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Note Productions,
in association with the Fumbally Stables,

Jeff Ballard + Kate Ellis, Stephen James Smith

The Fumbally Stables, Dublin 8
Friday 13th October
Tickets: €10 a/v from

Duo Series 2017 – Jeff Ballard

in association with Eat : Ith : Ceoil at the Fumbally Stables

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Note Production’s innovative Duo Series flips its format for 2017. This year we have arguably the greatest jazz drummer of his generation collaborating with some of Ireland’s finest contemporary artists. Over three nights at the Fumbally Stables a series of creative encounters will generate a whole range new and exciting work.


Jeff Ballard

Jeff Ballard is one of the standout jazz drummers of his generation, a humming engine of polyrhythm and an ace of earthy texture. He is best known for his work behind leaders like Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, and Brad Mehldau.

" of the leading modern voices on his instrument"
- New York Times

Jeff Ballard grew up in Santa Cruz, California. He recalls when he was a child laying in bed listening to the music his father would play every weekend: Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Sergio Mendez, Oscar Peterson, Milton Nascimento; how he loved the sound and the speed of Ed Thigpen’s brushes on the snare. “I remember feeling the power of a Basie big band shout chorus which would then suddenly disappear into some quiet dancing riff. It was the swing in it, which excited me the most. I also remember how it felt traveling through sounds of the jungle in a Milton Nascimento record. The drums, percussion, and voice, would sound as if they either came from the earth or were made of water. And I was so happy to hear the joy of Ella and Louie singing and playing together. I think that that early exposure has made me part of what I am today, especially in regards to my love for sound.”


Kate Ellis

Cellist Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music. She is cellist and Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, a member of Taquin TRE, Yurodny and Fovea Hex. Kate's vast range of musical collaborators include Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Martin Hayes, Theodosii Spassov, Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy, Gavin Bryars, the Irish Gamelan Orchestra,Gavin Friday and Karan Casey. She has commissioned some of Ireland’s most exciting and diverse composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Linda Buckley, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Niall Vallely and Adrian Hart and premiered numerous works by composers including Nico Muhly, Gerald Barry, David Lang and Terry Riley. Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival, soundSCAPE festival (Italy), Edinburgh International Festival and Barbican Centre (UK).


Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Noble Call), Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury Festival and George Town Literary Festival (ML). His debut collection, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2017.


The Fumbally Stables, Dublin 8
Friday 13th October 19:00
Tickets: €10 a/v from