Can­tuária a coup for Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val as it turns 15


Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY is set to be­come a mu­si­cal mecca for fans of jazz this May Bank Hol­i­day, with the town pre­par­ing to once again host its pop­u­lar jazz fes­ti­val weekend.

Now in its 15th year and an an­nual high­light on the county’s cul­tural cal­en­dar, Bray Jazz will once again at­tract the stars of jazz to the sea­side town, as the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val continues to live up to its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the coun­try’s leading jazz fes­ti­vals.

This year’s pro­gramme will be no ex­cep­tion, as leading name play­ers from New York, Brazil and Nor­way travel to head­line an event that will show­case jazz play­ers from no less than 18 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

More than 15 ho­tel, bar, theatre and other venues across the town will host events across this year’s Bray Jazz pro­gramme, as the event once more pro­vides a wel­come early sea­son kick-start to the town’s tourist sea­son.

Along­side a top level pro­gramme of great shows tak­ing place each evening at Mermaid Arts Cen­tre, Bray Jazz will also present early evening con­certs in Bray Town Hall, late night shows at The Har­bour Bar and The Martello, a free to the pub­lic af­ter­noon mati­nee in The Royal Ho­tel, and af­ter­noon jazz work­shop at ‘ The Well’ on Main Street, while close to a dozen other ho­tel, restau­rant and bar venues will host live mu­sic over the three days of the hol­i­day weekend.

Head­lin­ing this year’s fes­ti­val is one of the lead- ing names in Latin jazz and bossa nova, Brazil­ian gui­tarist Vini­cius Can­tuária and his quar­tet, who will play an open­ing night show at Mermaid on Fri­day May 2.

Can­tuária’s a ma­jor fig­ure in New York mu­sic cir­cles, and his visit to Bray is quite a coup for the event.

The Brazil­ian born player comes with a big rep­u­ta­tion, and is prob­a­bly best known to World Mu­sic au­di­ences for his col­lab­o­ra­tions with many of the greats, in­clud­ing Talk­ing Heads David Byrne, Lau­rie An­der­son and Brian Eno, amongst oth­ers.

Bray Jazz has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion through the years for min­ing that very rich seam of con­tem­po­rary jazz from Scan­di­navia, and in 2014 the fes­ti­val will again re­turn to Europe’s far north – on this oc­ca­sion to present one of the hottest young prop­er­ties in Euro­pean jazz, Nor­we­gian sax­o­phon­ist Mar­ius Ne­set.

For its clos­ing night head­liner, Bray Jazz will host a per­for­mance by the bril­liant New York trum­peter Dave Dou­glas, whose cham­ber pre­sen­ta­tion with pi­anist Uri Caine will be Dou­glas’ first Ir­ish show since he last played Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val back in 2007 – at a con­cert that pro­vided the ba­sis for a sub­se­quent chart-top­ping live al­bum re­lease ‘Moon­shine.’

Over the Bank Hol­i­day weekend Dave Dou­glas is also the spe­cial guest fa­cil­i­ta­tor of an af­ter­noon jazz work­shop – an event that will pro­vide mu­sic stu­dents every­where with a rare chance to get some great in­sights from one of the top play­ers in world jazz.

In­ter­na­tional mu­sic will again be to the fore at this year’s fes­ti­val’s early evening recitals, a main­stay of the Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val pro­gramme since the event was first started back in the mil­len­nium year.

The recital con­certs take place in the up­stairs coun­cil cham­bers at Bray Town Hall, and will fea­ture per­for­mances by the West African seven-piece Man­den Ex­press (Fri 2), by cel­e­brated tra­di­tional folk en­sem­ble This is How We Fly (Sat 3), and by In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic brother and sis­ter Joy­eeta and De­biy­oti Sanyal (Sun 4).

Free to the pub­lic shows have al­ways been a cor­ner-stone of Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val’s pro­gramme, and this year the free ac­cess to great mu­sic will be a fea­ture once more, as The Royal Ho­tel hosts a three-band mati­nee fea­tur­ing The Hugh Buck­ley Quar­tet, The Joni Project and Karovka on Satur­day af­ter­noon, May 3, while The Har­bour Stage at the town’s Har­bour Bar is an all-new fes­ti­val stage that will host more than half a dozen fan­tas­tic live shows both day­time and at night over the long weekend.

Free shows will take place right across the town at bars, ho­tels and restaurants too, with The Coach Inn, The Hiber­nia Inn, The Strand Ho­tel, Bar­racuda Restau­rant, The Es­planade Ho­tel, Mt Ever­est Kath­mandu, Ocean Bar and Grill, The Wil­ton Ho­tel, The Porter­house, Brady’s of Shankill and The Pow­er­scourt Arms Ho­tel just some of those stag­ing free jazz trail events on the weekend.

Full de­tails about this year’s Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val are avail­able at www.bray­, while in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets are avail­able by con­tact­ing box of­fice at Mermaid Arts Cen­tre on (01) 2724030.

Brazil­ian leg­end Vini­cius Can­tuária has played with the likes of Brian Eno, David Byrne and Lau­rie An­der­son.

Nor­we­gian sax­o­phon­ist Mar­ius Ne­set is one of the hottest prop­er­ties in Euro­pean jazz.

US trum­peter Dave Dou­glas will host a jazz work­shop.

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