Chris Guilfoyle is an Irish guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator currently based in Dublin. After completing his BA in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin in 2010, he went on to receive a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Lucerne University, Switzerland in 2014
Over the last 10 years, Chris has toured regularly around Ireland and abroad including the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and France. Since 2011, Chris has been a member of faculty on Newpark Music Centre’s BA in Jazz Performance program, and has since become a Jazz Lecturer at Dublin City University where he teaches guitar and ensemble studies. He is also a founding member of the Dublin Jazz Co-op, a collective of Irish jazz musicians putting on weekly gigs in the Workman’s Club, Dublin.
Chris leads his own group Umbra, a critically acclaimed quintet featuring some of the most promising musicians in Ireland. Umbra have released two records in the last two years and have toured extensively in Ireland and Europe. In his relatively short career, Chris has played with some of the biggest names in jazz including Dave Liebman, Jim Black, Tom Rainey, Theo Bleckmann, Nils Wogram, Ralph Peterson, John O’Gallagher and David Binney and also performs with Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Sean Carpio and Michael Buckley, some of the most highly regarded musicians on the Irish jazz scene.
The real surprise package is Chris Guilfoyle who plays with great maturity and assurance throughout and quickly establishes himself as an exciting new voice on the guitar.” – Ian Mann – The Jazzman