TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 25th April -The Jazz Market, Shoreditch
THE JAZZ MARKET - 25th April 2013, 7.30pm @ The Luxe, Shoreditch, London, E1 6BG.
Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarret, Dorothy Ashby & The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Tickets via We Got Tickets-£5 in advance/ £7 on the door. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/216896
Photo Credits: BENJAMIN AMURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Tori Handsley Solo concert - Sunday 21st April – Kings Sutton.
Sunday 21st April, 3pm @ Kings Sutton Church, Oxon, OX17 3RJ.
£8 / £5-concessions.
A memorial concert I am doing for a very special client and man to me, Frank Stephens, who unfortunately recently passed away. This will be a celebration and memorial to him and the support he gave to my music, in his church where he always said he would like me to play. The concert is open to everyone and should be a lovely afternoon. The church put on yum cakes and tea after too!
Photo credits - LUKE PENKETH PHOTOGRAPHY - http://lukepenkethphotography.co.uk/
Recording session with KAIROS4TET
7th March: Great day recording with amazing jazz group on the scene and MOBO award winners: Kairos 4tet, Jules Buckley and some fantastic players. Made me play 'football' for a while and may have even persuaded me to do a glissando, or two...!
you can check out their awesome tunes here - loving Russel's Resurgance
In remembrance of the wonderful Frank Stevens.
I played for Frank & Hazel's Golden Wedding Anniversary many moons ago, and last year I was so pleased to be asked to play again for him, this time his 80th birthday. He and Hazel then came to see me play with my Trio earlier this year, booking tickets immediately after I emailed him only on the off chance he could come.
I’ve played for many people in my life, but Frank was one of those few people you feel really privileged to have met, who really made a big impression on me and how I’d love to aim to live my life. He was such a kind and appreciative lovely man, and his church, where he always said he wanted me to play, was bursting at the seams for his funeral for which I recently played.
My best wishes to Hazel and all his family.
NATURAL FORMS PRIVATE VIEW - RCA
9th May 2012
Performing for the Natural Forms private view at the Royal College of Art. Pictured here with the legendary artist John Norris Wood.
CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL - May 2012
After an amazing week of gigs in London and Oxford playing with my trio, despite looking forward to a weeks slight restbite!, I was really chuffed to be asked to go down to play with Alex Steele (piano), and his trio – Matt Jones (drums) and Clive Morton (bass). Beautiful musicians to have the opportunity to play with, and really sensitive, versatile players, which was very much appreciated after a pretty nerve racking few weeks and a five minute soundcheck to boot!
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO LAUNCH - 26th April - Spice of Life Jazz Club, London
I’m really excited to announce the official launch of my new trio with two incredible, creative musicians, Chris Nickolls (drums), and Richard Sadler (bass).
...Contemporary original harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, McCoy Tyner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Keith Jarrett, Debussy.
For a sonic taster, see my soundcloud website:
NEW FILM - FROM ‘FEAR’ FREE IMPROV PERFORMANCE GROUP - RCA
New film I’m really excited to have been released for the free improv performance group FEAR I work with at the Royal College of Art, with stunning visuals and beautiful edited sound by Liam Taylor and Len Massey respectively:
Please see my other website, and performance page for more info:
MUSIC INTERACTION at the Bridge Specialist School
November 2010...until hopefully the ever future present!
Wednesday mornings are a real highlight to my week, when I volunteer to work at the Bridge School, for the music interaction session with the PMLD children (profound multiple learning difficulties), an essentially improvised session, using call and response amongst other methods to hopefully instigate vocal responses and communication between us and the children.
It is a truly inspiring, ongoing experience, in particular working alongside the highly versatile musician Mark Hanson, with his incredible ability to relate to, understand and connect with all the different, beautiful, little personalities in this session. Someone I feel highly indebted to for letting me in to this precious session, and creating such an unique environment, which to me however completely encapsulates and embraces the indescribable and powerful nature of music, beyond words, that I really believe in.
Photograph by Julian Peter – a wonderful photographer and insightful individual, who also helps with the sessions. www.julianpeter.co.uk
CANDIED NONSENSE - 2nd Dec
I was really pleased to be asked back to perform for Chaos Theory’s night, ‘Candied Nonsense,’ at the Blag Club, London. Performing a selection of my own compositions, and a couple of arrangements, it was a great evening, playing alongside some fantastic artists including Joanna Quail and her awesome cello loop tapestries.
The first week of the big hit of snow, a big thanks also to all those who trudged through the blissards to get there – it meant a lot!
NIGEL KENNEDY – ELLINGTON / BACH TOUR
Plovdiv, Bulgaria - September 2010
Playing with Nigel Kennedy and his killer band including: Orphy Robinson (vibes), Doug Boyle (guitar), Tomasz Grzegorski (sax), Krzysztof Dziedzic (drums), Adam Kowalewski (bass).
This was an experience I will never forget playing with Nigel Kennedy, one of my childhood heros, who I’ve looked up to since a young age for his passion and unwavering dedication to the music, regardless of any conventional dictations of style; breaking boundaries to communicate music to all types of people, and has been a huge inspiration to me.
Performing in the most stunning amphitheatre with the Philharmonic Orchestra; during sound check with music fluttering over the stage (as sudden huge gusts of wind conveniently arrived just as the orchestra did!) it was a real privilege to be part of such a creative concert.
An intense week of rehearsals in the charming, cobbled streets of Plovdiv, culminated in a rollercoaster of a concert, breathing new life into music from one of the jazz legends Duke Ellington.
NIGEL KENNEDY – ELLINGTON / BACH TOUR
Bad Worishofen, Germany – September 2010
I was delighted to be asked back to perform with Nigel and the band, for the final concert of the Ellington / Bach tour in Bad Worishofen, Germany. Another phenomenal, challenging and creative week!
It was amazing again to see the constant drive and energy of Nigel, to motivate every individual and constantly pushing the music. It was incredible also to see the live, dynamic energy as he was accompanied by Cora Lunny for the Bach double, as they dipped and dived through the music, viscously spurring each other on.
Such an honour to play with Nigel and each of the individual musicians and to have the opportunity to take part in such an inspiring, progressive collaboration.