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.

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/

#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/

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

Debut Electronic EP ‘Penji’ to be released in May 2020

Quietly in the background, for the past couple of years I have been slaving away in my home studio..
I have been recording guitars, playing synths, programming electronic beats and processing it all through a plethora of guitar pedals.

This has resulted in a four-track EP of electronic music, of which I am very proud!
I would describe it as ‘dreamy, wonky, future-nostalgic hip-hop’…

Entirely recorded, produced and mixed by myself,
‘Penji’ has just been mastered in one of the finest mastering studios in the UK (who have worked with such artists as Om Unit), and I will be releasing it this spring.

Stay tuned for an exact release date in May!