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Hackensack: Tuk Tuk | Bruno Heinen Trio

  • Cafe Jazz 21 Saint Mary Street Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1PL United Kingdom (map)

Hackensack Sessions

Hackensack is a double bill night dedicated to the fresh and the new and occurs on the first Thursday of every month during the students' term times.

Tickets Choose which you pay

Big Price - £10 - for the arts supporter who would like to chip in that bit extra towards Hackensack's longevity and be remembered dearly
Medium Price - £7 - for the awesome audient, supporting the Hackensack without quite the glamour and philanthropy associated with the big price
Little Price - £5 - for the music lover who's thinking "that's all well and good but I’m a student who’s on a budget here and I come to bloody everything anyway so stop pestering me for cash"

1st set Joe Northwoods 'Tuk Tuk' 

Joe Northwood tenor sax, bass clarinet
Aeddan Williams bass
Jon Reynolds drums

Tuk Tuk is a trio of creative musicians led by saxophonist Joe Northwood. Performing memorable melodic lines infused with highly percussive improvisation.

With the absence of a chordal instrument they have created a strong collective sound, rich in textures and subtle soundscapes. Joe's writing has an undeniably contemporary feel yet with a firm foot in the past, citing a range of influences, from legends like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, to modern the greats of Mark Guiliana, Avashai Cohen and Ben Wendel.

They will be showcasing new tunes from their soon to be released album, 'Taking Flight'.

Joe is a professional saxophonist and the founder of Echo Music. A RWCMD alumni, he works across the UK as a freelance musician and in education, including the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire. As well as Tuk Tuk he has been focusing on his other trio, Banshee, with a regular gig at the Flute and Tankard and an EP planned this summer.

2nd set Bruno Heinen Trio

Bruno Heinen piano
Andrea Di Biase bass
Riccardo Chiaberta drums

Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.

Bruno's debut solo album Mr. Vertigo will be released on Babel in March '18, with a European tour to follow. He has worked with artists such as Reem Kelani, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Emilia Martensson, Fulvio Sigurta, Rachael Cohen, Antonio Fusco, and Heidi Vogel amongst others.

He has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, the Vortex Jazz Club, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Rest Is Noise Festival, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, in Austria, Canada, and the USA, as well as giving live broadcasts and interviews for the BBC and Rai 3 Italy.

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 the late, inspirational pianist John Taylor. Bruno was asked to stay on at the Guildhall as a Junior Fellow where he completed a Masters of Musical Performance under the guidance of the great Pete Saberton.


He is currently researching towards a practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title:

Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch

As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion (for a project with the late Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble. In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.

He recently held the piano chair for two performances of Bernstein's Wonderful Town at the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.


Earlier Event: May 1
Smith/Komor/Reynolds Trio
Later Event: May 4
Amser Jazz Time