Really great to see live music and events slowly returning over the summer, and also to see the really deep and meaningful audience response.
I have some performances and gigs to share over the next couple of months!
First up (for my North Wales friends),I’m doing a series of Sunday lunchtime solo gigs at Caernarfon’s newest venue The Old Courthouse, starting September 19th. Food is from 12 and music from 1pm. Come and check it out: the food’s great and its a lovely informal vibe.
First London performance for this new duo project.
“A new and exciting collaboration by two of the most eclectic free spirits on the UK Jazz scene. Award winning trumpeter Laura Jurd is one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Together with Welsh pianist, Huw Warren, who is internationally acclaimed for his innovative approach, expect brand new compositions, playful improvising and much more”
Art Themen Saxophone Huw Warren Piano Riaan Vosloo Bass Tony Orrell Drums
Bristol Music Club, Clifton, Bristol UK
Always such a pleasure to play with Art – one of the elder statesmen of the British Jazz scene, but still super creative on the bandstand. Also, Art was playing (with the Stan Tracey Quartet) at my very first jazz gig in 1976, so I can always joke that if it hadn’t been for him, maybe I wouldn’t be doing this now!!
I have a couple of new recordings that I’ll be able to share more of with you very soon… Firstly a beautiful Plygain project with singer and violinist Angharad Jenkins. For those of you that don’t know, Plygain is a Welsh language Christmas tradition specific to mid Wales; with some very beautiful and almost medieval melodies. Also been recording with my longtime friend and collaborator Iain Ballamy. We have a substantial new project (maybe a double CD) to share with you soon.
More news on both of these in the coming weeks!
CDs Books and Scores Just to remind you that info on all of these is available from my website www.huwwarren.co.uk Cd’s are all £10 plus postage
Really pleased to be able to share with you a special livestream gig with trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd. The gig was recorded with a limited audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall at RWCMD in Cardiff, and is the culmination of their annual AmserJazzTime Festival.
1 And The Kitchen Sink (HW) 2 Maes H (HW) 3 More Earthing Up/Song and Dance (HW) 4 Piano Positivity (HW) 5 Mosking (LJ) 6 Slow Loris (LJ)
Here’s a short promo video where Laura and Huw talk about the project.
Laura and Huw will also play at Kings Place in London on October 8th 2021.
Warren Ballamy duo
Another special gig with saxophonist Iain Ballamy at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on Thursday June 24th. Presented by The Spin Jazz. Limited ticket availability of 100 seats. Info and Book https://spinjazz.com/whats-on
“two of the most interesting, formidable, accessible and totally engaging musicians the UK has ever produced!“
Performed live at Cardiff University Concert Hall on 11/11/20 for the Bamzu Lockdown Sessions
Iain Ballamy – Saxophone
Huw Warren – Piano
One of the oldest standards we play this was written in 1916!
filmed and recorded by Eddie Gripper and Patrick Barrett-Donlon
“one never missed the presence of either bass or drums: the whole concert, short at just over 45 minutes, was a masterclass in listening and responding in a duo setting, in balancing the written and the improvised, and most of all in allowing the other’s musical personality to come across unencumbered”
“it is testament to Ballamy and Warren’s brilliant musicianship and ever-present empathy that they sounded utterly world-class”
Was such a pleasure to play (both for a stream and a small but real audience!!) last week in Cardiff University Concert Hall. The duo with Iain is one of the most relaxed, fun and eclectic projects that I do, and this night was no exception…..
“In fact, one never missed the presence of either bass or drums: the whole concert, short at just over 45 minutes, was a masterclass in listening and responding in a duo setting, in balancing the written and the improvised, and most of all in allowing the other’s musical personality to come across unencumbered. Of course, it would have been more special in person, but it is testament to Ballamy and Warren’s brilliant musicianship and ever-present empathy that…even through my bottom-of-the-range Bluetooth speaker…they sounded utterly world-class.”
Live Concert streamed from the Ucheldre Centre on September 16th!
Very pleased to share with you a livestreamed album launch as part of the Bamzu Lockdown Jazz Sessions on 16/9/20. It’s a double bill with the Ella Hohen Ford, Will Sach and Noah Stoneman Trio who play at 7pm, and I’ll be playing at 8pm.
Tickets are £10 Standard £5 Concessions or £15 Supporter and all info is available from http://bamzu.co.uk/
It’s great to be back at Ucheldre to play again (this is where I recorded the two #lockdown albums that I’ve released over the last few months). If you haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet, they’re over on my bandcamp page:
Tracks have been played on several radio shows (Including BBC Radio 3) and London Jazz News published a very nice review by John Turney
Huw Warren – Live at Ucheldre, Vol 2 (Album Review by Jon Turney)
“Huw Warren, one of the UK’s most interesting pianists, has a string of fine trio, duo and solo recordings – three of them in the last couple of years. It’s always good to hear more from him, so we’re fortunate lockdown has given him time to revisit recordings from 2016 that showcase his live solo work.
Volume 2 – available as a pay-what-you-want download from Bandcamp – complements the delicious all-Brazilian selection he gave us on Volume 1 a few months ago. Like that set, the music is taken from three themed nights at the Ucheldre Centre, a renovated chapel in Holyhead. It’s pleasingly eclectic, opening and closing with a couple of standards, Darn that Dream and It Never Entered my Mind, and taking in a piercingly lovely version of John Taylor’s Ambleside and a small piece of Elgar that leads into Warren’s EE, a tune heard on his recent CD Nocturnes andVisions.
The longest item, at nearly 18 minutes, is an extended treatment of his John Dowland-inspired tune Teares. Like two previous recordings of the piece, this begins with a slow statement of the haunting melody and proceeds to a few variations. But around where the others finish this one takes off into a much longer extemporisation, first chordal, then moving into counterpoint, always tunefully inventive, before coming back home.
This inspired effort, like the others, is preserved just as it came, with no editing or mixing. It does what a live recording should, capturing a creative spirit as it takes flight. It’s a spirit – thoughtful, resourceful, unfailingly melodic – that informs all Warren’s work, but is particularly well represented here”.
This will be an album launch with a difference – as I’m also going to premiere a whole programme of new music written over the last 6 months! I hope you can join me.
Live from Ucheldre Weds Sept 16th! 19.00 (UK) 20.00 (Europe) 14.00 (US East Coast) !2.00 (US West Coast)
Pleased to share my 2nd lockdown release with you!! Taken from 2 separate concerts in February and May 2016 at the lovely Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead, North Wales. Recorded by Greg Byatt, the music includes an extended version of my John Dowland piece Teares, a piece by Elgar as an intro to EE, John Taylor’s classic Ambleside and a couple of my favourite standards.