The program unveiled for the 2021 event

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has announced a program that ensures the city will be rocking with music during the October Bank Holiday weekend.

After last year’s cancellation, the easing of Covid measures came just in time for the 2021 event (October 22-25), and organizers even managed to include several international acts on this list. year.

The event has always been one that attracts both serious music fans and those whose main priority is to have a little fun for the weekend. This year’s festival is for both.

For jazz lovers, headlining is Matthew Halsall, the Manchester-based musician who has been part of a huge jazz revival in Britain in recent years. Playing the Everyman, his style is inspired by masters like Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, but like many of his British contemporaries, he has also connected with modern club culture and other sounds.

New York rap legend Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def.

Hip hop fans will be delighted with the presence of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) at the Cork Opera House, sharing a bill with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The Brooklyn rapper has appeared at Irish festivals in the past, but this will be his first appearance in Ireland with a live band.

Other acts at Cork Opera House turn to electronic dance music from radio DJs Dec Pierce and Jenny Greene, as well as the Waterford band King Kong Company. Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill will also return from the United States – and will be supporting Phoebe Bridgers – to perform at the Opera on Friday weekend.

Jenny Greene does her DJ thing at the Cork Opera House.  Photo: Miki Barlok
Jenny Greene does her DJ thing at the Cork Opera House. Photo: Miki Barlok

Hypnotic Brass, meanwhile, is also part of an event called MåsExödus at the Everyman, which promises an exploration of the sounds of modern contemporary jazz.

Jazz cork heroes Paul Dunlea and Cormac McCarthy make the list at Triskel Christchurch, while Xenia Pestova Bennett and Ed Bennett perform a reinterpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the same location. British pianist Kit Downes, nominated for the Mercury Prize, also performs Triskel on Sundays.

The Metropole Hotel on MacCurtain Street was where the festival started in 1978, and they’ll have their usual array of acts and nightlife.

Willie J. Johnson

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