THE VOICE PROJECT ASSOCIATE
GWILYM SIMCOCK was
commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival '09. He composed and
performed 'I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom' with the Gwilym Simcock Trio
and The Voice Project choir. He has kindly agreed to be one of our Associate
28 year old, Gwilym
Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers
on the British scene. Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical
music, he can, at times, inhabit both worlds and has been described
as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with 'harmonic
sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions' as well
as being a pianist of 'exceptional, brilliant and dazzling' ability.
His music has been widely acclaimed as 'engaging, exciting, often unexpected,
melodically enthralling, complex and wonderfully optimistic'.
Gwilym's influences include jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea
and John Taylor and classical composers Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky,
Mark-Anthony Turnage. Although principally a jazz artist, Gwilym is
breaking new ground between genres and often uses classical reference
points in his composed work.
Aside from his renowned solo piano work, Gwilym has worked extensively
throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz
artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bill Bruford's
Earthworks, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin. His own groups as leader
range from trio to big band. His debut album “Perception” featuring
his sextet with Stan Sulzmann (saxophones), John Parricelli (guitar),
Phil Donkin (bass), Martin France (drums) and Ben Bryant (percussion),
was nominated for Best Album in the BBC Jazz Awards 2008 and has been
critically acclaimed at home and abroad.
access Gwilym's website
PHIL MINTON ran
Feral Choir workshops for The Voice Project as part of Vocal Invention
has kindly agreed to be one of our Associate Artists.
Phil Minton, born in Torquay, UK in 1940. Both his parents were singers.
He learnt trumpet from age 15 and played and sang with local jazz groups,
moving to London in 63 to play with Mike Westbrook. From the mid 60's he
worked in dance bands in the UK, Canary Islands and Sweden. Rejoining Westbrook
in 72 he was a regular member of his Brass Band until 84, playing trumpet
and singing extensively in Europe, USA and beyond. Through the last 30
years he's worked mainly as an improvising singer and sung with most of
the worlds leading improvising musicians as well as been a guest singer
for many composers music. He collaborated with pianist Veryan Weston on
compositions such as "Songs from a Prison Diary"
and is currently a member of improvising groups TooT, No Walls, 5 Men
Singing, fORC, Adorno, Speeq and Axon. He also has a quartet with Veryan,
John Butcher, and Roger Turner, and plays duos with these three musicians.
New working duos are with singers and musicians, Isabelle Duthoit, Maggie
Nicols, Audrey Chen, Terry Day, Hugh Metcalfe, Daunik Lazro and Sophie
Agnel. He was a Nesta awardee in 2005 and in the last 15 years has traveled
to many countries with his "Feral Choir" - a workshop and
concert for all people who want to sing.
HERE to access Phil's website