“Soaring and elegant melodies borne aloft by rhapsodic textures” (London Jazz News) Welsh Pianist/Composer Huw Warren is set to release a new solo album in a double bill with Trio Brasil. The album follows hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed records for ECM (Quercus and Nightfall with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) and is a successor to his 2002 solo record Infinite Riches in a Little Room. Nocturnes and Visions has a deep and beautifully contemplative feel. The album is bookended by two Brazilian compositions – Hermeto Pascoal’s gently epic O Farol Que Nos Guia (Our guiding light) and Guinga’s Noturna. Warren’s love and celebration of Brazil has already been documented on his 2009 Hermeto+ recording as well as his ongoing collaboration with Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito. There are several new Warren compositions, such as the polyrhythmic Against the Odds and the otherworldly The Book of Strange New Things, and a new version of the Perfect Houseplants tune dedicated to Edward Elgar, EE. Two new pieces are also dedications: Pure (for JT) in memory of pianist John Taylor, and Up There (for JL) in memory of Huw’s brother in law, cellist and composer Jeremy Lamburn. Nocturnes and Visions consolidates Warren’s reputation as an original voice in contemporary music who is unafraid of fusing and crossing genres, as well as creating work of pure beauty.
Listen and Preview the Album at www.huwwarren.bandcamp.com
Trio Brasil is Huw Warren’s celebration of his lifelong love affair with the music of Brazil. Re-interpreting familiar and less familiar Brazilian classics by Hermeto Pascoal, Tom Jobin, Joyce, Guinga, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha and more… The incredible diversity of Samba, Baião, Forró, Frevo, Maracatu, Choro and lyrical song are all celebrated with an infectious groove heavy approach. Dazzling virtuosity meets deeply lyrical poignancy in music that can make you laugh, cry and want to dance.
Huw Warren – Piano
Dudley Phillips – Bass
Zoot Warren – Drums
Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World and Contemporary music; he has a distinctive and personal voice, and has collaborated with a variety of artists worldwide including June Tabor Maria Pia de Vito Mark Feldman Peter Herbert and Perfect Houseplants. Dudley Phillips is a creative musician and composer based in London. A founder member (along with Huw) of cult band Perfect HouseplantsWorking in the fields of contemporary songwriting, jazz and folk/world music, he plays and records with artists from all over the world, both in the UK and abroad, including Canada, Kenya, Japan, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Norway and the USA in addition to the United Kingdom. Drummer and composer Zoot Warren has toured and recorded throughout the UK and Europe. Embracing the heritage of jazz and world music, his approach is always open, creative and dynamic. An emerging presence on the scene, he has played with Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Steve Berry, John Parricelli, Steve Watts and is gaining critical acclaim with Huw Warren’s Trio Brasil. Zoot is currently studying for a masters in performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.