by Mike Collins
Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival Ambleside, UK August 29-September 1, 2019 'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival. Hook is festival director and founder of Zeffirellis, the restaurant and cinema business that hosts the event. Located in the centre of Ambleside, ...read more
by Bruce Lindsay
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. ...read more
by John Kelman
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 ...read more
by Bruce Lindsay
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 ...read more
by AAJ Staff
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 ...read more
by Ian Patterson
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 ...read more
by Ian Patterson
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 ...read more