Dublin’s Improvised Music Company is at it again, this time teaming up with Note Production and Homebeat, bringing a widely diverse programme of music that flows through the prism of the jazz approach; its output a miscellany of sound, covering a full spectrum through jazz, progressive, rock, alt-folk to electronica.
SPECTRUM is 3 days of stimulating music that sits at the creative intersection where jazz, contemporary, rock and electronic music collide, with focus on the live and improvised, complimented by a compelling programme of talks, 10-12th March in Whelans and The Opium Rooms on Wexford St, Dublin.
Kicking off the weekend on Friday is Dublin jazz composer and bassist Ronan Guilfoyle who is joined by two of New York’s most respected jazz musicians Tom Rainey and Dave Binney performing Guilfoyle’s ‘Hands’, a compelling conflict between composed music and freewheeling improvisation.
Saturday is the big night at the festival, that sees a double-header of guitar led groups hit the main stage at Whelan’s, with the wide-open, cinematic soundscape of Belgian instrumental trio Dans Dans, presenting jazz without stuffiness, rock without blinkers and avant-garde without pretention. They are followed by the dark, primal aesthetic of Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad and her riot grrrl attitude and raw punk energy, playing music that is progressive and exhilarating, with an homage to the avant prog-rock of King Crimson, the blues-laden psychedelica of Hendrix with more than a subtle influence from the free-jazz aesthetic of Gustafsson & Brotzmann.
Later, for those looking to move into the more electronic sphere, is the Homebeat presented SPECTRUM club – a night celebrating the beautiful frayed edges of contemporary Irish electronica with LIVE performances by two of our most exciting contemporary electronic artists. Electronic duo White Collar Boy have been praised for their “dreamy, ambient grooves” and “freewheeling rhythms, razor-sharp hooks and periodically, bone-shaking thumps”. While the breathless, glitchy soundscapes of Dublin producer Kobina have seen him go from strength to strength over the past couple of years.
Sunday begins with an intimate, duo concert with two fearless, world-class improvisers in Izumi Kimura and Barry Guy at the Hugh Lane Gallery at noon, followed by another SPECTRUM speaks session in conversation with Barry Guy and Evan Parker – two godfathers of the European free improv scene since the 1970s. Sunday night saxophonist Parker takes to the stage with acclaimed Irish pianist Paul G.Smyth for a thrilling duo performance, opening with a support slot by alt-folk guitarist Cian Nugent, much admired for his intricate extended compositions.
Weekend and Day Tickets available here from €12-€38.