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Masterclass with Ronan Guilfoyle
Starts:
Mon 17th Jan at 16:30
Ends:
at 18:30
Cost:
FREE
 Max:
50
IN-PERSON
Event
Location: Saint Patrick's Campus, Theatre D.210

Practice - How, When, What, Where and Why

DCU Jazz Society are delighted to announce the resumption of our masterclass series. Kicking off our semester with a much needed kick up the arse, we're excited to announce that the one and only Ronan Guilfoyle will be giving us a masterclass on Practice; the hows and wherefores.  It's sure to be an enlightening session and just the thing to start off the new semester. Booking in advance is a must. 

Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987 where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman. Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997. Ronan has been composing for classical ensembles since 1993, specialising in compositions which feature both improvised and written music. He has had great success in this field and has now a large body of work that ranges from solo piano pieces, to chamber works, to orchestral compositions. He has had commissions from a wide range of ensembles and organisations including the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, The Opus 20 String Orchestra in London, and the European Jazz Youth Orchestra. He has also been commissioned to write works for many great soloists including the saxophonist David Liebman, the violinist Michael D'arcy and the virtuoso accordionist Dermot Dunne. Ronan has also acquired a formidable reputation as a composer in the world of contemporary jazz, and his music has been performed by such jazz luminaries as Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, John Abercrombie, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, Tom Rainey, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, and Sonny Fortune. In 1997 he won the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Competition in the United States. Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd metre playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area. He has been invited to teach this subject at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has also lectured on it for the International Music Congress (UNESCO) in Copenhagen. Ronan is the founder of and head of the jazz department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, the only school offering post-secondary jazz education in Ireland.


All health and safety guidelines will be adhered to. 

Masterclass with Ronan Guilfoyle

Starts Mon 17th Jan at 16:30
Ends at 18:30
Cost FREE
Max 50 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Event

Location: Saint Patrick's Campus, Theatre D.210

Practice - How, When, What, Where and Why

DCU Jazz Society are delighted to announce the resumption of our masterclass series. Kicking off our semester with a much needed kick up the arse, we're excited to announce that the one and only Ronan Guilfoyle will be giving us a masterclass on Practice; the hows and wherefores.  It's sure to be an enlightening session and just the thing to start off the new semester. Booking in advance is a must. 

Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. He began his career with Louis Stewart's group in the early 1980's and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1986 and 1987 where his teachers included John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman. Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is now much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andrea Keller, Andy Laster, Emily Remler, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997. Ronan has been composing for classical ensembles since 1993, specialising in compositions which feature both improvised and written music. He has had great success in this field and has now a large body of work that ranges from solo piano pieces, to chamber works, to orchestral compositions. He has had commissions from a wide range of ensembles and organisations including the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, The Opus 20 String Orchestra in London, and the European Jazz Youth Orchestra. He has also been commissioned to write works for many great soloists including the saxophonist David Liebman, the violinist Michael D'arcy and the virtuoso accordionist Dermot Dunne. Ronan has also acquired a formidable reputation as a composer in the world of contemporary jazz, and his music has been performed by such jazz luminaries as Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, John Abercrombie, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, Tom Rainey, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, and Sonny Fortune. In 1997 he won the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Competition in the United States. Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd metre playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area. He has been invited to teach this subject at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has also lectured on it for the International Music Congress (UNESCO) in Copenhagen. Ronan is the founder of and head of the jazz department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, the only school offering post-secondary jazz education in Ireland.


All health and safety guidelines will be adhered to. 

About Jazz Society

Do you like music? Specifically jazz? Do you like playing jazz? Do you like people who like playing jazz? This is the place for you.

If you're not a player, but you love jazz, read on! There's something here for you too!

The Jazz Society was unofficially started by students of the BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Degree program in St Pats but has officially expanded to include students from all disciplines, all campuses, all walks of life and we're excited to have you here! The society is geared towards musicians of all standards who like playing or would like to learn more about playing jazz music.

For those of you that simply like listening to jazz there will be performance nights (once we can get some assurances from venues about capacity and safety) where society membership will entitle you to a discount in and a chance of a good seat to sit back and enjoy the vibes of a real in-person jazz performance. 

Pre-COVID the society organised weekly and fortnightly Jam Sessions on and off campus for people to get up and play the music they've been working on with other performers, along with monthly hangouts and masterclasses. During lock down the society hosted monthly online listening hangouts where people could come and share the music they love and have been listening to lately. This was a great way to meet new like minded folks and discover some great new music. The aim of the society this year is (once safe to do so and adhering to guidelines) to run in person jam sessions and performances for players and listeners alike to enjoy. This will be combined with masterclasses and hangouts and maybe even a few public performances. 

The committee (and society as a whole) is full of friendly music-loving folks that are happy to chat and meet new music lovers and maybe even share some tips on how to bring your playing along. Feel free to send us a message, we'd love to hear from you. 

Jazz Society COVID-19 Coordinators
Aaron Murphy (Events Officer)
Emily O Rourke (Chairperson)
Current Committee 11
Chairperson Emily O Rourke(She/Her)
Secretary Michael Florence Mc Carthy
Treasurer Mary Murphy
Public Relations Officer Miles Stafford Ronayne
Clarinet Extraordinaire Heather Byrne
Equipment Officer (name hidden)
Events Officer Aaron(He/Him)
First Year Rep Kilian
Ladies Captain Nicole Martin
Mens Captain Adam Tait
Roadie Luca

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