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Note Productions presents

Evan Parker / Paul G. Smyth Duo

Kevin Barry Room, The National Concert Hall
Thursday 26th March at 8.30pm

Note's series focussing on the work of Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth continues with a thrilling collaboration with one of the greatest saxophonists alive. Parker's significance to the world of improvised music can never be overstated, with an incomparable legacy stretching back to the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the 1960s, right through the 'Saxophone Solos' and 'Monoceros' recordings of the 1970s, to collaborations with artists as varied as Cecil Taylor, Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker and Spiritualised.

Evan Parker

Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. As a lynchpin of the European free improvisation scene, Parker played on such landmark recordings as the Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s Karyobin and Peter Brötzmann’s Machine Gun (both 1968), and founded the Incus label with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley in 1970.

In addition to his collaborations with numerous figures in the worlds of jazz and improv, Parker has worked with the likes of Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker, Spiritualized and drum & bass duo Spring Heel Jack.

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t... the point with Evan is, he really starts beyond somewhere even where you could get to and takes it from there, that’s the great thing about him. He is a giant.” - Robert Wyatt

Paul G. Smyth

For the last 20 years, pianist Paul G. Smyth has been carving a unique furrow in Ireland’s cultural landscape. Parallel to his involvement with The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth has also set himself apart as a singular voice in Europe’s vigorous improvised music scene.

“considerable gifts as an improvisor ... a genuinely cathartic listening experience ... such fuck-you intensity” - The Wire

Since touring with Charles Gayle in 1999, he has worked with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, John Edwards, Hannah Marshall, Alan Wilkinson, 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.


Kevin Barry Room, The National Concert Hall
Thursday 26th March at 8.30pm
Tickets: €15 a/v from