Going into their third year, Brilliant Corners will once again host some of the best jazz events in Belfast from 25th through to the 28th March.
The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra will play Belfast on Wednesday 25th March for the very first time as they kick things off at the Crescent Arts Centre. The 17 piece big band is made up of some of the best musical talent in Ireland, led by the legendary Ciaran Wilde. Expect exciting tunes, humour, big noise and delicate sounds, all wrapped up in beautiful melody.
Thursday 26th March, they host two shows with Meilana Gillard Quartet & Scott Flanigan Trio playing at the Crescent Arts Centre, and the jazz/electronica three piece Troyka, at the Black Box. Meilana has been specially commissioned by Moving on Music to write a new suite of work for the festival (named Balance Playbook), which will be debuted on the night. Troyka are currently touring their newest album ‘Ornithophobia‘ which the Guardian called their “best album to date“.
Stave Davis’ Human will play the MAC on Friday 27th March with music inspired by the early masters of free jazz. You’ll find no museum pieces here though. This is vibrant, brash and lively free music, viewed from a fresh perspective. 50 metres down a cobbled Hill Street, the Black Box will host ‘SIXES’ a night of experimental electric guitar music exploring overtones and repetition, challenging the audience and the players to keep the count.
On Saturday 28th, Brilliant Corners have multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, founding member of Henry Cow, and one of the most prolific and versatile musicians of the last 50 years, Fred Frith performing at the MAC. The Brilliant Corners show will be a solo improvisation performance and a rare opportunity to see the legendary musician in action, with support coming from Dave Stockard and Ed Lucas.
Closing the festival are Get The Blessing. Made up of Portishead rhythm masters Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, on bass and drums, along with Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone. The Bristol band have forged a signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity. Support on the night comes from one of the most exciting bands in Ireland right now, Robocobra Quartet.