Justin Carroll

Justin Carroll"The Stage 2 is definitely the best all-round keyboard on the market for vintage and acoustic instruments. As someone who has used hammonds, rhodes and wurlitzers for several years I find this keyboard really captures the essence of each of these unique instruments. The attention to detail with the depth of sound and sensitivity of feel makes it truly a pleasure to play. Also the grand piano section is nothing short of amazing. This combined with the versatility of having libraries of sounds and the capability of loading up your own samples puts this machine head and shoulders above the rest. Bravo Nord!"

Gear: Nord Stage 2 88 Key

Dublin-born Justin Carroll is a keyboardist and composer currently living in New York City. Justin plays acoustic piano, hammond organ, various electric keyboards and plays in numerous musical situations. Justin has toured with Van Morrison band, written and performed music for contemporary dance and theatre and has made collaborative projects with many jazz musicians. Justin has worked with many Irish singer songwriters such as Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish and Mary Coughlan.
Growing up in Dublin, Justin played regularly with many jazz musicians such as Louis Stewart, Richie Buckley, John Wadham, Michael Buckley, Ronan and Conor Guilfoyle, Mike Nielsen, Tommy Halferty. Justin was a member of jazz quintet 'Metier' led by Ronan Guilfoyle. They were artists in residence with Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council for three years and in that time performed with guest artists Vincent Courtois and Nils Wogram. They also performed at the London Jazz Festival and European Nights Festival in Oslo, Norway.

Justin has worked with many touring jazz musicians such as Greg Osby, Bobby Watson, Ronnie Cuber, Loren Stillman, Jason Rigby, Ed Rosenberg, Nils Wogram, Stéphane Payen, Tom Arthurs, as well as leading Dublin based quartet 'Togetherness' and playing with an organ trio 'Organics' who started as a regular Friday night fixture at Slattery's bar in Rathmines, Dublin and went on to perform extensively in Ireland, Mexico, USA and South Africa.

Justin composed music and performed in a theatre show '1900, the pianist on the Ocean' with Donal O'Kelly and a live 5-piece jazz group. This production toured in Ireland for 14 weeks. He composed music and performed in "Beatbox Bingo" by Catapult Dance Company with live music of organ and vocal beatbox; and "Secondary Sources" by Rex Levitates Dance Company performing at the Dublin Dance Festival and APAP New York.

Justin's composition 'Helicopter Duo', an electronic piece for two performers to manually rotate two hand-held speakers was performed at the Crash Ensemble Festival and the RTE Living Music Festival 2004. He also plays in several New York based groups such as '3-Way' with trombonist Ryan Kerberle and drummer Jeff Davis; and groups 'Glue Gun Optimism' and 'Sir Richard' with Edward Rosenberg III. Justin is also a member of creative music collective 'Bottlenote' which host musical events and an annual festival.

Justin holds a Diploma in Jazz Performance from Guildhall School of Music London and a Masters Degree (first class honors) in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin.


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