Irish jazz ensemble F-JOB announced as latest recipients of The Piano Scheme 2017

13 July 2017

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Irish jazz ensemble F-JOB announced as latest recipients of The Piano Scheme 2017

Piano scheme supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival and Music Network

 

Music Network is delighted to announce that Irish jazz ensemble F-JOB are the latest recipients of The Piano Scheme 2017, a new opportunity for musicians supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival. The scheme aims to provide access to concert standard pianos for professional musicians resident in Ireland and working in jazz/improvised music, for public performances throughout the country.

F-JOB are three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians - pianist Greg Felton, drummer Matthew Jacobson and bassist Cormac O’Brien. Greg Felton is also a member of the highly rated White Rocket trio, and as a sideman, he has played with Louis Stewart, Ronan Guilfoyle and many others. Cormac O’Brien leads his own groups, including Rhythm Method, and is in constant demand as a side man with leaders like Mary Coughlan and Louis Stewart. Matthew Jacobson is a band leader and record producer with Diatribe Records, and is a member of several important Irish groups, including Irish traditional trailblazers Ensemble Ériu and Umbra. For the past year, F-JOB have been developing their own sound as a piano trio, working on both original material and arranging and improvising with broadway standards and even well-known pop songs. 

F-JOB will be supplied with a piano for two forthcoming concerts featuring jazz trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz. The performances will take place on Thursday 3rd August at Billy Byrne’s, Kilkenny and Saturday 5th August at The Summit Inn, Howth, (As part of Howth Jazz Festival 2017). Details at The Sofa Sessions at Billy Byrne’s Facebook page and improvisedmusic.ie/events.

Anders Bergcrantz is one of the most highly regarded jazz trumpeters on the international scene, in constant demand on both sides of the Atlantic. A powerful, thoughtful musician with one ear to the past and the other to the future of the music, he has played with some of the major stars of jazz, including Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, McCoy Tyner and Michael Brecker.

Initiated by Galway Jazz Festival, in partnership with Music Network and supported by Jeffers Pianos, The Piano Scheme 2017 aims to:

  • Facilitate increased employment opportunities, and promote fair remuneration, for Ireland-resident musicians
  • Increase regional access to live jazz/improvised music performance for audiences
  • Develop the range of promoters programming jazz/improvised music throughout Ireland.

Applications are received on a rolling basis with the results being communicated each following month. Application procedure and guidelines available at musicnetwork.ie/musicians/opportunities.

Previous award recipients include pianist Izumi Kimura who will be supplied with a Steinway Model M for her solo concert on November 29th 2017 at Smock Alley Theatre Boy's School, Dublin, book tickets at smockalley.com. Other recipients include Francesco Turrisi who will be supplied with a piano for two concerts on 27th and 29th July at Sligo Jazz Festival and Kieran Quinn who will be supplied with a piano for two concerts, both taking place on July 26th at Sligo Jazz Festival. Full details of all four concerts at sligojazz.ie

There are three remaining opportunities to be provided with pianos for public performances for 2017. For further information, please visit musicnetwork.ie/musicians/opportunities or contact Andreas Ziemons, Operations Administrator, Tel: +353 1 4750224 Email: operations@musicnetwork.ie.

 

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