Jazz and reverberations to echo in St Nicholas'

Leading jazz guitarist Mikkel Ploug, and others, to

AN UNUSUAL, but potentially fascinating, concert, featuring Mikkel Ploug, "the latest sensation in European jazz guitar," according to leading Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, takes place in Galway this month.

The Stella Maris Project, a concert featuring Mikkel Ploug, Sean Carpio (drums ), Joachim Badenhorst (saxophone, clarinets ), Simon Jermyn (electric guitar ), and Jeppe Skovbakke (double bass ), takes place in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church on Tuesday June 26 at 5pm.

The show is part of a tour of Ireland with the shows deliberately taking place in churches, as the music the quintet will perform are based on speech reverberations collected from these various buildings. The project is the result of a year-long process and is the brainchild of Irish drummer Carpio ("Maybe the finest drummer ever produced here” - The Irish Times ) and Danish guitarist Ploug.

Carpio and Ploug visited each of the six churches to record actor Genevieve Hulme-Beaman reciting the poem 'How To Disappear' by Egyptian poet Haytham El-Wardany. While Genevieve recited the poem the same way each time, the connection of her voice with the acoustics of each individual church revealed six very different recordings. These were then used as the inspiration for the arrangement of an instrumental suite of new music for a quintet. The final step is to revisit each church where the recordings initially took place and to perform the resulting compositions live for its local audience.

Tickets are €15/10 and will be available on the door. See also www.seancarpio.com/stella-maris

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