Monday, June 13, 2016

Heads up for SF Bay Readers: "A Celebration of Bloomsday: Joyce & Jazz"

A few years back I had posted on Melanie O'Reilly's song "I Lose Myself", inspired by James Joyce and the Irish myths that inspired him. I wanted to pass the following flyer along to those in the San Francisco Bay area who may be interested in what sounds like a fun Bloomsday event:

Bloomsday is coming ! and we hope you will join us in celebrating this special  commemoration and celebration of Irish writer James Joyce and his novel "Ulysses" at the wonderful Bird & Beckett  bookstore, a San Francisco cultural institution, which  also host jazz events! See below for info on our own unique upcoming celebration.:

Jazz & Literary Event

"A Celebration  of  Bloomsday: Joyce & Jazz"

Thursday June 16

7.30 - 9.30pm

Featuring celebrated Irish celtic-jazz vocalist
Melanie O'Reilly
Frank Martin on Piano.
with guests:  actors Esther Mulligan & John Ilyin

 Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery St  
San Francisco.CA 94131 
(in San Francisco's Glen Park)

$15 cover charge / $10 seniors and  students

Join us for a unique cultural evening featuring award-winning  jazz singer and songwriter Melanie O'Reilly from Ireland ,who teams with top Bay Area jazz pianist Frank Martin to perform their original music  inspired by the writings of  James Joyce , interwoven with readings from Joyce's works.  They will also include contemporary jazz arrangements of favorite songs that Joyce himself loved and mentions in Ulysses and his other writings.. Joining them  giving voice to Joyce’s language will be the renowned actors ESTHER MULLIGAN and JOHN ILYIN.

"...thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition....utterly transformative". Ken Kubernik : Music Connection 

Melanie O'Reilly is one of Ireland's foremost jazz singers and her own
unique style of Celtic Jazz , which she has brought to international
audiences, has been described as "A gorgeous sound..Celtic Cadence with a jazz sensibility. " Contra Costa Times and "Breathtaking,... sheer virtuosity" Irish Times.  Her music has been featured in Frontline./PBS documentaries.  and she is
recognised in Downbeat magazine as Ireland's  international jazz
representative having represented Ireland in the European Jazz Festival at UCLA at Schoenburg Hall. She performs in many international festivals in  Ireland , the US, and Europe..  She is also host of Award winning radio show "Jazz on the Bay" for the Irish National Broadasting station, RTE.

Frank Martin:  As an arranger/conductor/keyboardist Frank Martin has
performed and/or recorded with a variety of jazz and popular stars
that include Herbie Hancock.. Sting, Stevie Wonder,  Bobbi McFerrin, James Taylor,Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle.

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