Parc (5) first performance……

Closure – David Woodfall / Huw Warren / Greg Byatt

First Performance (Private View) July 14th Ysgol Parc, Parc, Gwynedd 7.30pm

This is the culmination of an ACW funded project using photography, original music and video to document the rich and vibrant life of the small rural community of Parc,near Bala in the Snowdonia National Park.

The title refers to the threat that all of our communities currently face in remaining open and viable in the face of  severe economic and social pressures.The three artists have, with the wonderful and generous co-operation of the entire community; explored and documented many aspects of the community, including cultural  and social events, and the interaction and relationship with the natural enviroment.

The performance will include new music (perfromed live by Huw Warren) alongside a remarkably wide range of photographs by David Woodfall and videos and live projection by Greg Byatt which have been compiled in Parc over the last 6 months.

Despite having no pub, shop or post office, and a primary school under threat of closure; Parc possesses one of the strongest senses of community that the three artists have  ever experienced. The project as a whole is about ordinary people and their celebration of life.

Huw Warren has blogged about the various stages of the project at and all three artists are currently applying for additional funding to extend and develop the project over the next 6 months.There will be an exhibition open to the public and further live performances from September 2012 onwards.

Admission by invitation only, but for more information please contact Huw Warren

David Woodfall –  Photographer

In a career spanning over 22 years of photographing environments throughout the world , David Woodfall has refused to be categorised by his work as a photographer .

In a 1998 portfolio in BBC Wildlife he was described as ‘ the poet laureate of British and Irish landscapes. In North America and Europe he is better known for his work on environmental issues . In 1999 he documented the Warao native people (of the Orinoco delta) for Living Earth (Terra Viva ) ,Caracas .He has frequently photographed people , including commissions to photograph HRH Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough. He has always photographed wildlife , which reflects his career in nature conservation prior to his work as a photographer, which is a feature of both his understanding of the world and the quality of his  photographs

Huw Warren – Pianist/ Composer

Huw is one of Wales’ best known musicians whose work crosses the boundaries of jazz,world music and new music. Winner of BBC Jazz award for Innovation and the ACW Creative Wales award, he has a busy career touring worldwide, recording and teaching. He has collaborated with artists as varied as June Tabor, Maria Pia de Vito, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler and Billy Bragg. His next release is on the ECM label and he is currently artist in residence at Brecon Jazz Festival

Greg Byatt – video and projection

Greg is an audio visual wizard specialising in music performances and live projection.He has collaborated with Huw on several performances as well as silent film projects and was also a founder of the Actors Cut, an unique project for trainee actors.


July Gigs….

Here’s some of the stuff I’m up to in July…..

July 4th 7- 7.30pm Interview on BBC Radio Wales Arts Show with Nicola Heywood Thomas

July 6th 5.30pm Duo with Neil Yates at the Chlore Ballroom,Royal Festival Hall, London as part of Brynfest (a celebration of Welsh music at the SBC, London curated by Bryn Terfel). Concert will be filmed by S4C.

July 8th 1-3pm Seiat Jazz session at Galeri, Doc Fictoria, Caernarfon, North Wales.

Huw Warren –  piano

Garry Bywater – saxophone

Free entry!

July 8th 6pm Performing with the Gwynedd and Mon County Brass Band+singers at Plas Newydd, Anglesey, North Wales

July 9th Rome with Maria Pia de Vito and Brazillian legend Guinga

July 14th First performance (private view) of Closure at Ysgol Parc, Parc Gwynedd Wales.

An ACW funded project with Photographer David Woodfall and Video Artist Greg Byatt documenting, and working with a rural community in North Wales…..complete blog to follow with more info and pictures of the development of this project!

July 16-17th Harlech Castle, Harlech Gwynedd 8-9.30pm

Men of Harlech/Gwyr Harlech

My Dance score “Death and Decay” is part of the Men of Harlech spectacular in Harlech Castle as part of the Cauldrons and Furnaces project.

July 22-27th Guildhall Summer School

GSMD, Silk St, London EC1

A fun summer school for Jazz and Rock players of all levels. This year I’m joined in the piano department by the wonderful Jason Rebello!

July 23rd 7.30pm June Tabor at Petworh Festival, Petworth

June 28th – 7.30pm St Julitas Church, Capel Curig, Gwynedd, North Wales

“What we Should have Said””

Poetry and Piano Improv with Stuart Silver, Richard Douglas Pennant and Huw Warren

Hope to see you out there!!