Dara O’Brien (Ireland) and Debajyoti Sanyal (India) play the ancient and sophisticated classical music of North India with two of its iconic instruments, sitar and tabla.
This improvised music is based on the complex systems of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm).
Dara studied western music in Newcastle College, Indian classical music in North India and completed an MA in ethnomusicology (with first class honours) at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick. He specialised in classical sitar and music in education for his MA and was awarded a Higher Education Fieldtrip Grant and later an Arts Council Travel Award to pursue his studies in India Debajyoti has an amazing touch on the tabla and is able to bring any melody to life with his magical sense of rhythm. He has a wonderful skill in being able to draw out all of the beautiful subtleties of the tabla even when playing with great speed and intensity.
He learnt his skills from his father Amelendu Sanyal and is currently a disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh.
Expect an emotive journey through the sounds of India. No booking necessary, pay by donation.
Dr Simon Rowe, Executive Director of The Brubeck Institute in California, will speak about the impact of Dave Brubeck on Twentieth Century Western culture.
Beginning as a promising young jazz pianist, Dave’s 70 year journey brought him from the battlefieds of WWII as an American GI, to concert hall stages around the world as composer, bandleader and jazz ambassador.
Dr Rowe will speak about Brubeck’s fearless approach to art and life and will demonstrate how Brubeck’s unique legacy is championed at the Brubeck Institute, particularly through their distinctive education programs.
Dr. Simon Rowe is a distinguished educator, entrepreneur, and internationally esteemed jazz pianist. Along with leading the Simon Rowe Trio, Rowe has played with many greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, Marvin Stamm, and Dianne Schurr.
Dr. Rowe holds a doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held appointments in higher education, including directing the leading music industry program in the Minnesota State University system.
Since his September, 2011 arrival at The Institute, Rowe has grown the annual Brubeck Festival into a city-wide event, created an innovative jazz club (Take 5) through a private/public partnership and is developing local, national and international coalitions to forward the mission of the Institute.
with the CIT Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band and the Union Quay Voices choir
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Presenting a unique jazz ‘cantata’ based on the famous Oscar Wilde story: featuring the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band, a 50-voice choir (Union Quay Voices) and the superb UK trumpet soloist, Gerard Presencer: under the direction of composer Siobhan Lamb. This will be a stunning concert event for adults.
‘The Nightgale and the Rose’ is an evocative mix of different and distinctive sounds written by Irish composer Siobhan Lamb. This comes to life with the interaction carrying over the top of Gerard Presencer’s improvising mastery, as he responds with his world class trumpet playing.
Siobhan Lamb grew up in London. Her father is Cork man, Bobby Lamb, the renowned big band performer, arranger and leader. She loved the excitement and rhythm of Big Band music but she was most enamoured by the expansive emotions, colours and textures of classical music.
She trained as a classical flute player at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to pursue a successful flute playing career, freelancing with London orchestras, working as a studio musician and playing West End shows.
Siobhan’s main love was performing chamber music and giving solo recitals. She performed all the major flute concertos for Richard Hickox at the St Endellion Music Festival and was the featured soloist on Richard Rodney Bennett’s ‘Jazz Calendar’, for the Royal Ballet.
In 1996 Siobhan embarked on an English and Theatre Arts degree at the University of London. After graduation she began to focus on working as a composer and has since written for dance, film/media, and the many concert projects of her own music.
She has also worked as a songwriter and lyricist for Sony, was a string arranger for Randy Brecker’s project with the Danish Radio Big Band, and composes for educational projects and workshops throughout Europe.
Multi-award winner Gerard Presencer, from London, started playing the trumpet aged 10 and swiftly became a jazz prodigy in the UK.
At 20, he performed with the US3 band and they had massive hit with a reworking of the Herbie Hancock classic track Cantaloupe Island, selling more than three million copies worldwide and topping the US and Japanese singles charts.
Gerard has played and recorded with many top jazz musicians including Chick Corea, Charlie Watts, John Taylor, Stan Tracey, Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter, Vince Mendoza, Randy Brecker, Mike Gibbs, Steve Swallow, Joe Locke, John Surman, Norma Winstone, and Julian Arguelles.
As a studio musician, Gerard has played on many records for artists including Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Take That, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller and more.
As an educator, Gerard is Head of the Brass Department at the Jazz Institute, Berlin and was Head of Jazz studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1999 to 2010. Gerard lectures throughout Europe in Jazz studies at Conservatoire level.
In recent years, Gerard has been exploring new approaches to improvisation in collaboration with his wife, Siobhan Lamb. They live in Copenhagen, where Gerard is trumpet soloist with the Danish Radio Big Band.
The Grain Store is delighted to be part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival for the first time and to present an exclusive performance by Equinox, a jazz quintet based in the Netherlands, featuring veteran American vocalist Marjorie Barnes.
Born and raised in New York City, Marjorie Barnes has done it all from jazz to soul, R&B, Broadway and back. In a long and varied career, she has sung with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Mel Lewis and many others.
While living in the Netherlands from the 1980s - 2000, Marjorie performed extensively with Jerry van Rooyan and The Skymasters, as well Peter Herbolzheimer’s big band and the Metropole Orchestra.
She also worked in Dutch Television, and helped create the jazz vocal departments in the Conservatories of both Amsterdam and The Hague. After a decade spent working in America, Marjorie returned to the Netherlands in 2012 in full command of her vocal gifts and authoritative stage presence.
Based in the Netherlands, Equinox is a quintet co-led by guitarist Dan Nicholas and bassist Johnny Daly. Nicholas comes from New York City and Daly is a native of Dublin, Ireland. Both musicians have made the Netherlands their home, inspired by the rich jazz climate they found there.
Joining Nicholas and Daly in Equinox are three of the Holland’s top jazz musicians: the tenor sax titan Simon Rigter, the elegant pianist Bob Wijnen and master drummer Marcel Serierse. The band plays a mix of vivid original pieces, personal arrangements of standards and classic jazz repertoire.
The meeting between Equinox and Marjorie Barnes is done in a true collaborative spirit, with the band’s signature sound acting as a platform for tailor made arrangements that perfectly fit Marjorie’s unique vocal gifts. While Equinox also remain focused on the instrumental interplay for which they are known, Marjorie brings an emotional and dynamic depth to the band’s live shows which makes for a fully engaging concert experience.