BBC Young Jazz Musician Final Airs Friday 23rd May, 7.30pm, BBC4
The final of the BBC’s Young Jazz Musician Competition airs on BBC4 television this Friday 23rd May at 7.30pm, as part of a special weekend of jazz programming. The competitors are supported by a professional house band that features Gwilym Simcock (piano), Yuri Goloubev (bass) and James Maddren (drums). This is the first time that the BBC Young Musician competition has included a jazz award and hopefully it will set a precedent for more jazz competitions in future years. The finalists in the competition are Sean Payne - Saxophone (13 years old), Freddie Jensen - Double bass (14 years old), Alexander Bone - Saxophone (17 years old), Jake Labazzi - Trumpet (16 years old), Tom Smith - Saxophone (18 years old). The final was judged by a panel of acclaimed jazz musicians including Django Bates, Julian Joseph, Jason Yarde and Trish Clowes and the event was hosted by Soweto Kinch. With so little jazz on television, this is a rare opportunity to see live jazz performance on prime time television. Be sure to watch and be the first to see and hear the next generation of UK jazz talent.
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
The pianist's ingenious trio arrangements capture the joyous lyricism of the short-lived bass-guitarist's compositions
GWILYM TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVOURITE PIANO PIECES FOR TWO HOURS ON BBC RADIO 3
THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN WIN "BEST BAND" AT THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS
Gwilym started off the new year with an exciting concert at King's Place on 2nd January where he played interpretations of Bach with his colleagues Tim Garland on reeds, Yuri Goloubev on bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums and percussion. This was part of a new series of "Bach Unwrapped" concerts and the series kicked off with Gwilym's quartet with The Orchestra of St John.
On 22nd January he apperaed with Trish Clowes, the new BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, with her nonet at the Pizza Express and then headed off to Europe for a series of solo concerts and a new project with French saxophonist Celine Bonacina and French bassist Michel Benita.
On 19th February, Gwilym performed with US bass virtuoso John Patitucci with the London Symphony Orchestra. Alongside Mark Anthony Turnage Gwilym premiered a new orchestral work specially written for the LSO "Cumbrian Thaw".
GWILYM ON TOUR WITH MICHAEL WOLLNY AND IIRO RANTALA AS PART OF THE ACT SUMMIT 25-30TH SEPTEMBER
Suzy Klein picks up from Afternoon on 3 to continue the recreation of the notorious concert of 1808 where Beethoven premiered his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. In the original concert, it was Beethoven who treated the audience to a piano improvisation. For In Tune, pianist Gwilym Simcock performs live in the In Tune studio - improvising on themes from Beethoven's 5th Symphony, as part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of the Symphony - and ahead of his performance at the London Jazz Festival.
GWILYM PLAYS DUETS WITH JOHN LAW AT ST GEORGE'S BRISTOL
"GOOD DAYS AT SCHLOSS ELMAU" NOMINATED 2011 BARCLAYCARD MERCURY PRIZE - AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Watch the Guardian video on how Gwilym made "Good Days"
and the Mercury Videos
WORLD PREMIERE OF BLINQ A HUGE SUCCESS
BLINQ - Natalie Williams Liane Carroll, Brendan Reilly (vocals) Ian Shaw (vocals and piano), Gwilym Simcock ( piano and melodica) (Ronnie Scott's, August 12th 2011, part of Britjazz Festival. Review by Sebastian Scotney)
No ifs, no buts about this one. The debut of vocal supergroup BLINQ, on the glorious 12th goes straight up there as one of my gigs of the year.
Listen to Gwilym Simcock on BBC Radio London 2hrs 4mins 31 secs into the show Listen Here
NEW PROJECT WITH BRILLIANT DANCER NIGEL CHARNOCK IS A HUGE SUCCESS.
Gwilym plays to a capacity audience at the Kalisz Festival in Poland on Saturday 27th November 2010. He played directly before Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Other pianists at the fetsival included Yaron Hermon, Vijay Iyer and Michael Wollny.
Festival director Pawel Brodowski said it was "A wonderful, phenomenal performance"
Siggi Loch, owner of the prestigious ACT label, showed up to help Gwilym with the signing of his new solo Cd on ACT whcih will be out in January.
New solo album "Good Days at Schloss Elmau" out January 10th on the ACT label.
The music on the album is all new original compositions by Gwilym specially written for the album which was recorded at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany. The album will be released in January 2011
PIANO SUMMIT IN COLOGNE WITH IIRO RANTALA AND FLORIAN ROSS HUGE SUCCESS! READ REVIEW
THE CONCERT FEATURED MUCH OF THE NEW WORK TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY ON THE GERMAN RECORD LABEL ACT.
TOUR WITH MIKE WALKER, STEVE SWALLOW, ADAM NUSSBAUM ENDS WITH A SELL-OUT CROWD AT THE OPERA THEATRE AT THE RNCM AT THE MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL.
RAVE REVIEWS FOR QUARTET WITH MIKE WALKER, STEVE SWALLOW, ADAM NUSSBAUM
GUARDIAN 4 STARS **** "Jazz supergroups are volatile concoctions, bespoke teams of virtuosi often just getting in each other's way. But the Anglo-US quartet built from scratch this week around the untried partnership of pianist Gwilym Simcock and Salford guitarist Mike Walker, with Americans Steve Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums, fulfilled all its promise – and then some". read more
"A packed Embrace Arts Centre enjoyed a world-class performance by an international jazz group on its way to Ronnie Scott's and a European tour". read more
"Gwilym Simcock Dazzles With Ango-American Supergroup At Bergen Nattjazz Festival" read more
"Let’s hope it becomes more than a one-tour stand. The band is going on to play around Europe but if you are within driving distance of either Leicester (Embrace Arts Centre tonight) or London (Ronnie Scott’s tomorrow) – so, anywhere on the mainland, in other words – I’d urge you to get along. It’s the real deal". read more
LONDON JAZZ BLOG
"This should be the start of something big". read more
"Pianist Gwilym Simcock’s new quintet, Confluence, bridges the world of the classical string quartet with that of jazz. The convergence happened in the music’s fabric: harmonies seemed to begin where Ravel and Debussy’s jazz dabblings had left off, and there was homage to Debussy and the first two distinctive notes of his string quartet. Understanding with long-term partners the Sacconi Quartet was implicit, and further underlined in the exuberant dancing of Simcock’s Fundero". Dave Reinstein
GWILYM AND AARON GOLDBERG ON RADIO 3 RECORDED LIVE FROM THE PIZZA EXPRESS
The last of four concerts from the 2009-2010 Britten Sinfonia at Lunch series from the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. This innovative series, which tours five different cities, including Krakow in Poland, was the winner of an RPS Chamber Music Award, and features an eclectic mix of familiar and unfamiliar pieces, alongside a new commission from a young composer. In this concert, a new work by British composer Gwilym Simcock is performed alongside music by Messiaen and Ravel.
Gwilym Simcock: Simple Tales (World Premiere)
Messiaen: "Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus" from the Quartet for the End of Time.
Ravel: Piano Trio
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 PIZZA EXPRESS RESIDENCY A HUGE SUCCESS
"Simcock stamps his personality on whatever he plays" FT ****
GWILYM AT THE PROMS ON 31ST AUGUST 2009
Gwilym performed his piece "Contours" with the Aronowitz Ensemble at Cadogan Hall as part of a celebration of 10 years of the BBC New Generations Artists Scheme.
Gwilym wrote a major choral work for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival featuring The Voice Project with over 100 voices with the Gwilym Simcock Trio and special guest Klaus Gesing on reeds. The world premiere performance took place in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 9th May 2009 at 8.00 p.m. This work will also be performed at the LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL ON 21ST NOVEMBER. for more details see dates
NORFOLK AND NORWICH FESTIVAL COMMISSION
"I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom" described as
"pure musical beauty" in the Norwich Evening News
Gwilym commissioned to write an orchestral piece for the 40th anniversary of Chetham's School which will be performed at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 8th March.
Gwilym appeared at Kings
Place - London's fabulous new music venue in King's Cross on October
5th with no less than four different groups on the
same evening www.kingsplace.co.uk
is chosen as one of the 1000 Most Influential People in London by
Here is what they say:
"Gwilym Simcock, 27 COMPOSER AND PIANIST
A meteoric rise to stardom saw this classically trained jazz genius
perform his composition Progressions at this year's Proms with the
BBC Concert Orchestra. Hailed for his originality and a gifted pianist,
he is wanted everywhere and one to watch".
Gwilym wins huge commission
to perform at this year's PROMS
at the Albert Hall in London. Gwilym composed a Piano Concerto
"Progressions" which he performed with his trio and the
BBC Concert Orchestra on August 9th 2008. The performance was broadcast live on BBC2 TV.
New Horn Sonata performed
at the Wigmore Hall on 12th May with French Horn player Chris Parkes
"Contours" - a special
commission for The Aronowitz Ensemble was performed at the City of
London Festival in June.
Gwilym featured in Der
Spiegel and in a number of other German publications;
is nominated for the Radio 3 Listeners' Awards
Gwilym's commission for
the Britten Sinfonia Jackie's Dance premiered at
the 2007 London Jazz Festival .
Britten Sinfonia uncovers hidden treasurePeter
Bacon The Birmingham Post Nov 29 2007
"The hidden treasure of the evening was to be found at the
start of the second half: Jackie's Dance, written specially for
Britten leader, violinist Jacqueline Shave, and with Gil Evans'
spirit at his shoulder, by the young British jazz musician Gwilym
This was the only piece that incorporated Evans' legacy while sounding
like it was centred in 2007".
album Perception voted one of the best albums of the year on Jazz
on 3 7th December 2007
GWILYM'S "POINT OF CONTACT"
composed for the Scottish Ensemble FEATURED ON RADIO 3 on OCTOBER
TRIO ON RADIO 3'S JAZZ LINE UP ON SATURDAY 7TH JULY AT 4.00 P.M. -
RECORDED LIVE AT LAST YEAR'S LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
April 24th 2007 Gwilym
wins Jazz Musician of the Year at the Parliamentary
Jazz Awards 2007
June 28th Gwilym
performs solo at the prestigious Klavier
Festival Ruhr after being chosen to perform there
by Chick Corea. Gwilym is in great company with Alfred Brendel, Andras
Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Chick Corea, Michel Camillo and Keith Jarrett
all of who feature in this year's festival. Watch this space for information
on a WDR radio broadcast from Frankfurt and a free covermount
CD of the concert in the German magazine FONOFORUM.
15th 2007 Gwilym was guest
soloist for Mark Antony Turnage at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall. The
London Sinfonietta perform the world premiere of a new work by Mark-Anthony
Turnage and Barb Jungr, commissioned for the relaunch of Southbank
Centre. About Water combines newly created material from Turnage
and Jungr, interspersed with new arrangements of songs for ensemble
and orchestra, which have water as a theme. A quartet of singers,
who straddle classical and jazz styles, and an ensemble of jazz
and classical instrumental soloists, including John Patitucci, Gwilym
Simcock and Gabriella Swallow, joined the London Sinfonietta and
Barb Jungr on stage.
On 5th May
Gwilym's big band appeared at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
to perform "The Lichfield Suite" originally commissioned
for last year's Lichfield Festival. The band included John Parricelli,
Stan Sulzmann, Julian Siegel, Mark Lockheart, Noel Langley, Laurence
Cottle, Martin France and many other great players. This was recorded
in the studio on 7th May and was broadcast on Radio 3 on 1st
June at 11.30 p.m. on "Jazz on 3". It can be heae again
has just completed a week long tour with the Scottish Ensemble
as featured soloist and premiered a new commission written specially
for the tour. The commission, "Point of Contact",
featured Gwilym on piano and young percussion virtuoso
Ben Bryant on vibraphone. The piece was very well received by audiences
and press alike and you will have the opportunity to hear the concert
which was recorded for BBC Radio Scotland and which will be broadcast
later in the year on BBC Radio 3. Please watch the website for details
In March Gwilym recorded
a 45 minute Concerto for Piano and Big Band with Germany's most prestigious
radio orchestra the NDR Big band. This work will
be broadcast later in the year so please watch the website for details
of what promises to be a really special treat.
20th May performed at the Barbican Hall
with vocal sensation Bobby McFerrin. With Bobby
and Gwilym were the LSO St Luke's Community Choir and Gavino Murgia,
a truly astonishing vocalist and instrumentalist, whose rich and
resonant throat singing evokes the landscape and traditions of his
GWILYM'S status as BBC Radio 3 New
Generations Artist has been extended for a further year to October
2008. This is to allow him more opportunities to record and compose
for the the BBC.
Over the past few months Gwilym has appeared on a
variety of Radio 3 shows including Jazz Line-Up, In Tune, and 3
special solo broadcasts over Christmas featuring a number of other
artists on the New Generations Artist Scheme.