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Online Stream: Monster Music Improv 16 - 22 Apr 2020

Join us from your own home for a music improvisation and visual adventure as we offer a once-off opportunity to watch our 2016 collaboration with Improvised Music Company, Monster Music Improv! For ages 5+

Acclaimed jazz vocalist and improviser Lauren Kinsella, outstanding guitarist and technology-whizz Shane Latimer and inventive cartoonist Patrick Sanders join forces in this music performance with a difference.

The musicians instantly create funky jazzy melodies on-the-spot, while Patrick draws cool cartoons of the music that are projected live! Expect lots of spontaneous music fun, some well-known tunes, fantastic cartoons and strange spooky sounds thrown in for good measure.

This show is being streamed online as part of The Ark @ Home, our series of at-home arts activities and experiences for children aged 2-12 to enjoy form their own homes. Find out more here.

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Curricular Links

This show is an ideal opportunity to explore the Listening & Responding strand of the Music curriculum demonstrating ways of visually and aurally responding to music. The performance also complements both the Composing and Performing curriculum strands, whilst giving pupils a unique opportunity to hear high quality Irish musicians performing jazz inspired arrangements made for children. This will significantly broaden the range and quality of their music listening experiences and understanding. In addition, pupils will be exposed to new songs and up-to-date music approaches including use of electronic sounds and music technology in performance.

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About the Performers...

Lauren Kinsella is a contemporary vocalist, composer, bandleader. Named ‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the JazzFM Awards (2016) and Winner of the 2013 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, her work has been reviewed in several countries including the USA, Germany, the UK, France, Norway, Switzerland and Ireland and she regularly appears on many international radio stations.

Belfast-based performer and illustrator, Patrick Sanders specialised in using cartoons and live drawing in performance as well as to document conferences, discussions and events. He devised most of his performance work for young audiences and involved elements of interactivity and improvisation. Patrick sadly passed away in 2017.

Shane Latimer is a guitarist, composer and teacher based in Dublin. He plays 6 and 8 string guitars using not only conventional techniques but also preparations/manipulations and other extended techniques. He also works with sampling, analogue and digital synthesis and electronic processing and is a keen percussionist.

About Improvised Music Company…

Improvised Music Company (IMC) is an Arts Council funded resource for Irish jazz and improvising musicians, and a specialist promoter for developing jazz, improvised and ethnic music in Ireland. They produce four festivals annually as well as intimate and large scale concerts of Irish and international artists. Find out more at

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Part of The Ark @ Home

With children's shows streaming online, virtual family events and daily at-home arts activities, The Ark @ Home is a series of arts activities and experiences for children aged 2-12 to enjoy in their own homes. Find out more here.