Wednesday 16 June 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
The Tori Freestone / Alcyona Mick Duo
Tori Freestone (saxophone)
Alcyona Mick (jazz piano)
Programme to follow
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Tori Freestone (saxophone) and Alcyona Mick (jazz piano) formed their duo in 2015 after being invited to perform together at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Both much in demand players on the London jazz scene, the two have known each other for years, working together in many different ensembles including Ingrid and Christine Jensen Whirlwind bigband, Nikki Iles Big band, Cleo Laine/Alec Dankworth band, and are permanent members of the London Jazz Orchestra (the original line up of which included Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, John Taylor and Henry Lowther).They recorded their debut album ‘?Criss Cross' at the famous Artesuono Studio in Ialy in 2017. It was released on the transatlantic label Whirlwind recordings in 2018 to wide critical acclaim followed by an Arts Council funded tour of the UK and Germany with live radio performances.
The duo have a very spontaneous, interactive approach and share a large range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including English folk, Brazilian music, free playing, Monk and more. Performances have included El Castillo San Felipe (Tenerife), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Museo del Grifo (Spain), Emotion Festival (Bremen), Halle 242 (Hamburg), Salle Krieps auditorium (Luxembourg) and the Manchester and London Jazz Festivals. They have been invited by Steinway House to perform in Frankfurt, and TiNJ Festival, Melbourne to do a tour of Australia post covid.
‘In a tightly held discourse there grows this never before heard sound, full of esprit, insight, experience and joie de vivre'- Concerto Magazine, Austria
'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,
'Jazz Album of the Month' 'Elegant, engaging and original music, played with magnificent panache'
'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' -Jazz Journal review
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