Wednesday 21 February 2018

Mad virtuosity and zen funk at NCH


Grainne Farren

Tonight the National Concert Hall presents three for the price of one. Trygve Seim's The Source will open the show at 7pm; pianist Stefano Bollani will follow at 8.15pm, with Nik Bartsch's Ronin at 9.30pm.

Norway's Trygve Seim (tenor sax) leads a quartet with trombone, double bass and drums. Exuberant Italian virtuoso Stefano Bollani will play solo piano, no doubt sprinkled with humour and mad medleys, as on previous visits. (His set is expected to be the evening's highlight.)

Switzerland's Nik Bartsch (piano, Fender Rhodes) leads a group called Ronin with drums, bass, percussion, and contrabass clarinet. Their music is described as "zen-like funk", whatever that means.

Tomorrow night brings a very welcome visit from Tina May, who will sing with the Phil Ware Trio in JJ Smyth's. The award-winning British vocalist began singing jazz in the Eighties in Paris, where she appeared with Roger Guerin and Kenny Clarke. In England she has sung with all the heads, including John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, the Stan Tracey Big Band, Don Weller and Alan Barnes.

Her regular pianist is Nikki Iles, and she has also recorded with Ray Bryant, Scott Hamilton and Tony Coe. Her most recent Irish appearance was at Cork last October.

Colette Henry is in Tralee, Co Kerry, from 12.30 this afternoon, singing at a jazz, funk and soul weekend in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Killarney Road. If you miss her there, catch her next Sunday in Pacino's Cellar Bar, Suffolk Strret, Dublin, from 5.30pm.

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