Melanie O'Reilly - Celtic Jazz
Melanie, from Ireland is an international performer known as “Ireland’s foremost jazz Ambassador” (Downbeat Magazine), and her innovative Celtic Jazz sound is “A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition…utterly transformative.” (LA Music Connection).
Her exhilarating and unique blend of jazz and Irish traditional music creates a powerful new exploration, a “Gorgeous sound… a Celtic cadence with a jazz sensibility”, (Berkeleyside) journeying to untouched musical frontiers and which captivates audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her Celtic Jazz style fuses two great traditions - Celtic melodies & themes with jazz, a fusion that represents Ireland as part of the European Ethno-Jazz movement. She electrifies audiences whether she sings in Gaelic or English, and her original songs are often inspired by her deep Celtic roots of Gaelic poetry, Irish myths and the works of literary giants such as James Joyce. Melanie also sings and records in French and has garnered much respect while touring in France, while her popularity there is growing to great acclaim as witnessed during the past year when she has performed to packed venues and “standing room only” audiences.
Melanie tours extensively, throughout Ireland, Scotland, France and other parts of Europe, and was also awarded an “Artist of Extraordinary Ability” in the Unites States where she has performed in such prestigious venues as the California Jazz Conservatory, New York’s Lincoln Center, The Black Cat San Francisco, Angelica’s Jazz Club Redwood City, Take 5 Jazz Club at the Brubeck Institute, International House Berkeley, and the Irish Center SF, among others. In the UK, venues have included The London Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival , Glasgow University, and the Birmingham Jazz Festival.
In Europe, she has performed to great acclaim at the Lorient Festival Inter-Celtique Brittany, La Fete de la Musique in Normandy; Voix du Monde in Lilles, the Andernos Jazz Festival France, and D’ici et D’ailleurs World Music Festival in Châlons-en-Champagne. She has represented Ireland many times at La Fête de St Patrick around France, notably her recent performances at Le Dansoir Cultural Centre Normandy. She has also represented Ireland at the highly prestigious European Jazz Festival at Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles, and her concert at Ireland’s National Concert Hall was voted one of the top concerts of 2013.
During this past year, she was awarded Artist-in-Residence as performer and composer in La Mue Residency France and her Celtic Jazz Ensemble represented Ireland at the European Heritage Festival Normandy 2019.
Celtic Jazz with Irish Trio
Great American Songbook with Trio
Solo Vocalist with local ensemble
Tribute to Anita O Day
Workshop, MasterClass, Clinic