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Apr 24 2020 20:00 - 22:30
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PAUL G. SMYTH, piano

The powerhouse duo returns for their first show in five years.

"Operating at an extremely high level, Smyth and Corsano share a special connection. One can almost see their thoughts syncing together and their bodies merging into one four-armed monster. Several moments are reminiscent of the best work from Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley, while still managing to sound like Smyth and Corsano." — Burning Ambulance

"Immensely powerful" — a Jazz Noise

"makes you realise just how good improvised music can be ... a master class in how to improvise, how this music speaks, communicates and above all entertains – absolutely." — Kind of Jazz

Their album 'Psychic Armour', released in 2016 to universal critical acclaim, was most recently voted one of The Free Jazz Collective Top 101 Recordings Of The 2010s. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the great contemporary duos in action.

"all the freshness and energy of Don Pullen and Milford Graves’ 1966 duet recordings with a half-century history of improvisatory practice added." — The New York City Jazz Record

“With the energy and focus on display, it is tempting to compare the meeting to two heavyweights coming toe-to-toe, prepared to slug it out… but that would not do it justice, as it would ignore the co-operation and empathy between the two… the two contribute equally to the music’s impressive variety, momentum and musicality. Their music is guaranteed to quickly draw in listeners and keep them engaged throughout. Please may this duo become more than just a one-off encounter.” — All About Jazz

“this is righteous improv from the Irish/American duo of Paul G. Smyth and Chris Corsano” — Dalston Sound

"A self-contained journey that showcases unique artistry to its limits without letdown" — Jazzword

Based in upstate New York, Chris Corsano is one of the most vital and exciting drummers working today, recording and touring with (among others) Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower, Björk, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Heather Leigh, Nels Cline, Merzbow, Okkyung Lee, Mette Rasmussen, Six Organs of Admittance, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, MV&EE, Keiji Haino, Jandek and Christina Carter.

In 2017, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award.

"...seriously one of the most exciting drummers on the planet." -Adam Richards,

For the last 20 years, pianist Paul G. Smyth has been carving a unique furrow in Ireland’s cultural landscape. Parallel to his past involvement with The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth has also set himself apart as a singular voice in Europe’s vigorous improvised music scene.

Since touring with Charles Gayle in 1999, he has worked with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, John Edwards, Alan Wilkinson, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, been a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive" – Le Cool Magazine), a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 18 countries.

Smyth has released critically acclaimed duo albums with Evan Parker, Chris Corsano and John Russell on his label Weekertoft, which he co-founded with Russell in 2016.

“A revelation … His approach to the piano is utterly original” – The New York City Jazz Record

“One of the great contemporary pianists” – The Free Jazz Collective



Lutherhaus Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, D02 XP21 Dublin


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