All the world’s a stage, and from New York’s ‘Village Vanguard’ to London’s ‘Ronnie Scott’s’, the quintessential jazz club has always been at the fulcrum of urban musical creativity. Its intimate stages have played host to seminal live experiences, its musicians have blossomed and thrived and their very existence has been the cornerstone of ‘the scene’.
Even established musicians often eschew the larger concert halls in favour of these smaller club shows, where the band are closer to the audience and the energy is palpable.
Dublin, despite its rich musical heritage and output, doesn’t have a dedicated space like these aforementioned legendary live haunts.
With STRUT, Improvised Music Company bring that vibe, that energy, that excitement, and that crucial sense of discovery to the Peacock stage. Jazz is a lot like theatre; it’s alive, it’s organic and each performance is different. It’s a visceral experience, transient and fleeting, that leaves a lasting impression.
For four days on the Peacock Stage STRUT will highlight some of the best contemporary domestic and international talent in our Pop-Up Jazz Club.
There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.
The line-up for Strut at the Peacock
Wednesday 18 November, 7pm
Kicking off STRUT in some considerably funky fusion are Danish organ trio Ibrahim Electric who first visited these shores in 2008 at the 12 Points Festival.
Ibrahim Electric present a glorious swamp thing of distorted sounds from a Lesley amp’s rotating horn, guitar riffs indebted to 60’s psychedelia and some brawny drumming that wouldn’t be out of place in stadium rock.
Thursday 19 November, 7pm
Taking its name from a line in W.B. Yeats’ poem ‘Under the Moon’, Blue-Eyed Hawk is the London-based band that brings together vocalist Lauren Kinsella, trumpeter Laura Jurd, guitarist Alex Roth and drummer Corrie Dick.
Bringing a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material, Blue-Eyed Hawk creates uniquely eclectic music that traverses art-rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic soundworlds.
Thursday 19 November, 9pm
The name ‘Guilfoyle’ has been synonymous with the highest echelons of domestic jazz making for almost three decades and now, with the addition of young guitarist Chris Guilfoyle, the future is assured.
Collectively, this new quartet, formed specifically for STRUT, will showcase one of the most invigorating live experiences jazz has to offer.
Friday 20 November, 7pm
“Such stage-crafted intimacy translates into electrifying interplay and intuitive, free-wheeling improvisation” – All About Jazz
Combining a certain youthful vigour with two undisputed elder statesmen of the Irish jazz scene, we have another presentation specially devised for STRUT. Piano trio, The CEO Experiment, have been making waves here in Ireland in the past 2 years, garnering praise for their highly creative improvisations and their tighter than tight sound world. Elements of Post-bop and contemporary jazz are channelled through original compositions as well as their inventive take on traditional standards, serving as a vehicle for high-energy interplay. Le Cool have labeled them “One of the most exciting up-an-coming artists in the country”. While recording their debut album in Michael Buckley’s Dublin studio, Michael wanted in and the piano trio became a quartet. They will be joined for this special performance by another Buckley that needs little introduction. Tenor saxophonist, Richie Buckley is “something of a genius, with a world reputation among saxophonists” according to the Irish Times. And rounding out this quintet with aplomb is flautist Brian Dunning who is no stranger to the Peacock Stage, having played on numerous occasions throughout the 70’s and early 80’s.
Collectively this quintet will strut their stuff, dipping into material from ‘Alone Together’ as well as a collective wealth of original material.
Friday 20 November, 9pm
With Turrisi on piano, and Mirabassi enticing with the clarinet, this artful duo explores the lyrical Italian jazz tradition with a strong nod to these myriad Brazilian, Latin, contemporary and early music influences.
Both artists have a wealth of ethnic music collaborations and recordings under their belt and this melodious duo performance is tailor-made for the intimate setting of STRUT at the Peacock.
Saturday 21 November, 9pm
Australian trio The Necks are, quite simply, unique. Their oeuvre consists of the fragments and momentary glimpses heard in other music that you wish would last a little longer. Together for over 25 years and spanning 17 albums, these three musicians have developed a profoundly empathic style of improvised music, impossible to categorise, that has enthralled audiences worldwide.
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