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30Apr21 to 02May21

NWRC MAPA Music Showcase for Derry Jazz Festival

NWRC MAPA Music Showcase for Derry Jazz Festival

This year marks the introduction of the MAPA Jazz Education program where well-known artists engage with music students and explore the wondrous world of Jazz.

These artists will also perform a series of mini-concerts alongside the Jazz-influenced covers that the MAPA students are presenting. These events will take place on

● Richard Nelson Friday 30th 11am: Pedal steel & Jazz Theory Masterclass, Concert (No More Blues)

● Mike Nielsen Friday 30th 3pm: Jazz Guitar Masterclass, Concert (Solo Sound Recipes)

● Philip Begley Saturday 1st 3pm: ‘Recording Jazz’ Masterclass● MAPA Music Showcase for Derry Jazz & Bigband Festival - Sunday 2nd 7pm

Richard Nelson

Fri 30th 11am

If you turn on an Irish radio station and hear a pedal steel guitar, chances are that the man in the driving seat is Richard Nelson. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a who’s who of top Irish musicians, from Van Morrison and Paul Brady to Daniel O’Donnell, and countless others. He has played on over 500 albums over the years. He is one of the most sought after session musicians on the Irish music scene.

Richard has released three albums of Jazz standards, the first “Moment’s Notice” in 2005 and “Song for my Father” in 2019 and has collaborated with many of Ireland’s top Jazz artists such as Phil Ware, Hugh Buckley, Dave Redmond, Ciaran Wilde, Dave Redmond and Myles Drennan. It is on his latest album ‘No More Blues’, that Nelson’s jazz credentials are codified. The dexterity with which he tackles ‘Giant Steps’ is truly remarkable. This tune with its frantic tempo and alternating modulations is not to be attempted (if you have any respect for Coltrane) until one has truly spent a considerable amount of time studying jazz, but Nelson’s version showcases his impeccable timing, tuning and acuity. Featuring an all-star cast of top Irish and international session musicians from Scotland to the US, and recorded, mixed and mastered by the legendary Philip ‘The Beg’ Begley (Riverdance, Planxty, Christy Moore), Nelson has delivered a stunning sounding album. Crisp yet gritty and the selection of tunes demonstrates just how far he has brought a ‘country’ instrument into the jazz mainstream. Pedal Steel Guitar is here to stay as a jazz instrument and on this island, it is due to the Herculean efforts of Richard Nelson’s patience, practice, persistence, precision and vision.

He is the founder of the Irish Pedal Steel Guitar Festival which has been running annually for over 20 years, He has also performed at many leading Jazz venues such as Montreaux Jazz festival, North Sea Jazz festival, Arthur’s Dublin and Portalen Jazz club in Copenhagen. He is also a Graduate of the DIT masters in Jazz performance programme.

No More Blues by Richard Nelson is out now on Modal Citizen Records.

Mike Nielsen

Fri 30th 3pm

“Mike Nielsen – the most gifted and original guitarist here”

– The Irish Times ”Perhaps the most truly original voice in Irish Jazz”

– Sunday Tribune

Mike Nielsen is the coordinator of the Masters in Jazz Performance Degree programme at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has performed with many leading international Jazz artists, most notably Dave Liebman, with whom he recorded twice, and toured Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He was awarded a Licentiate of Trinity College, London (LTCL) in classical guitar performance and received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston. Michael also holds an MPhil in microtonal theory and physics and a PhD in microtonal improvisation which included the design of original microtonal guitars, composition and notation. He is a prolific composer in the genre of contemporary Jazz and microtonal music and has appeared on 18 recordings. His MPhil research features in the new edition of The Contemporary Guitar by John Schneider, and Schott will publish his book, Precision Timing for All Instruments in 2016.

For more information about Mike Nielsen visit: https://www.modalcitizenrecord...

Philip Begley

Sat 2nd 3pm

Having spent many years in the music industry as a musician, producer, recording, mix and mastering engineer, Philip has an unrivalled reputation throughout Ireland and beyond its shores. His innate understanding of all kinds of music allows for a natural sympathy with performers. He has gathered an impressive list of credentials amongst the premier artists of the music industry, artists such as Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Planxty, Louis Stewart, Clannad, Enya and The Corrs.

In his masterclass, Philip will explore the different ways of recording jazz, from soloists to ensembles. Stereo microphone techniques and mixing and mastering tips will also be examined in this often-overlooked aspect of jazz music creation.

For more information about Philip Begley visit:

MAPA Music Showcase for Derry Jazz and Bigband Festival

Sun 3rd 7pm

As part of this year’s festival music students from MAPA will be performing a series of cover tunes that have been adapted to a jazz setting. You can expect to hear songs from a diverse mix of influences including Radiohead, Nina Simone, Motown artists, Peter Gabriel plus loads more.

Online event details will be added before the event to the 'online event' section after you register. Here you will find the relevant links to each performance and other important information about the event.

Register your interest for these events on Eventbrite

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