Dublin’s National Concert Hall hosts a new international jazz weekend from 10to 12 April, heralding, its organisers hope, the beginning of a new era of improvised music in Ireland. In association with well-established Note Productions, April Jazz welcomes a tantalising array of world-renowned artists including The Bad Plus, Tomasz Stańko, Ernst Reijseger and Anouar Brahem.
Rubbing shoulders too are home grown artists like Sean Mac Erlaine, Sue Rynhart (pictured top right) and OKO, plus the premiere of Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe’s new composition for improvising musicians titled 13 Vices. There’s also a unique collaboration between Irish vocal quintet Silver Kites and Berlin-based HÜTTE.
The festival, the first of its kind in Dublin for over a decade, poignantly arrives 80 years after the infamous anti-jazz Public Dance Halls Act and its associated depression-era crackdown. April Jazz takes its place alongside Cork Jazz Festival, 12 Points!, and numerous smaller happenings, offering further proof of a healthy and burgeoning Irish jazz scene.
– Tommie Black-Roff
See the NCH website for tickets and more info www.nch.ie