New project touring Next Week!

It’s here! Tails for Wales is touring next week….Holyhead/Brecon/Neath/Cardiff

Sparkly new music + music from a Barrel Organ Far from Home…..

Huw Warren – Piano

Mark Lockheart – Saxophones

Maria Lamburn – Bass Clarinet/Viola

Huw V Williams – Bass

Zoot Warren – Drums

Digital Imagery+Live Projection from Greg Byatt

March 11: Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
March 12: Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
March 13: Gwyn Neath Hall, Neath
March 14: RWCMD, Cardiff

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The Art of Improvisation 2014

Next Friday I’m playing a solo show at a super relaxed venue here in North Wales with live projection and animations from Greg Byatt. It will be a chance to try out much of the new music I’ve been working on recently as well as some favourites culled from Classical Music, World Music and Jazz Standards. Something for everyone…..maybe!

Blue Sky Poster Jan 24th

New quartet project in the USA

I’m really looking forward to returning to the USA to work on an improvised project.

Thanks also to Wales Arts International’s International Opportunities Fund for making this possible.

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014

INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED IMPROVISERS DEBUT QUARTET WITH NOT ONE, BUT TWO VIOLAS

Mat Maneri, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Huw Warren and Peter Herbert to perform in New York (January 30 and 31) and Boston (February 2)

The viola is a rare bird in jazz and improvised music. But this month a new quartet featuring not one, but two improvising violists will mark its debut with performances in New York (Mannes College, January 30; Douglass Street Music Collective, January 31) and Boston (Jordan Hall, February 2).

Violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch often perform together in their home base of New York City. Welsh pianist Huw Warren and Austrian bassist Peter Herbert frequently collaborate at European festivals. 2014 marks the first time the four have performed as a quartet.

In this project, the quartet will play sets of fully improvised music. “Working with such intuitive improvisers is a natural and authentic way to explore the possibilities of this new sound-world,” says Warren.

The project was born our of Warren and Kalmanovitch’s collaborations over the past decade at the Guildhall School’s summer jazz workshop in London, UK. The two musicians decided to extend their collaboration into an international quartet. “I’ll admit that at first, it sounds a bit like an instrument joke,” quips Kalmanovitch. “’What could be better than one jazz violist? Two violists!’”

All four musicians share deep roots in classical music and jazz, but added to the mix are the diverse influences that have marked these musicians’ careers: Arabic music, North and South Indian classical music, the works of maverick Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, and the hymns and folksongs of Warren’s native Wales.

Warren’s 2013 ECM release Quercus (with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) continues the pianists’ career-long bent for bringing old songs – hymns, folksongs, jazz standards – into a delicate new light. The Observer’s Dave Gelly described the record as “one of the most surprising and beautiful pieces of work I have heard in a long time.”

Thursday January 30: Goldmark Hall, Mannes College the New School for Music, New York

150 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024
Showtime at 8:00 PM, Free and open to the public
For more information call (212) 580-0210 or visit http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/events

Friday January 31: Douglass Street Music Collective, Brooklyn

295 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Showtime at 8:00 PM, $10 admission
For more information call (646) 359-2556 or visit http://295douglass.org/

Sunday February 2: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston

290 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA, 02115
Showtime at 8:00 PM, Free and open to the public
For more information call (617) 585-1100 or visit http://necmusic.edu/concerts-events

Performer Bios

Violist Mat Maneri is an American composer and improviser. He has recorded and performed with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, among many others. He started releasing records as a leader in 1996, often featuring long-time collaborators Randy Peterson and Ed Schuller. Maneri teaches privately and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.

“Maneri is a remarkable virtuoso, the internal logic of his lines is captivating.” Stuart Nicholson,

JazzWise

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Maneri

Tanya Kalmanovitch is a violist, ethnomusicologist and writer based in New York City. Trained at the Juilliard School, her work as a musician bridges classical, jazz and experimental music and has been profiled in Jazz Times, DownBeat, the Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Her most recent project is a trio with pianist Anthony Coleman and accordionist Ted Reichman. She performs and teaches regularly in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, and is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Mannes College The New School for Music in New York.

“Kalmanovitch is an exceptional musician. In soloing she thinks compositionally, with an expressive contrast between the astringent chromaticism of her lines and compositions and her warmly malleable tone … a remarkable unity between the written and the improvised.” Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times

www.tanyakalmanovitch.com

Welsh pianist/composer Huw Warren is one of the United Kingdom’s leading musicians, with a unique eclectic approach combining improvisation with folk, world and new music influences. He has released several solo recordings of original music, as well as project albums using source material as diverse as John Dowland, Welsh Hymns, and the music of Hermeto Pascoal. His most recent recording, Quercus (with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) was released in 2013 on ECM Records. Huw is on faculty in the Jazz department at the Royal Welsh College of Music, and is artist in residence at the Brecon Jazz Festival.

“A European stylist of the highest order” BBC Music Magazine

www.huwwarren.co.uk

Austrian bassist and composer Peter Herbert is equally sought-after in the fields of jazz, classical music and free improvisation. He has appeared as a soloist with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as a bassist with the Art Farmer/Clifford Jordon Quintet, the Marc Copland/John Abercrombie Quartet, and Robin Eubanks, and his compositions have been commissioned by numerous European orchestras and chamber ensembles. Peter Herbert is on the faculty at the JIM/Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.

“Musician of the year.” Hans Koller Prize, Austrian Music Office

www.azizamusic.com

Hello 2014

…and a very Happy New Year to one and all!

Looking forward to new gigs and projects in the year to come.

but without further ado….

Here’s my first show of the year:

Blue Sky Poster Jan 24th

New Projects for 2014

Maizeh Music in conjunction with Huw Warren is pleased to announce the following projects available in 2014.
In addition to touring the ECM collaboration Quercus, the award winning pianist and composer is performing in a variety of settings:

 – Huw Warren Solo : The Art Of Improvisation

An unique and eclectic solo performance, weaving together strands of classical music, folk and jazz.

more info

– Maria Pia de Vito Huw Warren Duo

Brilliantly entertaining duo with Italian singer De Vito continues to tour extensively in Europe

more info

– Tails for Wales ( ***new project available from March***)

A brand new quintet featuring saxophonist and long term collaborator Mark Lockheart. New music mixed with music from A Barrel Organ Far From Home….

more info

– Wales meets Brooklyn Trio

Huw Warren – piano
Huw Williams – bass
Jim Black -drums
Following highly successful gigs in Brecon and London last year the trio featuring amazing NY drummer Black is available for select festival and concert shows

more info

– Do not Go Gentle (***new project available from August***)

A new  project based on the poetry of Dylan Thomas, and created as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations. As another Swansea born artist, Warren has for many years wanted to write music influenced by the words  of Dylan Thomas  With longtime collaborators saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer Martin France, Warren has created a rich, approachable, lyrical work that is comparable to Stan Tracey’s seminal Under Milk Wood Suite of 1965….

Please email warrenhuw@gmail.com for info and availability or visit the website

Press

“Huw Warren’s thoughtful and exploratory musical creations, fusions and collaborations have long been a gift to the numerous artists and writers with whom he’s worked” – Troubadour

“Where the indescribable meets the unclassifiable” – Colin Irwin, Mojo

“One of the UK’s truly independent spirits”  Guardian

“A European stylist of the highest order” BBC Music Magazine

*** SPECIFIC DATES TO FILL***

2014 March 15/16/17th  TAILS FOR WALES(UK)

2014 May 29/30/31 June 5/6/7/8 TRIO -WARREN/WILLIAMS/WARREN (UK)

Old Friends/New Friends…..

This week I’m involved in 2 new and different projects which I’m really looking forward to….

On Tues 19/11 I ‘m playing at London Jazz Festival with Christine Tobin’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep“. This is Christine’s reworking of Leonard Cohen songs with Phil Robson (guitar) Dave Whitford (bass) and Adriano Adwele (percussion). Its great to reconnect with Christine,  whom I first played with in the early 90’s;  and a great combination of her voice and Cohen’s brilliant lyrics. Also I get to play accordion, which always feels like a fun aside from the day job!

There’s an album already recorded (of the same name) watch out for it next year.

Album preview tracks here

London Jazz festival show details here

Also on Thursday this week I’m making a new collaboration with beat boxer/rapper/producer Mr Phormula.

A stalwart of the Welsh Hip Hop scene, Mr Phormula (Ed Holden) is a super talented beatboxer and bilingual rapper, and we’re hoping to make a really different sounding project!

Here’s a short clip of us improvising in rehearsal…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFyPPP2PYZM

The gig is thursday 21/11 at the Blue Sky Cafe in Bangor, Gwynedd.

Check out Mr Phormula’s website

Quercus wins German critics CD of the year award

Very pleased to announce that Quercus has won the critics CD of the Year award in Germany!

Here’s a link to the announcement in German …

and also Stephen Graham’s Blog about it :-

Quercus, the folk-jazz trio of singer June Tabor, saxophonist Iain Ballamy, and pianist Huw Warren, has won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the German Record Critics’ album of the year prize, it’s just been announced. Other titles in the winning list of 11 albums selected by the judges include Rokia Traoré’s Beautiful Africa, and Peter Brötzmann’s Long Story Short.

Quercus’ 11 songs took some time to be released, seven years since they were recorded in Basingstoke on a fabled piano in the town’s Anvil venue. The album was released by ECM in April.

The full expressive sound of Tabor’s voice, Iain Ballamy here and in Food recently on the form of his life, for instance in his solo on ‘Near But Far Away’, distils a life time’s work on ballads. At the end ‘All I Ask of You’ is a reminder of the moving version of the song on Balloon Man Ballamy’s first big breakthrough in the late-1980s.

Texts of the songs draw on disparate sources including Robert Burns, A. E. Housman and Shakespeare, and highlights include the lovely ‘Who Wants the Evening Rose’ where the honesty of Tabor’s voice momentarily recalling the late Kirsty MacColl is truest. Ballamy here, oak-sturdy as the genus the band itself takes its name from, intertwines his improvisations with Warren’s superbly empathetic accompaniment so appropriately.  Quercus, pictured

After a very sucessful concert at the Maria Matos theatre in Lisbon this week, the next Quercus gig is at the Music Center, Budapest on October 17th.

more details here