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Jazz is like Guinness… October 19, 2008

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As mentioned in the previous post, we went to listen to the Elio Villafranca Quartet in Tuar Ard Arts Centre in Moate last night.

I was interested to see what Donal made of it, as it was his first real experience of live jazz.  I thought that his description was very good!  He said that jazz seemed to be like Guinness – you either love it, or you hate it; when you first taste it, it isn’t like anything you have tasted before, but after a while you can acquire a taste for it, and even start to enjoy it!  It was perhaps a little bit more progressive/modern than the jazz I am used to listening to, but it wasn’t so way out that we didn’t enjoy it – we did very much.

The audience for jazz in Moate seems to be very small – only about 30 people turned up – but it didn’t seem to make any difference to Elio and the other musicians! Its a joy to watch people who truly love what they do for a living, and this small group really looked like they were enjoying themselves.  They are extremely talented musicians -I particularly appreciated Elio’s piano playing, and the alto saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett.

I think that my favourite piece was one that was composed for a Cuban documentary called “Mirror Dance“.

And a cute little photo of us back at mum & dad’s place in Moateweb analytics