Programme Announced for 2019 Spectrum Jazz/Contemporary Music Festival in Dublin

Heather Leigh and Peter Brötzmann (photo: Frank Schindelbeck)

Programme Announced for 2019 Spectrum Jazz/Contemporary Music Festival in Dublin

Peter Brötzmann, Brian Irvine and Heather Leigh performing at festival in March.

The third Spectrum festival of jazz and contemporary music, presented by Improvised Music Company and Note Productions, will take place on 7–10 March in Dublin.

Saxophonist and clarinettist Peter Brötzmann will open the four-day event, performing with pedal steel guitarist and singer Heather Leigh at The Fumbally Stables. Brötzmann and Leigh recently released a duet album together, Sparrow Nights, which was described by Rolling Stone in November as ‘a revelation’: ‘The 77-year-old German improviser has rarely sounded more vulnerable…’, wrote Hank Shteamer.


Composer Brian Irvine’s 13-piece ensemble will perform for the first time in Dublin in almost a decade on Friday 8 March in The Button Factory. On Saturday 9 March, there will be a double-bill of bands who have performed at the IMC 12 Points festival in the past: Dublin-based Alarmist and Helsinki-based Magnetica Orkesteria.

The final concert will feature a collaborative performance created especially for Spectrum between multi-instrumentalist and turntablist Djackulate (Jack Dempsey McMahon) and two special guests at The Workman’s Club. 

Festival tickets cost €49, and individual concerts are €18, or €20 on the door. For more details, visit

Published on 18 December 2018

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