Mike Walker (UK)

Mike Walker has performed and recorded over the past 20 years with many leading international jazz artists including Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Steve Rodby, Palle Danielson, Arild Anderson, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, John Marshall, Bob Moses, Bill Frisell, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage, Tal farlow, Palle Mikkelborg, Mica Paris and Norma Winstone.  He performs and teaches for the first time at Sligo Jazz Project in 2015, as a member of our very first Band-in-Residence, The Impossible Gentlemen.
Mike is very busy with new projects. He has written new material for another album which will feature some great musicians from England and USA. He has nearly finished his book ‘The Comprehensive Fretboard System’. He is working hard to build a publishing business with long time friend and musician Iain Dixon, and there are plenty more gigs lined up in the future. He lives in Rossendale with his utterly beautiful children, who provide unending inspiration, without even trying.
More on Mike here at his website

Sandro Gibellini

Sandro Gibellini (Ita)

Italian guitar maestro Sandro Gibellini returns for the fifth time as guitar tutor at Sligo Jazz Project. On his way to becoming an Italian jazz legend, Sandro began playing guitar as a self-taught musician and then studied at the Nino Donzelli Centre for Musical Studies in Cremona. Since 1979 he has devoted himself mainly to jazz, meeting other young musicians from northern Italy, and becoming part of the Gianni Cazzola Quintet. In the eighties he had a chance to play with many Italian musicians (Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Massimo Urbani, Luigi Bonafede, Larry Nocella) and American artists such as Lee Konitz, Mel Lewis, Al Grey, Jimmy Woodie, Sal Nistico, Dave Schnitter, Gerry Mulligan, Lew Tabackin and Jimmy Owens.Between 1988 and 1999 he played in the “Reunion” quintet with Danilo Rea and Roberto Gatto and recorded with Larry Schneider. In 1990 he became a member of “Keptorchestra” and in 1993 he released the CD “Felix” with his own band and “Funny Men” with Mauro Negri and Paolo Birro. Sandro Gibellini has also played on many records of the pop artist Mina.In March 2000 he performed as a member of the Italian All-Stars in New York and at the North Carolina International Jazz Festival and in December 2000 in Cuba at the Havana International Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Sandro was principal guitar tutor at the Global Music Foundation international seminar of Jazz and World music. 2006 saw the launch of Sandro’s solo album “Trufo”, dedicated to the life of his favourite film maker, Francois Truffaut and Sandro’s first Irish visit for a concert and workshop tour, promoted by Sligo Jazz Project with the help of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Ireland.Sandro has played with many jazz greats including Enrico Rava, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Woodie, Al Grey and currently performs with Scott Hamiton’s Quartet. Sandro has been teaching jazz guitar in Italy at the highest level for many years and has taught in Sligo Jazz Project and various other jazz seminars across Europe.


Mike Nielsen (Ire)

Jazz Guitarist/Composer Mike Nielsen, was born in Sligo, and started playing the ukulele at the age of four. Michael won a scholarship and Jim Hall incentive award in 1982 to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he studied from ’83-’85. He holds a classical performance diploma, LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London) and a Masters degree, MPhil, in music and physics from the DIT School of Physics, Dublin.Equally innovative on acoustic and electric guitars, Michael has gained a reputation as one of the leading guitarists in European jazz. He has performed with international artists including; Kenny Wheeler, Larry Coryell, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Simon Nabatov, Eric Revis, Michael Moore, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman with whom he toured Europe in 2001 and New Zealand/Australia in 2004. He has also performed with contemporary classical ensembles VOX21 and Crash Ensemble and was guest soloist on two occasions with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Michael features on over fifteen recordings including two with Dave Liebman. Teaching since 1979, he lectures worldwide on jazz guitar, improvisation and microtonal composition. He is currently head of the Jazz Masters course in DIT, Dublin.

Pat LaBarbera - “Ask a Simple Question” Dave Liebman - “Tomorrow’s Expectations” Dave Liebman - “After Dark” Carnataka College of Percussion & Okay Tamiz - “Mishram” Nielsen/Guilfoyle Trio - “Part One” Nielsen/Halferty Guitar Duo - “In Two” Septet Music - “Septet Music” w/ Dave Murphy - “Hong Kong” Mike Nielsen “Live @ the Inrternet Cafe, NY”, Eric Revis-Bass. Mike Nielsen “Solo at Garden City”

“One of the best and most original jazz talents ever produced in this country” - IRISH TIMES
“M.N. is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s most distinctive and iconoclastic guitar voices, equally innovative on electric and acoustic guitars” - SUNDAY TRIBUNE
“M.N., definitely one of Europe’s most ‘worth hearing’ on his instrument today”. - ARBETET (SWEDEN)
“I have always loved Mike’s unusual approach to guitar and music in general. Truly a unique, one of a kind voice, the music here burns with creativity and passion” - SOLO GUITAR CD.SLEEVE NOTE, BY DAVE LIEBMAN