It was in April 2013 when I first saw Kit Downes leading his own group with music from his Light from Old Stars album. Deeply impressed by his direction, I was quick to open a dialogue with Kit, the objective of which was to instigate a creative collaboration with Matt Bourne for my embryonic 'Project S'. Over the following year I was to see the quintet again, and later, Kit's new duo ensemble, Tricko, also featuring Lucy Railton, on several occasions. This exceptional record is the first fruit of our meeting. Is it 'chamber-jazz'? Is it 'contemporary classical'? Call it what you will, it is very beautiful indeed, and I am delighted that it has found a home on Perdu.
Glenn Armstrong, May 2015
"One of the finest pianists of his generation"
"Kit Downes is the most impressive jazz pianist from England since John Taylor"
"Everyone's favourite new pianist"
Dave Gelly, The Observer
Diving into the space between the organised and the disorganised, Mercury Music Prize nominated composer and pianist, Kit Downes, 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, Tricko. Downes (piano and compositions) is joined by cellist Lucy Railton, forming a pairing that is at once both dark and detailed, colourful and contemplative.
Downes and Railton first met when they studied together at the Royal Academy of Music (between 2006-2010). Their paths continued to cross in London's improvised/new-music scenes. In 2012 Railton joined Downes’ quintet for the album Light from Old Stars, at which point Tricko was formed.
Kit Downes is a composer, pianist and organist living in London. Kit has his own group Tricko, that he writes for and tours with, as well as working with Wedding Music (playing church organ, Tom Challenger - saxophone) and a new piano trio The Enemy featuring Petter Eldh (bass) and James Maddren (drums). He also plays and writes for Troyka, and collaborates with many other musicians, composers, artists, film makers and organisations. Downes was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize and was a 2009 BBC Jazz Awards winner.
Cellist Lucy Railton is a soloist, curator and collaborator. Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2008, her study of contemporary classical music has since informed a wider interest in experimental music, particularly improvisation and electronic composition. She has worked and performed with a diverse range of practitioners in dance, the visual arts and film. Outside of her performing career, Railton is co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
See more at: www.kitdownes.com/Tricko