Saturday, February 3, 2018 

Melanie O'Reilly & Frank Martin have a wonderful duo fusing elements of Celtic and jazz styles--This show will be a real journey into world fusion, performed by two amazing first class players. 

Melanie, from Ireland, is an international figure in the world of Celtic music and jazz, having performed in venues including Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh International Festival, and the International Cork Jazz Festival.  Her unique style fuses traditional two great traditions - Celtic melodies & themes with jazz.  Her  original compositions are created through the inspiration of literary figures, such as James Joyce, and lyrics based on contemporary Irish poems, as well as stories of Ireland.
Frank Martin on piano is renowned both locally in the Bay Area and internationally with a formidable roster of performances and recordings with musicians in the jazz and pop worlds, including Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Turtle Island String Quartet, Stevie Wonder, and the world-class Brazilian band of Jose Neto.

In addition, Melanie and Frank's duo concert at the  National Concert Hall Dublin, was voted as one of the top jazz concerts of  2013 by Ireland by Ireland's top selling newspaper Sunday Independent, and later that year their concert in LA's Schoenburg Hall  represented Ireland at the International EU Jazz Festival.

"A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition.... utterly transformative".
 Ken Kubernik : Record Producer/Journalist Music Connection.

"Timeless & thoroughly modern,... songbird Melanie O'Reilly showcases Gaelic as an exciting jazz medium along with  innovative flights into French and American jazz standards. Her voice  soars to dynamic heights, drifts into sultriness and fuses with Frank Martin's masterful piano." 
Gianna Ranuzzi, Artistic Director /Berkeley World Music Festival

"The most exciting of the tracks (from Melanie's album "Ceol Ceantair" ) are "I Lose my Breath" and "I Am", both written by Melanie with Frank Martin and taken from their Joyce and Jazz Suite."
Grainne Farren/Sunday Independent