New Piano Music in 2020!

 

Performances of new piano music in February and April - see dates for details

Upcoming Dates

Tudo Bem!

Billy Byrne's, John Street, Kilkenny

Ronan Guilfoyle presents Tudo Bem! - a celebration of the music of Brazil Aleka Potings - vocals Chris Guilfoyle - guitar Leopoldo Osio - piano Ronan Guilfoyle - bass Andre Antunes - drums

The music of Brazil is rich, melodic and above all one of the most groove-laden musics on the planet. Blessed with a long tradition of great composers and songwriters, and a vast range of regional styles, the music has been hugely influential, moving far beyond its own borders to find a place in so many other musical traditions, including jazz and popular music.

Brazilian music has been a passion of bassist and composer Ronan Guilfoyle for many years, and in this group he has assembled some of the finest players in the jazz and Brazilian idioms to play classic Brazilian pieces, known and loved the world over. Outside Brazil, people often think of Brazilian music as being confined to Bossa Nova, but this is only one small part of the huge tradition of Brazilian music and Tudo Bem! explores many of these styles as well as many of Brazil’s greatest composers. Expect Baions, Forros, Partido Altos, Sambas, Xaxados and more, and music by Toninho Horta, Caetano Veloso, Joao Bosco, Chico Pinheiro, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Rita and Joyce. Above all expect the joyous, infectious rhythms and grooves of Brazil played with an authentic feel ,and a celebration of one of the world’s great music traditions.

New Piano Music

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin, Dublin

Svetlana Rudenko - piano Michael Buckley - saxophone Ronan Guilfoyle  - bass   A programme of composed and improvised pieces in the lovely surroundings of the Hugh Lane Gallery. The concert will feature the premiere performance of my new piano composition, 'Short (&) Suite for Piano', by the great Ukrainian classical pianist Svetlana Rudenko, and I'll also be joined by my long standing colleague Micheal Buckley on saxophones.

Free!

New York State of Mind - with Dave Liebman

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Arthurs Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin D08 VF83

Dave Liebman - saxophones Mike Nielsen - guitar Ronan Guilfoyle - bass Conor Guilfoyle - drums

A three-set a night recreation of a typical 1060s New York jazz club gig, featuring the legendary Dave Liebman on saxophone with his long time Irish collaborators the Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio

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News and Updates June 2019 

Hello everybody. Here are some details of my musical activities over the coming months, I hope you find something here to enjoy and if I’m playing in your area, please do come and say hello. You can reach me at ronan@ronanguilfoyle.com and please feel free to write and connect, I love hearing from you!

Touring and Performances

I have a busy summer and autumn coming up, beginning in June when I’ll be performing the music of Thelonious Monk with the trio Evidence, and shortly after that I’ll have a…

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News and Updates, 2015! 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s a good one for you all.  I've made a start on my new year’s resolutions by updating and upgrading my website. There is lots of new stuff there, I think it's more streamlined and I'll be working on it to improve it and keep it updated, so please do check it out now and then if you feel like it.

Here are some other bits of news from 2014, and plans for 2015

Teaching

I've decided to do some one-to-one private teaching again. I haven't done this for a long time and it's…

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News and Future Events 

Hi Everyone

It’s been a long while since I updated my activities and outlined what’s coming up over the next few months. So if you’ll indulge me over the next few paragraphs I will do precisely that.

Recent Activities

 The past several months have been busy with travelling, writing, teaching and performing. Towards the end of last year I toured with the great Kenny Werner, toured in Japan, Switzerland, and taught at the Didier Lockwood school in France. At the end of the year I went to Paris to rehearse…

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New CD - Renaissance Man with John Abercrombie! 

My New CD with John Abercrombie, Conor Guilfoyle and String Quartet, 'Renaissance Man' has been released on the famous Danish Label SteepleChase records, on their new LookOut imprint. You can read about it, hear samples from it and purchase it here:

Whenever you release a new recording it's an exciting and special moment, but for me, since this music is written about my father,  this release is particularly special and personal. In this case the importance to me of the music being widely heard…

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News and Upcoming Events 

Hi Everyone

 It’s been a long time since I updated (hopefully) interested parties with what’s been going on and what’s coming up over the next few months. So if you’ll indulge me over the next few paragraphs I will do precisely that. 

Recent Activities

The past several months have been busy with travelling, writing, teaching and performing. Towards the end of last year I toured with the great David Liebman, did workshops in Kobe in Japan and at the Paris Conservatoire, as well performing with my group…

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News and Upcoming Events 

Hi Everyone
 
 It’s been a loooooong time since I sent out any kind of newsletter, or update on my activities... Very bad form I know, and of course completely against the grain of what you’re supposed to do these days. I’ve been very busy, but still, that’s no excuse.... mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. (As you can see, a Catholic upbringing can be hard to shake off!)
 
 I promise to do better in the future, and as a start I’m sending you a link to some audio and video stuff you can download if…

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Latest News and Upcoming Events 

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Here’s an update on recent and forthcoming activities – hope you find something of interest in here.

It’s been a crazy 2010 so far! Since January I’ve been travelling and playing incessantly. Beginning in London where I was involved in workshops at the Guildhall School of Music and performing with the Stroman/Jönsson Project, who released their debut CD on Kopasetic Records. Then it was off to Norway and Denmark, for performances with Métier at a very nice club in Oslo as part of an EU festival…

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F***ed Up Classics Rides Again! 

Hi Everyone On Sunday 7th of June next at JJ Smyth's in Dublin, the Guilfoyle/Nielsen Trio - one of the seminal groups in Irish Jazz of the last 20 years, will be playing its first concert in five years. Furthermore the group will be playing a programme of music not heard in Dublin for over 15 years, the affectionately titled 'F***ed Up Classics' - a programme of standard pieces, all reharmonised and played in different metres. The trio were trailblazers in the area of such rhythmic techniques as odd…

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"Where's the 1!?" 

Hi Everyone, I've posted a new essay on the subject of rhythm - dealing with soloing issues. Have a look and please feel free to tell me what you think! You can see it here all the best Ronan

Composition Performances on Youtube! 

Hi Everyone,

I've uploaded a couple of videos of performances of my compositions on to Youtube - there a performance of my solo piano piece 'Toccata and Feud' played by the wonderful Izumi Kimura here:

Toccata and Feud

and here’s Izumi playing a new piece

Funk Étude No. 1

And another performance by the also wonderful violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan of two movements of my 'Sonata for Solo Violin' here:

Solo Sonata 1

and here:

Solo Sonata 2

Hope you enjoy them!


Ronan