Cian Boylan is a pianist, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. He began studying classical piano at the age of 6 ad studied jazz piano in his teens with Jim Doherty. He went on to get a BA (Mod) from Trinity College Dublin and a firstclass Masters in Jazz Music Performance from DIT. He also studied film scoring and arranging in UCLA/Screen Training Ireland. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as a jazz and rock/pop session pianist as he is arranging and composing for orchestra, big band and smaller ensembles. He is also an experienced musical director and published songwriter and composer.Amongst the artists he has performed, toured and recorded with are Duke Special, Jerry Fish, Van Morrison, Juliet Turner, RTE Concert Orchestra, Paddy Casey, Cathy Davey, Beth Rowley, Imelda May and Westlife.He set up Pyro Studios in 2005 and recently joined forces with Niall Breslin (AKA “Bressie”) to set up Camden Recording Studios, a state-of-the-art recording complex and creative hub in the centre of Dublin.
When not touring, recording or performing, he lectures in Advanced Music Theory in BIMM University, Dublin.
Cote Calmet is a drummer and percussionist from Peru. After studying music in Peru and Brazil, he moved to Dublin to culminate his studies in Newpark Music Centre and has since established himself as one of the leading Jazz and World percussionists in the city.
Cote leads his own quintet, Phisqa, which fuses Peruvian rhythms with Jazz. Phisqa released their first album in 2013, to much acclaim. Cote is also part of CEO Experiments, a piano trio with Leopoldo Osio and Peter Erdei, probably the hottest Jazz act in Dublin at the moment. Cote is also a member of Manden Express, Metric Electric, Tommy Moore’s Haiku and other hard working bands.
His work includes composition, studio sessions and drumming workshops, along with a very busy schedule of live shows.
Cote is co-manager of The Jazz Lab and director of the Intermediate Ensembles
Marco has studied piano at a young age and then went on to play the electric bass as a teenager. He soon started gigging with Soul and Funk bands. When he finally put his hands on a double bass it was “love at first sight”. He studied jazz improvisation in Rome at the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio and Jazz double bass with Pietro Ciancaglini, Stefano Nunzi and Dan Bodwell.
He has performed and recorded as freelance bassist and as member of long-running bands in Italy and Ireland. Marco also composed and produced music for a documentary film and a theatre play. He performs mainly Jazz but also World music. He regularly collaborates on stage and in studio with many of the finest Jazz musicians of the Dublin scene.
Marco is also an educator and an entrepreneur. He is founder and co-manager of The Jazz Lab and he founded Dublin’s longest running Jazz Jam Session, weekly event at the Grand Social, since 2013.
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Regarded as the most important and influential musician on the Irish jazz scene, saxophonist / flautist and composer Michael Buckley has been playing professionally since the age of six when critics hailed him as a child prodigy. Born in Dublin city in 1971 Michael first came to prominence on an International level when, aged 10, he played flute with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall. Though largely self-taught, his obvious talent has been developed by his father Dick Buckley, and such legends as Milt Hinton. Buckley has found his own unique voice playing both on saxophone and flute.
The last two years alone 2012 Buckley has been collaborating with the world jazz Orchestra where Michael was representing Ireland, also the Edinburgh jazz festival Orchestra (led by Tim Hagans) also small group tours and concerts with Dave Liebman , John Abercrombie, Joey Baron , Jason Rebello,Nils Wolgram , Tom Rainey , Chander Sardjoe , to name but a few.
Now in his early 40s, Buckley is rapidly becoming the most important producer of his generation, with countless albums from jazz to traditional to hip hop Michael is making a name for him self internationally as a producer and engineer.
Buckley has also performed and toured in recent years with The Mingus Big Band, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Edward Simon, Pete King, Badal Roy, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Grant Stewart, Ingrid Jensen, Guy Barker, Greg Burk, Damon Brown, Kevin Dean, Florian Ross, soloist with the BBC big band, Albert Sanz, and Gerard Presencer among others. As well as frequent radio spots, Michael has made numerous television appearances, regularly works on film and television scores and recently collaborated on recordings with Donovan, the Cranberrys, The Coors,Jerry Lee Louis, Johnny Mattis ,also This year Michael has been playing and touring with Glen Hansard as Michael is also renowned as the top session player and arranger in his field.
Leopoldo Osio was born in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. He started playing the piano at a very early age, inspired by Venezuelan Traditional Music. He credits George Shearing as being the first musician that got him hooked on jazz when he was 14 years old. Around this time, Leo began studying with jazz musician and promoter Ivo Farfan, who introduced him to jazz trumpet player Julio Mendoza, who was to become his principal mentor and developed his interest in bebop. Leo immersed himself in the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chucho Valdes and Paquito de Rivera. At the age of 16, he was invited to perform in the “Festival de Jazz en el Orinoco” with important Venezuelan musicians like Ivo Farfan, Victor Cuica, Roberto Giron, and later the same year he played in a jazz festival called “El Hatillo” with Julio Mendoza Quartet.
His interest in music led him to study at several universities in 3 countries to improve his knowledge in different areas of the music, including Jazz and Latin Music in IUDEM – Venezuela, Brazilian Music at Conservatorio Soua Lima – Brazil, and Newpark Music Centre were he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance (Hons) in 2010. Some of his Jazz Piano Teachers have been Phil DeGreg from USA, Guillherme Ribeiro from Brazil, Laurent Lecuyer and Blanco from Venezuela and Phil Ware and Justin Carroll from Ireland.
He has performed with important Venezuelan musicians including Pablo Gil, Andres Briceño, Biella Da Costa and Alvaro Falcon, Leo Quintero, Xavier Padilla, Aquiles Baez, Gonzalo Mico, Orlando Poleo, Orquesta Sinfonica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Orquesta Sinfonica Dr. Carlos Mohle and La Orchestra Sinfonica del Estado de Nueva Esparta among many others.
International Musicians include Alex Mathias, John Moriarty, Conor Guifoyle and his Jazz Conclave, Kevin Brady, Damian Evans, Cormac O’brien, Niwel Tsumbu, Cuban all Stars, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and Hot House Big Band in Ireland, Vicente Macian and Mario Rossi in Spain, Nicolas Folmer and Pierre Bertrand from France, Alejandro Aviles from USA among many other musicians.
Originally from Italy, guitarist and composer Julien Colarossi has established himself as one of the most exciting young guitarists to emerge in recent years on the Irish contemporary jazz scene. He is gaining a strong reputation not only as a performer but also as a composer and teacher.
Julien studied jazz guitar in Ireland with Tommy Halferty and Ariel Hernandez. He studied composition with Ronan Guilfoyle, rhythm studies with Conor Guilfoyle, ear- training and harmony with Gèrman Lima and Phil Ware, and jazz history and world music with Francesco Turrisi.
In 2010 Julien was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the same year, he was awarded a bursary from his college (Newpark Music Centre) to go and study at Fridhems Folkhögskola in Sweden for two weeks.
He has attended masterclasses and workshops with Lionel Loueke, Jim Black, Tom Rainey, Mats Holtne, Trio Corrente and Michael Buckley among others.
Julien has collaborated with many of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians including John Moriarty, Michael Buckley, Richie Buckley, Myles Drennan, Cormac O’Brien, Ariel Hernandez, Patrice Brun, Phil Ware, Kevin Brady, Justin Carroll, Damian Evans, Matthew Jacobson, Dave Redmond, Matthew Halpin, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Hot House Big Band and many others.
Patrice was born in France and started playing Saxophone at the age of 10. He began his professional career in 1996 with the great Orchestre International Bernard Becker. Since in Ireland, he studied Jazz at Newpark Music Centre and graduated with an Honours Diploma in Jazz Performance from the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then, he has performed with guitarist Louis Stewart, the Commitments, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and Havana Ché, as well as Dublin Symphony Orchestra and UCD Orchestra. As a composer/arranger, Patrice has written for the Rise Saxophone Quartet, Migration lead by pianist German Lema (Argentina) , and for his own jazz quartet and sextet.
Tom Caraher is a saxophonist, composer, and music teacher currently based in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Saxophone Performance in 2012.
When he was 12 years old, after spending his childhood in County Monaghan, Ireland, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and began
playing the saxophone. During his years attending school in North Carolina he was heavily involved in the local music scene.
Performing in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Jazz Festival annually, UNC’s Memorial Hall, and many other venues in the
region. In the summer of 2007, he was selected to participate in the Summer Jazz Workshop at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Studying there with guest artist, Slide Hampton. Also, in the Fall of 2007, he was admitted into The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s All- State Honors Jazz Ensemble and worked with guest artist, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson. During his time in high school he studied with Dave Finucane, saxophone professor at Duke University.
After graduating high school in 2008, he attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship. There he was given the tools and opportunities to become the player, writer, and improviser he is now. He studied and participated in master classes and private lessons with some of the greatest living players today including: George Garzone, Mark Turner, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Danilo Perez, Hal Crook, Terri Lynn Carrington, Bill Pierce, Jetro Da Silva, Tiger Okoshi, Dino Govoni, and many others. These superb teachers, along with his fellow students, gave him the impressive knowledge, skills, and inspiration necessary to “make it” as a musician today. After graduating in 2012, he shipped out to the cruise ships in order to see the world and continue to hone his playing. He worked with many creative and inspiring music directors there, all of whom helped him understand and cope with the challenges and responsibilities involved in playing with and running a band in a professional and high stress environment.
In July of 2013, Tom made the decision to go back to his roots and move to Ireland. In the few months of living in Dublin, he has played with some of the most respected and influential jazz and improvising musicians in the area and has already begun to make a strong impact on the music scene. He looks forward to the opportunities that the future brings and is excited to take on new and diverse projects in Ireland and abroad.
Guitarist and guitar-builder John Moriarty is a graduate of the National College Of Art And Design in Dublin where he studied Visual Communications. John’s guitar building is a culmination of his two interests – visual design and music. He has played countless concerts including Guinness Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Euro-Jazz Festival in Mexico City, JJ Smyth’s and Vicar Street. John has recorded and toured with U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers and performed with Bobby Watson of ‘Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers’. He has also played many guitar duets with fellow Irishman Louis Stewart. John’s guitars were featured at the Healdsburg International Guitar Festival 2009 in California and more recently at the launch of the Holy Grail Guitar show in Berlin.
Kevin took up bass guitar aged 14 and within two years was playing blues in Dublin pubs. He earned his BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre in three years, during which he gigged extensively with jam-rock trio Mescalito.
Upon graduating with first class honours, Kevin formed Vein Melter, a groove-jazz originals project. He backed musicians such as Ben Prevo, Phil Ware, Edel Meade and Mike Nielsen, and was a founding member of Irish pop-funk act Zaska. In 2011 he played Electric Picnic with Hozier. He also put together a quartet, Nature, to gig and record a full set of originals on the album “Forget The Theory”.
2012 saw Kevin study at the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in the Banff Centre, Canada. Here he was deeply influenced by teachers Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Okkyung Lee and Miles Okazaki. Most recently, Kevin has completed a Master of Music in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In that city he performed in the renowned Bimhuis venue and recorded an album with free improv/noise trio, Glitchpuke. Kevin’s musical interests centre on a holistic view of African-American performance style and its signature aspects: syncopated rhythm, blues pitching, hipness and interactivity. He is also fascinated by how music intermeshes with everyday life.
Chris is an up and coming guitar player on the Dublin jazz scene. He grew up in a musical family where his father Ronan Guilfoyle and uncle Conor Guilfoyle are household names in the Irish jazz scene. He has studied at Berklee College of Music – where he was awarded a scholarship from Fender Guitars and the Jazz and Improvised Music Salzburg conference in Austria. Chris was also selected to represent his college at the International Association of Schools of Jazz in The Netherlands in July 2010. In August 2011, Chris was accepted to study at Dave Liebman’s Chromatic Harmony Workshop in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, USA. Since graduating, Chris has been actively performing in the Dublin music scene as well as abroad. In November 2011 he performed in Paris with Ronan Guilfoyle’s Lingua Franca as part of the Festival Jazzy Colours; in October 2011 he performed on a 3 day tour of Ireland with Dave Liebman, Ronan Guilfoyle and Finnish drummer Jussi Lehtonen; In March 2011 he performed with the great drummer Ralph Peterson in Dublin and in February 2011 he played with Greek pianist/organist George Contrafouris at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Chris also leads his own group Umbra, a sextet featuring some of the most promising musicians in the country who play all original compositions. He also plays as a sideman in 3G (Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Chris Guilfoyle), Kevin Higgins’ Nature and Edel Meade’s Swooh-Beh Project. Currently, Chris is part of the guitar and ensemble faculty of Newpark Music Centre’s jazz performance degree where he teaches 1st, 2nd and 3rd year guitar as well as 2nd and 3rd year ensembles.
Johnny was born in London and studied classical piano and clarinet from a young age, playing in orchestras and receiving an ABRSM diploma in piano performance. Upon moving to Ireland, he became a music scholar at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2006. After studying with a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johnny returned to Dublin and began playing jazz full time. He currently leads his own piano trio as well as playing in the groups of several notable Irish musicians including Louis Stewart, Nigel Mooney, Cormac Kenevey, Alex Mathias and our own Aoife Doyle and Suzanne Savage. One of the busiest musicians on the Irish music scene, Johnny regularly performs in Dublin and around Ireland and has performed at major festivals in the US, other European countries and the Middle East.
Cathal Roche was born in Dublin in 1975 and studied saxophone under Michael Buckley and Kevin Hanafin. Since leaving Dublin in 2002, Cathal has developed a reputation as an innovative improviser in Ireland and the UK. Specialising in extended solo saxophone performance, Cathal has collaborated with improvisers Phil Minton, David Toop, Clive Bell, Elaine Mitchener, Lauren Kinsella, Colm O’Hara, David Lacey and black metal vocalist Atilla Csihar among others. Since 2006, Cathal has worked closely with Irish composer Ian Wilson to develop a number of improvisational works for saxophones and ensemble including‘re:play’, and The Book of Ways’ with the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, ‘Double Trio’ with UK drummer Stu Ritchie and bassist Daniel Bodwell, and ‘Therefore I am’ with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the forthcoming project ‘The hours’ with legendary Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, drummer Matthew Jacobson and the Contempo String Quartet. Other collaborations include original solo performance works, installations, video pieces and inter-disciplinary projects . His performance work has been featured on BBC’s ‘Here & Now’, RTE’s ‘the Lyric Concert’. Art’s Council commissions include ‘Encounters’ for solo saxophone and multiple CD players, ‘The Message’ for George Mason University, USA, ‘Guidance’, solo saxophone and DVD for Carrick Cineplex, and a suite for the RISE Saxophone Sextet featuring Julian Arguelles commissioned by SJP. Cathal continues to explore new ground in the West of Ireland as a member of the cross-arts improv group ‘Hereinafter’ which he co-directs with his partner, artist Kate Wilson. Other current groups include the Dirty Jazz Club @ the CFCP, Dublin, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and a weekly jazz session which he co-leads with Sligo musicians Eddie Lee, Ken McDonald and Eddie McFarlane. As an educator and learner Cathal facilitates improv and composition projects for 5 -12 year olds as Artist in Residence for Leitrim County Council. He teaches woodwind at the Sligo Academy of Music and Roscommon Youth Orchestra.
Cormac started playing music from a very young age, initially studying recorder, piano and cello. At the age of 16 he moved onto electric bass and after studying music in school he went on to study full time in Newpark Music Centre. By the age of 20 he had moved onto the double bass and has been working as a full time musician ever since. In 2004 he studied composition with Ronan Guilfoyle and in 2006 Cormac completed a BA in Jazz Performance with 1st class honours. He has since been a full time member of the faculty at the Newpark Music Centre where he teaches a variety of subjects on the BA course. Cormac has continued to study with a range of teachers including Scott Colley, Drew Gress, Curtis Lundy, Dave Liebman, Steve Coleman, to name just a few.
Cormac’s has been influenced by a wide range of styles. Coming from a musical family he was brought up on a healthy diet of Western Classical, Indian Classical, Japanese and Greek traditional music and more popular groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. His later influences cover all the usual suspects such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, but a strong respect for Indian and classical music are still apparent, along with an interest in more extended and contemporary forms.
Comfortably straddling so many styles has made Cormac OBrien one of Dublin’s busiest bassists and he has performed and recorded with many of Ireland’s finest musicians, such as Louis Stewart, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley, Hugh Buckley, The Kai Big Band, The Zoid Ensemble, Lunfardia, Yurodny, Jack L and Mary Coughlan. He has also played with a range of international artists such as Bobby Watson, Jamie Baum, Dave Allen, Ryan Quigley, Bjorn Vidar Solli, and Bruce Adams. He has held the bass chair in the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra since its inception and is a former member of the DIT Symphony Orchestra. Cormac also co-founded the group Rhythm Method, for whom he also composes. In 2012 Cormac set up the Jazz Central, Dublin’s premier jazz venue, and performs there every Sunday with different artists.
A native of Hungary, Peter began his music studies with violin at the age of five, and added orchestral percussion and piano at the Zoltán Kodály High School of Music in Kecskemét and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, but his real love was bass. After coming to Ireland, he earned a BA degree in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre, where he studied with Cormac O’Brien and Ronan Guilfoyle, and went on to complete a Masters degree in music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. As a bassist Peter has performed all over Europe in such festivals as the Bratislava Jazz Festival, Jazz Hoeilaart Festival in Brussels, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures and Wexford Arts Festival – and he has performed and recorded with a number of prominent artists and groups, from the Elastic Axis Band to Niwel Tsumbu and Liam Ó Maonlaí to the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Whatever style of music he is working with his students on, Peter’s teaching philosophy emphasises an organic connection between individual instrumental skill and ensemble work, as well as developing their creative composition and arranging skills.