Avoidable Inevitability

My song ‘Avoidable Inevitability’ is now available. Download here on Bandcamp.com

idir – Group Ego Trip 1

After meeting in Ireland, a group of cross disciplinary artists have joined together to form  the collaboration known as ‘idir.’  With their name taken from the Gaelic word for ‘between’ the group is an exciting collaboration between artists, between cultures, between countries and continents.

The intercultural group features a multitalented group of individuals with a breadth of work in performance, painting, photography, sculpture, visual arts and music.

The diverse group have been invited by New York Foundation For the Arts to tour their work to DUMBO.  The exhibition entitled ‘Group Ego Trip’ will open on October 9 and will continue for four months at the New York location until January 30th 2015.

Group Ego Trip, curated by David C. Terry will be exhibited at 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Further information on the artists involved in the collective can be found on their website www.idirart.com.

MBQ – Live at CFCP, 19.09.2014, 10pm – Culture Night

MBQ (Mathias Baumann Quartet) play original Jazz compositions blending traditional styles with a modern sounds. On Dublin’s Culture Night 2014 the quartet will give a preview of the upcoming album release ‘Expectations’. The original compositions on their debut record let the listener travel through the history of traditional Jazz sounds. Influenced by great composers such as Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell and Art Blakey the music features different styles from Blues over Bebop to Hardbop and contemporary modal sounds.

Mathias Baumann (guitar), Darragh Hennessy (piano), Bazz Rycraft (double bass), Brendan Doherty (drums).

Date: 19/09/2014
Time: 10:30 pm
Admission: Free
Venue info: www.cfcp.ie
Address & Contact: 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2, phone: +353 (0)1 7995416, email: info@cfcp.ie

Recording Sessions MBQ

I have been in the studio last week to record the second batch of tunes for my first album with my Quartet (MBQ). It was a great session and I realised how patient and generous you have to be with one another when you record a Jazz album.

In this project it takes four musicians to create something meaningful which feels good…Image

When we were recording we were always going for another take and another one because we thought we can do it better and better again. At the end of the day we were all exhausted. Listening back a few days later showed that the first two takes were usually the best ones.

The best thing of all is that the album is finished now. All that is left to do is mixing, mastering and the manufacturing process. The release will be in the second half of 2014. i am really excited about this and very thankful for Darragh’s, Barry’s and Satya’s great work and musicianship. Thanks guys!