Music Network Announces Jazz Quintet Thought-Fox as Young Musicwide Awardees 2010

09 December 2010


‘A star in its ascendancy.’ 

-BBC Radio Scotland on Tom Gibbs

‘His huge tone and immaculate, accurate technique powered the front-liners and he also showed formidable talents as a soloist.’

-Nottingham Post on Michael Coady

Music Network is delighted to announce jazz quintet Thought-Fox as awardees of Young Musicwide 2010, a unique professional development programme. Thought-Fox comprises some of the finest improvising musicians in Irish and UK jazz: Lauren Kinsella (voice), Colm O’Hara (trombone), Tom Gibbs (piano), Michael Coady (bass) and Simon Roth (drums).  Developed in 2001 by Music Network, Young Musicwide provides an incentive for highly talented young Irish musicians to pursue a professional career and gives promoters nationwide access to the very best in young Irish talent.  Auditions took place on 1st September and were open to outstanding ensembles with a proven interest in jazz performance.  Eight short-listed ensembles performed for a panel that included singer-songwriter Christine Tobin, jazz musician and composer Kevin Brady and Sharon Rollston, Performance Programmes Manager, Music Network.

Formed in 2008, Thought-Fox is led by Lauren Kinsella, one of the freshest voices on the Irish and International jazz scene. Thought-Fox takes its name from a Ted Hughes poem written in his 1957 collection ‘Hawk in the Rain’. As with other compositions in Thought-Fox’s repertoire, the poem is used as a springboard for approaching song and group interplay. Lauren’s use of text brings the listener closer to the music but also serves to explore extended vocal technique, odd-time grooves and traditional jazz harmony.

Singer Lauren Kinsella is a unique voice on the contemporary jazz scene. She completed her BA at Newpark School of Music under Ronan Guilfoyle
and has studied with R.A Ramamani in India and Mats Holtne in Sweden and represented Ireland at the 19th IASJ meeting under Dave Liebman. Lauren has performed in festivals around the world including the Shiva Festival, Malleswaram, India, The Spring Festival, York, The DL5-8 festival, Dublin and the Summer Chain Bridge Festival, Budapest. She has performed with many leading artists including Dorothy Murphy, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Carroll, Alex Huber, Sarah Buechi and Nick Roth. Lauren is a member of other groups such as The Troupe, Lupo with Swiss singer Sarah Buechi  , and Berlin Duo with Swiss percussionist Alex Huber.

Trombonist Colm O’Hara studied jazz performance in the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, and in Lucerne, Switzerland under Nils Wogram. He has performed in numerous festivals including the North Sea and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, with such musicians as Kenny Wheeler and Michael Brecker and was a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra for their 2007 summer tour of Europe and China. Colm is an active player on the European jazz scene and is a member of many other groups such as Nick Roth’s Yurodny, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, Cortisol, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Simon Roth’s Mayday Project, and is a member of the Denmark-based quartet Healthy Baby. He also leads his own ensemble The Troupe, which uses literary texts as a jumping-off point for improvisation and composition.

Tom Gibbs is a pianist and composer based in Glasgow. He studied to Masters level at York University with Julian Arguelles and John Taylor. His 2010 album Forgotten Things (co-led with Scottish bassist Euan Burton) features two world-renowned musicians from New York, Ari Hoenig and Gilad Hekselman and was described by critic Peter Bacon as “a thoughtfully composed and beautifully played set of tunes, a disc which reveals fresh delights with each listen.” Tom also plays with Stu Brown's Raymond Scott Project, The DT6, Jenn Butterworth and Mayday Project. He has also performed with Will Vinson, Nigel Hitchcock, Scott Hamilton, Ulf Wakenius, Jon Irabagon, Mark McKnight and many other high-profile musicians. Recent performances have included The Scarborough, Manchester, and Edinburgh and Gateshead Jazz Festivals.

Waterford bassist, Michael Coady began his music career with local rock and Irish traditional groups. A deep interest in jazz led to studies with Ronan Guilfoyle and later at Newpark Music Centre, Blackrock and Berklee College of Music. Michael has also attended the Arts Jazz Summer Programme at the Banff Centre, Canada and the Carnatic School of Percussion, Bangalore, India under T.A.S. Mani. A regular bassist for many years with the great Louis Stewart, Michael has also played with artists such as Peter Bernstein, Ronnie Cuber, Mike La Danne, Mark Murphy, Alan Broadbent and Scott Hamilton. Michael recently returned to Dublin after six years in London, where he was very active on the UK jazz scene and he now splits his time between both cities and several projects, including the Michael Coady Quartet, which features musicians from both sides of the water.

Simon Roth studied at the University of York under jazz drummer Martin France and classical percussionist Damien Harron. His compositional style draws on his study of diverse styles and genres; he studied electro-acoustic music with Ambrose Field, Jazz composition, performance and arrangement under John Taylor and Julian Arguelles, and undertook in-depth study into the music of Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky. In 2010 he travelled to Chennai to study South Indian Carnatic music at Brhaddhvani Centre for Musics of the World. Simon has performed with many of the UK’s top jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Walker, Chris Batchelor, Kit Downes and Tina May.  Simon is active in the London jazz, klezmer and contemporary scenes and leads his own group, Mayday Project.

Young Musicwide is a professional development programme created by Music Network in 2001. Each year, a selected group of Ireland’s brightest young musicians are awarded a place on the programme to assist them at the beginning of their professional career. Previous recipients of the award include the Callino Quartet (2001); voice and piano duo Ailish Tynan and Deborah Kelleher (2002); clarinetist Carol McGonnell (2003); Organics jazz trio (2004); traditional Irish group Slide (2005), piano, cello and violin trio The Syrius Trio (2006) and harp, flute and viola trio, Triocca (2006), jazz quartet Trihornophone (2007), fiddle trio Fidil (2008) and piano quartet Cappa Ensemble (2009).