Godspeed is the name of a new trio headed by Danish composer, pianist and keyboardist Morten Schantz. He is joined by Norwegians, and fellow JazzKamikaze members, Marius Neset (soprano and tenor saxophones) and Anton Eger (drums).
The band’s debut album, recorded in 2015, has just been released on Edition Records. Morten Schantz describes it as “a leap into the unknown, about risk taking and seeking new territories”. The music can be filed under ‘power jazz’, ‘free jazz’ or ‘fusion’ – take your pick. Schantz cites Joe Zawinul and Weather Report as influences. He is also a big Herbie Hancock fan.
The Wexford town branch of Comhaltas, Craobh Loch Garman, presented a unique St Patrick’s Weekend event to a packed house at Wexford Arts Centre last Saturday. The Comhaltas Cabaret brought together some of the county’s top traditional musicians, singers and dancers along with poets and storytellers. The evening was about nothing less than showcasing the wealth of traditional arts talent, at all ages, present in our local communities. Keep reading!
The practise of storytelling is as old as mankind. The way we tell our stories now, in this time of mass communication, may have changed. However, the art of good storytelling is still as vital as ever.
Len Graham is a storyteller and a singer in the Ulster tradition. Keep reading!
County Wexford Youth Orchestra travelled to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 11th February for the 22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras. This is an annual gathering of some of the top youth orchestras in the country. CWYO was one of eight such groups given the opportunity to perform at this year’s event. The group was one of four orchestras performing in the second of two concerts presented over the course of the day. Each and every one of the musicians appreciated the fact that they were performing on one the biggest stages in the country before a critically appreciative audience. Keep reading!
The Big Wig: Andreas Schaerer
Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy (CD/DVD)
Label: ACT Music
The Lucerne Festival Academy was founded by the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). Andreas Schaerer, a huge fan of Boulez, was a regular attendee at the Academy’s highly regarded Summer School for talented young musicians. When the Academy commissioned him to compose a new work in 2014 he jumped at the opportunity. It took Schaerer five months, locked away in his studio, to come up with the six movements that make up The Big Wig. Keep reading!
The Roc – Daniel Herskedal (Edition Records)
I have listened to this album over and over. As I have listened, I have sat with pen poised, ready to note down those comments which, painstakingly distilled, would lead to a peerless review. 10 tracks. 49 minutes. Nothing to it. Every time I have forgotten pen and paper and become enmeshed in a trance-inducing weave of quiet aural magic. Keep reading!