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Weds July 17th: Sligo Jazz Fest – The Olllam & Janek Gwizdala

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Fusion Double Bill – The Olllam & Janek Gwizdala/Mike Nielsen/Stephen Davis

At SJP we always try to feature the best world music alongside our jazz acts and tonight we have both rolled into a fab double bill: a real treat for music lovers, with two very different types of fusion music, one Celtic, the other jazz.

The olllam, lead by master piper John McSherry, visits Sligo Jazz Project on its very first Irish tour, with influences from traditional Irish music, jazz and rock. A must see for fans of Bothy Band/Moving Hearts/Donal Lunny/Lunasa and everything trad thats good. the olllam ‘s cross-genre sextet line up also treats us to some awesome musicianship such as that of cult hero Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart. Another bass hero leads the second double bill act as Janek Gwizdala teams up with Sligo’s greatest jazz export Mike Nielsen for the first time. Don’t miss this exciting addition to SJP’s 2013 festival bill.

The olllam
John McSherry (pipes / whistles)
Tyler Duncan (pipes / whistles / guitar / keyboards)
Michael Shimmin (drums / percussion)
Joe Dart (bass)
Sean O’Mara (guitar)
John McCullough (keyboards)

In 2012, three of Celtic music’s contemporary masters came together to create one of the most interesting musical collaborations of the year. Dubbed “the olllam” (an old Irish word which refers to a master of a particular trade or skill), the trio is the creative offspring of Belfast-native John McSherry (uilleann pipes and whistles), and Detroit-natives Tyler Duncan (uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, Rhodes), and Michael Shimmin (drums and percussion).

Building on their tight-knit friendship and shared musical history together, they decided to write and record an album from across the Atlantic—via Skype, e-mail, and cell-phone voice memos. Almost as soon as they began, they discovered a synergy that took on a life of its own, creating an intensely heart-felt, powerful, and personal sound that actually gave them chills. Listeners may be reminded of modern artists such as Radiohead and Coldplay at one moment and seminal Irish artists such as The Bothy Band and Planxty may be equally reminiscent at another. Yet, the overarching musical impression is organic, focused, distinct, and musically mature.

Janek Gwizdala/Mike Nielsen/Stephen Davis

Opening our double bill is a world premiere collaboration between one of the world’s finest electric bassists, SJP e-bass tutor 2013, Janek Gwizdala and Ireland’s most original jazz guitarist Michael Nielsen, with Stephen Davis (NI) on drums.

London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Dave Kikoski, Adam Rogers, Jojo Mayer, V.V. Brown, Jem, Paul Shafer, Delta Goodrem, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Wayne Krantz, and Mark Turner. Janek leads the way in online bass education with his internet music school videobasslessons.tv.

Equally innovative on acoustic and electric guitars, Michael Nielsen has gained a reputation as one of the leading guitarists in European jazz. He has performed with international artists including; Kenny Wheeler, Larry Coryell, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Simon Nabatov, Eric Revis, Michael Moore, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

Stephen “Dakiz” Davis is a professional percussionist and composer and has been active in such fields in the UK and Europe. Steve was born in Belfast and is known as much for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing. He has played with, amongst others, jazz luminaries Rufus Reid, Norma Winstone, Django Bates, Matthew Bourne and Evan Parker.

Venue: Hawks Well Theatre Sligo
Date:Weds 17 July 2013
Time: 8pm (available from 1 May 2013, 10am )
Tickets: €18/conc 15.
Website: http://www.hawkswell.com
Phone: +353 71 9161518

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