Aleka Potinga Announced As NAVIGATOR Musician In Residence At Garter Lane

Improvised Music Company and Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford are delighted to announce Aleka Potinga as the latest Artist in Residence for the 2023 NAVIGATOR programme.

Aleka Potinga is a Romanian singer, cellist and composer and this October she is Jazz Artist in Residence at Garter Lane Arts Centre in partnership with the IMC Navigator Programme. Drawing a huge variety of influences including jazz, bel canto, soul, pop and oriental music as well as the folkloric roots from her home country her vocals are truly unique.  The residency will run for two weeks from 9-21.10.2023

Aleka will be in resident in one of the centre’s new studios, to research, develop and create new music as well as researching Irish mythology and storytelling. While in Waterford Aleka will create links with local Waterford SETU lecturer and jazz musician Dylan Bible and SETU Music Degree students. A jazz lecturer at DCU, Aleka also teaches voice and directing the DCU Vocal Ensemble and runs private jazz vocal lessons.

On Oct 14th at Garter Lane Arts Centre Aleka will be joined by Guitarist Chris Guilfoyle for a 1PM Lunchtime ‘sharing’ work-in-development concert for informal performance open to the public, no booking required. The concert will be held in A Little Room, Garter Lane Arts Centre Studios, 5 O’Connell Street.

‘Hip cosmopolitan sounds… have a borderless, trans-national flavour, liberally spiced with bossa nova, downtown jazz, outlier pop, art rock and free improv’ – The Irish Times

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Sile Penkert Executive Director said:
“We are thrilled to partner with Improvised Music Company on our first NAVIGATOR residency, and to have Aleka Potinga join us at Garter Lane this Autumn. We are delighted that as part of her residency Aleka will engage with local groups and artists as well as being one of the first artists to inhabit one of our new studios at No.5 O’Connell St. We boast a proud history of supporting and nurturing emerging talent and we are thrilled to now support an innovative and talented music artist. We look forward to bringing more details about the residency to the fore in the weeks to come. None of our work would be possible without the invaluable support of our funders The Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council.”

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