Pianist and composer Huw Warren
winner of 2005 BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award for Innovation
Hundreds of Things a Boy Can Make (BDV2442)
Barrel Organ Far From Home (BDV9718)
Infinite Riches in a Little Room ( BDV2132)
Pianist and composer Huw Warren never ceases to amaze as an intriguing and thrilling musician and composer. The winner of this years highly coveted BBC Jazz Award for Innovation, Huw has established an international presence in recent years, as a musical director/pianist for contemporary folk diva June Tabor for well over a decade (they recently appeared to a full house at the Berlin Jazz Festival), and for his ongoing work with ex-Austrian Musican of the Year bassist Peter Herbert and NY violin virtuosic improviser Mark Feldman. He has been broadcast extensively live on BBC's Jazz on 3 with Herbert and Feldman as well as in an ongoing duo project with guitarist John Parricelli. This is as well as being a co-leader of jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants, a recent live duo collaboration with international pianist Joanna McGregor and an ambitious writing commission for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and choir in October 2004. He has also played regularly with Billy Jenkins and The Fun Horns (with 2 CDs on Babel) and vocalist Christine Tobin. Huw's passionate versatile approach to music knows no bounds. He has recently completed a project with Welsh songstress Lleuwen Steffen who interprets and sings hymn tunes as love songs, along with Huw and saxophonist Mark Lockheart and will be released as an album on Babel in the Autumn. Early in 2005 Huw appeared with Lleuwen on a Welsh Songs of Praise. Huw appeared last year on Radio 3's In Tune presenting versions of songs from his mpost recent CD Hundreds of Things a Boy Can Make, featuring his compositions' intriguing collage-like form of which NY violinist Mark Feldman's passionate virtuosity is a compelling feature. Huw's compositions build a uniquely unadulterated interface between jazz improvisation, twentieth century classical and folk music. Huw has made his name over the past decade as one of the most sensitive and aware musicians, easily able to straddle all musical styles. His first CD in his own name, Barrel Organ (Far From Home), was based on 1930s photos of urban and rural life, and a second Babel highly acclaimed best seller for solo piano, based on heroes as diverse as Elizabethan composer John Dowland, Brazilian maverick Hermeto Pascoal and bebop supremo Charlie Parker, came out in June 2001. Huw continues to prove himself a richly melodic, unpredictably minimalist and infectiously rhythmic composer besides being a thrillingly lyrical improviser whose highly unique pan-diversity is regarded highly across the often exclusive worlds of jazz, classical, and folk.