Three Kinds of Music ending on high note this Saturday


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Three Kinds of Music ending on high note this Saturday Three Kinds of Music ending on high note this Saturday

The current run of the Galway Music Residency’s popular series 3 Kinds of Music comes to a close this Saturday, December 9, at 2pm in Galway City’s Druid Mick Lally Theatre.

This season of the multi-genre series has been curated by Dr Ann-Marie Hanlon, a lecturer in Music at the University of Galway who’s an expert on popular music and cultural theories of music.

First on stage on Saturday is electro-pop duo Zrazy, made up of Carole Nelson (piano and saxophone) and Maria Walsh (vocals, flute, percussion), who have been a public, lesbian voice in Irish music for 30 years. They first performed together in the jazz trio Major to Minor, before forming Zrazy in 1991. People of a certain generation will know them for the hit song, Ooh Aah Paul McGrath, which captured the Irish imagination during Italia ’90.

Their music spans pop and jazz, with traditional Irish included too.

The programme will also feature a set by Latin American Annalisa Monticelli (piano and vocals) and Mila Maia (flute), to liven up the bleak mid-Winter.

Annalisa Monticelli’s music spans the genres from classical to jazz. The Sicilian moved to Ireland in 2015 to work as a pianist for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she later became Italian and vocal coach.  She now lectures and is Programme Director for the Musical Theatre programme in Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Annalisa is Musical Director, pianist and co-arranger with the Ensemble Amarcord, which has performed The Morricone Experience across Ireland. She also plays piano with the Irish-Latin band Baile an Salsa and is co-founder, pianist and singer with the Dublin- based Hibertango Quintet.

Brazilian flautist, pianist, and composer Mila Maia now lives in Galway. Classically trained, she has been nurturing Brazil’s Irish music scene for a decade as a founder of the band Oran and the digital magazine O Pint Diário. She’s a committee member of Comhaltas Brasil and music director at Festival Celta Brasil. Mila released her debut single, Across The Green Ocean, in 2021, featuring some of Galway’s finest musicians.

This Saturday’s tasting menu of music  will also feature Adrian Mantu (cello) and Andreea Banciu (viola) of Galway’s ensemble-in-residence, ConTempo Quartet. They will perform as a duo and as a trio with Annalisa Monticelli.

The 3 Kinds of Music series is free and family-friendly. Donations are welcome. Advance booking is required and can be done at

Pictured: Carole Nelson and Maria Walsh of Zrazy, who will kick off this Saturday’s concert.



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