Sam Comerford selected for artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

10 May 2017

Music Network is delighted to announce that saxophonist Sam Comerford has been awarded the Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary 2017/18.

The Music Network/ Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary was established to enable residencies for Irish musicians at the centre in Paris to further their performance careers, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

The two-month residency offers great opportunities to tap into the resources of the CCI and Paris, as a gateway to European touring networks. Former recipients of the music residency in association with Music Network are Rhob Cunningham (2015-16) and Barry Donoghue (2016-17).

Sam Comerford is an improviser and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Active on the European scene, he specialises in creative improvised music, playing tenor and bass saxophone. Current projects include his own trio Thunderblender, with Jens Bouttery and Hendrik Lasure, Insufficient Funs, a bass saxophone/drums duo with Matthew Jacobson, Aerie, an avant-garde jazz quintet led by Ingo Hipp (DE), Umbra, Chris Guilfoyle's contemporary jazz quintet, Heptatomic, a Belgian septet led by Eve Beuvens, and Brilliant Corners, a free jazz quartet founded by Manolo Cabras (IT).

As a saxophonist, he represented Ireland in the European Saxophone Ensemble from 2012-2014. Led by Guillaume Orti, the project premiered works from composers working in contemporary improvised music, and performed 22 concerts in 14 European countries. He has represented Ireland twice in the 12 Points Festival, in 2015 and 2016. He has worked with musicians and composers such as Hayden Chisholm, Ronan Guilfoyle, Guillaume Orti, Andrew Hozier-Byrne, Joao Lobo, André Vida, Ingrid Laubrock, Stéphane Payen, Yoch'ko Seffer, Nick Roth, Utsav Lal, and many more. More at

Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, regardless of their location or circumstance. Central to Music Network’s mission is supporting the performance careers of professional musicians. This is accomplished through providing national and international concert opportunities, initiating audience development programmes with and through local partner promoters, establishing linkage projects with our subsidiary company Music Generation and local music education organisations, direct funding schemes and information services. More at

Located in the heart of the Latin quarter, in the old Irish College, the Centre Culturel Irlandais is Ireland’s flagship cultural centre in Europe. The Centre presents the work of contemporary Irish artists and musicians while fostering a vibrant and creative resident community. In addition to its diverse cultural programme, the Centre houses France’s primary multi-media library of resources on Ireland as well as significant historic archives, an Old Library and chapel. More at