“Most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Rilke’s description of the powerful effect of poetry resonates with Jim Funnell’s perception of jazz composition and improvisation as ideal vehicles for infinite shades of emotion. Jim’s love for sound parallels his fondness of the written word, and inspiration from literary sources often pervades his music.
As the leader of his own trio, he has notably released two albums (Word Out & Spirit of the Snail), won the Composition Prize at the “Trophées du Sunside” in Paris, played numerous concerts and festivals such as the Malta Jazz Festival, Jazz en Touraine, Jazz à Vanves, Jazz sur Seine… and taught workshops in Europe (Jazz de Mars), Japan (Koyo Conservatory), and the United States.
Before being awarded a full tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music and graduating summa cum laude in 2007, exposure to recordings by jazz piano masters such as Ahmad Jamal and Keith Jarrett in Jim’s teenage years encouraged him to support his own vivid palette of tones and rhythms with a format of choice: the classic piano trio, now frequently expanded to include the enchanting colors of percussion…