PICK OF THE WEEK
“Christ, how am I going to get through today?” begins Tom Murphy’s play from 1983, with a becoming lilt somewhere between a beaten sigh and a searching prayer. That is, near enough, the tone of the play that marks the great playwright’s belated Gate Theatre debut. A crumpled English “dynamatologist”, JPW King, who is really closer to a damp squib, consults with his sole client, a nameless Irish property developer, out of his mind and determined to sing like the Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli. West End regular David Grindley directs their sessions, which are at bottom about a search for salvation, shot through with a dry comedy and lubricated with alcohol and the exaltation of song.
DOWN WITH JAZZ The Improvised Music Company’s annual jazz-for-thepeople show – the first under new artistic director Kenneth Killeen – is proof that the old preconceptions about the J-word are every bit as wrong-headed as the original 1930s rants against the devils music that give the festival its archly sarcastic title.
This year’s broad church, gathered under the spectacular (and sensibly weather-proof) umbrellas on Meeting House square in Dublin’s Temple Bar, includes everything from classic be-bop to pounding hip-hop, west African grooves to Zappa-esque funk, synth-prog-rock to Hendrix free jazz.
One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be a rare Irish concert appearance from bona-fide guitar legend
and his quintet on Saturday night. Also on Saturday’s bill are
Dublin’s longestrunning jam band led by saxophonist a new fusion of Irish trad and vocal beat boxing from percussionist Robbie Harris;
a Frank Zappa-inspired
Richie Buckley; Jiggy,
six piece; and
Mixtapes from the Underground,
who bring the night to a close with their energetic collision of jazz and hip-hop.
Sunday’s congregation is led from the front by virtuosic Tipperary guitarist
and his Ivory Coast percussionist
heads up a multinational world music sextet; piano trio add saxophonist Michael Buckley to their genre-hopping mix; serve up a synth-fest of prog rock and electro-pop; and there’s a storming finish in prospect from the 17-piece
(above). Up with this sort of thing.
Joe O’CallaElectric Freeplay;
The CEO Experiment
Dublin City Jazz