Music at ST MARY'S Perivale
Wednesday 29 June 3.00 pm
Rob Luft (guitar) Alice Zawadzki (vocal)
Rob Luft is an award-winning 26-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined “to achieve great things in the future”, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and also of 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, ‘Riser', was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim. Following this success, Rob was nominated for a string of awards – ‘Breakthrough Act' in the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, ‘Instrumentalist of the Year' in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year' in the 2019 Jazz FM Awards.His playing has been documented on a wide variety of albums over the past five years, and he appears on the ‘Sweet Sister Suite' by Tommy Smith's Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO); Liane Carroll's album ‘Seaside' (Linn Records); two albums from Italian drum virtuoso Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop' & ‘Ten to Late'); and the latest release from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records (‘Cross-Platform Interchange'). He was the recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quarteft Big Bad Wolf. In May 2019 Rob was selected as BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021.
Loosely connected to the jazz world but realistically inhabiting her own realm, Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London, with considerable repute as “a genuine original” (The Guardian), and a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene. She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at major UK venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott's, the London Jazz Festival, the Vortex, Celtic Connections, and internationally at festivals from Taipei International Jazz Festival (Taiwan) to Coventry Calling (Massachusetts, USA) to Sudtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Musicá Impopular (Brazil), Usina Del Arte (Argentina) and many more.Her striking ability to perform across and transcend genres whilst retaining her own expressive and intelligent musical style gives her a unique accessibility, and her distinctive voice can be heard on countless film and television score.She trained in jazz singing and composition gaining an MA from the Royal Academy of Music, with a scholarship from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, after completing undergraduate studies in classical violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she also won the Hilda Collens Prize and the Cove Park Emerging Artists Residency, supported by the Jerwood Foundation and the Scottish Arts Council.
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