Music Network presents Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs

10 February 2016

Music Network presents Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs
On tour 13 – 22 March: Music inspired by characters from Shakespeare and Renaissance composers


“A completely enticing jazz-meets-Shakespeare show” – The Guardian, on Shakespeare Songs

“An ability to make even the simplest melodic fragments sound profound and beautiful” – The Jazz Mann, on Andy Sheppard

“A magical performance” – The Jazz Breakfast, on Shakespeare Songs


’The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world. Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Shakespeare's plays and Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd, the trio unfolding an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood. The trio embark on a nine-date tour from 13 – 22 March 2016. Details at

West Country saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard has composed over 350 works and collaborated with artists as varied as percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, violinist L. Shankar, pianist Joanna MacGregor, songwriter John Martyn and a myriad of leading jazz figures, including Carla Bley, George Russell and the late Gil Evans. 

French pianist, composer and self-taught improviser Guillaume de Chassy has created a very unique musical identity that escapes classifications. Immersed in both jazz and classical music, he plays with sobriety and intensity, and the refinement of his harmonies reflects his poetic and sensitive qualities. His collaborations span many artistic disciplines, from opera singing Laurent Naouri, choir director Joel Suhubiette (for whom he wrote a Jazz Cantata), filmmaker Antoine Carlier and flamenco dancer Ana Yerno.

Christophe Marguet has worked with musicians such as Vincent Herring, Buddy de Franco and Evan Parker. After winning the National Jazz Competition in 1995, he recorded his first album Resistance Poetique (Label Bleu) which won the Django d’Or (best new French group) in 1997. He received the “Shock of year” from Jazzmagazine/Jazzman for the album “Itrane” in 2008, “Pulsion” in 2012 and “Looking for Parker” in 2013.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible. During this tour, the musicians will host a variety of outreach activities for music students around the country. Connecting work in music performance to music education, Music Network aims to give young musicians rich, holistic musical experiences.

Music Network’s Spring 2016 season provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin are available from €15 and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at


On tour 13 - 22 March, details at