Brecon Jazz August 20th

August 20th 4.15pm

BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL – Brazilian Music Special

Huw Warren with special guest Seu Gaio

The Muse, Old Museum

Glamorgan Street
Brecon, Powys

Huw Warren – piano

Seu Gaio – voice, pandeiro, cavaquinho

Ursula Harrison – bass

George Povey – drums

Huw Warren is one of Wales’ leading jazz musicians with a long and internationally acclaimed career of cross genre collaborations and recordings on major european labels such as ECM and CAM jazz. From 2012-2016 he was artist in residence at Brecon festival and curated the World Wide Wales series of international collaborations as well as premiering new commissions such as the Dylan Thomas project “Do Not go Gentle” and coordinating projects with young musicians from RWCMD and NYJW.  His ongoing ‘love affair’ with Brazilian music has included the 2009 album Hermeto+, a trio record putting his own compositions alongside new arrangements of music by the great Hermeto Pascoal, several albums with Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito and another trio record Everything in Between from 2018. During this time he has performed and recorded with Brazilian luminaries such as Jovino Santos Neto, Chico Buarque, Adriano Adewale, Carlos Malta and Roberto Taufic.

This special and unique collaboration for Brecon Jazz is with Brazilian vocalist and percussionist Seu Gaio.To describe Seu Gaio in one word, you must use the word versatile. “Seu Gaio is one of those great musicians who dives into the big pot of Brazilian Popular Music with the purpose of bringing out new interpretations and a vast musical knowledge for his song writing” (Paulo Sa). This creative and innovative musician from Brazil, who carries West African heritage, was born and raised in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. He sings, writes songs, and plays a variety of Brazilian and West African percussion and stringed musical instruments. The quartet is completed by Ursula Harrison and George Povey, two of the rising young stars of the vibrant Cardiff jazz scene.

Expect a mix of Warren originals, Hermeto tunes and some great Brazilian Choro and Samba for listening and dancing!

Tickets £12

book tickets online ‘Brazilian Music Special’: Huw Warren Trio & Guest 20th Aug – Brecon Jazz Festival 7-21st Aug 2022

You tube :Frevo em Maceio


Hermeto + Live in Bristol

Had a lot of fun playing this music with bassist Dudley Phillips and drummer Dave Smith….

Here’s a review by Tony Benjamin from Bristol.


By TONY BENJAMIN, Friday Apr 1, 2022

The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer Hermeto Pascoal has been influencing musicians worldwide since the 70s. Wild of hair and beard, he’s famed for a combination of deeply rooted rhythms, eccentric instrumentation (including kitchenware) and a free-spirited approach to melody and improvisation. Taking that anarchic recipe into a jazz piano trio format could have meant unduly taming Pascoal’s essential energy but pianist Huw Warren has a deep understanding of what makes the Brazilian’s music work. In picking bass player Dudley Phillips – a longstanding collaborator – and drummer Dave Smith he has assembled a fiery team well suited to their inspiration.

Dudley Phillips (bass), Dave Smith (drums) (pic: Tony Benjamin)

Thus we had few clearly defined solos but rather followed the threesome as they collectively carved their path through a mix of great Pascoal numbers and a sprinkling of Warren’s. Tunes often switched abruptly from tight cross-rhythmic passages into all-out free playing from which order would eventually emerge (only to dissipate again, inevitably). Bass man Phillips was often left to hold the melodic role while Warren’s piano hammered complex pulses, the pianist’s hand damping the strings for percussive effect across the intricacies of Smith’s kit work. This worked in different ways: for Santa Caterina an elegant, almost classical bass solo introduction led to a sort of counterpoint with the piano while the drums seemed to take on the melody. That tune gently evaporated, whereas the rumbustious Jegue (it means donkey, apparently) fired off into dense piano harmonics against a drum’n’bass style effected bass sound that, nevertheless, managed to breeze off with a light touch samba in an instant.

Huw Warren (piano) (pic: Tony Benjamin)

The well known O Farol Que Nos Guia (The Lighth that Guides Us) was especially well handled. It’s a ballad that tempts the player to overstate its emotional feel, but here it became a vehicle for dynamic exploration as a bass and piano duet. The tune segued into Papa Furado, an exuberant maelstrom full of sudden punctuation and emphatic flourishes with Smith using the drum kit’s entire vocabulary of sounds. As the set proceeded the group’s tightness became ever more apparent, with their joyful exposition of a Maracatu tune by Jovino Santos Neto a flawless display of off-beat precision and Brazilian ebullience.


Barrel Organ 25 years on!

A special concert in Cardiff, with new arrangements and line up….

17 March 2022 07:30 pm
with Mark Lockheart & RWCMD Jazz

A Barrel Organ far from Home was Welsh jazz pianist Huw Warren’s first solo album, released in 1997. To celebrate both its 25th anniversary and the composer’s 60th birthday, Warren has created new arrangements, featuring award-winning saxophonist and longtime collaborator Mark Lockheart and our own jazz and string players. The music was inspired by black and white images by pioneering English photographer John Topham, which captured the ‘ordinary way of life of ordinary people’, and these images will feature in specially created visuals from our technical theatre department.

Huw Warren Piano/composer
Mark Lockheart saxophone
Dan Newberry flute
Coren Sithers Alto sax/bass clarinet
Elliot Warburton Accordion/organ
Simmy Singh violin
Chloe Dickens violin
Michael Needle viola
Mischa Jardine cello
Clem Saynor bass
George Prentice-Povey drums

Tickets £15/13


March News and 60th Birthday gigs!

Really pleased to share with you some very special gigs and projects to celebrate my 60th birthday this year! 

05/03 Duo with Iain Ballamy, Cambridge 
17/03 A Barrel Organ Far from Home (feat Mark Lockheart) Cardiff
29/03 Hermeto+ Cardiff
30/03 Hermeto+ Bristol
19/05 Perfect Houseplants London

All the revisited projects will include new music and arrangements….

Full schedule:

Feb 25th 7pm  Welsh Brazilian trio
Metchy’s Cafe, 1 Cathay Terrace, Cardiff 


Huw Warren piano
Matheus Prado bass
Ze Kouyate voice/perc

Debut performance from this new collaboration, in a lovely intimate cafe venue! Classic, uplifting Brazilian tunes…..

March 5th 7.45pm Iain Ballamy + Huw Warren duo
Stapleford Granary, Bury rd, Cambridge, CB 22 5BP

An eclectic programme for these longtime collaborators including improvisations based on original themes, Brazilian music and the obligatory surprise!

Technically flawless performances’

The Wire

March 9th  Flute and Tankard Cardiff

Huw V Williams bass
Huw Warren piano
Isaac Zuckerman drums

free impro and tunes from both Huws!

March 17th 7.30 Dora Stoutzker Hall RWCMD Cardiff

A Barrel Organ far From Home

Huw Warren – piano and compositions
Mark Lockheart saxophone

Daniel Newberry – flute/tenor 
Coren Sithers – alto/bass clarinet
Elliot Warburton – accordion/keyboard
Simmy Singh – violin
Chloe Dickens – violin
Michael Needle – viola

Mischa Jardine – cello
Clem Saynor – bass
Isaac Zuckerman – drums

A special 25th anniversary performance of Warrens debut recording for Babel in 1997. Barrel Organ is a suite of pieces based on the black and white photos of early social documenter John Topham,and written for a mixed line up of wind strings and rhythm section.

March 29th Flute and Tankard, Cardiff

Hermeto +

Huw Warren piano
Dudley Phillips bass
Dave Smith drums

Celebrating the joyous music of Hermeto Pascoal with long time collaborator Phillips and outstanding drummer Smith, the original album came out on Basho in 2009.

March 30th 7.30pm Bristol Music Club, 75 St Paul’s rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP

Hermeto +

Huw Warren piano
Dudley Phillips bass
Dave Smith drums

Celebrating the joyous music of Hermeto Pascoal with long time collaborator Phillips and outstanding drummer Smith, the original album came out on Basho in 2009.

There are a couple of advance dates for May including Cheltenham Festival on May1st  with Iain Ballamy and Rob Luft, but here are a couple more dates to hold ( tickets not yet available!)
May 19th Perfect Houseplants, Vortex London
May 20th Jazz Piano Day, Cardiff University Concert Hall.

Look forward to seeing you out there!



Date Change for Trio @CellB

Apologies for another mail out hot on the heels of my sept newsletter but the North Wales trio gig originally scheduled for Sept 25th is now taking place on October 16th

With Steve Berry (bass) and Caroline Boaden (drums)

CellB, Park Square Blaneau-Ffestiniog Gwynedd 
LL41 3AD
01766 832001


Sept News

September News

Hi Everyone,

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.

info and book :

Sat Sept 25th Huw Warren Trio

Huw Warren Piano
Steve Berry Bass
Caroline Boaden Drums

CellB, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, Wales

First in a series of Jazz nights for this really interesting intimate venue. Supported by ACW’s Night Out Scheme

info and book:

Friday October 8th Laura Jurd + Huw Warren duo

Laura Jurd Trumpet
Huw Warren Piano

Kings Place London, UK

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”

info and book:

Wednesday October 20th Art Themen Quartet

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!!

info and book :

New Projects….

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
Cd’s are all £10 plus postage

Hope to see you out there!
Huw x

Copyright © 2021 Huw Warren, All rights reserved. for full details and info….

Laura Jurd Huw Warren duo

Laura Jurd + Huw Warren duo project

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.

Tickets available here for £10
Set includes new compositions by Jurd and Warren, including several new Warren pieces written during  lockdown and receiving their first airing….

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

“two of the most interesting, formidable, accessible and totally engaging musicians the UK has ever produced!


Maes H

Here’s a video from last september’s livestream at the Ucheldre Centre….

A new piece filmed andrecorded by Greg Byatt.

More coming soon!


2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2021!

Dear Friends,

Thanks, as ever, for your support during this crazily challenging last 12 months. I hope you are all well and healthy and that we can look forward to live performances soon!

In common with many of my friends and artists, I’ve spent much of this past year exploring my local environment (the picture above is Snowdonia on New Years Day) whilst staying busy with my educational work. I’ve also been hard at work on new music, which I’m really looking forward to sharing with you this year…..

Collaborating online and working with live streams has also become a fact of life, so in case you missed these, here are 3 clips from recent projects.

Solo: Spring is Here (Encore from solo set at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead)
Duo with Iain Ballamy  Poor Butterfly (from duo gig at Cardiff University)
Collab with Angharad Jenkins Hosanna Mwy (Advent Amgen /National Eisteddfod)

Looking forward to more of this in the coming weeks!

Thanks also to everyone who has been buying CDs downloads, books and scores…

I have a January offer at my Bandcamp of 20%discount using the code jan21 at the checkout.
I’m sure you all know about bandcamp, but this is the most sustainable way of supporting a creative artist…
There are 10 albums available including my 2 ‘lockdown’ solo releases from Ucheldre which have been widely broadcast (including Radio 3 and online stations) There’s also a subscription scheme if anyone is interested where you get all the back catalogue plus new releases and subscriber exclusives (some more of those coming in the new year as well)

Check it out here!

I also have CD copies of my 2 Cam Jazz releases (Trio and Duo) for sale for £10 plus p+p.

I’ve also recently revised my book of compositions The Gentle Life and added a few more recent compositions to it. This is available as individual PDFs, 14 compositions for £30 (usual price £42). Please email me for more details

Full details of all these plus my harmony books and other bits and pieces are at my website.

All the best for now and hope to see you out there some time soon!


Poor Butterfly

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”

full review for London Jazz News here