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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.

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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.

‘Play, Explore, Perform’ music making workshops with That’s Life

I will begin work very soon on my workshops for which I have received the Arts Participation Bursary Award 2017.

Applicants should have a keen interest in music and be available for workshops in Galway City on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am-3pm. Auditions will take place at That’s Life Studio,
Woodlands Centre, Renmore on Tuesday 24th October from 10.30am-12.30pm.
For all enquiries and to register for auditions, please contact Andrew Madec on 086-1527040.

 

 

Arts Participation Bursary Award 2017

It is my great honour to announce that I have been awarded the Arts Participation Bursary Award 2017 by Arts Council Ireland!

I am very aware of how competitive the landscape is in Ireland for artistic funding, so I am simply overwhelmed with joy (and totally chuffed) that the Arts Council have deemed me worthy of this bursary. It will support me to develop my arts practice to a degree that wouldn’t be possible otherwise, and for that I am so grateful to them.

My proposal is to explore and develop improvisation as a tool to make music with a group of adults with intellectual disability. Over the course of a year, I will continue working with That’s Life​, the amazing organisation who time after time deliver innovative arts projects involving adults with ID. They have pledged an enormous level of support in this proposal, I wish to acknowledge this and thank them from the bottom of my heart.
There were a great many other people who contributed to this huge proposal and application. Too many to name here, but I thank them greatly too.

I will be sharing more details about the proposal as I begin working on it, but for now..CELEBRATIONS!

DINOSAUR album out October 23rd

The day has finally come! I am super excited to finally be releasing my debut album with DINOSAUR.
Here is our wonderful album cover, commissioned by Galway artist Black Tongue.

Stay tuned for more info about the release, which will be available digitally and on CD from Bandcamp.

Galway Jazz Festival 2017

The Galway Jazz Festival is upon us once again! The programme for this year is bigger and better than ever,
and I am thrilled to be continually involved as a member of the production team.

I am also delighted to be returning to curate and perform at The Salthouse Sessions for another series of concerts featuring some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians.
What is more, we have expanded the series this year to include the Friday.

The stellar lineup is:

Friday 6th Oct, 7pm
Duo with Michael Nielsen​ (guitar)

Saturday 7th Oct, 6pm
Duo with Sam Comerford​ (saxophone)

Sunday 8th Oct, 3pm
Trio with Neil Ó Loclainn (bass) & Dominic Mullan​ (drums)