Alice Zawadzki singer - violinist – songwriter/composer

ALICE ZAWADZKI – news

Dear friends,
I trust you are all glistening in sunlight and birdsong. Here with news, and live dates to which you are warmly invited.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Wishing you a many-splendoured day…
Peace and Love,
Alice

NEXT LONDON GIG: April 14th
Pizza Express Pheasantry
Info + tickets here!

COMING UP:

11.04.15 Gateshead International Jazz Festival
The Sage, Gateshead, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
A double bill with vocalist Zoe Gilby
info + tickets

12.04.15 Gateshead International Jazz Festival
The Sage, Gateshead
I’m delivering a vocal workshop – all spaces are now filled for performers but you can still attend as an observer if you want to join us.
info + tickets

14.04.15 Pizza Express Pheasantry, Chelsea, London
Delighted to be playing with my band at this intimate venue,
info + tickets

27.04.15 Live radio broadcast on Balcony TV
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29.04.15 Cheltenham Jazz Festival
I’m playing with my band at The Daffodil, a beautiful old Art Deco venue that used to be a cinema.
info + tickets

17.05.15 Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London
Singing songs written by the incredible Corrie Dick, featuring some of London’s best musicians.
info + tickets

19.05.15 The 606 Club, Chelsea, London
Returning to this wonderful iconic venue with my band to play music from China Lane and more.
info + tickets

24.05.15 The Hideaway, Streatham, London
Can’t wait to guest with the Bansangu Orchestra, led by star saxophonist Paul Booth.
info + tickets

10.06.15 The Forge, Camden, London
The Reciprocity Project is a 28′ work for voice, 8 cellos, taped narration, piano and percussion, written by composer Daniel P. Cohen and based on poems by the late Darya Farha. I look forward to singing in what will be the premiere of this fascinating new work.

28.06.15 – 06.07.15 Suedtirol Jazz Festival, Alto Adige, Italy
In residency with guitarist Moss Freed, playing specially composed music
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04.08.15 Manchester Jazz Festival
Royal Northern College of Music, Opera Theatre
Double bill with guitarist Stuart McCallum
Especially excited to be working with a string quartet from the RNCM for whom I’m writing special arrangements of music for China Lane and more.
info + tickets

I’m very happy to be presenting the album Lela, which I made with an incredibly special pianist and dear friend Dan Whieldon, to be released this year on Odradek Records. Galician folk, Spanish poetry, and adaptations of Italian arias mingle with the music of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Enrico Pieranunzi, with guest clarinetist Rosa Campos-Ferndandez. More info coming soon.
It was wonderful to find out that I’d been nominated for Jazz Vocalist of the Year at this years British Parliamentary Jazz Awards, alongside some wonderful singers: Norma Winstone, a living legend with whom I was lucky to study, Zara MacFarlane, whose beautiful voice and music led her to win a MOBO last year, and Georgia Mancio, a wonderful vocalist who also does huge amounts for the musical community in running her Re-Voice festival each year. Norma was the deserved winner!
I recently returned from a tour of Germany, where I had the honour of being a vocal soloist with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Freeman. It was part of the BBC’s Planet Earth Live in Concert, narrated by Max Moor. Many of you will already be familiar with the astonishing footage and powerful music written by George Fenton from the series on BBC 1 and it was a real honour to part of this evocative production, which was set in arenas across Germany over 25 dates.
The fantastic Whirlwind Recordings label, with whom I released China Lane, are featured in this months Jazzwise Magazine, with a 15-track compilation and feature about what they do. I was delighted to make the cut and the CD features a fascinating and diverse cross-section of artists. I was also interviewed by the legendary American Downbeat Magazine, again as part of a feature on Whirlwind Recordings and its founder, the extraordinary Michael Janisch.
Big shout out to Max Reinhardt, presenter of BBC Radio 3s Late Junction, for playlisting my song Cat. You can still catch an episode that features the amazing Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, who never fails to blow my socks off!
In February I got to spend a week at Bore Place in Kent as part of the Take Five scheme run by Serious, who explain, “The Take Five initiative is aimed at British and UK based composer-performers and is designed to give some of the UK’s most talented emerging creative jazz musicians the opportunity to take ‘time out’ to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world.”  Massive thanks to Serious for the opportunity, and to the inspiring people I got to work with, including one of my personal heroes, saxophonist John Surman!
This week, I’ll be a tutor on the Engines Orchestra Easter Jazz course, at Sydenham High School in south London. It’s for under-18s who have an interest in music and improvising and all levels are welcome. Tutors on the course include saxophonist Phil Meadows and trumpeter Laura Jurd. We ran a similar course last year and it was so much fun I genuinely thought I’d never recover. More information can be found here.
China Lane on WhirlwindiTunesAmazonBandcampYoutube

“Zawadzki released her debut album China Lane earlier this year to frank astonishment, her totally unpidgeonholeable collection of her own songs and arrangements of repertoire from medieval Sephardic ballads to contemporary indie rock, all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power. Anglo-Polish Zawadzki also plays violin and piano in compositions informed by folk, world and pop as much as jazz. Original and unmissable.” The Arts Desk

“Zawadzki is a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer. She is also a composer of gliding, melodically unorthodox tunes that connect to contemporary classical music as much as jazz or pop, and an expressive lyricist.” The Guardian

“With her glacial, folksy vocals and puckish fiddle, Alice Zawadzki would be notable enough. Add her compositional range and whimsical hyper-creativity and she becomes something of a phenomenon. Displaying a similar otherness as some of our treasured pop eccentrics (Kate Bush, Bjork) Zawadzki comes from a jazzier place.” MOJO Magazine

“A many-splendoured collection that pulls you in a myriad of emotional directions…It would be difficult to imagine a finer introduction to Zawadzki’s music.” Jazzwise Magazine

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