Debut Electronic EP ‘Penji’ to be released in May 2020

Quietly in the background, for the past couple of years I have been slaving away in my home studio..
I have been recording guitars, playing synths, programming electronic beats and processing it all through a plethora of guitar pedals.

This has resulted in a four-track EP of electronic music, of which I am very proud!
I would describe it as ‘dreamy, wonky, future-nostalgic hip-hop’…

Entirely recorded, produced and mixed by myself,
‘Penji’ has just been mastered in one of the finest mastering studios in the UK (who have worked with such artists as Om Unit), and I will be releasing it this spring.

Stay tuned for an exact release date in May!

Electric Dreams album out now!

‘Behind The Mask’ out now

Electric Dreams bring their unique brand of feel-good grooves and catchy hooks to the table with their debut album ‘Behind The Mask’. A diverse bunch, the band’s sound sits snugly in between pop, RnB and indie, and their music comes with a message of inclusion and community.

Crisp beats, sparkly guitars and melodic synths come together with upbeat lyrics to make for an unforgettable sound. Entirely written and recorded by the band in their Galway-based studio, the six track album was polished off by veteran producer Bob Macciochi of SC Mastering, UK.

Electric Dreams are supported by That’s Life; the award-winning arts programme of the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. That’s Life offers people with intellectual disability opportunities to discover and realise their artistic potential, through working with established artists and participating in high-quality arts programmes.

JAZZGate postponed until further notice due to Covid19 closures

JAZZGate shows are now postponed until further notice, at least until March 29th. This is due to the mandatory government measures implemented around Covid19.
Stay safe everyone!

In Flow – a huge success at GJF 2019!

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came down to the In Flow shows last week at Galway Jazz Festival! Was an absolute blast performing with the whole ensemble, which featured the wonderful Matthew Jacobson on drums, as well as Andrew Madec, Simon Kenny and Alain Halimi!
AMW Visual also did an absolutely amazing job on the visuals and documentary.

Thanks to the whole team at Galway Jazz Festival for having us, Ellen Cranitch, Ciarán Ryan and Matthew Berrill did a fantastic job on putting together the best festival yet!

Huge thanks to That’s Life, Arts Council Ireland and Galway and Roscommon ETB for their generous support and funding for the project. Onward and upward for In Flow!

Launching new trio Sat 28 Sept @ Black Gate

Super excited to be launching a new band on Sept 28th, playing brand-new compositions of mine!
Featuring two of Ireland’s finest musicians; Derek Whyte (bass) and Matthew Jacobson (drums)

Sat Sept 28, 9pm

JAZZGate: The Music of Aengus Hackett!
The Black Gate
Tickets €10 – https://bit.ly/2kpoUgT

Featured in JAZZIZ Magazine, USA

Pretty chuffed to have been interviewed by Matt Mitucci for JAZZIZ Magazine in USA!

You can read the full featured interview here.

JAZZGate Summer Series curated by Aengus Hackett

Really excited to have curated a new summer series of themed jazz concerts at The Black Gate Galway.

Here is the updated JAZZGate schedule for the rest of the summer!

 

June 6
The Music of Herbie Hancock

June 13
The Music of Nina Simone
featuring special guest Barbara Vulso on vocals

June 20
The Music of Charlie Parker

June 27
The Music of Dizzy Gillespie

July 11
TIMELESS – A Celebration of John Abercrombie
with the Tommy Halferty Organ Trio

July 13
JAZZGate Party
(free admission)

July 19
The Music of Sarah Vaughan
featuring special guest Sarah O’ Toole on vocals

July 25
The Music of Duke Ellington

August 1
The Music of Thelonious Monk
featuring special guests Greg Felton on piano

August 8
The Music of Miles Davis
Back by popular demand, featuring special guest Bill Blackmore on trumpet

August 15
The Music of Ella Fitzgerald
featuring special guest Roisin Mulliez on vocals

August 22
The Music of Billie Holiday
featuring special guest Emilie Conway on vocals

August 29
The Music of The Beatles

September 5
The Music of John Coltrane

 

Featured on RTÉ Lyric FM

Really enjoyed playing on #ClassicDrive on RTÉ Lyric FM, and chatting to Lorcan Murray about Gamelan, jazz and my upcoming electronic EP!

I played a version of the jazz standard ‘Misty’, as well as two of my own tunes; ‘When all is said and done’ and ‘Sunny Rainclouds’.

Have a listen here (scroll to 02:45:00 in, towards the end)

Invited by Arts Council Ireland to showcase ‘In Flow’

Absolutely thrilled and highly honoured to have been invited to do a showcase performance with ‘In Flow‘ at  Places Matter 2019, the Arts Council Ireland conference on building inclusion in the arts!
 
Inclusivity in the arts is something which I and everyone at That’s Life feel very passionately about, and we are delighted with this wonderful opportunity.
 
We will perform tomorrow with the eight-piece gamelan ensemble plus guest Matthew Jacobson on drums, really looking forward to it!
 
Thanks to Arts Council and Galway City Arts Office for their funding support, without it this inclusive arts project would not be possible.

Salthouse Sessions @ Galway Jazz Festival 2018

Absolutely thrilled to be back in the Salt House again for this year’s Galway Jazz Festival!

I will be doing three gigs, all featuring the cream of Irish jazz musicians;

Fri 5th Oct @ 7pm (feat. Dan Bodwell & Shane O’Donovan)
Sat 6th Oct @ 5pm (feat. Tommy Halferty)
Sun 7th @ 3pm (feat. Conor Guilfoyle & Barry Rycraft)

All gigs are free admission, since they are generously sponsored by our wonderful buddies at The Salt House Bar.

I can’t wait, it’s going to be pretty mega!

Aengus Hackett Music's photo.