BRB Series

Hello everybody! We’ll be releasing a series of short concerts each week beginning this Friday (12 June). We’ve put together great little series that reflects our live concert programme, with a mix of jazz, classical, folk and all the stuff that doesn’t fit neatly elsewhere. Concerts are short and sweet (15 – 25 mins), informal and beautifully performed.

We know, it’s not the same, but it’ll keep us going til we all get together again. Vids will be posted on Facebook and YouTube and available to watch whenever suits.

Hope you enjoy!

BRB Concert #1 Kris Drever (released 12/06/20)

First up in the BRB Series is Kris Drever!
We’re long-time fans, welcoming Kris to the city many times over the years. His voice and guitar is a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Collaborations are varied and plentiful working with Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many, many more. Thanks for taking part Kris, hope you’re keeping well!


BRB Concert #2 Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey (released 19/06/20)

All the way from their living room in Brooklyn NYC, we are delighted to have Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey join us for BRB Concert #2

Two of the most imaginative improvisers in New York, Ingrid and Tom have worked together in various projects since 2007. We have welcomed them to Belfast a few times over the years (most recently as part of Ingrid Laubrock‘s Anti-House 4 in 2018) and they always deliver.

Whether it’s original compositions, free improvisations or standards, their connection and understanding of each other’s playing is a joy to witness. Collaborators include Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Moran, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis and so on…too many to list!

Granted, it’s not the normal setting…but it’s pretty damn great! Enjoy.

“Any sax and drums duo requires a certain amount of connection if it’s going to work, but few achieve the relaxed intimacy enjoyed by Laubrock and Rainey.” – The Wire


BRB Concert #3 Alex Petcu (released 26/06/20)

Put simply, Alex Petcu’s playing is mesmerising. We have worked with Alex many times over the years, and he always leaves us in awe.

Releasing his first album for solo percussion in 2015, the Cork-born musician has quickly developed a reputation for innovation in the world of percussion, often utilising improvised instruments including bottles, beer-kegs, scrap metal, car parts – “everything makes a sound when you hit it” says Alex.

A member of the Crash Ensemble, the classically trained percussionist was born into quite the musical dynasty. His mother, Romanian violinist Ruxandra Colan, came to Ireland in 1978 to play with the RTÉ String Quartet, and was followed by his father, Adrian Petcu. His older sister, Ioana, is also a violin player, and associate leader with the Ulster Orchestra. But it was drums that grabbed the attention of Alex, and we’re all the happier for it!

For this concert Alex has put together a beautiful programme of Bach,

Ravel, and Komitas – often accompanying himself via split screen – and for the final piece is joined by sister, Ioana on violin. Enjoy!

– Bach: Prelude from English Suite No 2
– Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso (arranged by Safri Duo)
– Komitas: Ampel A (an Armenian folk song, with Ioana)