‘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

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/

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

JAZZGate postponed until further notice due to Covid19 closures

JAZZGate shows are now postponed until further notice, at least until March 29th. This is due to the mandatory government measures implemented around Covid19.
Stay safe everyone!

In Flow – a huge success at GJF 2019!

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came down to the In Flow shows last week at Galway Jazz Festival! Was an absolute blast performing with the whole ensemble, which featured the wonderful Matthew Jacobson on drums, as well as Andrew Madec, Simon Kenny and Alain Halimi!
AMW Visual also did an absolutely amazing job on the visuals and documentary.

Thanks to the whole team at Galway Jazz Festival for having us, Ellen Cranitch, Ciarán Ryan and Matthew Berrill did a fantastic job on putting together the best festival yet!

Huge thanks to That’s Life, Arts Council Ireland and Galway and Roscommon ETB for their generous support and funding for the project. Onward and upward for In Flow!

Launching new trio Sat 28 Sept @ Black Gate

Super excited to be launching a new band on Sept 28th, playing brand-new compositions of mine!
Featuring two of Ireland’s finest musicians; Derek Whyte (bass) and Matthew Jacobson (drums)

Sat Sept 28, 9pm

JAZZGate: The Music of Aengus Hackett!
The Black Gate
Tickets €10 – https://bit.ly/2kpoUgT

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.

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)