SUN­DAY 18.06.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET - CL Ai­dan Dunne

JAZZ Shalosh

Whe­lans, Dublin,7.30pm. ¤18/¤14(early bird), dublin­jazz.ie Is­raeli trio Shalosh, who de­scribe them­selves as a “genre-bend­ing, acous­tic, pro­gres­sive raw jazz band”, have been build­ing mo­men­tum on the Euro­pean scene over the last cou­ple of years. They’re part of that gen­er­a­tion of jazz mu­si­cians, in­spired by Swedish pi­ano trio pi­o­neers EST, that have re­jected the idea of short-lived lead­ers’ trios or quar­tets in favour of long-term projects that stick to­gether and forge a dis­tinc­tive en­sem­ble sound. Shalosh’s sound is big and bold, with grooves in­spired more by rock and elec­tronic dance mu­sic than tra­di­tional jazz, and brash, bom­bas­tic melodies and crescen­dos that tug at the heart­strings, but there is some sub­tlety too, with flavours of north Africa and the mid­dle East. After Whe­lans, they fly to Lon­don for two nights at Ron­nie Scotts, so don’t be sur­prised if they’re too big for Whe­lans next time they come this way.

ART Ver­meer and the Masters of Genre Paint­ing: In­spi­ra­tion and Ri­valry

Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land, Mer­rion Sq and Clare St, Dublin. June 17-Septem­ber 17. Adm ¤15/¤10 Free for Friends of NGI Book­ing na­tion­al­gallery.ie Ex­hi­bi­tions don’t get any bet­ter than this. Gath­er­ing over one third of Ver­meer’s known paint­ings in one place won’t hap­pen again in the fore­see­able fu­ture, as cu­ra­tor Adri­aan Wai­boer notes. The Ver­meers alone make this es­sen­tial view­ing. They are aug­mented by a daz­zling range of work by his con­tem­po­raries from the Dutch Golden Age. A feast for the eyes and the mind. A comprehensive cat­a­logue pub­lished by Yale Univer­sity Press ac­com­pa­nies the show and costs ¤29.95. Mean­while the beau­ti­fully re­fur­bished and aug­mented gallery spa­ces have just opened.

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