Venue Address (Get Directions)Project Arts Centre
Date and Time
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 6:30pm
Improvised Music Company in association with Vestnorsk Jazzsenter, Goethe Institut, Culture Ireland present 12 Points!
Four nights, twelve young bands, the best that Europe has to offer.
Europe’s New Jazz
Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th May 2011
Doors open at 6.30pm each night | Performances from 7.00pm
Tickets: €20/ €16 | Festival Pass for €60
"A four day event hot wired into the changing dynamic of the contemporary European jazz scene.” The Observer
"12 Points! showed just how diverse, vibrant and imaginative music has become in the Old World. Already unique, it has the potential to grow into something important, like the Sundance film festival."- The Irish Times
Did you miss us?
12 Points! returns to Dublin after last year’s host edition in Stavanger, Western Norway, and we’re delighted to be back in Project Arts Centre where it all started.
From tentative first steps in 2007, 12 Points! has grown in stature, and punches well above its weight as an important destination for Europe’s creative young musicians. An impressive three hundred groups made submissions through our open call, from which we’ve selected twelve tall poppies. They couldn’t be more different, some comfortably rooted in jazz tradition, others defiantly kicking over the traces, some already signed to major labels, some yet to release their debut CDs.
Irrespective of the location, which for 2012 is Porto’s Casa De Musica, the artist friendly 12 Points! formula remains unchanged, with plentiful opportunities on and off the bandstand to make new friends in music, and an enthusiastic, well informed local audience keeping everyone on their toes. The 12 Points! footprint extends with each edition, and this year we welcome first time participants from Slovenia with Kaja Draksler leading her Ottoman inspired Acropolis quintet, and trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, bringing some of Portugal’s brightest talent to play her contemporary compositions. They amplify the trend toward a new gender balance in jazz, as does the impressive young Berliner saxophonist Charlotte Greve at the helm of the Lisbeth Quartett and adventurous Swedish singer Isabel Sorling.
Events are also moving quickly for some of this year’s other participants, and the lyrical Swiss pianist Colin Vallon has just released his debut album for ECM no less. We’ll have to wait a little longer for the maiden release from ReDiviDeR, whose drummer Matt Jacobson is producing some of the hippest writing to be heard in Dublin today.
The great cities that drive Europe’s jazz evolution are well represented too, with bands like Ambush Party evoking Amsterdam’s great history in the gritty improv spectrum and the rich textures of innovative Parisian trio Metal-o-phone. Rome provides the hard grooving quartet Neko and from London, Phronesis, arguably one of the finest piano trios of the post EST generation. Scandinavia remains as creative as ever, exemplified by Trondheim’s PELbO and Helsinki’s Elifantree, both prepared to unleash volatile materials with a gloss of pop sugar that’s undeniably catchy.
What does it all mean? That’s for you to judge. For our part, we think it rips apart any notion of jazz as music past its sell by. For these brilliant young musicians, the best is yet to come.