Alex Garnett Presents ...  Bruno Heinen's "New Simplicity Quartet"

Alex Garnett Presents ... Bruno Heinen's "New Simplicity Quartet"

Monday 4th March 2013
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Monday 4th March 2013


Alex Garnett Presents ... Bruno Heinen's "New Simplicity Quartet"

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Alex Garnett Presents ...  Bruno Heinen's "New Simplicity Quartet"
Bruno Heinen: piano, Ben Kraef (USA): saxophone, Andrea Di Biase : Bass,  Antonio Fusco:Drums

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Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader. His recent endeavours include collaborations with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer. Bruno studied classical piano at the Royal College of music with the then head of keyboard Andrew Ball and then went on to win prizes from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust to take his Jazz masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied under John Taylor. Bruno was asked to stay on at the Guildhall as a Junior Fellow where he completed a Masters of Musical Performance. Bruno now teaches Jazz harmony to the classical piano students at the Guildhall every year as well as leading small bands made up of Jazz Undergraduates.

As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion, and from big band to classical string trio. In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Composers Award as well as the British Composers Award. Bruno leads the King Alfred School big band, and recently led them to win the Music For Youth Competition with his arrangements.

In 2005, Bruno and bassist Andrea Di Biase formed Dialogues Trio with drummer Jon Scott. The trio plays original music written by Bruno and Andrea. In recent years they have toured in Italy as well as playing in clubs in and around London. Their debut album “Twinkle Twinkle” was released last year on the Babel Label to critical acclaim:

“Heinen sounds like the kind of erudite and curious new arrival destined to make a real difference.”
John Fordham – The Guardian

“Heinen is a cool-headed and resourceful improviser with a beguiling touch, favouring slow-burning legato lines over overt displays of chops. This is a striking debut that marks out Heinen’s ensemble to be far more than just another piano trio.”
Tom Grey – London Jazz

“Twinkle Twinkle is an absorbing set of variations and improvisations. Bruno’s trio explore the music with skill and invention and Julian Siegel’s ingenious performance is superb. An excellent achievement.”
John Taylor

The trio has been played on BBC Radio 3 (Jazz Line Up as well as Late Junction), BBC Radio Scotland, Jazz FM, Jazz UK Radio and has been filmed live for the Performance Channel. The trio have also recently played a Prom Plus Late at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In 2008 Bruno arranged Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Tierkreis’ for Jazz sextet. The piece was originally written for twelve music boxes, one for each sign of the zodiac. Four of the original music boxes have been in Bruno’s family since he was born which started the fascination with the piece. Incorporating the boxes in the performance, Bruno premiered the arrangement at the Vortex Jazz Club.
Bruno’s sextet have just recorded his version of the piece, which is set to be released on the Babel Label in March 2013. The sextet features James Allsopp, Tom Challenger, Fulvio Sigurta, Andrea Di Biase and Jon Scott.

In 2010 Bruno re-arranged the piece for cello, double bass and piano for a performance with cellist Ulrich Heinen at the CBSO centre in Birmingham as part of the CBSO chamber music series.

Bruno also has a longstanding duo with world renowned Palestinian Singer Reem Kelani, playing traditional Palestinian, Egyptian and Persian music. In recent years they have toured in Syria, Spain, Turkey, Dubai and Scotland, as well as performing live on radio broadcasts. Bruno will be playing on Reem’s forthcoming album which is an exploration of the Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish.

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