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The sec­ond in­stall­ment of Lis­ten at Welling­ton, the monthly new mu­sic se­ries cu­rated by com­poser Dy­lan Ryn­hart, fea­tures elec­tron­ica pi­o­neer Roy Car­roll; wood­wind duo Te­menos; sean-nósin­spired im­prov trio Ear­ráis; and Ryn­hart’s own re­formed Fuzzy Logic En­sem­ble. Spring clean­ing for the ears.

BEKA GOCHI­ASHVILI The Ticket doesn’t usu­ally set much store by the ut­ter­ances of US sec­re­taries of state – and cer­tainly not on the sub­ject of mu­sic – but clas­si­cally trained pi­anist Con­doleeza Rice has per­formed with Aretha Franklin so we’re pre­pared to con­cede that she may know her arts from her el­bow. On a visit to Tiblisi in 2008, a 12-year-old Ge­or­gian boy played pi­ano for her at an em­bassy re­cep­tion and she de­clared him “one of the best jazz pi­anists I’ve heard any­where”. In­deed, she was suf­fi­ciently im­pressed to spon­sor his en­try to the US and get him a place at the Jul­liard School of Mu­sic.

Beka Gochi­ashvili was play­ing Scott Jo­plin by ear at the age of two, was a Keith Jar­rett fan at four and, by the age of 10, was per­form­ing in jazz clubs around Tiblisi. Now at the ad­vanced age of 19, he is the toast of the US jazz scene, en­dorsed by a roll-call of heavy­weight mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing his hero Chick Corea (with Gochi­ashvili , above), with a ma­tu­rity be­yond his years and the sort of chops that make other pi­ano play­ers want to slam their key­boards shut.

His first visit to Ire­land will prob­a­bly not be his last, but this short tour is a chance to wit­ness the emer­gence of a ma­jor new star of the pi­ano, up close and per­sonal.

Gochi­ashvili play Dolans Ware­house, Lim­er­ick, on March 25th; the Radisson Ho­tel, Gal­way, March 26th; and St Ann’s Church, Dublin, on March 27th.

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