Gwilym is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’.
Gwilym’s influences are wide ranging, from jazz legends including Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny, to classical composers including Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Béla Bartók and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Most recently seen by Jazz audiences with the Anglo-American Supergroup ‘The Impossible Gentlemen’ including British Guitar legend Mike Walker, Steve Rodby, Adam Nussbaum and now Iain Dixon, Gwilym is also now a member of Pat Metheny’s group.
“Gwilym’s an original. A creative genius” Chick Corea
Local legend Mike Walker closed the festival for us in 2017 with his quintet.
In May 2008, Mike released his debut album ‘Madhouse and the Whole Thing There’ to wide critical acclaim. Also, in 2008, Mike was commissioned to write some music for Manchester Jazz Festival, a Suite called ‘Ropes’ which featured a 22 piece Orchestra and Jazz quintet, with the great Adam Nussbaum on drums. The Suite was performed at the RNCM in Manchester to a packed theatre. Anybody who was at the RMCM that night knows just how well it was received, and it is soon to be released as a brand new recording.
He enjoys being a member of ‘The Printmakers’ a much loved band set up by Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone and also featuring Mark Lockheart, Steve Watts, and James Maddren.
Most recently Mike has been writing for the group he co-leads with his musical partner tonight, Gwilym Simcock called The Impossible Gentlemen. They are 3 albums in now, and playing to huge audiences across Europe.
“Mike Walker ‘s playing, for those who don’t know it, is one of the greatest joys of British jazz. In the live situation he can lead the listener literally anywhere. There’s a capacity to play on the borders of silence, and yet with an astonishing range of colour. And to build from there, organically to full-on Hendrix. He never disappoints.” LondonJazz
London based Asaf is the most in demand drummer, having produced and played on albums with Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, John Etheridge and many more. His own compositions and bands have played all over the world with his trio and with Inner Noise.
“Asaf Sirkis, the world class drum phenomenon reminiscent of Jack DeJohnette and Tony Williams at the height of their powers that’s taken the British scene by storm over the last few years…” Renaissance man
“Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit and surprising delicacy” Chris Ingham Mojo Magazine
This will be a chance to see Mike, Gwilym and Asaf in the most intimate of settings, and to listen to them collaborate and improvise as only they can.