Dublin’s grass­roots jazz approach points the way

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Af­ter a hugely suc­cess­ful de­but run last year, the 12 Points mu­sic fes­ti­val re­turns to Dublin in March.

The 12 Points fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal au­di­ences and visit­ing mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als to catch live sets from a dozen emerg­ing jazz acts from all over Europe.

Some of the high­lights from last year’s fes­ti­val in­cluded Ber­lin’s Cast­ten Daerr Trio, Helsinki’s Ilm­i­liekki and Stock­holm’s Nils Berg.

Fes­ti­val boss Gerry God­ley from the Im­pro­vised Mu­sic Com­pany says 12 Points is partly about putting Dublin back on the Euro­pean jazz map.

“Since the Dublin Jazz Fes­ti­val ran its course in 2004, I was very con­scious that the city needed a jazz fes­ti­val pres­ence. The ques­tion was how to do this with­out aping the ex­ist­ing, rather dys­func­tional, fes­ti­val model which re­volves around bring­ing in big acts and is a huge un­der­tak­ing.

“In­stead of do­ing that, we de­cided to take a leap of faith and work just with the green shoots, the new acts. We didn’t want to wait for the act to be fa­mous be­fore bring­ing them in. The no­tion is that 12 Points will be a snap­shot of the most vi­brant work­ing bands around Europe at the mo­ment.”

God­ley views the fes­ti­val as be­ing along sim­i­lar lines to such tal­ent show­cases as Eurosonic, but stresses they’re still at the “small acorns” stage of the game.

“I’m very aware that we need to es­tab­lish our bona-fides and that’s not a process you can force. 12 Points has to have cred­i­bil­ity amongst mu­si­cians, book­ers, fes­ti­val pro­mot­ers and jour­nal­ists and we have to build re­la­tion­ships. That will take us a cou­ple of years, but I would be very con­fi­dent that we’d get to a tip­ping point within two more edi­tions.”

The class of 2008 in­cludes such acts as Shree­f­punk (Cologne), The Saga Quar­tet (Vil­nius), RSQV (Vi­enna), Urs Boll­halder (Lucerne), To­geth­er­ness (Dublin) and Oddarrang (Helsinki).

12 Points takes place in Dublin’s Project Arts Cen­tre from March 5th to 8th. More info from www.12points.ie

To­geth­er­ness with Justin Car­roll come to 12 Points

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