Music at  ST MARY'S   Perivale

 

Wednesday 25 May 3.00 pm

Alcyona Mick (jazz piano)
Tori Free Stone (saxophone)
Brigitte Beraha (vocal)

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.

Born in Milan to a Turkish father and Turkish-British mother, Beraha grew up on the Côte d'Azur in France where her first music memories are of sitting and listening to her dad play piano and sing. This musical, multinational and multilingual upbringing combined to inspire and mould one of the most creative vocalists and composers on the UK scene.  Embracing a wide variety of music influences and genres, from jazz and latin to classical and, more recently, electronic, Beraha'sound is free and fluid with an emphasis on exploration and expression. Fearlessly testing the limits of the voice as instrument, her sound is distinguished by the unexpected, with free improvisation and evocative wordless singing at its core.  This agility, adventurous spirit and limitless imagination all mark her out as a truly exciting and versatile artist with a huge range of experience and creative scope.

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