PICK OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley Cormac Larkin

belfast­fes­ti­val.com Thomas Oster­meier, the di­rec­tor of Berlin’s Schaubühne the­atre, has a sim­ple but rad­i­cal pol­icy: treat clas­sic texts like new plays and new plays like clas­sic texts. Re­cently that has made for thrilling ver­sions of Ham­let and Hedda Gabler, which ar­rived to th­ese shores to de­light and en­rage. Here, Ib­sen’s whistle­blower fable gets a shock up­date to make the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pants in its heated de­bates while al­low­ing its hero to front a rock band. GUIN­NESS CORK JAZZ FES­TI­VAL Lock up your sons and daugh­ters – it’s the an­nual jazz-themed bac­cha­nal on the banks of the lovely Lee. Ev­ery year there are fewer and fewer ac­tual improvisers on the bill, but the re­doubtable Triskel Arts Cen­tre con­tin­ues to buck the trend by pro­gram­ming, you know, jazz.

UK trio Quer­cus (above), with leg­endary singer June Ta­bor and sax­o­phone master Iain Bal­lamy, fuse English folk songs with im­pro­vi­sa­tion and are The Ticket’s pick of the fes­ti­val on Satur­day night. Also worth check­ing out at Triskel Christchurch are two ex­cel­lent Ir­ish groups: En­sem­ble Ériu on Fri­day and Francesco Turrisi’s Taquin Ex­per­i­ments on Sun­day.

Os­car-win­ning pi­anist and com­poser Michel Le­grand is in the Ev­ery­man on Fri­day, and US vo­cal­ist Diane Reeves, with a pow­er­ful rhythm sec­tion, will raise the Ev­ery­man’s roof on Satur­day.

So this week­end once again, the hordes will gather, the pints will set­tle and the city’s tav­erns will pul­sate to any­thing but jazz. And there too, hud­dled in some dark cor­ner, will be the jazz po­lice, swear­ing out a war­rant un­der the trade de­scrip­tions act. See list­ings and guin­ness­jaz­zfes­ti­val.com for full de­tails.

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