Ian Smith and David Lacey/Gavin Prior/Paul G Smyth Trio
Friday 19th July
A night of free improvisation by three of Ireland’s leading improvisors along with a return to Dublin by trumpeter Ian Smith. Following their first time playing as a trio at the National concert Hall earlier this year, Lacey, Prior and Smyth will perform once again, this time at the Joinery. They will be joined for the first time by Irish trumpet player Ian Smith.
David Lacey: Percussion
Gavin Prior: Electric Guitar
Paul G Smyth: Piano
Ian Smith: TrumpetIan Smith
Trumpeter Ian Smith was first active on the Dublin alternative rock/post-punk scene in the 1980s, playing in the Real Wild West. Following his move to London, he switched to free improvisation, performing with the likes of Evan Parker, John Stevens, Maggie Nicols, Lol Coxhill, and Steve Beresford, who produced his first two solo albums. He is an active member of the London Improvisers Orchestra and the Temporary Brass Trio (with Gail Brand and Oren Marshall), and has albums out on Red Toucan and Emanem.
“Ian Smith is a formidable technician and a profoundly intuitive music maker, with the ability to deliver exactly the right sound, or very often the right sonic texture, at the psychological moment. An ideal group or ensemble player, he seems remarkably free of ego in performance, often preferring to wait out passages before delivering a tiny killer stroke.” – Brian Morton.
“Smith’s style has the free-form panache of a Wadada Leo Smith or Joe McPhee, but his experience of other musics is never too far from the surface. Some of his gestures seem to derive from earlier forms of jazz, and there are moments of harmonic directness that you could put chord symbols under. But it has all been thoughtfully moulded into a highly convincing and distinctive language.” – Philip ClarkPaul G. Smyth
Paul G. Smyth (b.1976) is a musician, visual artist and designer, based in Dublin. A member of The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth is also Ireland’s foremost free-improvising pianist. Since 1999, he has worked with Charles Gayle, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, Max Eastley, Hannah Marshall, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, been a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive” – Le Cool Magazine), a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 17 countries.
“Ireland’s darkest jewel” – The Journal of Musichttp://paulgsmyth.com/David Lacey
David Lacey is a musician from Dublin. He uses drumset, crude electronics, found objects and cassettes. He plays regularly with Rob Casey, Fergus Kelly, Cian Nugent and Paul Vogel and in the bands Chip Shop Music and Legion of Two. Previous collaborations include Rhodri Davies, Annette Krebs, Keith Rowe and Mark Wastell. Since 2005, he has been a co-curator of the i-and-e festival of improvised and contemporary music. Recent projects have included a duo with Patrick Farmer and a two-band collaboration between Chip Ship Music and Barcelona trio Atalon.
Gavin Prior is known to some as a member of United Bible Studies. He currently plays in Toymonger and is working on the debut album of his newest band Sabre Series. His improvising career began with Murmansk formed after an improv workshop with Eddie Prevost of AMM. Since then he has improvised in Ireland and Europe with Sean Meehan, Daivd Lacey, Rhodri Davies, Mick O’Sea, Paul Flaherty Paul Vogel, Dennis McNulty, Paul Roe, Tuula Voutilainen and Francis Heery, among others. Using tabletop guitar/bass, feedback loops and his own circuit bent instruments he continues to span the spectrum from lower case improvising to full-on noise. He is a co-founder of the Deserted Village label http://desertedvillage.com/