‘JazzTempo’ project with Contempo Quartet

Very much looking forward to next week as I will be working with one of Ireland’s leading ensembles, the ConTempo Quartet!

This wonderful project is put together by Galway Music Residency. The concept is to combine the classical string group with a jazz ensemble featuring myself and three of the finest exponents of jazz coming out of the west of Ireland; Matthew Berrill, Barry Donohue and Róisín Mulliez.

We will perform a selection of Matthew’s compositions and some jazz standards, all arranged by Matthew Berrill.

Absolutely thrilled to be part of this socially-distanced project. Massive thanks to GMR for keeping the scene alive during #COVID-19!

More about JazzTempo here: https://thisisgalway.ie/hmmm-what-is-jazztempo/

Sligo Jazz Project 2020

I have been invited by Sligo Jazz Project to record a solo set from home, as part of their online festival this year!

This is a huge honour for me, as I attended the summer school and festival as a teenager and it was a very formative time for me.

It will stream on Fri 24th July, as part of a night featuring the finest in Irish Jazz acts such as Mike Nielsen, Michael Buckley and Paul Dunlea.

All details available on http://www.sligojazz.ie

‘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)

Solo performance at The Hunt Museum

Delighted to have been invited by The Hunt Museum in Limerick to perform a socially-distanced solo concert on Friday 31st July!

It’s free, but booking is essential.
More info. on that here: https://www.huntmuseum.com/whats-on/friday-lunchtime-jazz/

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/

#newmusic #artscouncil

Penji featured in Connacht Tribune

Nice write-up in Connacht Tribune this week! Being in Zinc was a formative time for me, and helped me to have a free approach to writing and producing with the new Penji record.


https://connachttribune.ie/pushing-out-the-boundaries-with-jazz-electronica-fusion/

Interviewed by RTE Entertainment about Electric Dreams

Beyond chuffed to see this brilliant write-up on Electric Dreams yesterday in Entertainment on RTÉ!

I was interviewed by Harry Guerin about our approach to making music, and I meant everything I said. Inclusion is deeply important in our society and we really want that message to come across in our music.

https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2020/0510/1137544-galway-band-bringing-people-together-in-electric-dreams/?fbclid=IwAR1A4hl7RBWTFmcfbxADCZc88Jo6lwFP-CgPdUzK5wkHowMNCZM1sgdaruw

Penji EP out May 21st on all platforms

I’m delighted to announce that my debut EP of electronic music is out May 21st on all platforms!

I am releasing under the alias Penji, and here is the beautiful artwork by long-time collaborator AMW Visual

Hotpress review of ‘Behind the Mask’

Delighted that Hotpress Magazine have given a glowing review for Electric Dreams’ album ‘Behind the Mask’

Lucy O’ Toole wrote “ As well as boldly breaking down barriers through their music, with Behind The Mask Electric Dreams have crafted one of the catchiest and thrillingly original Irish pop albums of recent memory. “

(read full review here)