QUERCUS

June Tabor | Huw Warren | Iain Ballamy

Eclectic timeless unmistakable trio

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June Tabor - vocals
Huw Warren - piano
Iain Ballamy - saxophones

Three unique musicians converge to create an evocative mixture of words and music, encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in contemporary settings. Saxophonist Iain Ballamy, and pianist Huw Warren winner of the 2005 BBC Jazz Award, both have international reputations as composers; June Tabor is quite simply one of today's most commanding and distinctive interpreters of song.

But always that voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful.
— Chris Jones, BBC Music

June Tabor's singing career, initially unaccompanied, grew alongside those of contemporaries such as Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Martin Simpson and Maddy Prior. A restless creativity has led her into unexpected collaborations where she has applied her interpretational acuity to material by writers including Duke Ellington, Elvis Costello, Tchaikovsky and Tom Jobim.

Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians / composers Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus. The performance they create is lyrical, harmonically intriguing and quietly emotional, using original instrumental pieces as breathing spaces between sets of songs. The result is a fertile musical microclimate in which Tabor's natural eclecticism truly thrives.

June Tabor is a peerless interpreter of traditional song. Her singing career began unaccompanied and grew alongside those of contemporaries such as Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Martin Simpson and Maddy Prior. Her restless creativity has led to unexpected collaborations where she has applied her interpretational acuity to material by noted writers including Duke Ellington, Elvis Costello, Tchaikovsky and Tom Jobim.

Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians and composers Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus.

The performance they create is lyrical, harmonically intriguing and quietly emotional, mixing music settings from our diverse folk and classical heritage with original instrumental pieces and new settings. The result is a fertile musical microclimate in which Tabor's natural eclecticism truly thrives.

Quercus Releases

Quercus released their debut recording on ECM records (ECM 2276) on 1st April. 
Visit the Quercus ECM Player for background information and to listen to track sample.