RIAM Jazz Band
Founded in 2000 by an enthusiastic group of classical musicians wishing to explore the medium of jazz, the Royal Irish Academy of Music Jazz Ensemble has firmly established itself as one of the most exciting groups of young musicians championing this exhilarating medium in Ireland. Ranging in age from fifteen to twenty-five, the twenty-strong Ensemble comprises musicians from all over Ireland who meet weekly under the baton of saxophonist Kevin Hanafin.
Since its highly acclaimed début performance at the National Concert Hall in November 2000, the Ensemble has performed in concert at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle, The Helix, as well as in a number of theatres around the country. An exciting collaboration with one of Ireland’s finest pianists, Thérèse Fahy, saw the group perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in its original form throughout Ireland in 2005 and last season, the Ensemble once again joined forces with this dynamic pianist in a new concerto for piano and jazz ensemble by Conor Linehan. Commissioned by the RIAM and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, this new work received its world première at the National Concert Hall on March 6th 2006 and toured to New York in April.