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.

Aengus Hackett Trio – Agility Award

Some great news – The Arts Council have awarded me with an Agility Award to compose some new works and develop them with my trio!

I will be honing in on free improv, a great passion of mine. It’s an absolute privilege to work with Matthew Jacobson and Derek Whyte, truly two of Ireland’s most gifted musicians. I cannot wait!

‘A Life Lived’ – second video of new series

Here is ‘A Life Lived’, the second video of my new series of compositions.
I don’t usually share personal matters on my website, but this needs an introduction.

The pandemic and lockdown have been tough on everyone, and I had the added sorrow of my father passing away last April. I composed these pieces mostly during the summer, and I’d like to say it was clear sailing, but it wasn’t. The grief of losing my Dad was really awful at times, and it was compounded by the fact that we couldn’t have a regular funeral for months afterward. I honestly had to dig deep to write this music, and while it was tough, it was cathartic too.
Lots of people are going through challenging times these days, and I’m sure that this is a story shared by countless others. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this awful pandemic. This piece is dedicated to my father Richard, and if you find expression in it for your story, then it’s dedicated to you and the loved ones you have lost too.

Massive thanks to Arts Council Ireland for the support through these dark times.
#COVID-19 Crisis Response Award

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..

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

‘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