JAZZ TREAT The Nielsen/Hackett Duo is comprised of two of Ireland’s leading jazz guitarists, Mike Nielsen and Aengus Hackett.
Westport Jazz will be hosting another night of top jazz this Friday, May 13, in Madden’s Bar at the Clew Bay Hotel, Westport, when the music of Cole Porter will be brought to life by the acclaimed Nielsen/Hackett Duo.
Made up of two of Ireland’s leading jazz guitarists, the Nielsen/Hackett Duo have a natural musical interplay. They have performed at the Galway Jazz Festival, and on two of Dublin’s leading nights for contemporary music and jazz, Kaleidoscope and Signal Series.
Guitarist, composer, educator and author Mike Nielsen is noted for his innovative performances and research. He has shared the stage with many international stars including Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Director of Jazz Performance at the TU Dublin Conservatory, Nielsen initiated the Masters in Jazz performance programme. His qualifications include a PhD in microtonal performance.
A graduate of the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam, Aengus Hackett has studied with world-renowned guitarists Jesse Van Ruller and Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan). Hackett has performed with legendary US pianist Bertha Hope, and Irish stalwarts like Conor Guilfoyle. Most recently, he has gained acclaim for his ‘JAZZGate’ series in his native Galway, selling out many shows and collaborating with the cream of the Irish jazz scene.
For this tribute show, the Nielsen/Hackett Duo will explore the rich songbook of legendary Broadway composer Cole Porter.
Drawing on their vast experience as improvisers, they will re-imagine familiar repertoire with a freedom which is invigorating. Expect melodic and highly rhythmical music, with no shortage of exciting surprises.
Doors, 8.30pm; gig at 9pm. Tickets, €10 each, are available from the venue, or by calling 098 28088.