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Premiere of Just Beneath the Surface with Izumi Kimura and Nick Roth

  • National Concert Hall 2 Earlsfort Terrace Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)

The Irish Composers' Collective presents

Izumi Kimura (piano)
Nick Roth (sax)

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
October 18th, 8.30pm


ICC concert regular Izumi Kimura will be joined by virtuosic Nick Roth for a concert of new works for piano and sax. Both known nationally and internationally as musicians that cross the boundaries between jazz and classical, this is a pairing that will undoubtedly yield moments of virtuosity, and a performance of musical and technical brilliance.

Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. His work explores the liberation of improvisation from composition, the impact of natural form on technology and the contemporary interpretation of traditional music. Nick has performed with and composed for some of the world's leading contemporary artists from across a wide spectrum of musical disciplines. He is the artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble, artistic co-director of the Sefiroth Ensemble and a founding member of the Water Project. He also performs regularly with Matthew Jacobson’s ReDiviDeR and Francesco Turrisi’s Tarab. Nick is a director at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music. He currently lectures in the School of Music at University College Cork (UCC). His compositions are published by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.

Japan-born but Irish resident, Izumi Kimura is a highly acclaimed practitioner or contemporary piano music. Izumi has performed extensively throughout Ireland as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician, and she has numerous broadcasts on RTÉ Lyric FM, RTÉ One and others. She has worked with some of the leading performers and ensembles from both classical and jazz, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Benjamin Dwyer, and Métier among many others. She has performed at many festivals in Ireland and abroad, including RTÉ Living Music Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Ghent Street Festival of New Music, and Music 21's 'Brazil Now'. 'Artes Da Irlanda, Hoje!' in Sao Paolo. She has given many premieres of works by Irish and international composers, including a number of pieces that were written especially for her. Her solo piano album of Japanese and Irish music 'Asymmetry' has been chosen by broadcaster Karishmeh Felfeli "one of the most original creative and stimulating recording of 2010 to be heard on an Irish label, an absolute revelation".

Sebastian Adams - Rhythm Study No.3
Patrick Connolly - Chiaroscuro
Robert Coleman - Just Beneath the Surface
Peter Moran - DECAphonic
Bill McGrath - Saxophone Sonata
Dylan Rynhart - Morally Wrong
Ryan Molloy - Séamsur IV

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Tickets for Izumi Kimura and Nick Roth cost €10/€5 conc.
and are available from The National Concert Hall Box Office at
or 01 417 0000.
The Box Office is open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

The Irish Composers' Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Dublin City Council and The National Concert Hall.