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Brian Irvine Ensemble

Brian Irvine Ensemble

Sat 9 Mar, 8:00pm  |  Main Auditorium  |  Tickets: €18 / €16 (conc)

This visceral, boundary-busting 13 piece ensemble makes a special type of music - a music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity!

Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the worlds leading festivals including the Bath International Jazz Festival and The National Library of Congress (Washington), picking up the prestigious Radio 3 Jazz Award along the way. 

After a 6-year break, the ensemble reformed in 2018 for Belfast’s Brilliant Corners festival, premiering a new commission ‘Not Gods But Animals’, marking the beginning of a reinvented era for the group. 2019 will see the band take another step forward with more brand new work alongside some older repertoire.  This is a rare opportunity to hear a band that truly “scares the bejabers out of the diehards” (Sunday Times). Truly, not to be missed!




"The Brian Irvine Ensemble isn't an orchestra, really. It's more of a traveling explosion -- a kinetic, freewheeling circus where the musicians dance, blow bubbles, cluck at one another like chickens, fall over "drunk" and watch imaginary notes float through the air, all while making some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear" Washington Post

"Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” The Guardian

Part of a Moving On Music tour jointly supported by the Arts Council of NI and Arts Council Ireland.


Are you aged 12 - 17 and love to play an instrument?

This is your chance to play with British Composer Awards winner Brian Irvine and his thirteen piece ensemble at a very special gig in Solstice Arts Centre on Saturday 9 March. Solstice and Brian are looking for young musicians aged 12 – 17 who want to help create genuinely fresh sounds, to throw off the confines of traditional music lessons, and to creatively connect with exceptional musicians from a variety of disciplines. Participants will get to workshop with the ensemble in the afternoon, before joining in live on the Solstice stage that evening with the award winning international ensemble. 

To get involved, contact Erin Kenny, Programme Manager at Solstice Arts Centre on, detailing the instrument you play and experience in performing and/or grades. All instruments and abilities will be considered – there’s no such thing as too inexperienced for this project! Closing date for submissions: 5pm on Thurs 28 February. 








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