Back for his second year as artist-in-residence at Brecon Jazz is innovative Welsh musician and composer Huw Warren who performs in one of the stand-out festival concerts with his highly acclaimed ensemble Quercus, along with some interesting international collaborations.
Quercus play the Chapter Stage at Brecon Cathedral on the festival Sunday, bringing together three of the UK’s most creative and original musicians, Huw, saxophonist and Jazz composerIain Ballamy
, and the voice of BBC Folk Awards 'Folk Singer of the Year' June Tabor to create beautiful poignant music that transcends musical genres. Their first release on ECM Records is a live recording that attracted widespread acclaim, with Dave Gelly at the Guardian proclaiming: “The combination proves quite magical... this is one of the most surprising and beautiful pieces of work I have heard in a long time.”
Huw will have a busy Sunday in Brecon, also performing with cutting edge New York drummer Jim Black
and rising young Welsh bass star Huw V Williams in one of his collaborations, Wales Meets Brooklyn featuring an eclectic mix of original tunes and improvs in the Castle Hotel.
Huw is also running a Master Class at Christ College on Sunday with highly regarded Italian vocalist Maria Pia De Vito
, giving students an insight into various styles of musical accompaniment. Huw also accompanies Maria in his Wales Meets Naples collaboration on Saturday at the Cathedral, with a blend of innovative original music, Neapolitan lyrics, Brazilian music, high energy improvisations and emotional songs that has delighted audiences across the world. Jazz Wise magazine said of the duo: “I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a live performance in which two artists were so completely attuned to each other.”
Festival Director Pablo Janczur said: “As well as being a great performer with the highly anticipated Quercus, Huw brings a depth of knowledge and network of contacts to the Brecon Jazz programme, and his international collaborations are a popular feature on the bill.”
This year’s Brecon Jazz festival features a third more gigs than last year, a sprinkling of stellar names, and some leading lights of the Jazz world.Courtney Pine
, Django Bates
, Jools Holland
, Zoe Rahman
, Julian Siegel
, Jason Rebello
and Acker Bilk
feature, along with The Impossible Gentlemen
, who boast 18 Grammy Awards between them.
All programme and ticket information is available on the festival website.