Experience a genre-crossing musical deluge, travelling between hip-hop, grime, jazz and classical with one of London’s most forward thinking artists.
Fast becoming a staple of London live music culture, Earth provides a space that can offer big and international acts an interesting space to play to large audience. Not sanitised by large phone company branding, or watered-down beer, Earth is the place to see an artist who has outgrown the smaller, more intimate venues, such as Alfa Mist.
Storming on to the scene in 2017 with one of the best albums to come out of the UK Jazz movement, Antiphon, Alfa has gone from strength to strength. Working with people from across the scene and releasing consistently great new music at least once every year since, he is undoubtedly one of the artists who has managed to break out of the stereotype of just being ‘a young jazz artist from London.’
Structualism (2019) and Antifon (2017) show clear influences from hip-hop and grime, with heavy snare sounds and jazz piano and keyboard being interspersed with recordings of Alfa’s family. They epitomise the crossover with the modern scene and explore the way music has gone round in a full circle back to jazz.
Something new for this show will be the recently released new song, “Withered”, which is part of a new EP that does exactly what it says on the tin. On My Ones is a solo work, with just Alfa playing piano and nothing else. A blending of classical and jazz, the music harks back to some of the great jazz piano players, Ahmed Jamaal and Oscar Peterson. The show at Earth is a great chance to see this new, more gentle work, as well as some of the Alfa Mist classics.
We’ve talked quite often about the rising British nu-jazz scene, with London town being the pulsing heart of this new wave of talented musicians. Among its bright protagonists, like Kamaal Williams, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, we couldn’t fail to mention Alfa Mist – composer, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist hailing from Newham, London…