Aengus Hackett is a musician, composer and educator from Galway, Ireland. One of ireland's leading jazz guitarists, he performs and writes in many diverse genres of music, such as jazz, electronica, folk and post-rock. A seasoned performer, Aengus brings a wealth of musical experience to his work as an educator and as a facilitator in the area of arts and disability.
FULL BIO Aengus Hackett has been surrounded by music since the day he was born. Playing guitar from an early age, he grew up on an eclectic diet of folk, rock, punk and metal. Upon discovering jazz, Aengus was instantly hooked.
In 2009, Aengus won a grant from the Arts Councils of Ireland and N. Ireland to attend the renowned Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York. During his time in the US, he studied with the likes of guitarist Wayne Krantz, Curtis Fuller, Pat LaBarbera and Grammy-winner Bobby Shew. Taking his passion to the next level, Aengus spent five years in the Netherlands studying jazz. After studying with world-class jazz performers such as Jesse van Ruller, Martijn van Iterson, Freddie Bryant and Alex Sipiagin, in 2013 Aengus became a graduate of the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam. During his time in the Netherlands, he crossed paths with many wonderful musicians, and the path was paved for two international projects:
The experimental jazz / folk / rock trio DINOSAUR completed their first tour of Ireland in 2014, culminating in a performance at the National Concert Hall of Ireland. Their debut album was released in 2017. Aengus embarked on a successful tour of Ireland in 2015 with his exciting ‘Irish-Turkish Project‘, featuring world-class vocalist Sanem Kalfa. For this project, The Arts Council of Ireland awarded Aengus with a Touring Award. The tour received national press coverage, appearing in publications such as Hot Press Magazine, the Irish Independent and the Irish Times, and on radio stations such as RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM.