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A series of conversations about creativity with players from the Irish jazz and improvised music scene from Improvised Music Company (IMC) www.improvisedmusic.ie

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A series of conversations about creativity with players from the Irish jazz and improvised music scene from Improvised Music Company (IMC) www.improvisedmusic.ie

    Falling in love with the jazz guitar, with Joe O’Callaghan & guest host Matthias Winkler

    Falling in love with the jazz guitar, with Joe O’Callaghan & guest host Matthias Winkler

    In this episode, IMC’s director Kenneth Kileen and guest host Matthew Winkler caught up with jazz guitarist Joe O’Callaghan. Matthew is a Dublin-based guitarist and has been running a YouTube channel with a series called Dublin Guitar Duets, and Joe - who was mostly self-taught guitar - has played with many leading Irish and international jazz musicians.
    Joe O’Callaghan is a genuine force in Irish jazz guitar, his playing characterised by extended tasteful lines, contemporary chord shapes and an instinct for rocking out when the need arises. A leading figure in the scene, Joe has performed with Irish and international jazz musicians including Ronan Guilfoyle, Louis Stewart, Richie Buckley, Michael Buckley, Honor Heffernans, Dave Liebman, Tom Rainey, & Nils Wogram.
    Throughout their conversation, Joe talks about how his journey as a guitarist began. Although his father was a part-time musician and his uncle was a drummer who was very interested in jazz music, Joe initially had no interest in guitar. He mentions the pivotal moment in his life which encouraged him to pursue guitar and led him to become an influential and genuine force in Irish jazz guitar.
    Joe speaks about the major influencers in his life that opened up the world of jazz and guitar for him and also gets into what helped him find his individual and independent sound. He talks about the change in music and the evolution of jazz over the years. People now don’t have as much definition about what the music is – there are now many influences from all cultures and its become more difficult to define as one entity. Joe makes capitvating points about how jazz has become a meta-genre as there is now much more assimilation. 
    Find Joe’s work on his Bandcamp: https://joeocallaghan.bandcamp.com/album/the-silent-tree
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    Thanks to Justin Carroll's Togetherness for our podcast theme https://justincarroll.bandcamp.com/album/togetherness 

    • 43 min
    Out of the Shadows - talking improvisation with US pianist Craig Taborn

    Out of the Shadows - talking improvisation with US pianist Craig Taborn

    In this episode, IMC’s director Kenneth Killeen sat down with US pianist Craig Taborn to discuss all things improvisation prior to his triumphant Dublin concert. Craig was kicking off his European tour in support of his latest ECM solo release,  “Shadow Plays” - released 10 years after his first offering, “Avenging Angels.”

    In this wide ranging conversation, they talked about Craig’s approach to improvisation and how it forms his distinctive process of spontaneous composition; Taborn is famed for developing complex, rich, dynamic and beautiful soundscapes entirely “in the moment”.

    Throughout, Craig talks about the variety of approaches that he incorporates, including the use of themes and structural frameworks. “One of the most challenging aspects of creating improvised music is that you can so easily get lost in your own imagination while performing”; Craig mentions a few tricks and devices that he uses to get out of his head to enforce continuity throughout his creative process.

    One of Craig’s most compelling points is the idea of considering himself as an audience member during his performances - Taborn feels that there is no separation between him and the audience as he is also listening in the same way as the audience members within the concert hall.

    Dive into this wide-ranging and informative chat now and be sure to share it with your friends if you enjoyed it!

    Find Craig's work on his website: https://craigtaborn.com

    Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craig.taborn and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craigtaborn/ 

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    • 45 min
    Afrobeat in focus: Culture, message, and identity in Afrobeat music with Segun Akano & Uché Gabriel Akujobi of Yankari Afrobeat Collective

    Afrobeat in focus: Culture, message, and identity in Afrobeat music with Segun Akano & Uché Gabriel Akujobi of Yankari Afrobeat Collective

    In this episode, IMC’s Kenneth Killeen caught up with Segun Akano & Uché Gabriel Akujobi from Yankari Afrobeat Collective at The Sugar Club. They talked about what makes Afrobeat - the culture, rhythm, & message that’s essential to it, and about identity, and transforming identities bringing cultures together. We also got a great insight into Yankari’s creative process, and how they work together making music.
    Die-hard Fela fans, Dublin-based band Yankari, aspire to advance the original Afrobeat genre by incorporating contemporary sounds, such as, jazz, funk, dance, rock-and-roll whilst keeping the traditional groove elements of Afrobeat. This new sound has world-wide appeal and the Yankari fan base stretches from Ireland to Japan, Brazil to Spain, Nigeria to the US.
    Yankari founding members, brothers Segun and Michael Akano along with Uché Gabriel Akujobi, are originally from Nigeria and came together in Dublin while playing at various gigs around the city. Gradually through the love of music and rhythms from their Yoruba and Igbo cultures they created the groovy and energetic sound that is reminiscent of Afrobeat of the 60's and 70's but with a modern twist. That sound is called Yankari.
    Find Yankari’s work on their website: https://yankarimusic.com/home
    Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yankarimusic/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yankarimusic/ or Bandcamp: https://yankari.bandcamp.com/
    More of Segun’s music is on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/segun-akano He also gave a recent interview to Hot Press which you can read here https://www.hotpress.com/music/yankari-afrobeat-collectives-segun-akano-on-what-to-expect-from-tonights-sugar-club-show-22885040 and spoke to us about what Afrobeat is in a previous interview for Hotter than July which you can read here (including a playlist of Afrobeat essentials): https://www.improvisedmusic.ie/news/other-side-of-the-tracks-qa-with-segun-from-yankari-afrobeat-collective 
    You can find more of Gabriel’s music and acting work on his website http://uchegabriel.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/uchegabrielakujobi/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/uchegabriela 
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    Thanks to Justin Carroll's Togetherness for our podcast theme https://justincarroll.bandcamp.com/album/togetherness 

    • 36 min
    Afrobeat in focus: Being a Congolese musician in Ireland, and developing a guitar obsession - Niwel Tsumbu on IMC's Creative About Music Podcast

    Afrobeat in focus: Being a Congolese musician in Ireland, and developing a guitar obsession - Niwel Tsumbu on IMC's Creative About Music Podcast

    At The Sugar Club before a vibrant performance by Niwel Tsumbu’s Hearbeat (with special guest Shayan Coohe), IMC’s Kenneth Killeen caught up with Niwel in a long chat about musical explorations while growing up in Congo, falling in love with the guitar, meeting and collaborating with Irish-based musicians, and more. 
    Since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, Niwel Tsumbu has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer. He has performed with the finest Irish and international musicians while continuing to craft his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical.
    An exceptional talent who quickly became a prominent face on the Irish scene, having collaborated extensively with some of the most celebrated names in Irish Music such as Sinéad O'Connor, Liam O'Maonlaí, and Dónal Dineen, among others, as well as international stars such as Ma Xiaohui (composer of the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack), Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, and Nigel Kennedy. He has released 2 albums to critical acclaim ("Songs of the Nations", and "S'all Vibration"), and was funded by Cork City Council Arts Office to write a symphony known as 'The Big Bang Symphony' with The Clear Sky Ensemble, an assembled group of musicians from all over the world. 
    The list of artists that Niwel has performed with continues to grow with each year. Recently Niwel and Trasna (Mel Mercier, Liam O Maonlai) appeared at the Festival of World Culturesand in China at Expo 2010 alongside Xiaohui Ma. Niwel has shared the stage with Baaba Maal and played concerts in his native Congo and Paris. His performances of ‘Electric Counterpoint’ at The Reich Festival in front of composer Steve Reich and at Kilkenny Arts Festival were a triumph.
    He continues to collaborate with leading DJ Donal Dineen on his Parish live act, the Crash Ensemble, composer Roger Doyle, Eamon Cagney’s Treelan ensemble, Dave Flynn’s DFF, and many more.
    Find more of Niwel’s work on his Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Niwel-Tsumbu-Sounds-212103155519751 
    You can find him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/niweltsumbu/
    Or on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/NiwelTsumbu  
    Niwel’s class in fingerstyle guitar is available on World Music Method https://worldmusicmethod.com/product-category/tribal-congolese-fingerstyle-guitar/ 
    His recent duo release with Eamonn Cagney is available to buy here https://www.eamonncagney.com/product/the-art-of-duo/ or on Bandcamp https://eamonncagney.bandcamp.com/releases 
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    Thanks to Justin Carroll's Togetherness for our podcast theme https://justincarroll.bandcamp.com/album/togetherness

    • 30 min
    Poetry in music, international careers and returning to Ireland with Christine Tobin & Phil Robson

    Poetry in music, international careers and returning to Ireland with Christine Tobin & Phil Robson

    At the Sin É before a beautiful performance, IMC’s Kenneth Killeen caught up with singer Christine Tobin and guitarist Phil Robson in a long chat about returning to Ireland, approaches to creating music from poetry, working together and influence on each other’s work, jazz scenes in NY and the UK, and some words of advice for young musicians. 
    Christine Tobin
    Renowned for her kaleidoscopic musical palette, she can be a junkyard blues philosopher, snappy beat seductress, a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies or reflective Americana. Dublin native Christine has been an integral part of both the New York City and London scenes for many years, has recently returned to Ireland and now resides in Roscommon. Her authentic sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’ while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and the warmth of her golden voice. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a broad range of influences. The Irish Times called it ‘music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical’. MOJO Music Magazine said of her ‘Christine Tobin really transcends glib genre-fication. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired folk, jazz and 20th-century classical influences, which already sets her apart. And everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a field of one.’
     Find more about Christine on her website: http://www.christine-tobin.com/
    Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristineTobinSinger 
    Watch a beautiful performance from with Christine and Phil from this year’s Limerick Jazz: https://youtu.be/GH219ExFuC0 
     
    Phil Robson
    Christine’s partner – in life and on stage is respected London guitarist Phil Robson. As well as being one of the leading jazz guitarists in Europe, Phil is also celebrated as an innovative composer. As a band leader Robson has fronted many innovative projects including ‘The Immeasurable Code Quintet,’ ‘Six strings & the beat,’ Phil Robson Trio, Quartet, Octet. His latest solo project is an organ trio with the incredible Ross Stanley & Gene Calderazzo which toured the UK in 2014/15 & released their new album, ‘The Cut Off Point’, on May 18, 2015 to great acclaim.
    Robeson also co-leads the cult band Partisans with Julian Siegel which has been a major influence on the European contemporary scene & beyond. They completed a major tour of North America in June 2014 which included appearances at Rochester, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa international festivals as well as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola & many other venues to pre-promote their award winning CD Swamp, released in Sept ’14 on Whirlwind Records.
    Find out more about Phil on his website: http://philrobson.net/ 
    Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/philrobsonmusic 


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    • 42 min
    IMC's Creative About Music Podcast with Jim Black

    IMC's Creative About Music Podcast with Jim Black

    Kenneth Killeen of IMC caught up with legendary Detroit-born drummer Jim Black amidst his pan-European tour as a mentor of a musical laboratory,  Criss Cross Europe.
    Jim is currently coaching the band of six rising stars of the European jazz scene, whose tour stops in Dublin at the Freemasons’ Hall on Thursday 9th December 2021. 
    https://www.improvisedmusic.ie/events/details/criss-cross-dublin 
    Berlin-based American drummer Jim Black - is one of the most influential voices in contemporary jazz. The Wire referred to Black as a ‘’complete musician and wonderfully fertile composer”.  Black is internationally acknowledged for his virtuosic but highly personal approach to contemporary jazz. He stands at the forefront of a new generation of jazz innovators through projects like Human Feel, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Ellery Eskelin's trio, Pachora, and Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio. “Wickedly inventive… A revelation.” - CMJ 
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    Thanks to Justin Carroll's Togetherness for our podcast theme https://justincarroll.bandcamp.com/album/togetherness

    • 54 min

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