Rupert Wates singer-songwriter guitarist The Nightwatchers
Rupert Wates
Guitar and vocal
(Photo: Marco Prozzo)
  Bartosz Hadala piano The Nightwatchers duo
Bartosz Hadala

THE NIGHTWATCHERS are a guitar/piano duo featuring award-winning singer-songwriter Rupert Wates and virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala.

"Wates plays a mean guitar and is supported superbly by Bartosz Hadala on keyboards. This is a sophisticated little entertainment." (, July 2013)

RUPERT WATES was born in London and studied at Oxford University. In 1994 he signed an exclusive publishing deal with Eaton Music and has been a full time songwriter ever since. In the 1990s he worked with Jazz Vocalist Liz Fletcher, recording the albums ‘Mellowmania’ and ‘Blue Afternoons’, released on the Mainstem label. In 2001 he moved to Paris, France, where he formed his own group and developed his skills as a performer.

In 2006 he recorded his first solo album, ‘Sweet Or Bitter Wine,’ for Mainstem.

He moved to The United States in 2007, settling in 2008 in New York City. Since coming to the US Wates has released five full length solo CDs on his own label, Bite Music Limited.  He averages 150 live shows every year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe.

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  "Anyone who loves folk will delight in the work of Rupert Wates, who writes from the heart about people’s lives. His promise is a cup of kindness and he delivers. Superb piano by Bartosz Hadala." (Patricia Bradbury, View Magazine, July 2013)

BARTOSZ HADALA'S fascination with music began at a young age in his native Poland when he began listening to his father’s collection of Dixieland records. He was playing the piano at age six.

From 1984 through 1992 while receiving formal musical training at the local music school Bartosz actively participated in festivals, competitions and jazz workshops. At 16, Bartosz became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition (Kalisz, Poland), and also received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).

In 1996 he studied with Anatoliy Kardashov at Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Musical Academy (Ukraine), and in 1998 received a full scholarship to Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), where he completed his jazz studies. While at WMU Bartosz received an “Outstanding Performance” award from “Down Beat” magazine. Also in 2004 he presented the “Bartosz Hadala Group” at the IAJE Conference in Toronto (Canada).

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