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Alfa Mist is a British producer and songwriter, based in London. His latest album Variables (released on ANTI- Records) is expansive, soulful and moving, in both body and spirit. It’s his most expressive musical work to date, coupling his keen ear for looping, memorably emotive piano lines with intuitive grooves and a free-flowing jazz improvisation.
Since the release of his first full-length project Nocturne in 2015, Alfa has established himself as one of the UK’s most focused and distinct musical voices. He has worked with the likes of Jordan Rakei and Tom Misch, drummer Richard Spaven, producer Lester Duval and singer Emmavie. Alfa is yet to be boxed into a specific genre as his music spans everything from hip-hop beat-making to producing for artists such as rapper Loyle Carner, composing neo-classical works for the London Contemporary Orchestra, and reworking tracks from composer Ólafur Arnalds and pioneering jazz label Blue Note.
Co-performers Amika Quartet string quartet formed organically over a number of years by four graduates of Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and they are known for their versatility and ‘soul-drenched’ sound (Downbeat Magazine). Amika draws on influences from a wide range of music, reflecting the breadth of their musical interests and extensive training. Flexibility and creative potential are the biggest drivers in the quartet’s work; from Purcell’s wild harmonies to Britten ingenuous textures and the captivating rhythms of Bartok, Amika plumb the depths of classical music and combine it with other genres to create an elastic musical language which continues to grow along with the ensemble. Improvisation has been a central part of the quartet’s work from the beginning, and they incorporate this into live shows and recordings alike. More recently, Amika have increasingly worked together to create arrangements and original compositions which reflect their evolution as an ensemble so far.
This event will last approximately 75 minutes, without an interval.