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JAZZ is all about seizing the mornent. For musieians, this means diving into that huge, unnerving spaeewhere improvisation takes place and no one onthe stageknowswhatwill happen next. It means giving half a lifetime overto practisingto be ready for those few magieal

moments when the music plays itself and no one is in control.

And it means being prepared


fall crashing to the ground at any moment forthe sake of music. For members of the audience, it's not quite so arduous. Seizing the moment generally means showing up and sitting down - not much to ask in return for transcendence. As luckwould haveit, todayis an ideal dayto do some moment seizing and if you arewithin striking distance ofthe capital, there is a day of excellent music stretching before you. The Diversions Festival in Temple Bar continues this afternoon with a joint perform-

ance from Irish Balkan groovers Yurodny and Cretan visitors Mfiada. Led by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, Yurodny are one ofthe standard bearers for eastern European music in

Ireland, and Roth has engineered this eollaboration with Greek four-piece Myriada, featuring vocalist Maria Koti backed by a traditional Greek line-up includ- ing the ancient lyra instrument. They take the stage in Meeting House Square at 4pmtoday. Just up the road, barelyan hourlater; the Kaboom Collective show gets started in the cool surroundings of No 4 Dame Lane. As hotlyrecommended here last week, groups led byguitarists Tommy Halferty and Sami Moukadem will orplore links between jazz and, respectively, the music of Brazil and Lebanon. Then at 8pm in DunLaogh- aire's Pavilion Theatre, vocalist

and actor Susannah de


will raise the curtain on her new

jazz c abarct show,Roosfs ?oasls

lllewlbrk altosaxophmid lorcn Stillman

and Tfibutes. Backed as always by pianist Jim Doherty and his trio, de Wrixon's new showwill feature music fromwhat she calls the Alternative American Song Book, including songsby Suzanne Vega and Randy Newman.As aformerNuala, de Wrixon is as funny as she is

musically talented and topics under examination for the night include marriage, horticulture, cross dressing and the French.

And finallytonight,

in JJ

Smyths, Irish guitarist (and, latterly, bassist) Simon Jermlm unveils his Trot a Mouse group, featuring NewYork alto saxophonist Loren Stillman. Jermyn has spent the last few years travelling and studying and, in the process, he has forged important musical allianees with musicians at the forefront ofjazz.

None more sothanwith Stillman, who is attracting much favour- able comment amongst New

York's musicians these days. He has been described by no less a grandee than John Abercrombie as "Lee Konitz on steroids" and

he returns

to NewYork after the

Dublin gig to play with the great

Paul Motian's group at the Village Vanguard. Iftoday isjust a little too spontaneousforyou, tryPhil Ware's Summit series at JJ

Smyths,which comesto an end tomorrow night after a superb run. The idea was to pair Ware's trio with a different soloist every week and, over the last year or

so, this talentedtrio

have found

conrmon ground with pretty much every leadtng jazz musician onthe Irish scene, including guitarists Louis Stewart and Tommy Halferty, saxophonists Richie Buckley and Brendan Doyle and vocalists Cormac Kenevey and Honor

Heffernan. Rumourhas it many of them will be there tomorrow


celebratethe end ofthe series.

The series has also served as an extended rehearsal forthe trio's superb d ebat album In Our Own Time (see review) which was released earlier this year and can be purchased at their website or atthe Summitgigs.


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