Music Network presents new British jazz “supergroup” Dinosaur, on tour 21 -28 February
19 January 2017
'Imagine the impressionistic electric-jazz moodiness and glistening keyboard textures of Miles Davis’s In A Silent Way seamlessly wrapped around Celtic folk melodies, Django Batesian idiom-swaps, and interwoven with American, Scottish and north African drumming – and you might have a feel for this superb set from Laura Jurd' GUARDIAN ***** (Five Stars)
‘Dinosaur is a new British jazz "supergroup"’ ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)
‘Surely rank as one of the best debut albums for years, a remarkable fusion of thoughtful compositions, skilful musicianship and visceral energy' ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)
Brace yourself for the formidable and compelling music of Laura Jurd's jazz group Dinosaur, one of the UK’s most vital and creative new ensembles as they embark on a Music Network tour from 21 – 28 February. Following boldly in the footsteps of the likes of Polar Bear and Phronesis, Dinosaur skilfully weave electric-jazz, Celtic folk melodies and north African drumming styles into a sound reminiscent of late-1960s Miles Davis. Details at musicnetwork.ie.
Switching between synth and trumpet, award-winning trumpet player, composer, bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist Laura Jurd has been heralded as, “one of the strongest, most interesting new trumpet voices in jazz”. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed an impressive reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years. Former recipient of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and previously shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award, she received the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. Laura follows an illustrious line of female jazz bandleaders previously toured by Music Network that includes Aoife Doyle (2015); Lauren Kinsella (2011); Zoe Rahman (2010); Isa Wiss (2010); Jane Bunnett (2008); Ingrid Laubrock (2007); Lynne Arriale (2003); Christine Tobin (1996) and Honor Heffernan (1995).
Jurd's eclectic and thoughtful compositions are delivered with precision and panache by a well-oiled rhythm section comprising Elliot Galvin on keys, Conor Chaplin on bass and drummer Corrie Dick. The band has been performing together for over six years. The result: utterly compelling live performances and a wonderfully cohesive group sound – a playful fusion of sparse, epigrammatic trumpet lines, catchy riffs, shifting dance grooves and pulsing bass lines. With the release of their highly-acclaimed album ‘Together, As One’ in 2016, Dinosaur is destined to build upon their fast growing international reputation. Catch them while you can!
Music Network tours 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 concerts range from €10 – €20 (including free programme) and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at www.musicnetwork.ie.