Ballina Arts Centre is spoiling jazz fans this March with a special to 2 for 1 deal on Snowpoet and A Tribute to Thelonious Monk.
Ballina Arts Centre is hosting the London based Snowpoet on Thursday 8th March, at 8pm. Snowpoet is a fusion of the writing duo of Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year, Lauren Kinsella, and composer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. This is beautiful music, tender and subtle – she sings fresh, authentic and intense, he finds the matching sound confirming their reputation as one of the most innovative and creative new bands in the UK today.
Born out of a deep musical friendship and understanding, their acclaimed eponymous debut Snowpoet, has garnered rave reviews and a devoted audience for their compelling sound, drawing comparisons with Bjork.
“London-based Snowpoet’s eponymous debut album is an ethereal, psychedelic, and magical combination of lyrical, nature inspired poetry and modern innovative folk music.” Alfred Archer Folk Radio UK
“Like being punched in the face by a butterfly.” Mara Carlyle BBC Radio 3
Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight”.
The music of Thelonius Monk is a constant fascination, which has been the subject of renewed focus thanks to his centenary last autumn. His compositions, and his pianistic approach to other people’s material, were initially condemned as being too weird (or even incompetent). However, musicians like Coleman Hawkins and Dizzy Gillespie immediately saw his value, and he went on to influence the next generation of soloists such as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. This evening’s programme will include everything from his most simple and singable tunes to compositions that still present a challenge to adventurous performers.
Brian Priestley though better known as a writer and broadcaster, is an inveterate pianist and a fan of Monk. He’ll be joined by former Dublin resident (via Monaghan, North Carolina and Berklee), Tom Caraher on saxophone. Driving the engine will be the hot rhythm-section of Kinvara-based Paul O’Driscoll on bass and Limerick drummer John Daly. Showing at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday, 15th March, at 8pm, don’t miss out on a great gig.
Hurry – get your two for one deal on tickets for these breathtaking jazz shows on Thursday, 8th March and Thursday 15th March at 8pm. Tickets: €15 / €12. Please call Ballina Arts Centre on 096 73593 to book your seat or book online at www.ballinaartscentre.com.