Thursday, May 04, 2006

All That Jazz

Got to two events at the Bray Jazz Festival last weekend. The best was Niwel Tsumbu at the Town Hall. From the Congo and now living in Cork, he is a young guitarist of astounding talent who composes most of his own material. I was deeply moved by one of the pieces as images of Africa played through my mind. Then he announced it was called "Country" and was about his homeland. I hope he is happy here in Ireland. The other event was closer to traditional jazz and reminded me of my Dad who was a jazz musician. He played the big bass, or bass fiddle as some call it, and he loved the likes of Grapelli, Ellington, Goodman, Reinhardt et. al.

1 comment:

Nicki said...

Hi OR, I just spotted your kind words about Niwel's gig in the Bray jazz festival last year and I thought you might like to hear about his current project which will be part of this year's Dublin Fringe Festival.

Called the Clear Sky Ensemble it's a ten-piece group of musicians from all over the world who have been working on a piece of music that Niwel has composed especially for them - the Big Bang Symphony. It got a fantastic reaction from audiences at the sold-out debut in Cork and in the Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal.

The gig will be in the Spiegeltent at the Fringe festival on September 19 - As we're based in Cork publicity in the capital is very hard for us, so please spread the word :-)