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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - JC JC Cormac Larkin

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

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