Alice Zawadzki – vocals, violin, piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado – double bass
Fred Thomas – piano, drums, strings
Inhabiting their own stylistic realm encompassing mediterranean folk song, chamber music, improvisation and the world of acoustic jazz, this trio comprises the award-winning singer, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Alice Zawadzki, joined by two of London’s most distinguished musicians, Fred Thomas and Misha Mullov-Abbado. The clear synergy harnessed by these three musicians is the result of almost a decade’s work together, drawing upon the successes and singular abilities of its members: multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Fred Thomas, whose recent exceptional album for ECM Records received 5 stars from Gramophone Magazine, Misha Mullov-Abbado, whose stature as bassist and composer has garnered commissions from the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Alice Zawadzki, described by The Guardian as “a genuine original”. The group plays acoustic chamber music, guided by a special emphasis on intimacy, delicacy of sound, space and subtle interaction, qualities which have led them to ECM Records, whose founder Manfred Eicher produced their forthcoming debut album in Lugano in 2023.
Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as soloist and collaborator has seen her gain considerable repute as “a force to be reckoned with” (CLASH) and a distinctive presence on the European music scene. Alice’s striking ability to transcend genres whilst retaining her own expressive musical style gives her a unique accessibility. A rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) create a sound which draws upon her early exposure to jazz, her 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). Her 2019 release, ‘Within You Is A World Of Spring’, was met with vigorous critical praise, including ‘Contemporary Album of the Month’ (The Guardian) and ‘Top 20 Albums of 2019’ (Jazzwise Magazine). 2023 opened with Alice’s bewitching new piece, ‘Bag Of Bones’, commissioned by the cutting-edge Manchester Collective. Performances included major venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott’s, Taipei International Jazz Festival, Sűdtirol Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Musicá Impopular and Usina Del Arte. – “A cornucopia of delights” – Jazzwise Magazine
Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. A BBC New Generation Artist, he has released three albums on Edition Records; ‘Dream Circus’, ‘Cross-Platform Interchange’ and ‘New Ansonia’, all extremely well-received across Europe and the latter of which was included in “Best Jazz Albums of 2015” by The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3. Winner of the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition, Misha is an experienced composer and writes for jazz groups, classical soloists and ensembles. In 2019 Matthew Barley and the BBC Concert Orchestra gave the world premiere of Misha’s cello concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and commissioned by BBC Radio 3. After graduating from Cambridge, where he studied music and composition, Misha studied double bass at the Royal Academy of Music. He has been commissioned by a variety of musicians and ensembles such as Viktoria Mullova, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, LSSO, Hill Quartet, Pelleas Ensemble, Hermes Experiment and North Sea Ensemble. He co-directs the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, an exciting young big band and winner of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award. – “Both his composing talents and his propulsive bass-playing are currently such hot UK jazz news” – The Guardian
Fred Thomas is an ECM artist and one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers, known for his breadth of musical styles as well as for specialising in creative re-interpretations of J.S. Bach. He has appeared all over the world, performing in venues such as Berlin Philarmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Wiener Konzerthaus. Described as “a revelation” (Apple Music), “mesmerising” (BBC Music Magazine) and “a world of soulful dreaming that enraptures with its poetic images” (Das Bach Magazin), his debut on the ECM New Series label was “Three or One”, 24 pieces by Bach transcribed for trio and solo piano by Thomas himself. Of British and Argentinian background, he has collaborated with a huge variety of artists including Brian Eno, Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, Meredith Monk, Lianne Le Havas, Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier and Kees Boeke. With a discography of over fifty albums, his arrangements and transcriptions are published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen and he works regularly as Musical Director at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a producer, Thomas has overseen albums for labels such as Warner Classics and his recent compositions were performed internationally and at the Royal Opera House. – “A boundary-blurring composer and improviser” – Gramophone Magazine