"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. Their music has taken them all over, from London to Trondheim to Köln to Bolzano to Oslo .."
You can get the album here through the Coup Perdu website: http://www.coupperdu.com/Tricko-Kit-Downes
"A testament to Downes’s quirky talent for making difficult music sound natural " - John Fordham, The Guardian, 2015
"Not a note that is wasted - hypnotic " - Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise, 2015
"There's no denying it's freshness - beguilingly lovely" - Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz 2015
"Stunning new jazz group from the UK"
Olaf Maikopf, Jazzthetik, 2013
Live dates 2017
Jan 28th - Cardiff University (workshop and gig)
Sept 21st - Kings Place, London