CORMACLARKIN SUNDAY 27
MATTHEW BERRILL Workman’s Club, Dublin, 8pm, ¤10 facebook.com/dublinjazzcoop Saxophonist and clarinetist Matthew Berrill was a leading member of the generation of jazz musicians that meaningfully engaged with Irish traditional music in the 2000s, adding his thoughtful, precise playing to groundbreaking projects such as Ensemble Ériu and Cuar. The Galway man makes a rare visit to the capital this week for the latest in the artist-curated Dublin Jazz Cop-Op series at the Workman’s, with a powerful quartet that includes trombonist Colm O’Hara, bassist Sean Maynard-Smith and drummer Brendan Doherty.
THURSDAY 31 JEFF BALLARD’ S FAIR GROUND
Triskel, Cork, 8pm ,¤20.90, t risk el art scent re.ie Also Friday 1 Feb, NCH, Dublin, 7pm & 9pm,¤25,nch.ie Best known nowadays as one third of the world-beating Brad Mehldau trio, Jeff Ballard is one of the most respected drummers in US jazz, with a back story that takes in Ray Charles, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Chick Corea. The Fairground project, a shifting alliance of equally talented colleagues, is Ballard’s personal amusement park, a chance to stretch out and experiment with new sounds. The collective’s current iteration hits Cork and Dublin this week with a powerful line-up that includes virtuoso Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke (Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard), respected New York pianist Kevin Hays (Chris Potter, Joshua Redman) and much-sought-after US saxophonist Chris Cheek (Paul Motian, Charlie Haden).
Black Box, Belfast 8 pm £12/£8 moving on music. com Also Friday 1 Feb, Unitarian Church, Dublin 8 pm ¤22 homebeat.ie Since leaving experimental Icelandic quartet Múm, of which she was a founding member, cellist Gyða Valtýsdóttir has studied classical cello in St Petersburg and toured with Jonsi of Sigur Ros and Damien Rice, but her main focus has been developing her own ethereal brand of music which mixes folk and post-rock elements with contemporary classical and improvisation. Epicycle is a live collaboration with two lions of experimentalism, Swiss drum virtuoso Julian Sartorius and Pakistani-American multi-instrumentalist Shazad Ismaily, with a repertoire that runs from Hildegard von Bingen to Messiaen and George Crumb.
NIGEL MOONEY’S ORGAN FAILURE
Ar thurs, Dublin 9 pm ¤10 arthur spub.ie
This week marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of Grant Green, the legendary Blue Note guitarist who pioneered hard bop and soul jazz guitar in the 1950s and 1960s. Green has always been a particular inspiration for Dublin guitarist and Gripewater Blues Band founder, Nigel Mooney, and this special celebration promises a generous helping of blues-soaked, intensely grooving sounds from Mooney’s organ trio, featuring fast-rising Belfast keyboardist Scott Flanigan and the impeccable Dominic Mullen on drums.