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Feb
28
Fri
Brilliant Corners-Dinosaur
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm

FRIDAY 28 FEB
DINOSAUR
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 / £10 conc HERE

£50 FESTIVAL TICKET (12 gigs) AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd, Dinosaur is one of the most captivating and inventive bands working today. Laura’s distinctive approach to improvisation is often simple yet always colourful, resulting in a sound that is instantly inviting and recognisable. Alongside Laura is Elliot Galvin on keys, Conor Chaplin on bass and Corrie Dick on drums.

Receiving a 5* review in the Guardian and a Mercury prize nomination for their 2016 debut album, Together, As One, the band have since toured extensively throughout Europe and beyond, playing at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including North Sea Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival and Molde International Jazz Festival.

Wonder Trail, released in May 2018, sees Laura merge her meticulously composed jazz rock grooves and electronic minimalism with Elliot’s synthpop inspiration carved from the 1980s.

We have been eager to invite Dinosaur back to Belfast ever since their unbelievable set four years ago, so we are delighted it’s finally happened! Do not miss!

” … beautifully played and effortlessly confident collage of contemporary styles.” – The Guardian

“Leader/composer Jurd with her band of co-virtuosos have now pulled-off what might be considered a masterpiece.” – All About Jazz

Feb
29
Sat
Brilliant Corners-Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Feb 29 @ 2:30 pm

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
THE ULSTER YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
BLACK BOX
2.30PM, £7 HERE

£50 FESTIVAL TICKET 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 2019-20 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. It’s great to have the UYJO back. A perfect afternoon of music.

Mar
1
Sun
Brilliant Corners-PARKER / NIBLOCK / SANDERS
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm

SUNDAY 1 MARCH
PARKER / NIBLOCK / SANDERS
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 (£10 conc) HERE

£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Evan Parker is a free jazz saxophone revolutionary who transformed the language and techniques of the instrument in the late 1960s and has since become one of the most admired and influential saxophone improvisers on the planet. Evan has been rewriting the book on saxophone sound and possibilities for almost half a century, and has developed a style distinguished by his creative use of circular breathing and false fingering.

Belfast born bass player, Alan Niblock finds his own way through musical structures and styles while continuing to expand on his musical horizons. He draws his inspiration from freedom of expression and from performing with free improvisers such as legends Lol Coxhill and Paul Dunmall.

Joining Parker and Niblock on drums is Mark Sanders, whose career has taken in many styles and genres, from theatre, contemporary to free improvisation.

If you are a fan of authentic, free improvisation, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better gig than this!

“One of the modern era’s most original voices [Evan Parker]” – The Wire

Mar
3
Tue
Brilliant Corners-KENOSHA KID
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm

TUESDAY 3 MARCH
KENOSHA KID
BLACK BOX
7PM, £12 (£8 conc) HERE

£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, Kenosha Kid has supplied the world with their own unique blend of modern-jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, after several weeks study and improvisation at the Banff Centre for Arts, bandleader Dan Nettles emerged with a flame of inspiration, a host of new collaborators and an invigorated sense of purpose: build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. Returning to Athens, Nettles did just that, which became the beginning of the band Kenosha Kid.

Their most recent album, Missing Pieces (2019) is a beautifully layered record with a sense of melodic longing and intriguing rhythms. Expressionistic, undefinable and ecstatic, it is instrumental music drawing from the gutters and ditches of many legitimate musical traditions including, and defying, jazz, rock and modern classical genres.

In March 2020, Kenosha Kid returns to Ireland featuring Nettles, Berlin bassist Roland Fidezius (the fierce Lemmy-like low end from Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask) alongside Dubliners Shane Latimer (guitarist of OKO, Outerspaceways Inc. and arch-minimalists 無我) and drummer Matthew Jacobson (ReDiviDeR, Insufficient Funs, Roamer).

“…Artfully blends surf rock and contemporary jazz with college radio and a country twang.” – Irish Times

“A mash-up between contemporary jazz, alt-rock and jam-band ethos, Kenosha Kid cast a wicked spell…” – All About Jazz

Mar
4
Wed
Brilliant Corners-LINLEY HAMILTON QUINTET
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm


LINLEY HAMILTON QUINTET
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 (£10 conc) HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
This concert celebrates the return of two of the great forces in American jazz music, bassist Mark Egan and drummer Adam Nussbaum, with three of Ireland’s most prominent jazz artists, Dublin pianist Cian Boylan, saxophonist Derek O’Connor and Belfast trumpeter Linley Hamilton. Having toured with Moving on Music last Spring finishing with a recorded album, we are delighted to host the launch of the quintets debut album, For the Record.

Individually these artists have worked with the likes of Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Stan Getz, Mike Walker and Bill Evans, and are regarded as some of the very best players working today. The quintet will perform a mix of modern jazz and original music, much of which has been composed and arranged for the quintet by Linley and Cian. Expect an evening of entertaining, exciting and high-energy music.

“As fine a balladeer as any, Hamilton also possesses tremendous technical chops” – All About Jazz

“One of the most exciting, intelligent and structured musicians working in Ireland today [Cian Boylan].” – BBC Radio Ulster

“Adam Nussbaum is one of those journeyman percussionists whose grounded beat can be heard on over one hundred-seventy recordings” – Notes on Jazz

Mar
5
Thu
Brilliant Corners-Fuzzy Logic + When The Dust Settles
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm

THURSDAY 5 MARCH
FUZZY LOGIC
support WHEN THE DUST SETTLES
BLACK BOX
7PM, £12 / £8 conc HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
A type of music unlike anything that has preceded it on the Irish Jazz scene, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble conjures beautiful imagery and surprises at every turn.

Formed in 2002 as the brainchild of composer Dr Dylan Rynhart, Fuzzy Logic has grown and adapted to a changing music and a changing world. Promising young musicians, who were just starting their careers almost 2 decades ago, have since become leaders and role models on their instruments both in Ireland and across Europe, forming the backbone of this exceptional group. The compositions are rich and intricate, juxtaposing the familiar with the unexpected. Rynhart’s long study of speech inspires the rolling melodies, but equally the music is expressive, personal and at times political.

“Fuzzy Logic now rate among the most daring and original musical ensembles working in Ireland today” – The Irish Times

“Inspired execution and inventive soloing” – The Journal of Music

Mar
6
Fri
Brilliant Corners- HEJIRA
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm

FRIDAY 6 MARCH
HEJIRA
BLACK BOX
8PM, £12 (£8 conc) HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
A band consisting of Amy Winehouse, Nitin Sawhney and Floating Points collaborators, is always going to make great music. Hejira do that and then some.

Beautiful arrangements and stunningly delicate vocals create the deep trademark sound of this unmissable London music outfit, which effortlessly combines jazz, indie and soul. In recent months the band have won the coveted PRS Momentum Artist Award, played their own Boiler Room session live from London, toured Algeria and headlined London Refugee Week. Their latest album, Thread of Gold was released in Spring 2019 to critical acclaim as they performed across Europe.

We invited Hejira to Belfast for a small show in 2017 and we were completely blown away. We are delighted to welcome this truly remarkable band back to the city, this time during Brilliant Corners!

“Hejira’s music is uncomplicated and beautifully arranged, balancing gorgeous vocal harmonies atop finger picked guitar melodies and bustling percussion.” – Gilles Peterson

“Soulful, poetic, and yet gently ground-breaking” – Clash Magazine

“Stunning performance” – BBC

Mar
7
Sat
Brilliant Corners-Joseph Leighton Quartet
Mar 7 @ 2:30 pm

SATURDAY 7 MARCH
JOSEPH LEIGHTON QUARTET
BLACK BOX
2.30PM, £12 / £8 conc HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Joseph Leighton is one of the finest young guitarists on the Irish jazz scene toady. 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 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 some of his favourite and most admired musicians such as London based saxophonist, Julian Siegel and MOBO nominated drummer David Lyttle, who he recently has toured with as a duo in the Middle East. Conor Chaplin from Dinosaur will return to the Brilliant Corner’s stage on bass to complete Leighton’s star-studded line up.

As well as reimagining traditional repertoire, this innovative new quartet will premiere Joseph’s commissioned composition, titled ‘Submerged Suite’, kindly supported by PRSF. We are really looking forward to this one!

“…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

‘Joseph Leighton acquits himself superbly… a unique onstage presence through casual appearance and understated instrumental command.” – The Big List

Brilliant Corners-Binker Golding’s Band
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm

SATURDAY 7 MARCH
BINKER GOLDING’S BAND
BLACK BOX
8PM, £14 / £10 conc HERE
£50 FESTIVAL TICKET AVAILABLE HERE
booking fee included
Binker Golding truly is the saxophonist of the moment. A key proponent of the London jazz scene, his band explores the roots of the music being celebrated so widely at present, whilst also creating something entirely new.

Stylistically, this group constitutes a departure from his more rhythm and riff-heavy collaboration with Moses Boyd as well as his avant-garde project with Elliott Galvin. A greater emphasis on harmonic and melodic development harks back to the more through-composed jazz fusion of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Described by taste-maker Gilles Peterson as “exceptional”, expect a contemporary twist from 4 young heavyweights of the London jazz scene. A truly special way to end a week of amazing concerts!

“… A furiously inventive conversation between Sonny Rollins and broken beat.” – Clash Magazine

“Binker’s keening melodic lines are as intricate and impressionistic as the title.” – The Guardian

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