HUW WILLIAMS’ HON
Hon is the exciting new project by double bassist and composer Huw V Williams. Huw’s original music is played by a phenomenol collective of London’s finest young improvisers featuring Laura Jurd on Trumpet, Alam Nathoo on Tenor Saxophone, Elliot Galvin on Accordion and Pete Ibbetson on Drums. Huw explains “The word “Hon” means “This” in Welsh. I got the idea for the name from a poem by T.H. Parry Williams. The poem is about a love hate relationship with Wales, and I feel that in myself; Wales is my roots and my family, but its like you have to leave Wales to fulfill yourself.” Winner of the 2012 Yamaha Jazz Scholars Prize from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Huw draws on a rich combination of his Welsh roots, his training in Jazz and the contemporary creative music scenes in London, Brooklyn and Manhattan. “I really like the idea of music coming from the mixing pot of all your history, so this is just as much about a teenage rock phase in North Wales as a mid twenties Free Jazz phase in London.” With a fast growing CV lit up by the names of some of his heroes including Jim Black, Michael Blake, Jason Rebello, Neil Yates and long time mentor Huw Warren, Huw V Williams is building a beautiful bass filled world of free music and primal creativity.
NICK COSTLEY-WHITE QUARTET
Fast becoming one of the most in demand young guitarists on the UK jazz scene, Nick Costley-White’s quartet draws on influences from the New York contemporary scene, as well as the more cerebral colour found in European improvised music. Nick’s compositions feature dense harmonic and rhythmic counterpoints alongside much simpler song forms, lending stylistic breadth and depth to the quartet’s repertoire.
“A classy player with an elegant and subtle way with a good tune”
– Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
“Fluent and sensitive”
– John Fordham, The Guardian
“A lovely soloist”
– Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast
The Quartet features Nick on guitar, Dave Hamblet on drums, Matt Robinson on piano and Conor Chaplin on double bass.