South African saxophonist and adopted Irishman Chris Engel has cultivated a successful career in jazz and improvised music throughout Europe with his chameleon-like musical talents; adept in small and large ensembles, free improv, contemporary jazz, and latterly electronic music. Through this lens of electronic bits and bytes, BigSpoon emerges.
This musical offering is a crystallisation of Chris’ musical journey which brings all of his musical impulses and influences to bear in the company of some of Ireland’s leading improvisers and electro-sonic explorers.
BigSpoon creates a sound world designed to immerse both the artist and the audience in a shared musical experience. With influences ranging from Jaga Jazzist to Weather Report, this is visceral and mesmerising 21st century jazz with organic heart and electronic soul.
Chris Engel saxophone, effects, electronics
Matthew Jacobson drums & percussion
Darragh O'Kelly keyboards & synths
Shane O'Donovan electronics & synths
Dublin City Council Presents
Wood Quay Summer Sessions Online
Wood Quay Summer Sessions return in July for a series of online lunchtime concerts broadcast from Dublin City Council’s beautiful Wood Quay Venue. Now in its sixth year, this ever-popular outdoor series is moving online for 2020, with four unique online concerts streaming from 1pm on Thursdays throughout July on the Wood Quay Summer Sessions Facebook page.
Founded by Dublin City Council and presented in association with Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre, Music Network and First Music Contact, the Wood Quay Summer Sessions allow music fans to experience an incredible mix of music from new and established traditional, jazz, contemporary and alt-rock acts.
This year, the online Sessions will feature mesmerising new jazz from BigSpoon, a programme of music by leading women composers from Ireland performed by Cassiopeia Winds, glorious traditional music from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O’Brien and fresh alt-rock tunes from PowPig.
A special programme on each of the concerts will be broadcast on Dublin's Near FM 90.3 at 6pm on Thursdays.
July 9th presented with Improvised Music Company
13.00 | BigSpoon
July 16th presented with Contemporary Music Centre
13.00 | Cassiopeia Winds
(Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & French Horn)
July 23rd presented with Music Network
13.00 | Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O’Brien
(Fiddle & Uilleann Pipes)
July 30th presented with First Music Contact
13.00 | PowPig
(Lo-fi alt-rock band)