Biog

Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an  international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a twenty year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World  and Contemporary music, he has a distinctive and personal voice.

His  compositions move between quirky rhythmic grooves and a simple yet profound melodic beauty; but even at his most experimental his music is always fun and approachable. A uniquely soft toned and understated approach to song accompaniment has led him to perform and record with some of the worlds greatest singers.

His best known projects are Dialektos (duo with  Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito) Hermeto+ (A reworking of the music of Hermeto Pascoal with drummer Martin France and bassist Peter Herbert) 100s of Things a Boy Can Make (with NY violinist Mark Feldman) Infinite Riches in a Little Room (a solo piano set centred around a beautiful reworking of a melody by John Dowland) Perfect Houseplants  (Huw Warren, Mark Lockheart, Dudley Phillips, Martin France),   A Barrel organ Far From Home (a nine piece mixed line up with strings and penny whistle) and a long standing collaboration with singer June Tabor. He has also performed and collaborated with  a wide array of musicians including Mark Feldman, Peter Herbert, Joanna Macgreggor, Iain Ballamy, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Black, Theo Bleckmann , Neil Yates, Pamela Thorby, Mose Se Fan Fan, Erik Truffaz and Thomas Strønen .

Awarded the BBC Jazz award for Innovation, and the ACW Creative Wales Award, he has also written for many ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, RSC, LPO Renga ensemble, The Orlando Consort, Ensmble Plus, Koch Ensemble and Tango Siempre. Recent activity has seen him working with artists from other fields such as choreographer Chloe Loftus, visual artist Catrin Williams and photographer David Woodfall.

Currently artist in residence at Brecon Jazz and part of the Jazz department at RWCMD,Cardiff;  Huw’s latest recording (Quercus with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) was released in March 2013 on ECM.

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  1. Huw, you may remember me from some years back when you kindly gave me time to interview you for a piece in the Church Times. This was at Cheltenham Jazz 2006. I would very much like to make contact again with your Quercus hat on, for a possible commission. I have in recent years been involved with an unsual project which involved a commission from Tim Garland and Acoustic Triangle. You can find out more about that project at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/english/faeriequeene. Tim or Gwilym or Malcolm Creese could tell you more. But this is an entirely new project working with Oxford University and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, with the big Shakespeare Anniversary in 2016 in view. I can be contacted via email below.

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