Monday nights are not going to be the same again! IMC have taken over Whelans for three Monday nights between now and August, with seven great bands over three nights. Full details are below. A play list is available here.
Monday 23rd June. – Blue Eyed Hawk / Clang Sayne / Selk
Monday July 21st – OKO / Alarmist : Double-Bill
Monday August18th – Ensemble Eriu / Treelan : Double-Bill
Irish Jazz, but not as you know it – Whelans; any given Monday
Improvised Music Company begin their series of monthly Monday nights in Whelan’s with three vocally adventurous acts on 23rd June.
#1 Blue Eyed Hawk / Clang Sayne / Selk
Whelans, Wexford St, 8pm, Monday June 23rd, Ticket Price:€10
Fresh from a breathtaking performance at Down With Jazz festival, Blue Eyed Hawk present melodic, spacious and richly texture material, lead by jazz improvisor Lauren Kinsella, a young Dubliner now based in London and making waves in the UK scene, winning the prestigious Kenny Wheeler award in 2013.
With Clang Sayne, Laura Hyland also occupies the space between song and improvisation, redefining jaded definitions of the singer/songwriter.
The Wire describes her debut release Wonderlands as “exhilarating in its refusal to conform”, and she co-opts singer Judith Ring and drummer Matt Jacobsen for this Whelan’s set.
Selk is a new departure for jazz and hip hop drummer Dennis Cassidy, fusing with Anna Jordan’s ethereal voice and keys to create an intimate, quietly insistent sound world.
#2 – OKO / Alarmist : Double-Bill
8pm, Monday July 21st, Ticket Price:€ 10
Two Dublin bands, both exploring their own space between jazz and rock, both alumni of the acclaimed 12 Points festival, that has its gaze firmly focused on pathways of creative European music.
#3 – Ensemble Eriu / Treelan : Double-Bill
Monday August18th, Tickes € 10 www.entertainment.ie
The adventurous Ensemble Eriu, beautifully poised between jazz, trad and classical, with no sense of stylistic hierarchy or compromise. Co-led by bassist Neil O’Loghlen and box player Jack Talty, Ériu draws on an ambient, chamber palette of seven players, and the debut album has drawn effusive praise from discerning ears like John Kelly, Jim Carroll and Nialler 9.
Percussionist Éamonn Cagney, accordionist Martin Tourish and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu are equally adventurous, breaking fertile new ground between Irish and African traditions.