The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra open this year’s Brilliant Corners festival, organisers Moving on Music are indicating, the line-up now live on the festival site.
Entering its third year Brilliant Corners takes place in Belfast from Wednesday 25-Saturday 28 March.
On the second night, also playing the Crescent Arts Centre on University Road, it’s a double bill with the Meilana Gillard quartet and the Scott Flanigan trio playing in a stand-out Belfast scene gig. Tenorist Gillard played the first year of the festival two years ago returning this year with brand new music. Pianist/organist Flanigan regularly appears at top Belfast jazz club Berts. Also on the second night: crack prog-jazz outfit Troyka, touring their latest album Ornithophobia, play the festival over at Cathedral Quarter venue the Black Box.
The third night features free-improv from Steve Davis’ Human at the Mac, with [updated: 16 Jan] Sixes, an experimental electric guitar night, at the Black Box. Best known for continuing adventures as part of Bourne/Davis/Kane who appeared at last year’s Brilliant Corners, Davis’ Human sound is coloured by the violin of the maverick Dylan Bates known for his work with Billly Jenkins and his tenure in the outlandish Waiting For Dwarfs. Human also features the talismanic presence of Mulatu Astatke pianist Alexander Hawkins, and the electronicist, trumpeter Alex Bonney. Being Human, their debut for Babel was released to acclaim two years ago.
The last night has Henry Cow legend Fred Frith playing solo at the Mac (support from Dave Stockard and Edward Lucas) and Bristolians Get the Blessing are at the Black Box supported by local punk jazz outfit Robocobra Quartet.
Get the Blessing, above