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Note Productions present

SPECTRUM: Evan Parker/ Paul G. Smyth Duo

with support from Cian Nugent

The Opium Rooms, 26 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Sunday 12th March
Tickets: €16/€12 concession a/v from

Paul G. Smyth – Piano

Evan Parker – Saxophone

Acclaimed Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth will perform at SPECTRUM in a thrilling duo collaboration with one of the greatest saxophonists alive, Evan Parker.

Parker’s legacy to the world of improvised music can never be overstated, and this collaboration with one of Ireland’s finest creative forces is a truly exciting prospect for any fan of progressive music.

Jazz music is and always has been an attitude more than a fixed genre, with improvisation and evolution at its core. SPECTRUM presents a programme of acts intent on creatively evolving and busting confines of genre for the germination of truly creative music.

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

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

Support on the night from Cian Nugent.

Cian Nugent has by common consent proved himself a master of sinewy textured guitar playing and immersive instrumentation on a par with avant-folk heroes John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke and Jack Rose. Early last year the accomplished folk guitarist, who is well known for his intricate extended compositions, released his third album Night Fiction. Featuring a collection of songs with a new emphasis on vocals, the album builds on Nugent’s previous work, nodding to his diverse influences, with the strong support of his long-standing band members.

Over the years he has toured with people such as Jack Rose, Glenn Jones, Micah Blue Smaldone, Ben Reynolds, Nalle, The Family Elan, George Stavis, Jozef van Wissem, C Joynes, Peter Delaney, Thinguma*jigSaw and James Blackshaw throughout Europe and the United States.

Irish guitarist Cian Nugent sounds as if he has entirely absorbed the prescient, droney traditionalism of American guitarists in the 1960s like John Fahey and Sandy Bull, but takes it forward into his own hybridized areas: chamber music, jazz, psychedelia, bluegrass, and what people who used to visit record stores might call postrock […] Highly accomplished” – New York Times

Cian Nugent’s music is a deep pass through some of the most visionary music of the 20th Century threaded together with maximum grace” – Uncut


The Opium Rooms, 26 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Sunday 12th March 8:00pm
Tickets: €16/€12 concession a/v from



March 10-12th 2017

A new festival experience for fans of innovative music-making, SPECTRUM presents an intriguing line-up of acts at the creative intersection where jazz, contemporary, rock and electronic music collide. Presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) in association with Note Productions and Homebeat, SPECTRUM is 3 nights of music, both Live and Alive from 10-12th March in Whelans and The Opium Rooms on Wexford St, Dublin