Irish Jazz Trio, Organics, Lend International Flavour to Splash Festival One
of Ireland’s most exciting musical exports is set to wow Port Elizabeth
audiences with their fresh, funky sound at this year’s MTN Nelson
Mandela Bay Splash Festival.

The Organics Jazz Trio is a successful young band drawing on several
influences to create its unique sound, including blues, soul and groove
and improvised melody.

Kevin Brady - Organics Jazz TrioEstablished in the
late 1990s, the group comprises Kevin Brady on
drums, Justin Carroll on Hammon organ and keyboards and guitarist Bjorn
Solli, a Norwegian now firmly established on the Irish music scene.

“Organics have a distinguished and varied jazz lineage, including a
swinging format with an infectious beat,” says band spokesman Stella

They’ve played as opening act for leading international groups such as
Gil Scott-Heron in Vicar Street, Dublin, Swedish piano trio EST, the
legendary Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and electronic pioneer Bugge
Wesseltoft at the 2005 Bud Rising Festival.

“The trio were critically acclaimed for their performance with
international saxophonist Bobby Watson at the 2004 Cork Jazz Festival
and made their debut performance at the Glasgow International Jazz
Festival in 2007,” says Konik.

The musicians have won several awards for their work, including
Carroll’s accolade as Best Young Irish Musician at the Guinness Cork
Jazz Festival and a Young Norwegian Jazz Musician of the Year award for
Solli in 2002.

Justin Carroll - Organics Jazz TrioBrady has also
completed an extensive performance and recording project
with legendary American pianist Bill Carruthers and attended jazz
workshop and community outreach events in Mexico and Cuba.

“Organics has a contemporary, delicately ambient sound and a very
unusual combination of instruments – Hammond organ, drums and guitar,”
says Konik.

“Since the early 1990s, the Hammond has re-entered the mainstream, both
as a continuation of the soul-jazz groove and as an application of its
unique palette of colours and textures within the exploration of new
musical horizons.

“Organics is Ireland’s finest contribution to this tradition and, over
the last decade, has been pleasing audiences with a rousing offering of
swinging, gospel-inspired tunes and more adventurous originals.”

The trio’s visit to the Eastern Cape is the first activity of a
broader, Ireland-Eastern Cape music exchange project initiated this
year by Dublin-based organisation Artery (Arts Management) and
supported by Culture Ireland.

During their tour of the Eastern Cape, the band will play at the Nelson
Mandela Metropolitan University
(March 31), a community
activity at Red Location Museum (1 April), the
Beethoven Room in
Grahamstown (3 April) and at the Splash Festival’s main arena on
Sunday, 4 April at 5:00 pm).

At the festival, the band will be joined by a powerful line-up of local
acts as part of a lazy Sunday jazz event, including Bluenote, J Zone
and Nubox Jazz Band.

The Organics
Jazz Trio
have released two albums; New Light (2005) and
Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine also includes some gems of the engaging and interesting
arrangements that Organics has come to be known by, such as the classic
Duke Ellington tune ‘Azure’, and ‘Songs of Love’, more commonly known
as the theme tune to the popular TV series ‘ Father Ted’, written by
Neil Hannon, front man with the orchestral pop group The Divine Comedy.

Click here to listen to selected Organics
Music Clips

The Splash Festival, which takes place
from April 2 to 5, features 72
hours of live entertainment, beach sports, five international
watersports events, kids’ activities, more than 180 stalls and a
lifestyle marquee.

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