3 days, 24 performances,12 venues and over 80 musicians. GJF16 will be treading new ground, not only in its scale, but in its breadth and ambition
Now in its 11th year, with a new format, new artistic director and incredible support from the local business community (particularly Galway’s world class food scene), GJF16 is set to blaze an Autumn trail across the city in venues from Cathedrals to Nightclubs and Michelin starred restaurants to abandoned warehouses.
We really believe there are a lot of people ready and eager to connect with jazz and improvised music. This festival is getting stronger, more inclusive, more adventurous, and reaching a much wider audience.
Described by the Irish Times as a ‘Boutique festival with a big heart and growing international credibility’ the festival has set musical boundaries that range from JS Bach to Ireland's leading Hip Hop ensemble by way of the UK’s premier female Jazz Vocalist, top ECM recording artists from England and Norway and the very best from the eclectic contemporary Irish jazz scene. Jazz is a broad church, and GJF16 hopes to fill all the pews!
Matthew Berrill takes the reins of GJF16 as artistic director. A masters graduate in Music Performance from The Royal Conservatoire in The Netherlands, Matthew has a deep working understanding of the Irish and European jazz scene, and is perfectly placed to programme a festival reflective of all that is best on the current horizon.
Matthew is a founding member of Ensemble Ériu and The Clare Memory Orchestra, as well as a regular collaborator with all the leading Irish jazz players
Ably backed by a small core team of pro bono volunteers with extensive professional experience in arts programmeing, production, design, IT and promotion, and located in what we think is the best possible city for a festival, GJF16 is determined to deliver an unforgettable weekender
We've already forged fantastic ties with the local business community, and have begged, bartered and brow-beaten our friends, relations and bank manager to help in any way they feel comfortable, but some things just can't be covered by contra...We need hard cold cash to pay for flights, buses, venues, and most importantly of all, artists' fees.
In the wise advice of one of our local supporters, 'Put on a good show and look after the artists!' And that pretty well sums it up. We're determined to programme the music in the most appropriate venues, and we're absolutely going to make sure all our artists are properly paid!
Planning is well under way for this year's festival, with great people giving freely of their time and talent to start pulling it all together. The collective experience of the festival team makes us confident that with the help from our friends here, we're in good shape to deliver big-time in October.
* By arrangement
** A list of lunch venues appears on our website...
*** ditto dinners!
Baritone, Alto and Soprano are ticket price bands €5, €10 +€20
All meals are via voucher - use when you choose!
Thanks! See you in Galway in October!