spoken word with a difference

Looking forward to this great collection of people under one roof on June 24th in Bangor North Wales….

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Tails for Wales Vortex May 27th

Time for the next instalment!

In case you didn’t catch any of our tour gigs in march; this is my latest project featuring long time collaborator Mark Lockheart, an ensemble of welsh musicians and live projection/imagery.

Here’s a clip from the Gwyn Hall in Neath. Over the coming days I’ll be posting more videos from the other gigs, so watch this space….

May 27th Huw Warren’s Tails for Wales 8pm

Huw Warren Piano/Composer

Mark Lockheart Saxophone

Maria Lamburn Viola/Bass Clarinet

Huw V Williams Bass

Tim Giles Drums

Greg Byatt – video and live projection

Vortex

 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

info and tickets

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more pics and project info

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New piece for Brass Band and Jazz soloists

Really excited to be working on a new piece for 2 improvising trumpeters plus brass band. The 10 minute piece will be performed by Percy Purseglove and Gethin Liddington with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales on July 25th in Beaumaris and July 26th in Wrexham…

Article below originally from http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=18119#.U2TArletxck

All that jazz for Welsh youth

31-Jan-2014
The National Youth Brass Band of Wales has commissioned a major new work form renowned jazz composer Huw Warren


Huw Warren

The National Youth Brass Band of Wales has commissioned jazz pianist and composer, Huw Warren to write a concerto to be premiered on its 2014 summer tour.

Solo trumpets

The 10 minute work for two solo trumpets, rhythm section and band will be performed by leading jazz trumpeters, Percy Pursglove and Gethin Liddington and directed by course conductor, Reid Gilje.

The concerts take place at Canolfan Beaumaris on Friday 25th July and Wrexham’s William Aston Hall on Saturday 26th July.

Teatro San Carlo

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Just had a wonderful experience playing with Maria Pia de Vito at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

An incredible building, its Europe’s oldest opera house, built in 1737. Its not everyday that you play at a venue where Mozart and Beethoven also performed!

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We had 2 days rehearsal and 2 concerts…the programme included an opening set of our own arrangements of late renaissance music and then a performance of a one act opera “Diario Dell ‘Assassinata” by Gino Negri. Written in the 70’s there was no piano in the original score, but they very kindly allowed me to improvise my own part! The plot describes the infamous scandal of the murder of Maria D’avalos and her lover, by husband Carlo Gesualdo in 1590. Carlo Gesualdo, of course, was one of the most important madrigalists of the time; with an advanced chromatic style that seemed way ahead of its time. I’m not sure how sucessful the Negri piece was, but fantastic to be involved in such an intensely Neapolitan experience. Just the night before, walking back to the hotel, we passed a dimly lit building undergoing refurbishment…it was Palazzo D’avalos-residence of Maria D’avalos!

Hugely enjoyable (and challenging) to work on the other material too. Music by Benedetto Ferrari, Cipriano de Rore, Dowland and an amazing piece by Sigismundo d’India “odi qeul rossignolo”. A vocal tour de force, it uses a literal approach to describing the song of the nightingale, to which we added our own textures and improv! Look forward to maybe recording some of this repertoire soon…

 

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