Irish Arts Monthly Series Will Feature Tobin and Robson Joined by a Rotating Cast of Special Guests from the NYC Jazz World
Irish Arts Center is pleased to announce Tobin's Run on 51, a new series of jazz nights curated by award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Christine Tobin and acclaimed guitarist Phil Robson, who return to IAC after two sold-out concerts where they performed songs by Leonard Cohen. The series, which takes place at Irish Arts Center (553 West 51st Street, New York) on February 23, March 23 and April 27, will feature Tobin and Robson joined by special guests consisting of some of New York's best Irish and international musicians to play sets and share stories about music's greatest artists and treasures.
The inaugural show on February 23, titled From Raglan Road to Green Dolphin Street, will explore Ireland's own jazz journey with tales spanning from the Irish anti-jazz campaign of the 1930s to producing one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists-Louis Stewart-a couple of decades later. Ireland now has a burgeoning jazz scene, and this concert will feature some of today's finest musicians, including the Justin Carroll & Simon Jermyn Trio and the David O'Rourke Trio, in salute to Louis.
On March 23, Tobin and Robson present The Melting Pot. In the late 70s legendary jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus invited Joni Mitchell to collaborate with him. The result was Mitchell's wonderful Mingus albuM. Mitchell wrote profound lyrics for his compositions and opened the door onto a new style. This show will explore "the song" in jazz and will feature artists who excel when crossing genres, including Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz Duo Palooza and Ingrid Jensen.
On April 27, the third installment, titled Rip Rig & Panic, takes its name from an album by the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk, whose music will feature in the evening. Special guests to be announced soon.
About Christine TobinIrish-born vocalist and composer Christine Tobin's style, although rooted in jazz, is incredibly eclectic, drawing on a broad range of influences from Ireland to West Africa to Brazil. Her sound is rich, authentic and deep. Much of her repertoire is self-penned and Tobin has received many accolades for her skills as a writer and arranger. In 2012 she won a British Composer Award for Sailing to Byzantium, her settings of poems by W.B. Yeats. In addition to her "Herald Angel Award," in 2013 she was shortlisted for two Parliamentary Jazz Awards: "Musician of the Year" and "Album of the Year." In 2008, she was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.
Her versatility and musical integrity has ensured that she is a much in demand guest with other bands. She has performed and recorded with a list of diverse creative artists, including musicians Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, JulIan Joseph, Nigel Kennedy, Django Bates, Billy Childs, BBC Big Band, Peter Herbert, Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland, Cleveland Watkiss, Gary Husband, Liam Noble, Billy Hart, actor Gabriel Byrne, film director Mike Figgis and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Tobin has released ten albums to date.
About Phil RobsonUK-born & now NYC-based Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player and renowned bandleader and composer who appears in a number of diverse settings. Robson co-leads the cult band Partisans with JulIan Siegel, which has been a major influence on the European contemporary scene and beyond. Robson has played with a diverse cross section artists such as Barbra Streisand, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Adam Nussbaum, Donny McCaslin, Maceo Parker, Marc Copland, Jeff Williams, Charles Earland and Steve Lacy, to name just a few.
About Irish Arts Center
Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: Performance - including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; Exhibition - including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and Education - with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.
Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists. Irish Arts Center is currently developing plans to construct a new facility to serve our multi-disciplinary program and will be the strongest possible gateway for artists to reach into our cultural community and nourish their work, to connect with our partner institutions who help them innovate, and to become visible in the New York City media market which enhances their ability to achieve U.S and further international success.
The New Irish Arts Center will contain a purpose-built, state-of-the-art contemporary performance space for music, dance and theatre seating up to 160; industry-standard back of house and support facilities to allow artists to achieve their vision; a second, intimate performance space - the renovated historic Irish Arts Center theatre - optimized for live music, literature, film, talks, large classes and special events; classrooms and studio space for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities, and for master classes and workshops by visiting and resident artists; technology capability to project the Irish Arts Center experience on the digital platform; an avenue-facing café lobby to engage with the neighborhood and provide a social setting for conversation and interaction between artists and audiences; a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center building and the new facility meet.