Schloss Elmau, in Bavaria, was the recording venue for pianist Gwilym Simcock's Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated solo album Good Days At Schloss Elmau (ACT Music, 2011). In March 2013 Simcock returned to the Schloss in the company of double bassist Yuri Goloubev. The result is Reverie At Schloss Elmau. It's the first duo album by these stylish players, although they have played and recorded together in many ensembles over the years including trios with drummers James Maddren and Asaf Sirkis. Simcock gets most of the writing credits here--five, to Goloubev's three. Simcock's compositions are perhaps a little more ...read more
With Lighthouse, saxophonist Tim Garland, pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussionist Asaf Sirkis make the move to completely egalitarian collective. It's also the first album to feature the trio without any additional guests. Garland's Lighthouse Trio first came together on the saxophonist's If the Sea Replied (Sirocco, 2005), an ambitious song cycle that--in addition to including mates from his impro-folk Lammas and Acoustic Triangle, which by that time also featured Simcock--was scored for members of the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra. Libra (Global Mix, 2009) was even more far-reaching--a double-disc set sporting an even larger cast of characters. But the emphasis was always ...read more
The world of jazz is currently enjoying a surfeit of great piano players, and the ACT label is home to some of the most innovative: musicians such as Michael Wollny of [em], Yaron Herman and Danilo Rea. Gwilym Simcock is the latest addition to the ACT roster with his solo Good Days At Schloss Elmau, a beautifully creative collection of original compositions that further establishes the Welshman as one of the most inventive pianists in jazz. Simcock trained as a classical pianist, turning to jazz at 15. He is still just 29 years old, but is already ...read more
Meet Gwilym Simcock: I started the piano at the age of three, and since then all I've ever wanted to do is make music. My father taught me from a very early age, and then I attended the junior department of Trinity College of Music in London and then Chetham's School of Music for 9 years. During that time studying as a classical musician I was introduced to Jazz and became instantly hooked after hearing some Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, and ever since then the area of music involving both jazz and classical music has been what really interests ...read more
Pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock has achieved a lot in a short time. His debut album as leader, Perception (Basho, 2007) was roundly praised as heralding the arrival of a significant new talent.
Prior to that Simcock had captured attention for lighting up Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio and Malcolm Creese's Acoustic Triangle.
Awards and commissions began to roll in accompanied by a certain amount of hype; Chick Corea labeled him a creative genius" and comparisons between the talent of Simcock and Brad Mehldau andKeith Jarrett soon became commonplace.
However, as the old saying goes ...read more
Gwilym Simcock Blues Vignette Basho 2009
Pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock sees the 2CD set Blues Vignette as a musical snapshot capturing but one stage of his musical development. In fact, the album is more like a lovingly crafted self portrait which reveals both the musical bloodline and which hints at future endeavors.
The first CD features Simcock solo and for 20 minutes in a duo performing a suite for cello and piano. Stripped of rhythmic accompaniment this is a close-up of Simcock which highlights the dual influences of classical music and jazz in ...read more
Around long enough that the phrase coming late to jazz" is no longer relevant, pianist Gwilym Simcock's star has been rapidly rising on the British scene for the past seven years, as he continues to mine the nexus of a classical upbringing with his more recent conversion" to jazz. All too often, young artists release albums as leaders before they're ready, but in the case of the still twenty-something Simcock--a member of saxophonist Tim Garland's innovative Lighthouse Trio responsible for the superb Libra (Global Mix, 2009)--Perception (Basho, 2007) was a fully realized debut that highlighted his skills as performer, composer, ...read more