PICK OF THE WEEK
Two weekend shows for David Moufang, the prolific German musician and producer. Aside from his Move D releases, Moufang has worked under the Earth to Infinity, Magic Mountain High, Reagenz, Koolfang, Conjoint, Reaganz and Deep Space Network monikers and collaborated with such greats as the late Pete Namlook. As a DJ, Moufang is a sharp operator, pulling styles and cuts from all quarters. Support in Dublin from Shanti Celeste and the Twitch DJs; the Subject crew return the favour in Belfast. TECHNO Bastardo Electrico The Earwiggle crew are in the house and answering the summons from the Bastardo Electrico judge and jury. That means you have Dublin techno maestro and Earwiggle head honcho Sunil Sharpe playing an Irish show inbetween his global gallivanting. He’s joined by London producer Manni Dee, who released the Behaviour Cycles EP for Earwiggle after releases on Perc Trax, Black Sun, Osiris Music and Leyla. Bastardo boss Jamie Behan provides local interest.
MIRRORS Take a daring, creative vocalist, a talent-laden jazz sextet, a distinguished visiting conductor and not one but two choirs. Add words by some of the greatest poets of the 20th century, and music from one of the best-loved and most influential jazz composers of the past 50 years, and you have a night of song such as is rarely seen on these shores.
The late Kenny Wheeler loved the voice. In much of the great Canadian jazz composer’s music, a voice functions alongside the saxophones and trumpeters as part of the horn section, wordlessly singing his gorgeous melodies.
In the Mirrors suite, Wheeler deploys a whole choir as his horn section, and adopts the poetry of WB Yeats, Stevie Smith and Lewis Carroll as his lyrics. The original recording, released shortly before Wheeler’s death in 2014, was conducted by Pete Churchill.
He arrives in Ireland this week with the original charts under his arm for a short tour with an ensemble cast that includes vocalist Lauren Kinsella (above) and saxophonist Matt Halpin, two rising stars of Dublin’s jazz diaspora, and two of Ireland’s most accomplished choirs, on different nights: either the Kilkenny College Chamber Choir at the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny on Monday, or the or the Resurgam Choir in the Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire on Tuesday. It’s an unusual and ambitious collaboration of professionals and amateurs from veteran jazz promoter Allen Smith of Jazz on the Terrace. The tour continues next week to Dún Laoghaire (March 4th); Waterford (March 5th) and Ballina (March 6th). jazzontheterrace.com