Award winning, rising star vocalist and violinist
Alice Zawadzki returns to Cyprus by popular acclaim following her brilliant and sold out visit last October, on Saturday, March 11, at 9pm, at Mukta in Nicosia. She returns with the backing of two of London’s in demand award winning international musicians, Misha Mulov-Abbado (son of the legendary Italian conductor Claudio) on string bass and Verona born Luca Boscagin on guitar. Currently headlining, with Alice on violin and vocals, in London’s main jazz, folk and blues venues, Ronnie Scott’s, 606, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex and with concerts in the Royal Albert Hall their music goes from jazz and the Great American Song Book and beyond through folk, pop and into rock and roll!
A sensational trio of award winning musicians perform in an intimate and stylish venue…..not to be missed!
For more information you can check the following website: www.alicezmusic.com
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Information about the musicians
Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as “a genuine original” (The Guardian), and a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.
Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté, an extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions, “all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” (The Arts Desk). She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at the major UK alternative and jazz 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 Sűdtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), and more. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots.
She released her debut solo album China Lane (Whirlwind Recordings) in 2014, a collection of original songs and arrangements infused with modern, ancient and invented folklore, and featuring some of Europe’s most celebrated musicians and improvisers. China Lane was met with widespread critical acclaim, being made Album of the Week by BBC Radio 3, and making the The Guardian’s Best Albums End of Year List, described as “beguiling, unorthodox and pure” by The Independent, and “a real force to be reckoned with” by Jamie Cullum, who invited Alice and her band to perform live on BBC Radio 2 at Maida Vale. The success of China Lane also led to her nomination for British Vocalist of the Year by both Jazz FM and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2015, and she was selected to take part in Take Five, the professional development programme run by international music producers, Serious Ltd, sponsored by the Performing Rights Society and Arts Council England.
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 numerous film and television scores, including Disney’s major motion picture African Cats, written by Nicholas Hooper, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (BBC). She also performs live as vocal soloist with the Prague Philharmonic for George Fenton’s Planet Earth Live in Concert, and as the vocal and fiddle soloist in James Horner’s iconic score of the film Titanic, performed live internationally with the Kansai Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
As an in-demand interpreter of new and unusual works, Alice has had the privilege to premiere several new pieces, including Daniel Cohens Reciprocity at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Alex Roth’s Arvoles Lloran Por Luvia at Battersea Music Hall, Alya Al-Sultani’s Two Sisters: An Arabic Opera at the Ahbab Festival in Cambridge, as well as performing exciting virtuosic works for the voice including Louis Andriessen’s M is for Man, Music and Mozart, with Sinfonia Viva, with future engagements including Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Golijov’s Ayre later in 2017 with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Goiás in Brazil.
She has performed on acclaimed albums for labels including Whirlwind Recordings (China Lane), Babel (What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? – The Moss Project), Chaos (Impossible Things – Corrie Dick), Odradek (Lela – Dan Whieldon), Boombetter Records (Lifecycles – Engines Orchestra), and Ubiquity Records (The Myth of the Golden Ratio – United Vibrations), and has enjoyed regular radio play from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, and Resonance FM, including live session features for BBC Radio 2 and at Jazz FM with her solo project, and as a speaker on vocal practices for programmes on BBC Radio 3.
She trained in jazz singing and composition and gained an MA at 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.
Alice has held several higher education posts as a teacher, and delivered vocal and improvisation programs for the RNCM, Salford University, the University of Kent, and the Engines Orchestra. She has worked extensively for Live Music Now, a charity which takes live music into places where it is hard to access, including special needs schools, hospitals, care homes and prisons, and is currently a core member of Play For Progress, an organization who deliver music workshops to teenagers who have refugee status in the UK. When Alice is not performing, she does regular aid and independent advocacy work for people affected by the refugee crisis.
Since moving to London, Italian-born guitarist and composer, Luca Boscagin has become a sought-after and celebrated musician of considerable repute, with long-standing engagements at prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the 606, The Vortex and Pizza Express Jazz Club.
His personal output as a bandleader has so far seen three critically-acclaimed albums, Touch and Go (Azzurra 2005) Four Steps (Off Limits 2008) and his latest offering, Playground, a robust and soulful mélange of funk, rock, jazz and psychedelia, released in 2013 with the all-star line-up of London heavyweights, including Yolanda Charles on bass, Tomasz Bura on piano and Phil Mer on drums.
With the mercurial and inventive ‘Jazzbreakers’ group, Luca re-arranged some of rock and roll’s most famous hits, with songs from as diverse a canon as Cream, The Doors, Incognito and The Police.
Luca’s warm tone, fluent improvising, and musical intuitiveness has made him the guitarist of choice for many celebrated musicians, both in Europe and in the States, including John Abercrombie, Alan Farrington, Francesco Bearzatti, Eliot Zigmund, Gianni Basso, Sonny Fortune, Mauro Negri, Larry Coryell, John Wetton, and Kiko Kontinento, with performances at festivals all over Europe, South America and the Far East.
As well as leading his own projects, Luca’s sensitive musicianship has led him to be the accompanist of choice for some of the UKs most highly regarded vocalists, including Emilia Martensson, Heidi Vogel, Marta Capponi and Alice Zawadzki, as well as the celebrated Italian singers Drupi and Omar Pedrini.
He studied in his hometown Verona, with Dodo Castelli, Tolo Marton, and Sandro Gibellini.
Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. He is a 2014 City of Music Foundation Artist and recently released his debut album New Ansonia consisting of all his own compositions performed by his quintet on Edition Records, which has been included in “Best Jazz Albums of 2015” by The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3 and been extremely well-received in newspapers and magazines across Europe. As an experienced band-leader but also a versatile sideman Misha has performed at many of London’s top venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606 Club, Pizza Express and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of the BBC Proms Late series), as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition, Misha is an experienced composer and writes for various jazz groups as well as classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music.
After graduating from Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he studied music and composition with Robin Holloway and Jeremy Thurlow, Misha received a scholarship to study double bass at the Royal Academy of Music on the prestigious Masters jazz course with Jasper Høiby, Tom Herbert, Michael Janisch and Jeremy Brown. During his final year at the Academy Misha started his group and has been performing with it regularly since, with all concerts being very well received, and winning the Kenny Wheeler Prize in his final term has led him to record his debut album. Misha is currently in the process of recording the music for a second album to be released with Edition Records in 2017. As well as writing for his band Misha has been commissioned by a variety of musicians and ensembles such as Viktoria Mullova, Thomas Larcher, the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, the Pelleas Ensemble, the Hermes Experiment, and the North Sea Ensemble.
Since leaving the Academy Misha has been performing with a variety of musicians such as Stan Sulzmann, Paul Clarvis and Enzo Zirilli – the latter he plays with regularly in his quartet Zirobop, a band that Misha also plays horn in. He co-directs the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, an exciting new big band in London that plays original compositions written by members of the band, that has recently won the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award. Misha also plays as a sideman in various projects such as Orquestra Mahatma, the Tom Green Septet, Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic, the Tom Millar Quartet, Ben Brown’s Waaju and the Liam Dunachie Quartet.
“The beginning of a journey of an outstanding individual” Evan Parker
“An unfailing inventive, artfully produced, and delightfully sunny debut.” The Telegraph on New Ansonia
“Both his composing talents and his propulsive bass-playing are currently such hot UK jazz news” The Guardian
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