Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Stian Carstensen (Norway)

Venue: Town Hall, Main Street, Bray @ 6.30pm. Describing Norway’s Stian Carstensen as an accordionist is a bit like calling Yehudi Menuhin a fiddle player.

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Stian Carstensen (Norway)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: The Firebirds (Denmark)

Venue: The Well, Main Street, Bray @ 9.30pm. Just as great composers like Igor Stravinsky drew inspiration from folk songs and melodies to create their timeless classics.

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: The Firebirds (Denmark)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Lionel Loueke Trio (Benin/USA)

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre @ 8pm. Lionel Loueke is a major guitar talent whose band fuse traditional West African music with modern jazz harmonies and power-trio rock to create a sound that is all their own.

Fri 28 Apr 2017

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Lionel Loueke Trio (Benin/USA)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Pilgrim (Switzerland)

Venue: The Well, Main Street, Bray @ 9.30pm. Founded by Zurich-based tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, Pilgrim are one of the most exciting young ensembles in contemporary European Jazz.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Pilgrim (Switzerland)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Beats & Pieces Big Band (UK)

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre @ 8pm. Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fourteen-piece juggernaut that swaggers old school when it wants to, but also reveals a contemporary urban edge, with Radiohead medleys, electronica and Bowie in amongst the brass and reeds.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Beats & Pieces Big Band (UK)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Roamer (Ireland)

Venue: The Well, Main Street, Bray @ 4pm. Roamer is an exciting new project that has brought together four of Ireland’s most internationally active jazz musicians, three of whom now live and work beyond these shores.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Roamer (Ireland)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Shantala Subramanyam Trio (India)

Venue: Town Hall, Main Street, Bray @ 6.30pm. Shantala Subramanyam is a master of the venu, the Carnatic bamboo flute that is central to the southern Indian Carnatic musical tradition.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Shantala Subramanyam Trio (India)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: The Necks (Australia)

Venue: The Well, Main Street, Bray @ 9.30pm. They have been described, by the New York Times as “one of the greatest bands in the world”, and by The Guardian as “one of the most extraordinary groups on the planet”.

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: The Necks (Australia)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Malin Wättring 4 (Sweden)

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre @ 8pm. Malin Wättring is one of Sweden's emerging young saxophonists, a great jazz talent to emerge from a rich Scandinavian tradition.

Sun 30 Apr 2017

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Malin Wättring 4 (Sweden)

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Maarja Nuut (Estonia)

Venue: Town Hall, Main Street, Bray @ 6.30pm. Maarja Nuut is an extraordinary musician, a fiddle player and singer from Estonia who uses technology to rework Baltic folk styles to create impressively original songs and soundscapes.

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Bray Jazz Festival 2017, Music, Offsite Event

Bray Jazz Festival 2017: Maarja Nuut (Estonia)