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Dylan Howe and Guests Ariel Posen and Adam Neely: - Cork Jazz Festival

Coughlan's, Douglas St.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
8:00 pm

As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Dylan Howe has established himself in the world of music from an early age. With his performing career starting from the age of 8, he has gone on to play tours around Europe, New York and all around Ireland. From a background in Irish Traditional music, he has gone on to study jazz music and share the stage with artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, Duke Special, Hamsandwich and many more.

Previous to releasing their debut EP with his main band Rowan, he has received songwriting awards from Gael-Linn’s Scléip, Bank of Ireland and Colin Vearncombe’s memorial bursary. His multi-instrumental abilities have been hired by artists such as The Frank and Walters, The Stunning, Jack O’Rourke and many more. After being awarded a first-class honours degree from the CiT Cork School of Music, he is ready to work and collaborate with many more artists internationally."

Adam Neely:

Adam is a composer and bass guitarist from Brooklyn, NY. He is a winner of the 2012 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award, and a member of the 2012-2013 BMI Jazz Composers’ workshop. He is an active sideman for rock, jazz and theater music, having recorded the off-Broadway cast album for Triassic Parq (NY Times, Time Out New York Critic’s Pick) and also worked with Christine PLG (NBC’s The Sing-Off), Will and Anthony Nunziata, Marc Kudisch (NBC’s Smash), Colleen McHugh, Emily Earle, (NBC’s the Voice), and a number of other amazing artists in New York City and elsewhere. He recently received his M.M. in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music studying under famed arranger and pianist Jim McNeely (Stan Getz/Mel Lewis). He is faculty at Guitar New York, and a member of the hard rock band The Bloodline.

Ariel Posen

Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist. Member of the Juno Award-winning band, The Bros. Landreth.

A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.

Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. They also won a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie. Several years after accepting that award, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.

How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice.

"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”

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