For the last 20 years, pianist Paul G. Smyth has been carving a unique furrow in Ireland’s cultural landscape. Parallel to his past involvement with The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth has also set himself apart as a singular voice in Europe’s vigorous improvised music scene.
Since touring with Charles Gayle in 1999, he has worked with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, John Edwards, Alan Wilkinson, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, been a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive” - Le Cool Magazine), a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 18 countries.
Smyth has released critically acclaimed duo albums with Evan Parker, Chris Corsano and John Russell on his label Weekertoft, which he co-founded with Russell in 2016.
Culture Ireland Award 2008
Music Network Capital Scheme Award 2014
Culture Ireland Award 2019
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“A revelation … His approach to the piano is utterly original” – The New York City Jazz
“One of the great contemporary pianists” – The Free Jazz Collective
“Considerable gifts as an improvisor … a genuinely cathartic listening experience …
such fuck-you intensity” – The Wire
“Paul G. Smyth performing live was one of the most mesmerising acts of musical
ingenuity.” – The Thin Air
“Ireland’s darkest jewel” – The Journal of Music
“One of the most exciting musicians working in Ireland at the moment” – GoldenPlec