AN IN­TI­MATE FES­TI­VAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - CL

Sligo Jazz Project Var­i­ous venues, Sligo, till Sun­day, sligo­jazz.ie

Sligo Jazz Project, now in its 13th year, may well be the largest such event in Europe this year. A stu­dent body of over 100 mu­si­cians from all over the world – rang­ing from sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als to rank begin­ners – plus a stel­lar fac­ulty of tu­tors and men­tors, de­scend on Sligo town for a week of in­stru­men­tal tu­ition, mas­ter classes and en­sem­ble train­ing. By night, the fac­ulty turn them­selves into a se­ries of im­promptu bands such as you will rarely see in towns and cities many times big­ger than Sligo. For its unique vibe, for the in­ti­macy of its set­ting, and for the sheer good­will and pos­i­tive en­ergy that it en­gen­ders, the Sligo Jazz Project has to be one of the hap­pi­est fes­ti­vals of the year. This year’s fac­ulty in­cludes UK jazz-meet­ship-hop star Soweto Kinch (the fes­ti­val’s artist-in-res­i­dence), im­pres­sive Aus­tralian fu­sion drum­mer Vir­gil Donati, ef­fer­ves­cent UK vo­cal­ist (with Ir­ish roots) Liane Car­roll and renowned US bassist and ed­u­ca­tor John Goldsby, among many others.

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