"A fresh and original sound; beautiful music from three of the best musicians on the British scene." -Norma Winstone
Points of View is the debut WWR release from vocalist and composer Nia Lynn and her Bannau Trio, which features the world-renowned flautist (and WWR Artist) Gareth Lockrane and pianist Ross Stanley. Lynn is known as one of the UK’s most creative vocalists and emotive songwriters, with the ability to sing deeply personal self-penned compositions to counterpointing lines alongside some of the most advanced instrumentalists on the scene.
A true ‘musician’s vocalist,’ Lynn and her Bannau Trio have been quietly ploughing their own path in the contemporary chamber jazz world since 2005, while drawing heavy influence from the ‘singer songwriter tradition’ which ties in with Nia’s love of lyric craft and poetry (she is also a published poet). Excitedly this new album features one of the most respected names in UK music history, the incomparable Norma Winstone (who's also a profound influence on Nia's singing and music), and a program of beautiful music to soothe the soul while at the same time pleasing the mind.
Nine sparkling compositions make up Points of View, with three original compositions from Lynn, and six wonderfully-chosen covers that have been stripped down to their raw essentials: "Renewal" (Ralph Towner), "Soldier's Things" (Tom Waits), "Upon the Hill" (music from Nikki Iles / lyrics by Lynn), "Two Points of View" (music from Gwilym Simcock / lyrics by Lynn) "Harriet" by John Lee, "Who Can I Turn To" by Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse, and "Some Other Time" by Bernstein, Comden and Green. The music has been masterfully performed by the Bannau Trio, who effortlessly balance virtuosity and space with ease, rendering completely new and invigorating covers next to personal versions of originals. The album was also recorded live at The Forge in Camden, an added bonus and insight into the groups open and interactive live performance.
Nia has provided some fascinating insight into her group, their concept and music:
"Bannau’ is the welsh word for beacon, the dictionary definition of which is ‘a signal to help fix a position, a fire or light to help to guide in rough weather or on the rough sea’. The idea for the Bannau Trio was born when the three of us were literally at sea on the Pacific, adrift in many ways, but brought together in a search for that fixed point where the musical conversation meets.
Like the views on the Brecon Beacons where I was born, the music tries to reflect an open, barren, placeless-ness where the mind can wander and the imagination can stretch, yet where reassurance can be found in a light that can guide you safely home. Norma Winstone’s ‘Somewhere Called Home’ (ECM – Norma Winstone, Tony Coe, John Taylor) was the seminal album and inspiration for me to start this trio, and it is the greatest gift to have Norma join us on this album.
The freedom to roam with melody, time, and texture, to draw on the influence of folk, jazz, and original works, and to break the expectations of musical and lyrical roles, is a premise for the trio’s interaction and repertoire choices. Through the years, the Bannau Trio have been exactly this kind of beacon to me – guiding, and shedding light on a creative journey. We hope that our listeners will join us on our journey, following their own expansive imaginations and allowing fantasy to wander freely."