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Jazz Ireland Statement of Closure

Hello everyone, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closure of Jazz Ireland.

Jazz Ireland was a project I created with the primary focus of supporting the Irish jazz scene and helping it grow. For seven years, I worked tirelessly on the project without any funding, determined to make a difference. I am proud of what I accomplished, I got to work with some incredible people whom are now lifelong friends and I’m grateful for the opportunities it provided.

But unfortunately, that time has come to an end.

Getting funded was always the goal, but as a disabled person I can’t get funding without severe penalties. When I started this project, I didn’t know how bad the situation was. I have tried for years to change the rules, to make it easier for people like me to access the arts, but to no avail. Despite my efforts to speak with government officials, arts organisations, disability organisations and advocate for change, nothing has been done to rectify this situation. And it looks like nothing will.

Tales from the far Side 13.04.23 Preview Bray Jazz Festival 2023

On this week's edition I feature some of the artists at this year's Bray Jazz Festival with its most impressive line-up.

And you can hear music by the Julia Huelsmann Quartet, the Elemental Quartet, Gerald Clayton Trio, Joel Frahm Trio, Lars Danielsson Liberetto Quartet, Luciano Biondini and Klaus Flaschlunger, Bog Bodies, Insuffiant Funs and others

The Hot Box #097 - The Maybeck Recitals Part 2

After the great reaction to Hot Box 96, we decided to do a second edition devoted to the fantastic 42 volume series of solo piano recitals known as the Maybeck Series. Recorded over 6 years from 1990 to 1996, the concerts took place in the wood lined hall designed by the now iconic architect Bernard Maybeck, with just 50 seats in the audience and a perfectly tuned Yamaha grand piano.

Long unavailable on LP or CD it is now available on Spotify, but here Donald takes us through more of the stellar pianists who featured - Gerry Wiggins, Toshiko Akyoshi, Cedar Walton and more.

Tales from the far Side 06.04.23 Sometimes it snows in April-Jazz for the Season

On this edition I welcome the month of April with all its unpredictability what the weather concerns but it's Jazz that brings the sunshine. Music today by Orchestre National de Jazz, , Tom Harrell, the Pablo Held Trio, the Julia Huelsmann Quartet, the Clifford Brown Quintet and many others.

Tales from the far Side 30.03.23 Westport Jazz

On this edition I give you a glimpse into the activities of Westport Jazz, our initiative with the aim to bring high class Jazz into the West.

There is music by the John Donegan Irish Sextet, the Stephane Mercier Trio, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Scott Flanegan, ger McNally and others

Max Zaska selected for WRITE RECORD PERFORM residency with IMC & Triskel

Improvised Music Company (IMC) and Triskel Arts Centre are delighted to announce the winner of their WRITE RECORD PERFORM, a programme which allows a professional musician working in jazz or creative improvised music dedicated time, space and budget to develop a new musical concept in a holistic way.

After an extensive application process, guitarist and composer Max Zaska has been selected as the winner of WRITE RECORD PERFORM in 2023.

With a budget of up to €10,000 for the project, the artist will also have physical space to develop work at Triskel in Cork and at IMC’s new home for jazz The Cooler @ The Complex in Dublin. Mentorship and guidance will also be available for the artist from Triskel and IMC.

Max said; “I’m absolutely delighted to be chosen for the WRITE RECORD PERFORM residency programme. The work that will come out of this programme will not only benefit me, but 4 other songwriters in collaboration. The new music we create, record, and perform will have a long-lasting effect on all of our careers as artists. My deepest thanks to IMC and Triskel Arts Centre for your support. I’m excited to be returning to Cork and am buzzing to perform in Triskel Christchurch.”

Max Zaska is a guitarist, songwriter, musical director, and producer best known for his feel-good blend of modern funk, neo-soul, and indie jazz. With his band, ZASKA, Max brings his original songs to life through collaborations with many of Ireland’s rising stars, beginning with his first vocalist, Hozier. His critically acclaimed debut album, It Takes A Village, features over 25 performers including Wyvern Lingo and Loah.