GoGo PenguinAcoustic electronica trio GoGo Penguin, an exhilarating jazz-infused salvo of spacey chords, stuttering break-beats and killer riffs, create a brave new sound that is wholly their own.
|25 Oct, 8pm, €20 / €18||Triskel Christchurch, Cork|
|27 Oct, 8pm, €20 / €15||The Sugar Club, Dublin 2|
|28 Oct, 8pm, €12 / €10||Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny|
|29 Oct, 8pm, €16 / €14||Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar|
|30 Oct, 8pm, €18 / €16||Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire|
|31 Oct, 8pm, €15 / €12||Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge|
|1 Nov, 6pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50||The Model, Sligo|
Packing the dance floors with an infectious combination of frenetic break-beats, irresistible piano melodies and subtle electronica, GoGo Penguin first came to prominence in 2014 after their album, v2.0, was named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year in 2014, alongside offerings from the likes of Damon Albarn.
Undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene, this Mancunian piano trio is equally at home playing to clubbers and dyed-in-the-wool jazz fans, drawing on a range of influences from Aphex Twin and dubstep to The Bad Plus, Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Debussy. Conventional jazz soloing plays little part in GoGo Penguin’s world – their highly personalised, genre-free sound comes from the interplay between the three musicians: Illingworth’s flowing bebop-inspired piano riding over Nick Blacka’s pulsing bass lines and Rob Turner’s skittering drum grooves. With a three album deal with Blue Note Records under their belt, and a recent win at the Jazz FM Awards (for Jazz Act of the Year), this is a band not to be missed.
Chris Illingworth, piano
Nick Blacka, double bass
Rob Turner, drums
Read more about the tour here.
|25 Oct||Triskel Christchurch, Cork||8pm, €20 / €18||021 4722022||In partnership with Triskel Christchurch & Guinness Cork Jazz Festival|
|27 Oct||The Sugar Club, Dublin 2||8pm, €20 / €15||01 4750224||Music Network|
|28 Oct||Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny||8pm, €12 / €10||074 9120777 (An Grianán)||Regional Cultural Centre|
|29 Oct||Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar||8pm, €16 / €14||094 9023733||Linenhall Arts Centre|
|30 Oct||Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire||8pm, €18 / €16||01 2312929||Pavilion Theatre|
|31 Oct||Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge||8pm, €15 / €12||045 448327||Riverbank Arts Centre|
|1 Nov||The Model, Sligo||6pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50||071 9141405||The Model and Sligo Jazz Project|
For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Ian Patterson, of AllAboutJazz, wrote the programme notes for GoGo Penguin's tour in October/November 2015. Read them here.
At the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards
Garden Dog Barbecue Live Session
"…techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots..."- The Guardian
"A stirring re-evaluation of what a piano trio should sound like in the 21st century."- Barclaycard Mercury Prize