Friday 21 April 2023

Martin Speake - wakefieldjazz.orgMartin Speake has been a professional musician for some 40 years, first coming to prominence in 1986 with the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers winning the Schlitz Young Jazz Musician award and touring the world with them for two years. In 1988 he embarked on a solo career and has been a prolific writer and recording artist, working in many contexts from the straight ahead, Indian/Arab music, free improvisation, improvising on Bartok themes, and his own original music.

Alcyona Mick is a London based jazz pianist and composer, who has worked with a wide array of artists in the UK and abroad, performing at major European, American and Canadian festivals and North Africa and the Middle East. Alongside her duo with Tori Freestone she works regularly with Natacha Atlas, the London Jazz Orchestra, and Yazz Ahmed. She has performed with an array of other artists including Bachar Zarkan, Randolph Matthews, Henry Lowther, Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirrored Ensemble, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Jerry Dammers, and Mircan Kaya, with whom she performed for a Turkish television series Kanavice on TRT.

“Change of Heart makes a compelling case that Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.” – Thomas Conrad (Jazz Times)

“Alcyona Mick is an unusual powerhouse of a talent” – MOJO

Martin Speake – alto sax
Alcyona Mick – piano



Martin Speake and Alcyona Mick
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