Thursday,13th November 2014

“Diving into the space between the organised and the disorganised, Kit Downes (Mercury Music Award Nominee 2010, BBC Jazz Award Winner 2009, Troyka) pulls together the lyricism and big-beat of his favourite minimalists, the imagination and intensity of his favourite modern jazz composers, ballads from nearby circling ice-cream vans and his own light-footed approach to improvisation in this – his new ensemble. Kit (piano, organ and compositions) is joined by cellist Lucy Railton (curator and creator of London Contemporary Music Festival and Klammer Klang, performer with dancer Akram Kahn and composer Pauline Oliveros), forming a pairing that is at once both dark and detailed, colourful and contemplative.

Having studied together at the Royal Academy of Music, their paths continued to cross in London’s improvised/new-music scenes until Kit finally started writing for cello (vicariously living out his dream as a frustrated cellist), at which point this ensemble was formed. Performing music from their previous EP and forthcoming album ‘Tricko-Tareco’, the music is expansive in scope, sonically rich – and enjoys simple things put in unusual ways.”

“One of the finest pianists of his generation” Timeout MagazineKit Downes


Kit Downes –  Piano


Lucy Railton – Cello

James Maddren -Drums