Young British pianist and composer who plays in a bewildering variety of other groups as well as leading his own trio and quintet. The quintet recording “Light From Old Stars” (Basho Records 2013) was released under Downes’ sole name as was “Tricko” (Coup Perdu, 2015), a duo set with cellist Lucy Railton.
"An impressive artistic statement from Downes. There's a growing maturity about the way he has created a unique ensemble sound that references everything from chamber music to the blues."
"An astonishingly mature record, superbly realised. "Tricko” illustrates what a versatile and fully rounded musician Downes has become."
"Downes' command of melody, texture, colour and nuance draws you totally into his sound world. This is rich, evocative music that utterly transcends any perceived limitations about its format."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann enjoys an evening of original music played by students of the RWCMD in Cardiff with sets from Josh Heaton's Mouth of Words, Skeleton Leaf and the Norman Willmore Quintet.
Ian Mann enjoys this cross genre Festival founded by saxophonist Trish Clowes and featuring newly commissioned music from Nikki Iles and Robert Mitchell.