Tori and Alcyona formed their duo in 2015 whilst playing in the Canary islands. 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 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 Artesuono Studio in Italy in 2017. It was released on 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 wide range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including English folk, Brazilian music, Arabic music, free playing, Monk and more.
'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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