Saturday 24 March 2018

Student aims to make an impact on music world

Jessica Farry

A Summerhill student is making waves in the music industry having just organised his first gig.

Transition Year student Fraser Gaine has organised a jazz gig at the Yeats building on January 12th at 7pm.

Drummer David Lyttle and guitarist Andreas Varady represent the best in jazz coming out of Ireland in recent times.

Both have performed worldwide, collaborated with jazz legends and received individual nominations in the prestigious MOBO Awards for Best Jazz Act. Both of these jazz artists will be performing at the gig, organised by the 15-year-old.

"I first became interested in music when I was very small, and my two older sisters started playing music.

"They both played piano to begin with and branched out into different instruments after that, but they definitely made me want to get into it," Fraser told The Sligo Champion.

The saxophone is his chosen instrument, which he has played since he was six years old.

David Lyttle has given Fraser work experience as part of his Transition Year programme. As part of his work experience, David set Fraser the challenge of organising a gig.

"I got involved with this through David. I met him 5 years ago and as of last year he's been mentoring me closely.

"Part of this mentoring is about the music industry and he tasked me with trying to organise a small yet intimate gig in Sligo.

"Only naturally, I wanted to make it as big and successful as I could."

He added: "Organising a high profile gig like this has been invaluable to my understanding of the music industry, both for promoting others and getting gigs myself. It's shown me what a musician needs to fulfil to actually get a gig in the first place.

"It did take quite a bit of work, and there were a few setbacks with regards to a venue, but all in all everyone was very reasonable with me and probably cut me some slack considering the circumstances!"

This is an avenue that Fraser would like to explore in the future: "I'd really love to make a career out of music, whether that be in promotion or performance or both. Either way I figure I'll keep both aspects up, regardless of what I depend on as my profession."

He hopes that he can make an impact on music like his inspirations: "I have a lot of inspirations, from legends to younger artists who I've met and learned from, in a variety of styles and not just jazz.

"These would have to include John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Ernie Watts, Chuck Rainey, Andy Middleton, Art Blakey, Ciaran Wilde, Cathal Roche, Heidi Wilson and of course David and Andreas too.

"They've all done such amazing things in the world of music and I hope I can make that kind of impact someday too."

Sligo Champion