Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation - Shortlisted 2017
Tori Freestone is a multi-instrumentalist and composer specialising in saxophone, flute and violin. Although she features in many contemporary bands at present such as the the Andre Canniere Sextet and Ivo Neame Quintet, her main focus is on three projects: The Tori Freestone Trio, The Tori Freestone/ Alcyona Mick Duo and the sextet 'Solstice'.
Freestone likes to compose for unusual instrumentation that challenges traditional composition and improvisational techniques, notably in her trio the repertoire explores the avenues of composing for a group that is led without a harmony instrument. Their debut album In The Chop House (2014) was celebrated by Jazzwise Magazine, for its compositional work, describing it as having ‘real depth’ in its exploration of the ‘exposed, harmonically open-ended format of the sax-bass-drums trio' and Jazz Journal said of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival Commission that the writing was 'reminiscent of the stark beauty of Coltrane's Alabama to strongly folk-inflected passages of dance-inflected joy...’. Of the second album 'El Barranco' The Guardian said 'this is a formidable showcase of reflectiveness and fierce intensity' and 'All About Jazz' commented that the album is 'exuding skill and harmony within an all-too-rarely heard chordless formation.'
Of the 'Solstice' project, pianist Gwilym Simcock says 'Compelling melody is always to the fore...the 3-way front line gives endless possibilities for different textures and moods - making for an album that grips you from the first minute to the last. It's music that effortlessly transcends the term 'Jazz'.. guaranteed to draw you in and provide you with new delights each time you listen.'
Other projects include her saxophone work in Neil Yates’ Surroundings Revisited (2015), a scaled down quartet of tenor sax, soprano sax, trumpet and piano featuring Iain Ballamy performing at the Manchester Jazz Festival (Aug, 2015). Freestone also performs with various larger ensembles such as the 'UK All Star Big Band' with Hermeto Pascoal at the Barbican in 2016, the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra and is an ongoing performer with the London Jazz Orchestra and since 2012 she has been participating in their monthly residency at Vortex Jazz Club which showcases music composed by members