Review of ‘Tudo É Som’, by Philip Watson in the Irish Examiner

01 February 2016

The Music Network Artist Residency, in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council, was launched at a special concert on Sunday 25th October featuring the Phil Ware Trio with U.S. guitarist Peter Bernstein. The third concert of the series, Tudo É Som: Brazil, Jazz and the Genius of Hermeto Pascoal, took place on Thursday 28 January and was reviewed by Philip Watson for the Irish Examiner.


"Taking on compositions renowned for the breakneck speed of their melodies, the density of their rhythms, and the sheer scale of their ambition, Ware’s group, playing much of this music for the first time, seemed somehow more liberated — perhaps by the free spirit of Pascoal himself.

"On another wild, wet and windy Irish winter night, this was wonderfully sunny and sophisticated music, aided by Ware’s smart arrangements, that put a smile on your face — and, judging by those around me, a certain sway in your shoulders."

Read the full review here.



Music Network in partnership with Triskel Arts Centre and supported by Cork City Council deliver a six-month jazz residency curated by Phil Ware. The five-concert series is complemented by an intensive programme of outreach activities and musician mentorships. More details here.


The next concert of the series, Double Bill: Cormac O'Brien Quartet featuring Kit Downes and Stan Sulzmann / Paul Dunlea Septet with Stan Sulzmann, takes place on Thursday 25 February.


UK-born pianist Phil Ware made the transition from blues to jazz in his early twenties. Teaching himself the style through trial and error, he was twice a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year by the time he was 25. After moving to Ireland, he rapidly established himself as a major player on the scene, where his hard-swinging, bop-tinged style made him much in demand from Irish and international musicians. His career has taken him throughout Europe and as far afield as America, Asia and the Middle East, and his long-standing trio with bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady has twice represented Ireland at the prestigious Eurojazz Festival in Mexico City.