With the nomadic 12 Points festival taking its biennial trip overseas in 2016, this time to San Sebastian in Spain, there is still a chance for fans of experimental jazz to get their fix this April in Dublin. For the second year in a row the Improvised Music Company will be added to the mix of Dublin City Council’s MusicTown Festival that runs 6th to 17th April in various locations around the city.
The collaborative presentation of 12 Points Plus, which is subtitled “To Handel, With Love”, features three contrasting acts from Ireland, the UK and Norway, performing in succession in Meeting House Square.
With a reflective nod to Handel’s groundbreaking debut of the Messiah in Dublin in 1741, “To Handel, With Love” looks to a new generation of modern day pioneers of innovative and experimental music. Featuring the punk-influenced leanings of London quintet WorldService Project, the Nordic melodic punk-jazz of Pixel from Oslo and hip-hop fusion from the Dublin collective Mixtapes from the Underground (pictured), this promises to be a night of avant-garde and left of field meanderings into the outer reaches of modern jazz.