Jazz octet Conor Guilfoyle to perform “Birth of the Cool” in Bray


Conor Guilfoyle’s octet will perform the classic “Birth of the Cool” sessions by Miles Davis at

Ermaid Arts Center Sunday October 31 at 8 p.m.

On January 21, 1949, the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis assembled a nonet of four brass, two saxophones and three rhythms to record four pieces and eight more to come in April 1949 and March 1950.

These recordings would go down in jazz history by creating what we now call the “Birth of Cool”.

Arrangements and compositions for the nonet were provided by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, John Carisi and Miles himself. The music merged elements of classical harmony with the rhythm section of jazz and is now considered as important as Duke Ellington’s recordings of the 1940s or Miles’ later masterpiece, “Kind of Blue.”

Led by one of Ireland‘s best drummers and educators, the octet’s members are handpicked from its former Newpark Jazz (now DCU) program students and represent some of the best young players in the current scene.

Until now, the music of the Byte has been a throwback to the 1950s in a style associated with the West Coast called “cool jazz,” whose origins really began on the East Coast with the founding recordings “Birth of the Cool “,

Since its founding two years ago, the objective of the octet has been to capitalize on the excellent training of musicians performing classical works, but it also has an eye on future Irish composers and arrangers to create new music. for the group.

Despite the importance and fame of “Birth of the Cool”, it will be the first opportunity an Irish audience will have to hear it in its entirety. They will also be able to hear superb arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, central figure of this recording and one of the main representatives of the “cool” style of jazz.

Two groups that will benefit from this series of concerts are those involved in carrying out the concerts, giving the interaction between the musicians and the second group, the present audience, offering them a classic sound with a look to the future.

The concert is promoted by Wicklow County Council under the LLMPS (Local Live Music Performance Scheme).

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