Brecon Jazz 2013

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Brecon Jazz August 9th/10th/11th……..

This is my second year as artist in residence at Brecon Jazz.

This year includes 2 very special performances in the World Wide Wales series (also in its 2nd year) and a performance to close the festival in Brecon Cathedral with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy as “Quercus”.

WORLDWIDE WALES 1 : Wales meets Naples

Huw Warren + Maria Pia de Vito

Brecon Cathedral Sat 10th August 17.30

An amazing collaboration with one of Italy’s most highly regarded singers takes in many different styles and is always surprising and fun!

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This gig is also being livestreamed! 17.30hrs UK time www.breconjazz.com/live

WORLDWIDE WALES 2 : Wales meets Brooklyn

Jim Black + Huw Warren + Huw V Williams

The Castle Hotel, Brecon Sunday 11th August 1.30pm

A great chance to hear the incredible NY drummer Jim Black, one of the most influential musicians of the current downtown scene, and Huw V Williams one of the rising stars of the welsh jazz scene.Original music and impro, and an exclusive for the festival.

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Quercus

June Tabor + Iain Ballamy + Huw Warren

Brecon Cathedral Sunday 11th August  8.30pm

Featuring Iain Ballamy on Tenor saxophone, Huw Warren on piano, and the BBC Folk Awards’ ‘Folk Singer of the Year 2012’ June Tabor, Quercus brings together three of the UK’s most creative and original musicians to create beautiful poignant music that transcends musical genres. Drawing on each player’s repertoire of originals, timeless folk songs and reclaimed standard repertoire, the trio subtly recolour the music with their individual palettes to create exquisite acoustic chamber music.

It would be hard to put together a group which offers more heartfelt music; from June’s gripping voice and intense delivery to Iain’s gloriously mellifluous melodies and Huw’s lyrical off-kilter musicality, the trio carries the audience on a journey through tales of love and loss, bloody battles and beguiling originals.
Quercus album now available on ECM records.

As well as the above concerts I’m also contributing to the “RWCMD Presents” show at the Guildhall on saturday (details here) The Sunday morning service in the Cathedral (solo piano) and also running a masterclass with Maria Pia de Vito for singers and accompanists on Sunday (details here).

Some fantastic other musicians are also performing at the Festival including Django Bates’ Beloved Trio, The Impossible Gentlemen (Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Steve Rodby and Mark Walker) Jason Rebello and many others.

Full programme for Brecon 2013 is here !

Maria Pia de Vito and Huw Warren have been collaborating since 2008.. They have recorded 2 CD’s for the Parco della Musica label:
Dialektos (with Gabriele Mirabassi) and O Pata Pata (with Ralph Towner) as well as other projects including Roden Crater (with Eivind Aarset, Michele Rabia,Maurizio Giri, Anje Lechner) and a collaboration with Indian singer Rama Mani.
More info on maria at www.mariapiadevito.com

Huw Warren trio featuring Jim Black are also playing a london date at the intimate Con Cellar bar on Monday August 12th
full details here
For all other matters Jim Black head over to Jimblack.com !

Quercus released their debut CD to great critical acclaim on ECM in April 2013.
For reviews have a look here
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