Boom For Real 001: New Music Showcase
Wednesday 1st, April
6:00pm - 8:00pm
* * * * The Guardian, 'Jazz Album of the Month'
Tori and Alcyona formed their Duo in 2015 playing Monk tunes on a project in the Canary islands, and were given their first platform at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2015. Both much in demand players on the London Jazz scene, the two have worked alongside each other in many different ensembles including the London Jazz orchestra, Ingrid and Christine Jensen/Whirlwind big band and the Nikki Iles Big Band.
They recorded their debut album ‘Criss Crossʼ at the famous Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy in 2017, featuring special guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha. It was released on the transatlantic label Whirlwind Recordings in 2018, followed by a tour of the UK.
The three musicians have a very spontaneous, interactive approach and share a large range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including Brazilian music, English folk, Latin, Arabic, free playing, Monk and more. Performances outside the UK have included Lanzarote (Spain), Hamburg and Bremen (Germany), and Luxembourg.
'The no-hiding-place exposure of an improvising sax/piano duo is a tough call but the British pairing of pianist Alcyona Mick and tenor saxophonist Tori Freestone make light of it with singer Brigitte Beraha a significant interventionist' - The Guardian, 'Jazz Album of the Month' **** review
Saturday 4th, April