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Tori Freestone

Saxophonist, flautist and violinist Tori Freestone performs at the forefront of the UK music scene as both highly regarded bandleader and sidewoman. She has featured in a number of the UK’s most exciting contemporary bands: Ivo Neame’s Quintet and Octet, The Andre Canniere Sextet featuring Ted Poor, Rory Simmons “Fringe Magneticâ€, Neil Yates’ ‘Surroundings’ and ‘Surroundings. Revisited’, the Asaf Sirkis Quartet, the London Jazz Orchestra, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Compassionate Dictatorship, the Cuban group “Orquesta Timbala†and a co led duo with UK based pianist Alcyona Mick alongside musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Jim Hart, Julian Siegel, Jasper Hoiby, James Maddren, Jamie Cullum, Rory Simmons, Andy Sheppard and Jason Yarde to name a few. Freestone’s performance and session highlights to date include the Binhuis (Amsterdam), the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Haskovo Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Elb Jazz Festival (Germany), Sudtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), La Laguna Jazz Festival (Tenerife), Skein Jazz (Norway), the QEH, Ronnie Scott’s, La Zorro y El Cuervo (Havana, Cuba) plus tours of the UK, Portugal, Germany, Holland, The Canary Islands and Bulgaria and recordings for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 2, FMR, Loop, Edition Records and Whirlwind Recordings. She also leads her own trio and their debut album in 2014 achieved wide critical acclaim in the UK and abroad and a commission to compose a new work for the trio for the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival followed which was performed at the South Bank Centre alongside Henri Texier and the Hope Quartet. A second trio album is due for release in 2016 on Whirlwind Recordings. “Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all thatinput into an imposingly original sound†John Fordham, The Guardian 4 star review

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