STIAN LARSEN, b. 1983, is a professional jazz guitarist living and working out of Oslo. He graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music in 2009 with a bachelor degree mentored by the Norwegian jazz legend, Jon Eberson. He is now a well-rounded musician working as a freelance guitarist, composer and bandleader in all styles of jazz, pop and contemporary music.
Limerick Jazz has been promoting music in the mid-west of Ireland for over 35 years. We run spring and autumn seasons which feature the best of live Irish and international contemporary Jazz. The last five years have seen regular promotions of local artists by organizations such as Speakeasy Jazz, concert appearances by Wayne Shorter; Bobby McFerrin; and Bela Fleck and visits from Jazz greats like Chris Potterl; Thomasz Stanko; John Abercrombie; Manu Katche; Guy Barker; and Soweto Kinch.
Ireland’s leading jazz piano trio return to the New Ross Piano Festival. Pianist Phil Ware (our Jazz curator), bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady are in confident form – there is reason why they are ‘one of the hardest-working jazz trios in the country” (Irish Times)
The Jazz headline act will be Swedish pianist and composer Lars Jansson, who is acclaimed in Scandinavia and throughout Europe for his eclectic performances and improvisations. His music has been described as “unpretentious and accessible but, at the same time, thoughtful, meditative…”
Following their recent sold-out gig at the Workman's Club (and a popular lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall), Emilie Conway and band present their further exploration of music from Brazil : the beautiful melodies, elegantly evocative lyrics, gently swaying bossa novas and lively sambas by some of Brazil's leading composers.
The Paul Dunlea Big Band is a professional large jazz ensemble that provides a platform for Ireland’s finest jazz improvising talent, big band virtuosi and – most importantly – new composers and arrangers. The band has performed sell-out shows across the country in venues including The Opera House, Cork, The Grand Opera House, Belfast & The Everyman Theatre – Cork along with headlining the 2015 Cork & Limerick Jazz Festivals.