IMC Navigator Residency

Very happy to announce that I have been chosen for an artist residency at The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow!

https://www.improvisedmusic.ie/whats-happening/news/four-artists-chosen-for-imcs-navigator-programme

The 14-day Navigator Jazz Residency programme is run by Improvised Music Company and it offers jazz and improvising musicians professionally remunerated time and space to develop and perform work, while building relationships locally.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to be embarking on this residency. As an artist it is rare to get the support to focus on your work for an extended period, away from the distractions of day to day life, and I feel very fortunate for this opportunity.

Community engagement with the arts is something very close to my heart and I’m really excited to work with and be inspired by the local community of Tinahely.

In recent times, nature has been inspiring my work more and more. I’m also looking forward to drawing inspiration from the beautiful surrounds of Co. Wicklow and the nearby ancient oak trees of Tomnafinnoge Woods.

Agility Award for Penji

I’m very thrilled to have been awarded an Agility Award by The Arts Council!

For this project, I will be doing some field recording around Lough Corrib, Co. Galway and using nature sounds and ambient recording to make some new Penji tracks.

Aengus Hackett Trio – Agility Award

Some great news – The Arts Council have awarded me with an Agility Award to compose some new works and develop them with my trio!

I will be honing in on free improv, a great passion of mine. It’s an absolute privilege to work with Matthew Jacobson and Derek Whyte, truly two of Ireland’s most gifted musicians. I cannot wait!

‘Shimmer’ out today!

I’m really excited to share my new EP with you!
‘Shimmer’ is out today, available to buy and stream at these links:

https://aengushackett.bandcamp.com/album/shimmer

https://soundcloud.com/aengushackett/sets/shimmer

The musical moments which happen during free improv have always been the most exciting to me. This series of six pieces is my effort to capture that in the compositional process.
Created with support from Arts Council Ireland’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Award.

IMC Piece by Piece

I am thrilled to be a part of Improvised Music Company’s series ‘Piece by Piece’!
Thoroughly looking forward to sharing the piece I have created, which brings together my work as a jazz guitarist and also my electronic production work as Penji.
It will premiere next Friday 27th Nov at 8pm.

Here is what IMC have to say about Piece by Piece:

The first series of Piece by Piece demonstrated the rich possibilities of the online medium, as some of Ireland’s finest improvising artists created new musical works. Creative use of film and manipulated visuals showed the artists’ inspirations and thought processes, and became as much part of the experience as the music.  
With a fresh impetus for this second season of Piece by Piece, the principle of interconnectedness will continue, with each artist’s performance influencing or inspiring the next. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work.
The full freedom of improvisation and spontaneous creation, and a diverse range of artists whose practice often expands beyond the musical will make for distinctive digital experiences. 


These eight sequential solo performances Piece by Piece Season 2, will be broadcast via IMC’s YouTube channel, as well as IMC’s social media platforms on Fridays at 8pm, beginning on Friday 27th November with a ‘live’ solo performance from Galway-based  guitarist and electronic improviser Aengus Hackett.
Other artists commissioned in this series include vocalist and electronics composer Jenna Harris, innovati ve Belfast drummer Steve Davis, guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, sound and performance artist Vicky Langan, keyboard and gamelan explorer Bianca Gannon, critically-acclaimed vocalist and composer  Lauren Kinsella, and dynamic alto-sax player Chris Engel.
Enjoy fresh new music, influenced in real-time, from world-class Irish improvising musicians, telling the story of these times through new music and live performance, piece by piece.

New video of ‘Shimmer’

Let me present ‘Shimmer’! This is the first in a series of six pieces I created using improvisation as a compositional process. The full EP will be released on Nov 26th.

Created with support from Arts Council Ireland‘s #COVID-19 Crisis Response Award.

‘Shimmer’ EP out Nov 24

I’m proud to present my contribution which was supported by the Arts Council Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award.


I have composed and recorded six new pieces for guitar and electronics, and two live videos.
I set myself a strict method of composing through improvisation. So all the main thematic material was written in the heat of the moment and the pieces were meticulously finished afterwards. It was an interesting process and I’m pretty happy with the result!

All will be revealed in the coming days and weeks, so please stay tuned..

‘Up to the surface’ – Penji EP reviewed by Journal of Music

Leading Irish publication The Journal of Music have written an extremely positive review of my Penji EP! Here’s a nice extract:

“Adopting the name of Penji for his solo project, Hackett appears to have taken his most interesting musical digression…in the process (Penji) has created a groove-laden sound that is augmented by weighty beats, shimmering processed guitar and warm synths. These are songs to reward repeated listens as various elements seep up to the surface and reveal themselves..
With this EP, Penji has revealed a knack of merging the ecstatic with the downbeat.”

Don O’Mahony, The Journal of Music (read full review here)

Glowing review of Penji EP on Headstuff

Pretty fantastic review of the Penji EP on award-winning cultural media website HeadStuff!

Read the full review here: https://www.headstuff.org/entertainment/music/review-penji-electric-eponymous-debut/

Successfully awarded the Crisis Response Award (Arts Council)

Wonderful news – I have been awarded the COVID-19 Crisis Response Award by Arts Council Ireland! This will enable me to compose and record a series of pieces for guitar and electronics, which I will be publishing online for you good folks. So stay tuned for that..

Now I’m off to write some new music! 🎶

http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Arts-Council-COVID-19-Crisis-Response-Award/

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