Chris Guilfoyle (guitar), Chris Engel (soprano saxophone), Sam Comerford (tenor saxophone), Barry Donohue (bass guitar), Matthew Jacobson (drums)
With the energy and power of a punk rock band and a broad range of influences, this five-piece jazz band from Dublin stretch the boundaries of the form. Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra features some of the most well-known jazz musicians in Dublin who find their inspiration in the lush harmonic textures of John Hollenbeck and Jim McNeely or the cyclical grooves of Meshuggah and Aphex Twin. Their music cleverly integrates this smorgasbord of influences to distill a band sound that is decidedly contemporary and indeed complex, but one which never loses sight of the melody.
“A vibrant set of original tunes… thrilling back-and-forth between the two saxophonists - but even in the midst of the most exuberant solos a pronounced sense of collective groove held sway.” (All About Jazz)
Sue Rynhart Duo
Sue Rynhart (vocals), Dan Bodwell (doublebass)
Young composer and singer Sue Rynhart has performed at jazz festivals all over Ireland. Her collaborations with well-known Irish and international artists range from premiering works by George Higgs, Simon McHale, Donal Mac Erlaine or the Irish Composers Collective to singing with Rick Peckham, Tom Arthurs and Florian Ross.Sue's critically acclaimed debut album Crossings was nominated Best Jazz Album in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014.
“[Sue Ryhart’s] charmingly quirky songs are warm and unexpectedly frank, free from either musical or lyrical cliche, each one a beautifully formed musical statement - and each as different as the last.” (**** The Irish Times)
“An excellent Irish album from a rare talent” (RTE)
This evening is organised in conjunction with the 13th edition of Jazzycolors, the foreign cultural institutes in Paris’ annual festival of jazz. The CCI will also welcome the Estonian group Carrot Lights on 21 November.
For full details of the festival: www.jazzycolors.net