12 Points Jazz Festival
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Co Dublin
In its third year, this is now Dublin’s only Jazz festival and definitely one with a difference.
The details below refer to 2008. No information yet about the line up in 2009. Keep an eye on the Festival Website for announcements.
With performers in 2008 from Italy, Germany, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Norway and the UK, as well as Ireland, the festival is certainly lived to its billing as a truly European festival.
Among the acts for 2008 were the Giovanni Guidi Quartet, whose eponymous leader has wowed audience with his virtuoso piano skills; Shreefpunk, led by German trumpetting prodigy Mathias Schriefl and Copenhagen’s Ibrahim Electric, an electronic outfit led by organist Jeppe Tuxen.
From Austria come Radio.String.Quartet.Vienna, whose electonica blew audiences away at The Berlin Jazz Festival in 2006, while Kadri Voorand mines her native Estonia’s long established song tradition in a clear strong voice and a remarkable understanding of phrasing and intonation for such a young singer.
What’s that you say? You never heard of any of them?
Well, that is sort of the point – you may not have heard of them now, but these people are part of the future of European Jazz.
The festival aims to showcase exciting young ensembles and individual artists from thoughout Europe, twelve of them in all ranging from hard swinging piano trios and electro improvisers, to creative composers and a jazz chanteuse.
It will certainly be a leap into the unknown for many of those in attendance, but a very rewarding one – all those taking part, while little known now outside their immediate home territories – are critically acclaimed and doing exciting things with music.
Real Jazz lovers should beat a track to the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar to hear them