Just had some great news about the go ahead for a new education project based in Aberdyfi, Gwynedd. Mid Wales Youth Jazz will cater for 10-18 year olds in South Gwynedd and Powys and will run once a month on Sundays, starting 10/2.
I will be working on a range of material, generally by ear; but with an emphasis on improvisation and the fun of group playing. No previous experience necessary – just open ears and open minds! Funded by ACW (and many thanks to the Peter Saunders Trust for funding the schools taster day www.petersaunderstrust.co.uk ) there is also the opportunity for me to bring in other musicians/groups for some of the sessions. We hope to present a concert in June or July to showcase the results of our first few sessions. All in all, an exciting venture!
This should be particularly exciting for this under represented part of rural Wales, and also is the direct result of the actions and perseverance of two local women (and parents) Katie Morgan and Nicola Burgess. I think it just goes to show that with vision and hard work, these kinds of projects can be turned from dreams into reality, anywhere!
If any young musicians are interested in participating in Mid Wales Youth Jazz, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass your details onto the organisers.
I’ve always really enjoyed playing improvised music to non jazz audiences, so have recently decided to formalise this into a solo piano format…
After the initial (and slightly scary) observation of “what the hell are they going to make of this?!”, I’ve recently had some lovely musical experiences with massively attentive audiences., and an openness that is sometimes missing in more knowledgeable jazz audiences. Most important I don’t feel the need to alter or dumb down the material to make this happen – its pretty much a lot of the same music that I enjoy playing on my other concerts. I’ve always felt that to bring people ‘in’ to your music is the biggest challenge of all; in a purely musical sense as well as the way in which you present it.We are basically all storytellers anyway – be that in music or words….
Info and links for those interested below….
HUW WARREN SOLO – The Art of Improvisation
“one of the UK’s truly independent spirits” – The Guardian
Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative projects and collaborations over a twenty five year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, Classical and World music, he has a beautiful delicate touch and a deeply lyrical musicality. His music is broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3 and he performed live on the 10th anniversary programme of the flagship cross genre show, Late Junction
The Art of Improvisation is a solo concert with a difference. Warren fuses improvisations based on Dowland, Bach and Chopin and folk music with music from Brazil and South Africa, original compositions, and the Great American Songbook. Dazzling virtuosity and humour are combined with moments of deep emotion; all presented in a surprisingly approachable way. What makes The Art of Improvisation particularly unique is the ease in which Warren draws the audience into his various musical worlds with an informative yet informal, entertaining presentation. This is a programme that works equally well for all music lovers.
Listen : Teares (after John Dowland)
Watch and listen : Mil Harddach Wyt
Huw Warren is currently Artist in Residence at Brecon Jazz festival, his next recording is Quercus (with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) released on ECM spring 2013.
For more information or to book The Art of Improvisation for 2013/14 please contact Maizeh Music
Following on from the last post – here’s a video of our encore at the World Wide Wales gig at Brecon last year
Mil Harddach Wyt
trad arr Huw Warren
Huw Warren piano
Peter Herbert bass
Thomas Stronen drums
filmed at Brecon Cathedral by Greg Byatt 9/8/12