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TORI FREESTONE/ALCYONA MICK DUO

 

Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick have known each other for many years.   Tori has been working with many of the most noted musicians on the UK and International Jazz Scene for many years induding the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra alongside the likes of Stan Sulzmann, Mark Nightingale, Jason Yarde and Henry Lowther, the UK All Star Big Band alongside Hermeto Pascoal, the London Jazz Orchestra, the Ivo Neame Quintet alongside Jasper Hoiby and Jim Hart, 'Solstice' (a co led sextet with Brigitte Beraha and John Turville, the Andre Canniere Quintet alongside Mike Janisch and Ted Poor and her own trio with two releases on Whirlwind recordings.   Her writing and playing has a range of influeces from folk to straight ahead jazz and Brazilian music. She was shortlisted for the Parliamentary Jazz Award Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2017 and The Arts Foundation Award for Jazz Composition 2017. 

Alcyona has been performing internationally for many years, working with Arabic artist Natacha Atlas all over the world and has performed extensively in France in recent years. She is a member of the esteemed London Jazz Orchestra - for whom she also writes, the John Warren nonet, and has a trio with Paul Clarvis/Stuart Hall, she has performed on TRT Turkish TV with many Turkish artists, and performed with a wide array of other musicians including Samy Bishai (Egypt), Ibrahim Maalouf (Fr), Macadi Nahhas (Jordan), Zoe Rahman, Merit Stephanos, Jerry Dammers Spatial orchestra, Yazz Ahmed, Blink, Fae Simon.  She has composed music for many independent short films, documentaries, silent cinema, and released three albums. 

After working together on the London jazz scene in various large ensembles including the London Jazz Orchestra and then travelling together to work on a project in the Canary Islands in 2014, they decided to fuse their unique writing styles and improvisational approaches to explore some new material and contemporary standards with a twist.  Given their wealth of experience working with unusual instrumentation in a variety of formats, the duo is the ideal setting to blend their unique and distinct voices for a more intimate exploration of  this engaging and innovative material.  Performances have included St Ann's Church (Manchester Jazz Festival), the Lancaster Jazz Festival, The Vortex, museo del Grifo in Lanzarote (Spain), Symphony Hall in Birmingham and concerts in Germany recorded live on Radio Bremen.  

Their new album 'Criss Cross' was recorded in Artesuono studios, Italy in 2017 and released on the Whirlwind recordings label in March 2018 to wide critical acclaim alongside an extensive tour of the UK and Germany.  The album also features Brigitte Beraha on vocals who is much on demand in the UK scene.  

"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." 
The Guardian

"elegant, engaging and original music, played with magnificent panache." 
★★★★ All about Jaz

" a fine listen." 
Bebop Spoken Here

"de-ranging, empathetic and quirkily humorou." 
Jazz Views

"A warm and distinctive duo recording. The musical chemistry between the pair is pleasingly obvious throughout."

★★★★ review from The Jazz Mann

ALBUM REVIEW LINKS:

All About Jazz  * * * * 

The Guardian

Jazz Views

The Morning Star

Bebop Spoken Here

Jazz Mann

JAZZWISE  review  * * * *   'the album is warmer and more classically lyrical than you might expect from this mature yet inquisitive pair, but it's rooted in quirky intervention aswell' 

JAZZ JOURNAL review   'the tracks contain some of the finest interplay I have heard since Stan Getz and Kenny Barron recorded People Time, the playing is that wondrous... Without a doubt one of the finest albums of the year' 

 

ALBUM RELEASE TOUR DATES 2017/18

14 SEPTEMBER  - KARAMEL CLUB, WOOD GREEN, LONDON (DOUBLE BILL WITH TORI FREESTONE TRIO)

2/3 OCTOBER  - RECORDING AT ARTESUONO STUDIOS, UDINE, ITALY

8 OCTOBER - THE PAROCHIAL HALL, MARSDEN JAZZ FESTIVAL, YORKSHIRE

31 OCTOBER - OXFORD JAZZ SOCIETY @ THE MAD HATTER, OXFORD

9 NOVEMBER - THE WORLD'S LARDER, WANSTED, LONDON

FEB 4 - COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE JAZZ CLUB, COLCHESTER

FEB 13  - PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, DEAN STREET, SOHO, LONDON

FEB 21 - MICHAEL TIPPETT CENTRE, BATH

FEB 22 - THE FUTURE INNS HOTEL, BRISTOL

FEB 23 - ASHBURTON LIVE, ST LAWRENCE CHAPEL, ASHBURTON, DEVON

FEB 25 - RAYS JAZZ @ FOYLES, SOHO, LONDON - MIDDAY

4 MARCH - THE VERDICT, BRIGHTON

13 MARCH - EMOTION FESTIVAL, BREMEN, GERMANY

18 MARCH - CLAPHAM OMNIBUS, CLAPHAM, LONDON

23 MARCH 2PM - WORKSHOP @ LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC, QUARRY HILL, LEEDS

23 MARCH 8PM - YORK

24 MARCH 11AM - WORKSHOP, YORK

28 MARCH - SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM

11 APRIL - THE VORTEX, GILLETT SQUARE, DALSTON, LONDON

18 APRIL - HALLE 424, HAMBURG, GERMANY

8 MAY - ST IVES JAZZ CLUB (FEATURING BRIGITTE BERAHA)

9 MAY - ASHBURTON LIVE, ASHBURTON (FEATURING BRIGITTE BERAHA)

17 NOVEMBER - TEIGNMOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

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For the duo biog pdf click here