Ronan Guilfoyle: Blog
MSG - Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto), Chander Sardjoe(drums) and myself have just released our first CD on the Plus Loin label. We've been together for 4 years now and play whenever the Rubik's Cube of our three schedules can be reconciled! The CD is very representative of what we do and it's great to have it out at last! You can see it Here
I don't think it's been released in the US yet, but it's available in Europe and you can buy it
I'll be posting more videos of the band in action very soon, but for a taste of what we do, here's a typical live performance by the band featuring one of the pieces we don't do on the CD - Rudresh's 'Enhanced Performance'
I'm not sure when this entered the vocabulary of jazz musicians -- I can think of Billy Cobham soloing over complex vamps with the Mahavishnu Orchestra back in the early 70s, but it was probably done before that, no doubt an enlightened reader can fill in the gaps for us. But only in the last 20 years or so that this become really ubiquitous, and is a stock in trade of most bands in contemporary jazz. [...]
Spent today in Dave McCune's lovely studio in the north Dublin countryside today. The occasion was the recording of some tracks with Trilogue, my new chamber improvising group - a trio with Sarah Buechi (voice) and Izumi Kimura (piano). This is a relatively new group but one that's already real fun to play with and one with great potential.
Over the past 10 years I've written a lot of chamber music for various classical ensembles, sometimes with an improviser, sometimes not. And for a long time I've also thought it would be a nice idea to have a group that combined a large composed element with the ability to improvise and be spontaneous - with Trilogue I think I've found such a group. About 5 years ago I came across Izumi, a really great contemporary classical pianist who plays my music very well, and who really understands the rhythmic language of contemporary improvised music very well. She has a great technique and a great time feel, and a real appreciation of the aesthetics [...]
In February I went to Paris to play with the guys (they have a very cool little practice room which they rent collectively with some colleagues), and in March they came to Dublin, and we had a lot of fun playing and trying things out. We decided to do an informal performance in front of an invited audience in Dublin at the end of our rehearsal period, and I set the video camera up.
I've out some footage of it up on Youtube, click [...]