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Cwmwl Tystion II / Riot! On Tour, November / December 2021.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Trumpeter and composer Tomos Williams returns to tour Wales (and one performance in London) with the second iteration of his Cwmwl Tystion project. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Cwmwl Tystion II / Riot! On Tour


Tomos Williams returns to tour Wales (and one performance in London) with the second iteration of his Cwmwl Tystion project.

Internationally renowned musicians Soweto Kinch and Orphy Robinson join young Welsh vocalist Eady Crawford and the top-class rhythm section of Aidan Thorne and Liz Exell, alongside live visuals from Simon Proffitt for an immersive live performance entitled Cwmwl Tystion II / Riot!

The band will perform a newly composed Suite incorporating elements of jazz, hip-hop, the avant-garde and Welsh folk music. The name ‘Cwmwl Tystion’ is derived from a poem by the great Welsh poet Waldo Williams, while the themes for each movement will be drawn from various riots in Welsh history.
Deeply inspired by the work of Wadada Leo Smith, Matana Roberts and Don Cherry, issues of race and identity will also be explored in the music.

The tour will take in all areas of Wales, with performances in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Bangor, Rhayader and Swansea, with an added performance at Cafe OTO, London.

Tomos says;
“It’s very exciting to be bringing musicians of the quality of Soweto Kinch and Orphy Robinson to tour Wales, and the opportunity to perform with them will be an incredible experience. I’ve admired Eady Crawford for a while, and it was important that a young Welsh voice was represented in this current iteration of ‘Cwmwl Tystion’. Simon Proffitt's creative live visuals will once again make each performance an unique and immersive experience. Two of the performances (in Aberystwyth and Merthyr Tydfil) will be followed by a Q and A session with members of the band to discuss some of the issues raised by the music”.

“The Cwmwl Tystion Suite” has been funded by Tŷ Cerdd, and the tour is made possible by generous Arts Council of Wales financial support.

“an original contemporary jazz soundscape with a Welsh identity” – New Sound Wales

“...a showcase for skill, imagination, soul and originality…I’d be disposed to recommend it very highly indeed.” -  Richard Williams, The Blue Moment


Soweto Kinch – sax, rap
Eady Crawford – vocals, electronics
Tomos Williams - trumpet
Orphy Robinson – vibes, electronics
Aidan Thorne – bass
Liz Exell – drums
Simon Proffitt – live visuals


Tour Dates:
24/11/21 – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, with a Q and A after the performance
25/11/21 – RWCMD, Dora Stoutzker Hall
26/11/21 – Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil, with a Q & A after the performance
27/11/21 – Cafe OTO, London
30/11/21 – Pontio, Bangor
1/12/21 – Lost ARC, Rhayader
2/12/21 – Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea