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, Paul Wertico and the RTE Concert Orchestra. As a soloist he has toured extensively and opened for John McLaughlin on his first visit to Dublin.
His performance-based qualifications include a PhD in microtonal performance and an MPhil in Physics and Music. Director of Jazz Performance at the TU Dublin Conservatory, Mike initiated the Masters in Jazz performance programme and recently wrote a jazz guitar syllabus which was implemented in 2018.
For this guitar duo, Nielsen is joined by Galwegian Aengus Hackett.
A graduate of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Hackett has studied with such leading guitarists as Jesse Van Ruller and Wayne Krantz. Hackett has performed with legendary USA pianist Bertha Hope, and Irish stalwarts such as Conor Guilfoyle. An illustration of some of the finest established and emerging styles of Irish jazz guitar playing, this duo has a natural musical interplay. Expect improvisation at its highest level, as you are taken on a trip of the jazz guitar tradition.
Press on Mike Nielsen:
“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.”
Press on Aengus Hackett:
”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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