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recorder and jazz pianist

collaboration with Huw Warren

Pamela Thorby recorders
Huw Warren


New and not so new Curiosities, Fantasies, Inventions and Tales for Two Players

Fantastical improvisations on renaissance basses, chansons, contemporary and baroque virtuosity. Pamela and Huw are well-known as two of the UK’s finest performers in their respective fields of early music and jazz, but their musicianship won’t be labelled.Here they join forces to create a programme of fabulous melodic invention and contemporary beauty.

English Nightingale Jacob van Eyck
Spanish Bass
Improv after Ortiz

Pamela Thorby
How to make a shocking coil
Huw Warren

Fantasia II Georg Philipp Telemann
J.S Bach

Parting is such sweet sorrow
Thorby/Warren after Cipriano da Rore
Teares (after John Dowland) Huw Warren

Still Hearing You
Huw Warren

Go to the AUDIO section to hear three demo tracks by Pamela and Huw

Gower born pianist/composer Huw Warren has been described as "one of the UK's truly independent spirits" Guardian and is one of the few Welsh jazz musicians with an international profile with recent collaborations with NY violinist Mark Feldman, Austria musician of the year Peter Herbert, singers Maria Pia de Vito and Theo Bleckmann and UK pianist Joanna Macgregor.

Huw has had a longstanding musical partnership with singer June Tabor and also is a founder member of award winning ensemble Perfect Houseplants (whose collaborative projects have included work with Andrew Manze, The Orlando Consort and Pamela Thorby).

As a composer he has been commissioned by the Scottish Chamber orchestra, Welsh Chamber orchestra, RSC, LPO Renga ensemble and Tango Siempre amongst others. His music crosses theoften mutually exclusive genres of Jazz, World and Contemporary music, and he has frequently been broadcast on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4.


Recent performance comments:

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Lunchtime Recital and Workshop February 22nd 2008

Individually Pamela and Huw are musicians of the highest calibre, whose virtuosity and expressivity are unquestionable. When they come together yet another layer of excitement is added as they spark musical ideas off each other in a thrilling rhetorical discourse. Their musical styles are diverse and yet complementary – divisions on a 16th century ground (played in the most stylish historically-informed fashion) give way to highly imaginative jazz improvisations, almost without the audience noticing the change. This is all done with both humility and a humour that engages and impresses in equal measure. When asked to explain their musical style they are articulate and passionate, and when they actually show people what they do they are inspirational. I would highly recommend them – both for their hugely enjoyable performances but also for their imaginative masterclasses and for the way they inspire such engagement in their audience.“

Simon Jones
Head of Historical Performance RWCMD

Their performance was a perfect antidote to the compartmentalization that is, sadly, so often found in music today.

This fusion of styles is totally magical and encompasses a world of music that is outside the boundaries of narrow description. These two artists bring virtuosity and a new creativity together while tearing down the walls between musical genres.

For the first time students from seemingly different worlds were able to work and develop new skills together.”

Paula Gardiner
Head of Jazz RWCMD