Ni­wel and Roger join cre­ative forces for se­ries of con­certs

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IN 2010, Mer­maid sup­ported mu­sic en­sem­ble Tarab as they de­vel­oped and per­formed new work in Wick­low and on a se­ries of the na­tion­wide tours as Mer­maid’s res­i­dent mu­sic en­sem­ble.

Wick­low-based mu­si­cians, dy­namic Con­golese gui­tarist Ni­wel Tsumbo and highly re­garded com­poser Roger Doyle have joined their cre­ative forces for a se­ries of four con­certs as part of their year­long res­i­dency at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

Roger Doyle pro­duced his first recorded al­bum Oizzo No in 1975, and has re­leased over a dozen CDs. He spe­cialises in elec­tro-acous­tic mu­sic, and has worked ex­ten­sively in theatre, film and dance.

Ni­wel moved to Ire­land in 2004 where he quickly gar­nered at­ten­tion with the Ir­ish mu­sic scene. He formed the groups Sumu, Jazzmu and Motem and he has played on many stages in­clud­ing Cork and Bray Jazz Fes­ti­vals and the Fes­ti­val of World Cul­tures in Dun Laoghaire. Col­lab­o­ra­tion is what he does best, hav­ing worked with the likes of Mícheál Ó’Súil­leab­háin and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Both artists have pre­vi­ously per­formed con­certs at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. For this con­cert they are joined by per­cus­sion­ist Rob­bie Har­ris and Michael Buck­ley on the tenor sax­o­phone and flute.

This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to en­joy new mu­sic be­fore any­one else and prom­ises to be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing and mem­o­rable evening of col­lab­o­ra­tion, im­pro­vi­sa­tion and en­joy­ment.

New work by Doyle and Tsumbu will be on the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day March 26 at 8 pm.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion call ( 01) 2724030 or go to www.mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie

Ni­wel Tsumbo and Roger Doyle.

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