Music Network Presents Jazz Quintet Thought-Fox, On Tour 22-26 October

12 September 2011

“An artist in the complete sense” Kevin Le Gendre on Lauren Kinsella (Jazzwise, UK)

“A star in its ascendancy” BBC Radio Scotland on Tom Gibbs

“Edge of your seat stuff” London Jazz on Simon Roth


Jazz quintet Thought-Fox, winner of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award in 2010, will be showcasing its singular take on jazz while on an Irish tour this October. The ethereal blend of quiet lyricism, impressionist colour and odd-time grooves is topped by the extraordinary vocal stylings of Lauren Kinsella. Fellow foxes include trombonist Colm O’Hara, who has performed with luminaries such as Kenny Wheeler and Michael Brecker, and pianist Tom Gibbs, a stalwart of the Scottish jazz scene. Rhythmic propulsion comes courtesy of Waterford bassist Mick Coady and drummer Simon Roth. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information is available from or (01) 671 9429.

Thought-Fox is a serendipitous collaboration of some of the freshest improvisers on the Irish and UK jazz scenes. The quintet takes its name from a Ted Hughes poem, which compares the creative process to a blurry creature that creeps out of the unknown, until suddenly you’re confronted by the “sharp hot stink of fox”. You have been warned! The quintet’s often other-worldly compositions pivot around the powerful yet hauntingly gorgeous voice of Lauren Kinsella, who uses text and poetry to stunning effect alongside vocal techniques blending jazz, South Indian and European folk influences.

A unique voice on the contemporary jazz scene, Lauren Kinsella completed her BA at Newpark School of Music under Ronan Guilfoyle and has since 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 also 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, 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 at Newpark Music Centre, Blackrock, and later at Berklee College of Music, Boston. 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 also leads his own group, Mayday Project. 

On Tour:  Saturday 22 October TINAHELY (The Courthouse Arts Centre, 8.30pm), Sunday 23 October CLIFDEN (Station House Hotel, 8pm), Tuesday 25 October DUBLIN (The Coach House, 8pm), Wednesday 26 October CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm)

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