Jazz at the University: Iain Ballamy (saxophone), Huw Warren (piano)
22/10/2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren are internationally renowned improvisers, whose work covers a wide variety of styles. Both have won the BBC Jazz award for innovation and have been at the cutting edge of the UK jazz scene since the mid 1980’s. They currently record for ECM as part of Quercus (with singer June Tabor) as well as other international collaborations.
Iain Ballamy has been a major contributor to aspects of improvised music in Britain for three decades, leading his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s when just 20. He was a co-founder of Loose Tubes, the innovative large ensemble and has had long-standing associations with Django Bates and Billy Jenkins.Ballamy has played with many major figures in international jazz including Hermeto Pascoal, Gil Evans, Dewey Redman, Mike Gibbs and more.
Welsh-born Huw Warren played cello and organ before attending Goldsmiths College in London where he studied with John Tilbury, the experimental pianist associated with AMM and post-Cage new music. Warren subsequently became involved in both jazz and avant-garde scenes and his work since has roved fearlessly through the genres. He co-led the jazz group Perfect Houseplants, produced early music projects with Andrew Manze and the Orlando Consort, toured widely with the Creative Jazz Orchestra, and in recent seasons has collaborated with Maria Pia de Vito, Mark Feldman, Ralph Towner and many others. As a session player he has worked with Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Eddi Reader and more.
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