of Blind Date Jazz as well as some exciting podcast news and plenty more. Scroll down for your monthly dose of news and opportunities! 

All the best, 
Adam, Caitriona, Aoife & Kenneth  

New series of Jazz Connectors announced, focusing on Alternative Income Streams announced 

Continuing our Jazz Connector online meet-ups with a focus on career development, IMC would like to invite the Irish music community to come together for 3 interactive presentations, Q&A sessions and chats on Thursdays May 13th, 20th and 27th.

We'll be focusing on Alternative Income Streams with sessions on Setting up a Patreon, Making Money From Your Song and Launching a Successful Fund It Campaign. Click the links below to find out more and sign up! 

An Introduction to Patreon for Jazz Artists - Thursday May 13th at 5:00-6:30PM

Find out more and sign up HERE

Making Money From Your Song with Music Business Consultant Paulette Long OBE - Thursday May 20th at 7:00-8:30PM

Find out more and sign up HERE

Launching a Successful Fund It Campaign - Thursday May 27th at 7:00-8:30PM

Find out more and sign up HERE

Hugh Buckley announced as IMC artist-in-residence at The Source Arts Centre

IMC is pleased to announce the first residency in our 2021 Music Residency programme, which will see guitarist Hugh Buckley in residence at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles this April.

Set in the heart of Thurles town and on the banks of the River Suir, The Source Arts Centre has a year-round programme of cultural events including theatre, live music, comedy, dance, art-house cinema, children’s theatre, youth arts, and ballet. 

Director Brendan Maher says: “The Source Arts Centre is delighted to welcome jazz musician Hugh Buckley to Thurles to take part in this residency in association with the Improvised Music Company. In what is a strong region for music, we look to support the local musicians involved in creating new opportunities for them to develop and enhance their craft and widening the scope and interest in the guitar.”

Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed with a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists including James Williams, Peter Bernstein, Ronnie Drew and Van Morrison. He has released a number of acclaimed albums as a leader, including, “Yes Indeed”, “Spirit Level” and “Sketches of Now”, besides featuring on numerous recordings as a sideman.

Hugh said: “I'm really delighted to be chosen for this artist residency at The Source. The timing is perfect for me, as I have just begun seriously exploring the world of solo guitar. The residence will afford me some time and space to do just that. The opportunity for community engagement also excites me and I look forward to seeing what that brings to the table.”

Find out more

Culture Ireland awards delegate bursaries for jazzahead! digital 2021 + Get your track on the This is Irish Jazz playlist

Culture Ireland have generously awarded 10 Delegate Bursaries to Irish-based artists and promoters to attend the digital edition of jazzahead!, the industry's most important international jazz tradeshow and showcase, this April 29th-May 2nd. They will attend online as part of an Irish jazz contingent led by Improvised Music Company.

Improvised Music Company will also be representing the wider Irish jazz scene at this important event.

The 10 chosen delegates have each been working prolifically in Ireland for a number of years and represent a coterie of important export-ready work to bring to the international arena at jazzahead!.

jazzahead! is one of the most important international professional markets for jazz and improvised music of all persuasions. The live version of the four-day event usually attracts more than 17000 people, including 3,000 industry attendees from over 55 countries, representing hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Read about the Irish delegation HERE

Musicians - Want to get your music heard by European promoters at jazzahead?

Details of our dedicated Irish playlist are available HERE, please apply and share!

Submit your track HERE

IMC’S Blind Date Jazz returns this Sunday with Episode 6 featuring Meilana Gillard + Chris Guilfoyle

IMC’s Blind Date Jazz - A New Limited Series

Episode 6
Sunday 25th April, 8pm
Streaming on Youtube or Facebook, subscribe to be notified.

Musicians often describe improvising with each other as having a conversation - listening, throwing out ideas, responding and developing on each other’s musical thoughts, all in real time.

Since the start of the pandemic we’ve all had less opportunity to listen and hear - feeling either isolated from other people, or besieged by a tsunami of digital content, impossible to focus and listen.

IMC’s new limited series Blind Date Jazz 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.

For the 6th episode of Blind Date Jazz we paired up saxophonist Meilana Gillard with guitarist Chris Guilfoyle.

Follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter to find out each Wednesday what musicians we've paired up for this week's blind date, and tune in each Sunday evening on FacebookYoutube or IGTV to listen in to their musical conversation.

Catch up on all the previous episodes here!

Soundcloud introduces fan-powered royalties, where independent artists can get paid more because of their dedicated fans

Soundcloud have announced that they've become the first music company to introduce fan-powered royalties, where independent artists can get paid more because of their dedicated fans. 

Fan-powered royalties are a more equitable and transparent way for independent artists who monetize directly with SoundCloud to get paid. The more fans listen on SoundCloud, and listen to your music, the more you get paid.

Under the old model, money from your dedicated fans goes into a giant pool that's paid out to artists based on their share of total streams. That model mostly benefits mega stars.

Under fan-powered royalties, you get paid based on your fans' actual listening habits. The more of their time your dedicated fans listen to your music, the more you get paid. This model benefits independent artists.

Find out more

OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Evin O’Brien of Rynx Laneran

The latest EP from Rynx Laneran “Morphology Pt.2” was released on 21st February 2021, and bandleader Evin O'Brien shared some of his experiences and thoughts with us, on influences taken from his classical background, the role of improvising in composition, and focusing on creating mood and atmosphere.

Each track of Rynx Laneran’s latest release illustrates a significant stage in Evin O’Brien’s development and influences as a musician, composer and music fan. Subtle references re-contextualized within original compositions, explored in-depth through the process of collaborative improvisation. This EP is a reflection on how this ensemble has matured over the course of a year of performing together. Rynx Laneran produce three distinctive “scenes” over the course of this EP, moments of intense groove and interplay ensue.

Read the Interview HERE

IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast airing on Mondays from mid-April

Improvised Music Company ventures onto the digital airwaves with a new podcast series for the creatively curious, premiering this April.

IMC’s Creative About Music Podcast is a series of conversations with musicians about the act of creating, from inspiration to daily practices. We’ll discuss musician’s different approaches to creativity, where they take their ideas from and how they are developed, how they approach collaboration, and also take some deep dives into particular tracks to break down how a final musical work was created.

Illuminating the creative process, these conversations are a perfect stopping point for some creative inspiration for your own projects, whether big or small.

Find out more and subscribe here

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Job Opportunities & Industry News

  • Footprints Europe seeking applicants: Footprints is a new collaborative project that aims at reforming the music sector and introducing the value of social, economic and environmental responsibility to its activities.
    DEADLINE April 30th
  • Help bring Nigel Mooney's new album to life: "Mooney's Blues" is the new album from Nigel Mooney an is now almost 75% funded on Help Nigel get the project over the line at the link above.
    DEADLINE May 14th
  • Music Generation seeking musicians to create and lead new work for children: The organisation is now inviting professional musicians and artists to tender for a role to not only lead and develop a Community of Practice with musicians but to also create and lead new work for children and young people.
    DEADLINE April 30th 17:00PM
  • Ballydehob Announces the Annual Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2021:
    Ballydehob Jazz Festival has against all the odds this year rolled out another outstanding festival programme featuring some of Irelands finest contemporary Jazz artists.
    May Bank Holiday Weekend (30th April – 3rd May)
  • The Arts and Disability Connect Scheme: Designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.
    DEADLINE May 24th/Oct 18th 16:00PM
  • Centre Stage Online: An online course for you who are artistically active in performing arts and music and want to develop your communication and your artistic leadership.
  • Children’s Art in Libraries - Creative Hubs Programme: Dublin City Council is pleased to invite outline proposals from artists and arts organisations, working across all artistic disciplines, to be part of our Children’s Art in Libraries Creative Hubs Programme July 2021 – April 2022.
    DEADLINE May 14th

Matthew Halpin set to release his debut album 'AGREEMENTS' on May 14th

Dublin born saxophonist and composer Matthew Halpin is set to release his debut album 'AGREEMENTS' on May 14th, featuring a packed roster of musicians including Kit Downes, Hanno Busch, Sergio Martinez, Sean Carpio, Veronika Morscher, Rebekka Salomea Ziegler & Laura Totenhagen. 

The album title is almost misleading at first glance, because there was no need for special agreements. Halpin intuitively knew that these musicians would reach their goal together. There was no need for a long discussion about musical attitudes or CVs, they could just get going. Halpin had deliberately refrained from giving the individual musicians different parts; instead, they all worked with the same sheet music. The notes were handwritten in order to coax each musician to his or her most personal sound.

Recalling the session, Halpin goes into raptures. "The process was simple. I gave them the music, we played it and it was recorded. Some First Takes made it onto the record but what’s even more telling, one recording on the album had even been made on the rehearsal day. The sound engineer had decided to record the rehearsals as well, and that turned out to be a stroke of luck. I had no interest at all in giving myself the lead role in the band. Sure, as the band leader I'm the decision-maker, but as an instrumentalist I was more interested in decorating, redistributing, directing energy and allowing myself a spotlight at certain moments, but also giving those spots to the others. When I play a solo, I am always aware about what could or should happens afterwards and how to prepare for that. So it was definitely not going to be a saxophone record. I respect the saxophone, but I respect the music a lot more."

Although "Agreements" is one hundred percent located in the present, Halpin unconsciously harkens back to that community spirit that was the motor of jazz in the early days.

Preorder the album HERE
AGREEMENTS by Matthew Halpin - Album Trailer


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