We’re very excited to share with you the complete schedule for Where Pathways Meet: the 2022 JPN Conference!

Taking place at The MAC, in Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter on Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 November, the conference will bring the UK and Irish jazz sector together to focus on the most important issues and topics in jazz right now.

Programmed in partnership with Moving On Music in Belfast and the Improvised Music Company in Dublin, ‘Where Pathways Meet’ will have a firm focus on the future of jazz in these islands and beyond. Topics for discussion include supporting young musicians, inclusion, green touring, future governance, and a 360 degree look at a 21st century career in music.

The panels will feature a wide range of speakers, including musicians Orphy Robinson, Georgia Mancio, Claude Deppa, Tomos Williams, Scott Flanigan and David Lyttle, educators Pauline Black, Paula Gardiner and Helena Summerfield (Jazz Camp for Girls), academics Sarah Raine and Nick Gebhardt, plus representatives of key organisations including Black Lives In Music , Attitude is Everything and Jazz Newblood. 

We’re thrilled that Belfast-born composer Brian Irvine MBE will join us on Thursday for a keynote speech on the theme of ‘Jazz as a Beacon of Hope’. 

Delegates will have a chance to hear some of the most exciting jazz artists from across the island of Ireland in the relaxed surroundings of The Black Box (a few minutes from the MAC) in an unmissable programme curated by our conference partners Moving On Music and Improvised Music Company. Thrill to the sounds of Scott Flanigan QuartetRBG Trio, Izumi Kimura and Lina AndonovskaRobocobra Quartet. There will be further live music slots throughout the daytime, including sets from MOBO award winning percussionist David Lyttle and composer and drummer Stephen Davis.

Check out the full programme schedule here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.