Dylan Thomas Tour

Really pleased to present my Dylan Thomas project as part of the RWCMD’s AmserJazzTime touring scheme next week! With support from RWCMD Jazz student bands, the performances will include Narration, Video and bespoke lighting; as well as the super talents of Iain Ballamy (saxophone) Steve Watts (bass) and Martin France (drums).

Tour Dates : Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead Friday May 11th, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff Saturday May 12th, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Sunday May 13th (afternoon show) Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea Monday May 14th (International Dylan Thomas Day)

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Cardiff Solo Album Launch and Dylan Thomas Tour

Nocturnes and Visions Cardiff Launch

A  special concert at the University Concert Hall, Cardiff on
Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm.
Come and hear music from the new album in the hall that it was recorded in! Also some new music and surprises….

Cardiff University Concert Hall, Corbett Rd, Cardiff CF10 3EB
Tickets £10 /£8 /£3
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffmusic 0333 666 3366 or on the door subject to availability

“soaring and elegant melodies borne aloft by rhapsodic textures”
“an intimate, very special experience” Mike Collins London Jazz News

“A wonderfully inventive and imaginative solo piano album. Beautifully crafted and played” Jason Rebello

“Beautiful record, lovely tunes and amazing piano sound and playing” – Kit Downes

“Absolutely gorgeous” Jamil Sheriff

“The title Nocturnes and Visions is spot on. Interpret these 53 minutes as a private piano performance to savour, to take to your heart… to imagine your own, individual landscapes. And I absolutely recommend the view.” Adrian Pallant

Buy CD or Download here £10
More info www.huwwarren.co.uk

Do Not Go Gentle Welsh Tour May 11-14th

Huw Warren presents his Dylan Thomas inspired Project on a mini tour of Wales in association with the RWCMD AmserJazz touring scheme.

Huw Warren – Piano and Compositions
Iain Ballamy – Saxophone
Steve Watts – Bass
Martin France – Drums

Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead Fri 11th May
RWCMD Dora Stoutzker Hall Cardiff Sat 12th May
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon(afternoon show) Sun 13th May
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, Mon 14th May (Special International Dylan Thomas Day performance)

Nocturnes and Visions latest review by Adrian Pallant

April 2nd 2018 Adrian Pallant

Original post here

THE PIANISTIC VOICE of Huw Warren has, over the years, been a source of joy. His discography alone points to an exploratory spirit whose expertise in coalescing jazz, classical and world music has illuminated so many projects – from Perfect Houseplants and Quercus to his own solo outings and ensembles, and as a major contributor to albums by June Tabor, Maria Pia de Vito and Christine Tobin. So when this particularly intimate and personal recording was first mooted, many months ago, its ‘wait in the wings’ was monitored with keen anticipation. 

Recorded in the Cardiff University Concert Hall, most of this album’s twelve pieces are Warren’s own compositions and, as such, might easily portray the mercurial beauty of his beloved North West Wales environs – steep, harshly angular slate panoramas of quarries contrasting with sparkling lynns which quietly nestle between soaring green valleys. Yet, typically, there are also infusions of South American vivacity, as well as English pastorale/salon music, flashes of prog rock and a reverence for J S Bach, with the feeling that it’ll take some, very enjoyable time to delve into all of their fine details.

In fact, it’s finesse which is the hallmark of Warren’s varied musical expressions, whatever the tempo. Hermeto Pascoal’s O Farol Que Nos Guia is lavished with both a grandeur and a lyricism which flows like a mountain stream, whilst Brazilian dance is celebrated in his own Against the Odds, full of memorable, ornamented melodies and leaping cacuriá-style rhythms. The pianist’s intriguing titles ( à la ‘Hundreds of Things a Boy Can Make’) continue with The Book of Strange New Things, a lush, mystical interlude leading to EE whose light-hearted elegance suggests Sir Edward Elgar’s cycling jaunts across the Malvern Hills – somehow Huw Warren’s chromatic melodies capture the essence of the composer’s genteel miniatures, but with a nod to his great symphonic works. And a six-minute interpretation of Bach’s Prelude No. 8 in E flat minor (BWV 853) (also recalling the Modern Jazz Quartet’s impression of the same) finds Warren romantically colouring each twilight line whilst teasing out those spine-tingling falling-bass phrases.

Brief, scree-sliding adventure Onwards and Sideways is reminiscent of both Ginastera and Keith Emerson; Dinorwig Dreams references the huge former quarry in Warren’s locale with bright, bustling activity and then quieter reflections of its past; and impressively darting tango, The Bulgarian Stretch, is a stand-out maelstrom of whirling high lines and Bachian glints. Rolling Fernhill feels like a jazz piano classic from a distant memory, its beautiful dancing tune complemented by lush, sunlit chords. There are two tender tributes – Up There (for much-missed pianist John Taylor) and Pure (dedicated to Warren’s brother-in-law), whilst, across eight minutes, the emotional rubato of Noturna (by Brazilian guitarist/composer, Guinga) is exquisitely felt – and received.

The title Nocturnes and Visions is pretty spot on. Interpret these 53 minutes as a private piano performance to savour, to take to your heart… to imagine your own, individual landscapes. And I absolutely recommend the view.

Album Launch and tour …..

New CD Launch at the Vortex March 29th!

Nocturnes and Visions is out on Maizeh Music on March 26th, with a series of gigs to celebrate.To purchase a signed copy + free download for £10 + £1.50 p+p (£4.40 p+p  North America) send an email to warrenhuw@gmail.com

March 29th Vortex, Dalston ,London N16 8AZ
SOLO + TRIO BRASIL with Dudley Phillips (bass) and Zoot Warren (drums)
info and book

March 31st Blue Sky Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1PA
World Jazz Night
Huw Warren + Steve Berry(bass) + Zoot Warren(drums)
info+book

April 6th Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, London SW4 0QW
info
SOLO + Trio with Raph Clarkson (Trombone) and Zosia Jagodzinska (cello)

April 7th The Carriageworks, Denbigh LL16 3LU
SOLO + Photographic exhibition by David Woodfall “Polar Bears”
info

April 28th Cardiff University Concert Hall, CF10 3EB
SOLO concert in the room where the album was recorded!
info and book

Not part of the tour, but Huw will also be playing with spoken word artist Martin Daws and a couple of other Huws! in Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda, Gwynedd on March 24th details here

The album has received extensive airplay included an interview/ feature on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Now, and plays on Jazz FM, RTE and several internet stations.

What they are saying:

soaring and elegant melodies borne aloft by rhapsodic textures
an intimate, very special experience” Mike Collins London Jazz News

Beautiful record, lovely tunes and amazing piano sound and playing” – Kit Downes

A wonderfully inventive and imaginative solo piano album. Beautifully crafted and played” Jason Rebello

Fantastic new album. Sublime. A worthy successor to Huw’s previous solo album Infinite Riches in a Little Room” Mike O’Brien

I totally recommend that you check out Huw Warren’s beautiful solo piano recording, Nocturnes and Visions. The whole album flows like a dream. Beautiful playing!”  Jovino Santos Neto

“Absolutely gorgeous” Jamil Sheriff

“Gorgeous toons” Ellen Cranitch RTELyric FM

SOLO ALBUM NEWS!

Nocturnes and Visions is released on March 26th.

Excited to share my new solo CD, which is released on Maizeh Music on March 26th…..Buy a signed copy for £10 + £1.50 p+p by emailing warrenhuw@gmail.com Every CD bought directly, comes with a free bandcamp download (mp3) so you don’t have to wait for the delivery!

There are several gigs to launch the disc, and a few high profile festival appearances to come later in the summer.

March 29th Vortex, London OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH
Huw Warren solo +trio Brasil (with Dudley Phillips+Zoot Warren)
info+book 
March 31st Blue Sky Bangor, Gwynedd
Huw Warren + Steve Berry + Zoot Warren
info+book
April 6th Ominibus, Clapham,London
Huw Warren Solo + Trio with Raph Clarkson and Zosia Jagodzinska
April 28th Cardiff University Concert Hall
Huw Warren SOLO

soaring and elegant melodies borne aloft by rhapsodic textures
an intimate, very special experience” Mike Collins London Jazz News

Fantastic new album. Sublime. A worthy successor to Huw’s previous solo album Infinite Riches in a Little Room” Mike O’Brien

I totally recommend that you check out Huw Warren’s beautiful solo piano recording, Nocturnes and Visions. The whole album flows like a dream. Beautiful playing!”

Jovino Santos Neto

Beautiful record, lovely tunes and amazing piano sound and playing” – Kit Downes

“Absolutely gorgeous” Jamil Sheriff

Huw is also performing this month with Maria Pia de Vito March 9th Chiasso Festival (Italy) and 17th March Venice (Italy) and also a special gig with Spoken word artist Martin Daws on March 24th at Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda.

Feb News

Nocturnes and Visions

Jazz Now, the BBC Radio 3 Jazz show just played  tracks and an interview with Al Ryan about the new album.

Listen here – I’m on after about an hour of the Tolvan Big Band!

Buy the record on Bandcamp

Out and about…..

Some nice gigs this week.

Thurs Feb 15th 8.30pm

What We Should Have Said

Poetry / Music improv with  Stuart Silver (The Double, The Mighty Boosh, and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)  Liz Berry, Aoife Mannix, and Richard Douglas Pennant, with Huw Warren (piano)

T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College Oxford

Friday Feb 16th 7.45pm

Quercus

June Tabor voice
Iain Ballamy saxophone
Huw Warren piano

Howard Assembly Rooms Leeds
Tickets and info

Sat 17th Feb 7pm
Quercus

June Tabor voice
Iain Ballamy saxophone
Huw Warren piano

Jazz at the University, Cardiff
Tickets and info

New Year Newsletter 2018

Happy New Year

Seasons greetings and many thanks for your support over the last 12 months. 2018 is set to be an equally exciting time with several new projects and recordings set to be unveiled….

Nocturnes and Visions

After a very positive response to the solo recording, we are getting ready for the CD release in late February.
As a mailing list subscriber you can still claim a 15% discount from the Bandcamp site by entering the code:
nocturnes
Buy here

We’ve also made a new track available for free streaming – listen to Against the Odds here

Here is what some people have been saying about the record so far:

“soaring and elegant melodies borne aloft by rhapsodic textures
“an intimate, very special experience” Mike Collins London Jazz News

Fantastic new album. Sublime. A worthy successor to Huw’s previous solo album Infinite Riches in a Little Room” Mike O’Brien

I totally recommend that you check out Huw Warren’s beautiful solo piano recording, Nocturnes and Visions. The whole album flows like a dream. Beautiful playing!

Jovino Santos Neto

Beautiful record, lovely tunes and amazing piano sound and playing” – Kit Downes

Absolutely gorgeous” Jamil Sheriff

Here is an interview about the record for London Jazz News, and here is the full Mike Collins interview

More news about the CD release and solo dates later in the year soon!

Quercus Live

Quercus are playing 2 special concerts in February.

Friday Feb 16th – Howard Assembly Rooms Leeds

info and tickets

Saturday February 17th – Cardiff University Concert Hall

info and tickets

Do Not Go Gentle Tour

Pleased to announce that my Dylan Thomas project will be touring in May as part of the RWCMD AmserJazz touring scheme. With Iain Ballamy (saxophone) Steve Watts (bass) Martin France(drums) and narrator (tbc) dates so far confirmed are Holyhead (11/5) Cardiff (12/5) Brecon (13/5) Swansea (14/5 and international Dylan Thomas Day!)

More details on this soon.

Hope to see you out there.
Huw