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Belfast jazz festival is just around the Corner

Friday 22nd January 2016 at 12pm 0 Comments Music & Opera

Mobo award nominee David Lyttle has been appointed as the festival's artist in residence for 2016. Image: Mobo award nominee David Lyttle has been appointed as the festival's artist in residence for 2016.

Moving on Music, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will present the 4th Brilliant Corners festival of Jazz from Saturday 5th to 12th March with an incredible line-up featuring some of the most varied, exciting, and interesting music around. 

This year’s festival will pay homage to one of the most influential and innovative figures in jazz history, Ornette Coleman. Coleman created, explored, defined and perfected free jazz. Festival organisers are also collaborating with Belfast Film Festival on the screening of a series of jazz inspired films at the Bean Bag Cinema at 23 Donegall Street. 

The Festival team has appointed David Lyttle as its artist in residence for 2016. A recent MOBO award nominee the multi-talented musician is a jazz drummer, singer, songwriter, producer and record label owner. He will be giving a series of performances at the Brilliant Corners Festival while also working with young musicians, creating new ensembles, offering advice, rehearsal space, and writing new music.

Commenting on the programme for this year’s Festival, Moving on Music founder, Brian Carson said:

Moving on Music is pleased to recommend the fourth edition of Brilliant Corners – a festival of jazz in Belfast to music-lovers everywhere. This year there is even more local artist input and we are delighted that the Belfast Film Festival will screen three important documentaries leading up to the music events.

Ciaran Scullion, head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland added:

‘The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support Moving on Music’s really exciting festival programme. Brilliant Corners is established already as one of the most creative Jazz music festivals anywhere in Ireland but with David Lyttle as artist in residence for 2016, I think existing and new festival audiences can be assured of ground-breaking and inspirational performances at this year’s event. 

Also performing as part of this year’s festival are Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, Alarmist, the Vein Trio and Oko with Tim Beirne.

Tickets for each of the performances and film screenings are available to purchase online at


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