New York sax ace Tim Berne joins OKO for jazz

Alto and baritone genius on March 9, Mr Tim Berne
Alto and baritone genius on March 9, Mr Tim Berne

LOOK to Limerick Jazz Society for Spring sparkle, mining diamonds in the dustbowl left by The Arts Council’s decision not to fund their 2016 programme.

On Wednesday March 9, one of the world’s leading jazz improvisors in avant-garde music performs on Dolan’s Upstairs stage with Irish band OKO.


Meet Mr Tim Berne. He’s an alto and baritone saxophonist and has worked with the greats: Bill Frasell, avant-garde composer; John Zorn, sax player among them.

“Berne has his own Arte Quartet with whom he plays, and he works with a trio called Miniature,” according to John Daly, chair of Limerick Jazz. “This is a guy who is on the edge, plays on the edge. With OKO, it’s going to be a wild night of taking music as far as it goes, to the outer perimeters of improvisation”.

John looks to another band of the New York based veteran, the B.B.C., “for Berne, Black and Clein. They brought out a critically acclaimed album in 2011, ‘The Veil’. It’s very exciting for us to have him – I don’t remember Berne ever playing in Dublin before”.

It was Shane Latimer of OKO who picked up to the phone to Limerick to see if their Arts Council-funded tour could niche here. Latimer is one of four with this outfit who lean to “high fidelity improvised music coaxed from an array of acoustic and electric instruments”.

This pacy group is guitarist Latimer, Darragh O’kelly on keyboard, Shane O’Donovan on percussion and – wait for it – DJackulate on turntable.

OKO’s 2014 album on Diatribe records was ‘I Love You Computer Mountain’.

Doors 8.30pm for Dolan’s next Wednesday for this fast moving, immersive experience.