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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).

GYÐA VALTÝS­DÓT­TIR

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.

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