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Mar
2
Sat
Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Mar 2 @ 2:45 pm

SATURDAY 2 MARCH
ULSTER YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
BLACK BOX
2.45PM, £7

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET (10 gigs) AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
The multi award winning Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1993 after a series of workshops held at the Crescent Arts Centre by Ken Jordan. The 2018-19 Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the best young musicians in Northern Ireland and this present ensemble is one of the best incarnations of the band. This afternoon concert will present mostly new repertoire from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, as it kicks off a week of incredible music in Brilliant Corners 2019.

The Comet is Coming
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm


The Comet is Coming
As Part of Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
SAT 2 MAR | BLACK BOX | 8PM, £16 / £12 conc
Debuting music from their forthcoming Impulse! records release (March 2019) The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse.

In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier?

In a warehouse somewhere in London 2013, a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts. They would pool their energies to build a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space.

Brace yourself for The Comet is Coming as they kick off Brilliant Corners – a festival of jazz in Belfast, 2019

“Powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact” – The Guardian

“The Comet Is Coming embraces stargazing psychedelia on its maiden voyage, outfitting spacey synth arrangements with taut saxophone riffs that spiral off into the inky abyss” – Time Out, New York

Mar
3
Sun
IZUMI KAMURA
Mar 3 @ 2:45 pm

SUNDAY 3 MARCH
IZUMI KAMURA
BLACK BOX
2.45PM, £6

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Exploring the cracks between composed and improvised music, Izumi Kimura is one of the most interesting contemporary pianists working today.

Born in Yokohama, Japan Izumi moved to Ireland in 1995 studying with Ray Keary at the Royal Irish Academy of Music before performing extensively throughout the country and abroad as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Though classically trained, Kimura has spent much of her time in Ireland exploring jazz music, working with many of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians. Her heroic levels of technical fearlessness, stamina and strength make for a breathing, slow-burn performance.

“Her easy authority made each piece seem to come across as it should – persuasively” Irish Times

“Meditative, subtly provocative, impressionistic and consistently alluring” All About Jazz

SCOTT FLANIGAN TRIO W. ANT LAW
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm

SUNDAY 3 MARCH
SCOTT FLANIGAN TRIO W. ANT LAW
BLACK BOX
7PM, £12 (£8 conc) HERE

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Scott Flanigan and Ant Law are two of the most exciting improvisers working today. Joined by prolific Irish musicians Dave Redmond on bass and Stephen Davis on drums, this innovative new quartet reimagines traditional repertoire alongside new commissions by Moving on Music, supported by PRSF.

Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs regularly across the Europe, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell and Jean Toussaint to name but a few.

Described as “An innovator” and “gamechanger” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant Law lives in London and leads his own group. His debut Entanglement was released in 2013 to great acclaim, followed by ‘Zero Sum World’ in 2015. They have toured extensively and the third album “Life I Know” was released in November 2018 on Edition Records.

Mar
6
Wed
BRIAN IRVINE ENSEMBLE
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH
BRIAN IRVINE ENSEMBLE
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 (£10 conc) HERE

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included

This visceral, boundary busting ensemble makes a unique type of music – a music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity.

Think a mutant cocktail of Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, Zappa and Icebreaker but with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman or John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the worlds leading contemporary jazz/music festivals including the Bath International Jazz Festival and The National Library of Congress, Washington. They even picked up the prestigious Radio 3 Jazz Award for their cut up reimagining of Ivor Cutlers poetry. The BIE reformed last year for our festival, and are ready to take it up another notch this year! This is a rare opportunity to hear a band that truly “scares the bejabers out of the diehards” (Sunday Times) – not to be missed.

“The Brian Irvine Ensemble isn’t an orchestra, really. It’s more of a traveling explosion…all while making some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you’ll ever hope to hear” Washington Post

“Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” The Guardian

Mar
7
Thu
LIANE CARROLL TRIO
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm

THURSDAY 7 MARCH
LIANE CARROLL TRIO
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 (£10 conc) HERE

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included

Singer, pianist and composer Liane Carroll is a legend of jazz with a career spanning almost three decades. Winner of Best Vocalist and the Best of Jazz at the BBC Jazz Awards 2005 (the only person ever to win two awards in one year) and pretty much every British jazz award around in recent years including accolades at the British Jazz Awards, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and The Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Liane is held with high esteem.

She has worked with everyone from Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty to the live ‘drum n bass outfit’ London Elektricity, but never straying too far from her beloved jazz. Whether it’s an intimate performance or a headline appearance at Glastonbury, her shows are unforgettable. This Brilliant Corners performance will see Liane accompanied by Cormac O’Brien and Dominic Mullan.

“Some musicians are talented, some brilliant and a few just seem to be made out of music. Liane Carroll is one of these. Every phrase she sings sounds unstudied, fresh and somehow inevitable” Dave Gelly, The Observer

“Swinging like Hell one minute, brutally expressive and heart-breakingly tender the next… Utterly brilliant” Time Out.

“Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest.” The Times

Mar
8
Fri
Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm

FRIDAY 8 MARCH
PAULI LYYTINEN MAGNETIA ORKESTERI
BLACK BOX
8PM, £12 (£8 conc) HERE
£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
As the name implies, intense musical magnetism is the driving force for multi award winning quartet Finnish saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen has put together. With his Magnetia Orkesteri he has assembled four of the best Finnish jazz musicians working today Verneri Pohjola (trumpet), Eero Tikkanen (bass) and Mika Kallio (drums).

With a sound that could be described as Art Ensemble of Chicago meets Henry Threadgill, this is a fierce and controlled explosion of 21st century free jazz meets western chamber music. This mixed with Lyytinen’s tightly woven compositions creates a framework for the Magnetia Orkesteri to make unforgettable music.

“There’s definitely something that connects Chicago to Northern Europe in terms of this particular blend, and it’s a damn good one” – The Wire

Mar
9
Sat
THE JOSEPH LEIGHTON TRIO
Mar 9 @ 2:45 pm

SATURDAY 9 MARCH
THE JOSEPH LEIGHTON TRIO
BLACK BOX, GREEN ROOM
2.45PM, £6 HERE
£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Joseph Leighton is one of the finest young jazz guitarists to emerge on the Irish jazz scene.

Selected as one of Moving On Music’s ‘Emerging Artists’ in 2016, Joseph was one of the youngest musicians ever to be awarded a place at the Banff Centre, Canada. Having since studied with the likes of David Lyttle, Mike Walker, Vijay Iyer and Jesse Van Ruller, Leighton has swiftly developed his own voice mixing traditional and contemporary approaches and performing a combination of jazz standards with original material. This concert will see joseph joined by fellow Moving on Music ‘Emerging Artist’ Jack Kelly on bass and Joel Waters on drums.

“…the guitarist has at least one foot in the modernists’ camp. The other is firmly planted in a tradition that stretches from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny” – All About Jazz

GET THE BLESSING
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm

SATURDAY 9 MARCH
GET THE BLESSING
SUPPORT: CHRIS GUILFOYLE (SOLO GUITAR)
BLACK BOX
8PM, £16 (£12 conc) HERE

£45 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Blending their mutant jazz sensibilities with spacey electronics and post-rock atmospheres, Get The Blessing’s latest album ‘Bristopia’ ventures into new, unexplored territories.

With this powerful return, the band set the pace for the current UK Jazz revival, demonstrating how the early pioneers of the scene are still at the forefront.

Formed in 1999 by bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer (rhythm section of seminal act Portishead) alongside Jake McMurchie (on sax and electronics) and Pete Judge (trumpet and electronics) the Bristol-based four-piece boast a truly international fan-base, having forged a signature sound that defies easy classification.

Despite several short breaks for other projects over the years – most recently in 2018 when drummer Clive Deamer was on tour again with Radiohead – they have never lost sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity! What a way to close this year’s Brilliant Corners.

“trip hop-informed contemporary jazz-rock at its very best.” Time Out

“the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz scene” The Independent

“this outfit will surely recharge the jazz world” BBC Music

“cool…stylish…irresistible” The Telegraph

“Jazz-rock, yes, but not as we know it…” Sunday Times

Chris Guilfoyle

Dublin born Chris Guilfoyle is one of the most exciting musicians working today in the Irish jazz scene. This will be a solo performance of new and improvised works.

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