David Lyttle takes up Musician-in-Residence at the Nerve Centre

davidlyttleAcclaimed musician, songwriter and producer David Lyttle has been appointed as Musician-in-Residence at the Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry.

The residency, which will run throughout 2015, is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council through the City of Culture Legacy fund and the National Lottery via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Lyttle will follow in the footsteps of award-winning jazz pianist, Neil Cowley, after his hugely successful year as Musician-in-Residence during City of Culture in 2013.

Throughout his tenure, Lyttle will work and collaborate with a range of musicians, songwriters, bands and producers from across the city and local area to create and perform original pieces of new music. Through its links with the burgeoning music community in the North West, the Nerve Centre will bring together a network that Lyttle will engage and collaborate with, from young emerging artists to well established musicians.

Speaking about his appointment David Lyttle said: “I’ve been performing in Derry for almost ten years and have always been impressed and heartened by the city’s love of music and high level of creativity. Every time I play in Derry I leave feeling great about being a musician. I’m very happy to be appointed as the Nerve Centre’s Musician In Residence and I’m looking forward to collaborating with some of the city’s musicians, writers and industry up-and-comers, as well as basing some of my international collaborations there.”

Perhaps best known as a prodigious jazz drummer in his early career, Lyttle has gone on to be described by Irish music magazine Hot Press as a ‘one-man industry’ for his work as a performer, producer and record label owner. His diverse collaborations range from hip hop visionary Talib Kweli to jazz icon Joe Lovano to Irish recording artist Duke Special, who all feature on his third album Faces recently described by Rolling Stone as “one of the best, robust listening experiences you’re likely to have all year”.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of Nerve Centre, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed David as our second Musician-in-Residence. With such a multifaceted career he brings with him a wealth of experience in multiple fields that he will use in the development of young talent and more experienced artists.”

James Hannam, from PRSF said: “We’re very happy to be supporting Nerve Centre on the second run of this programme, following Neil Cowley’s excellent residency in 2013. David Lyttle is an outstanding artist and we’re looking forward to seeing and hearing some brilliant music.”

Oonagh McGillion, director of legacy said: “The Musician-in-Residency project is a great legacy of 2013 with the engagement of young people through music. There is a huge talent among our young people and experienced artists and this project will open new opportunities for development. Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are pleased to support this great project and wish David and the Nerve Centre much success.”

Lyttle’s first official engagement as Musician-in-Residence will be during the Derry City Jazz & Big Band Festival as keynote speaker and performer at the Outerwest Jazz Academy in Foyle and St Marys College on May 1. He will also lead a specially assembled group of local and national professional musicians to highlight opportunities in the music industry.