Made up of two of Ireland’s leading jazz guitarists, the Nielsen / Hackett Duo have a natural musical interplay. They have performed at the Galway Jazz Festival, and have been featured on two of Dublin’s leading nights for contemporary music and jazz; Kaleidoscope and Signal Series.
Guitarist, composer, educator and author, Mike Nielsen is noted for his innovative performances and research. He has shared the stage with many international stars including Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Director of Jazz Performance at the TU Dublin Conservatory, Nielsen initiated the Masters in Jazz performance programme. His performance-based qualifications include a PhD in microtonal performance.
A graduate of the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam, Aengus Hackett has studied with world-renowned guitarists Jesse Van Ruller and Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan). Hackett has performed with legendary USA pianist Bertha Hope, and Irish stalwarts such as Conor Guilfoyle. Most recently, he has gained acclaim for his ‘JAZZGate’ series in his native Galway, selling out many shows over the past year and featuring the cream of the Irish jazz scene.
For their nationwide tour in 2021, the Nielsen / Hackett Duo will explore the rich songbook of legendary Broadway composer Cole Porter. From his wild Gatsby-esque extravagance, to his plethora of hit Broadway shows and songs, Porter’s life was full of character. Widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential composers of The Great American Songbook, he left an indelible mark on American culture and jazz.
Drawing on their vast experience as improvisers, the Nielsen / Hackett Duo will reimagine familiar repertoire with a freedom which is invigorating.
Expect melodic and highly rhythmical music, with no shortage of exciting surprises.
“A new age of jazz is being spawned by an exciting and innovative crop of Irish musicians…the spadework was done by pioneering musicians such as Mike Nielsen.”
The Sunday Times
“Mike Nielsen is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s most distinctive and iconoclastic guitar voices, equally innovative on electric and acoustic guitars.”
”Guitarist/composer/teacher Aengus Hackett is fast becoming a pivotal figure of the Irish jazz scene.“
Jazziz Magazine, USA
Aengus Hackett proved himself an ingenious accompanist as he weaved his licks through the complex guitar chords. When he moved into his solo his octave-licks were sharp, clear, like a featherweight’s knuckles.…There were flashes of fire. As on “I Love You,” where he closed his solo with a chord run up the neck that shone like a seam of platinum. “
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