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BBC Young Jazz Musician Final Airs Friday 23rd May, 7.30pm, BBC4

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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.

 

Gwilym Simcock and Trish Clowes playing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Monday 27th January 2014 on Radio 3 at 7.30 pm
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LOVELY REVIEW FROM THE GUARDIAN OF GWILYM'S TRIBUTE TO JACO PASTORIUS AT PIZZA EXPRESS

Gwilym Simcock: Jaco Pastorius Tribute – review

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
The pianist's ingenious trio arrangements capture the joyous lyricism of the short-lived bass-guitarist's compositions

4 out of 5

 

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.

CelineTrish ClowesOn 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

See pictures from the Luxembourg Philharmonie

CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA COMMISSION PREVIEW - CONCERT 25TH APRIL

SOLO CONCERT AT ST JAMES'S PICCADILLY PACKED TO THE RAFTERS

READ A REVIEW IN THE WORD

GWILYM PLAY HIS VARIATIONS ON BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH SYMPHONY

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.

Watch the Barclaycard Mercury show on BBC TV

Listen to Gwilym on BBC Radio 4's Front Row

"Wonderful Stuff" - Review of recent concert at King's Place with the Gwilym Simcock Trio

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

GWILYM PLAYS DUETS WITH JOHN LAW AT ST GEORGE'S BRISTOL

GoodMercury albums of the year

 

 

 

"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

BLINQWORLD 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
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RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN ON THEIR RECENT UK TOUR>>
KlausGREAT REVIEW OF GWILYM'S 2011 DATE WITH REEDS PLAYER KLAUS GESING AT WIGMORE HALL AS PART OF THE SERIES CURATED BY BRAD MEHLDAU

GWILYM ON THE ANDREW MARR SHOW ON BBC TV

GREAT REVIEW OF PERTH FESTIVAL CONCERTS

listen to Gwilym talk about his trip Down Under

RAVE REVIEW FOR SOLD OUT LAUNCH GIG IN LONDON!

"the increasing richness and complexity of Simcock's compositional voice is a cause for huge celebration" Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk

Nigel CharnockFIVE STAR REVIEW FOR SIMCOCK MEET CHARNOCK AT THE LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

NEW PROJECT WITH BRILLIANT DANCER NIGEL CHARNOCK IS A HUGE SUCCESS.

Gwilym Simcock Trio at KaliszGwilym 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.

GoodAaron Golberg and Gwilym SimcockNew 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

GWILYM'S SOLO CONCERT AT KING'S PLACE ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 2010 gets a great review from THE LONDON JAZZ BLOG

THE CONCERT FEATURED MUCH OF THE NEW WORK TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY ON THE GERMAN RECORD LABEL ACT.

King's Place

The Impossible GentlemenTOUR 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

LEICESTER MERCURY

"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

JAZZWISE

"Gwilym Simcock Dazzles With Ango-American Supergroup At Bergen Nattjazz Festival" read more

JAZZ BREAKFAST

"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

SacconisGWILYM'S LATEST COMMISSION "CONFLUENCE" PREMIERED AT CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2010 WITH THE SACCONI QUARTET

"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

Aaron and Gwilym GWILYM AND AARON GOLDBERG ON RADIO 3 RECORDED LIVE FROM THE PIZZA EXPRESS

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"Simple Tales"

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

Britten Sinfonia performers: Jacqueline Shave (violin) | Gwilym Simcock (piano) (for Simple Tales)| Shai Wosner (piano) (for the Ravel) | Caroline Dearnley (cello).

BBC website | read review

UtrechtGWILYM SIMCOCK TROP AT THE UTRECHT JAZZ FESTIVAL, NETHERLANDS 10TH MARCH 2010

Photo: Ron Beenen

Gwilym Simcock piano

Yuri Goloubev double bass

James Maddren drums

GWILYM STARRED AT THE HAGUE THREE DAY FESTIVAL WITH NORMA WINSTONE AS SPECIAL GUEST ON MARCH 5TH AND 6TH

Pizza Express

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 Simcock Yuri Goloubev James Maddren

Gwilym's trio debut at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam

and at the Koln Philharmonie

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

Evening StandardGwilym is chosen as one of the 1000 Most Influential People in London by the Evening Standard

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;

http://www.fonoforum.de/site/alias__fofo/cd-kritiken/jazz/459/jazz.aspx
http://www.br-online.de/bayern4/sendungen/jazz/
http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/0,1518,537613,00.html
http://www.jazzcity-net-edition.de/cds-simcock.html

BBC RADIO 3 LISTENERS' AWARDS

Gwilym 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 treasure Peter 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 Simcock.

This was the only piece that incorporated Evans' legacy while sounding like it was centred in 2007".

Gwilym's 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 12TH
GWILYM'S 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
July 13th GWILYM'S TRIO AT THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL IN ROTTERDAM
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.

June 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 at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

GWILYM 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 READ MORE>>>>

Scottish Ensemble Website

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.

Bobby McFerrinOn 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 native Sardinia.

www.bobbymcferrin.com

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.