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Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.

George Gershwin

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Galway Jazz Festival

4th - 7th October 2018

Who is appearing @ GJF18?

With virtuosic interpretations that are at times lyrical and at times downright breathtaking, Hamburg-based saxophonist Anna-Lena Schnabel is the most successful jazz newcomer of the year.

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Born and raised in South London, Ashley's listening and visual styles range from Sinead Harnett, Digital Underground, ZuZu, Margot Fonteyn, Era Istrefi, Freddie Mercury, and Dreezy through to having fans that include the abstract artist Gareth Nyandoro, and being an advocate for the legend pianist Abdullah Ibrahim

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Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. he is equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World and Contemporary music

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It would be hard to imagine German jazz without Julia Hülsmann and her trio, who for 18 years now have never failed to impress, and have helped shape contemporary jazz in Germany and beyond.

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Born in London and raised in Hastings, from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, Liane Carroll has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.

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Poppy Ackroyd is a composer from London, currently based in Brighton. Classically trained on violin and piano, she has been redrawing the boundaries between classical and electronic music since she released her stunning debut album Escapement in 2012.

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World Service Project are the leading specialists of Brit 'punk-jazz', and are one of the most exported live acts in their field. Their energetic live shows have taken them to festivals across the world, touring in 18 countries and releasing three highly acclaimed studio albums.

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The harp has never had a major role in jazz, but then again, harpist Kathrin Pechlof's music encompasses more than jazz. Pechlof studied classical harp in Munich and jazz composition and improvisation in Cologne.

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