PICK OF THE WEEK
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.