DAY 1 of Behind the Scenes Diary - LAUNCHED!
I'm very excited to have launched Day 1 of the Behind the Scenes Diary for the Tori Handsley Trio Debut Album, on our MEMBERS PAGE, exclusively for supporters, as a thank you for pre-ordering the album!
Please let me know if you haven't received the PASSWORD and I'll message it over!
..by these kind words from Paul Bradshaw, Straight No Chaser - Former Editor/Publisher; Ancient to Future
"I first met Tori Handsley through the radical Warriors International 'FREEDOM! The Art Of Improvisation' sessions. Her punky attitude and bold approach to the harp led me to working with her on the 'Enlightenment - In The Spirit Of 'A Love Supreme' concerts.
"Tori's radical new trio is built around her own carefully crafted compositions and features excellent electric bassist Ruth Goller and in-demand trap drummer Moses Boyd. This threesome joins a new generation of trios, like GoGo Penguin, who are pioneering new dimensions, expanding expectations and successfully reaching out to fresh audiences. Time to check them out."
Paul Bradshaw, Straight No Chaser - Former Editor/Publisher; Ancient to Future.
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - DEBUT ALBUM
I'm over the moon to announce that the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be going into the studio shortly to record our DEBUT ALBUM, featuring my original compositions and 2 of my absolute favourite creatives: Ruth Goller (bass) & Moses Boyd (drums)
After a hell of a lot of years of blood, sweat, tears, hopes and fears,.. this is honestly one of the most exciting milestones of my life.
Over the years I have been so touched by everyone's enthusiasm and what spurs me on with what I am trying to do with the harp. The project has been entirely self-funded up until this point however, and if you are able to support us with this major undertaking by PRE-ORDERING our album, we would so SO appreciate it.
Please see our GoFundMe page with other tasty rewards too, including t-shirts+tote bags and more!...
Had a wonderful coaching session today with a head teacher, dealing with difficult challenges, that come with positions of great responsibility and care.
Worked together on strategies for: INNER RESILIENCE - how to deal with challenging, confrontational situations as positively as possible. Also, how to lead a team more positively, to PERFORM collectively as confidentally and authentically as possible under pressure, to be the best they can.
We discussed the all importance of being in the present, and how to encourage others with strategies to do the same: to be in the moment to see as clearly as possible, react and go with the flow.
Feeling blessed for the lessons of creativity and to people for letting me in to help with their plight for their cause!
Freedom: The Art of Improvisation - 17th October
What a great cross generational night it was! Amazing to see so many enthusiastic, new young faces diving in, and getting involved and so many of them said they just heard about it through the grape vine and took a punt and loved it. Seeing the enthusiasm on people's faces just makes it all worth while and just the same as when I first came along to play before I started hosting. And it's still my favourite night of the month!
Apparently a whole family of 6 came along who don't usually go to live music nights, had no idea what to expect, and loved it. Really an honour for us to have so many daring, new bods, both in the audience and on stage, and feeling the love back.
Thanks so much to EVERYONE for their continuing passion and telling the world what we do! This is a totally grass roots night, fuelled by us, and watching the night build and explode out into new audiences has been a pleasure to see and be a part of. We hope to continue to bring a warm, welcoming atmosphere for everyone to step out and improvise in the moment together. No rules, no boundaries, no expectations, but anything is possible!
Freedom: The Art of Improvisation - October Sessions
FREEDOM! Monday 17th October at the Vortex, London.
For open ears, open minds, come down and be inspired, create with us with courage in the moment.
We're blessed to have a myriad of cross-generational artists passing through - so much new, young talent coming along and stepping out, and also many of the great masters popping by between tours, so continue to spread the word.
As always, musicians, artists, audiences of all walks of life welcome - come and be a part of the journey!
Some people just make your day...
from some amazing people I recently had the pleasure of playing for....slightly choked up right now!
"What a find!
If you want someone and something special for your big day then book Tori. Effervescent and absolutely charming as well as extremely talented. Tori is an absolute delight to work with and so warm to all who meet her that you cannot help feel enchanted. The tone of her harp will add magic to any event and when played by Tori creates a unique atmosphere, be it classical, jazz or pop. The range is vast with so many styles that there is always something for everyone. Booking her will be one of the best features of your event.
Tom & Jen August 2016"
Freedom: The Art of Improvisation - 8pm - Monday 8th August
Freedom! This Monday at the Vortex 8pm £6.
Come down and get involved, listen, hang out....
We welcome artists from all walks of life and genres - no restraints or preconceptions - just music in the moment! so do spread the word if you know anyone else who would like some freedom in their life!
'Maths' composing session!...
Had such a totally out of this world session with one of my youngest nippers I work with, making up a song about: 'Maths!' As you do!....
turned out to be the best composition! All about all the shapes and movements of the world and him playing Pat Thomas style out-there piano (at times thrusting his arm all over the piano!) to illustrate the world, with different mad sounds!
Small people sometimes set the coolest example, and our job to keep them free!
Tori Handsley Trio plays Freedom Festival 2016 - 25th September 2016
Tori Handsley Trio will be returning to The Vortex on Sunday 25th September for a special show as part of the Freedom Festival 2016
Tori Handsley - Electric Harp
Ruth Goller - Electric Bass
Moses Boyd - Drums
Photo credits - Steven Cropper
Listen again - 'Somethin' Else' Jez Nelson - 18th July
Here's the i player link for last night's show for anyone who missed it, featuring our newest song 'Rivers of Mind' and some touching words from Jez Nelson..... listen at 1hr-1hr7mins in
The rest of the show is awesome I might add, if you are able to check it out too, do!
Tonight! Live on 'Somethin' Else' Jazz FM with Jez Nelson - 17th July
Blessed to hear that renowned Radio presenter Jez Nelson of Jazz on 3, will be playing some of our music tonight from TORI HANDSLEY TRIO on his show "Somethin' Else" on Jazz FM. Listen NOW until 1am!!!...
Honoured to have the support from someone so revered in the industry and to be played in a line up alongside Miles Davis and Wynton Marselis.
120 STRINGS - Pat Thomas & Tori Handsley
What a great evening and journey last night it was at the Vortex playing with Pat Thomas for the debut of our new duo - 120 Strings. Feeling really alive and excited about the potential of music and live creativity :)
thanks everyone who came down for the journey! thanks to Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss for their mind bending, mental menageries of sound
wonderful people in the world
This made my day and makes me remember why I do what I do and what a privilege it is to play for and to meet such lovely people in the world.
Just to say thank you again so much for your wonderful performance at mum's birthday party on Sunday. It was ABSOLUTELY fantastic thank you so much. It meant a great deal to all of us, not just your beautiful music but how lovely you were to everybody as well and they all absolutely love you.
So thank you again and next time we're having a party hopefully we'll give you a call and see if you can come over for that.
Thanks very very much and best wishes to you.
Take care, lots of love.
Lorraine & Richard"
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ Ronnie Scotts Upstairs- what a night! ....
Thanks again to everyone who made "Classical Kicks @Ronnie Scotts Upstairs" the experience it was and all you lovely folk who sprung down to surround us. It was a really special evening.
Hosted by the fantastic Lizzie Ball - who reminded me of a classical Jools Holland!... springing here there and everywhere with different ensembles!
There was certainly a lot of improv and the evening reminded me of the importance of the experience and the journey, enjoying each moment... and whatever happens the music keeps going! And what better people to be playing with for the ride than the lovely "Roses" aka Ruth Goller and Moses Boyd. These 2 musicians each have such a unique way ... and as someone said afterwards it must be fantastic being in the middle of that melding pot... and it truly is.
Highly recommend checking this night out in future if you weren't able to come. Watching the other musos more classical set, their commitment to each note, the intensity and emotion of the music was intoxicating. At one point I had to walk out as I almost burst into tears - thanks Gabriella Swallow!
Ali Ward on sound who came specially for the evening, was outstandingly diligent and lovely to work with as ever, creating a spaghetti junction to serve the sprawl of musicians and gear!
Big up finally to Steven Cropper for his super pic!
Tickets - Tori Handsley Trio @Ronnie Scotts Upstairs - Tomorrow!
Just a note to let anyone know who is hoping to come tomorrow, the tickets are apparently selling like hot-cakes, so we are advising people to book in advance if you are planning to come.
Here's the ticket link :
Hope to see you there!
Tori, Ruth & Moses
Tori Handsley Trio - play Ronnie Scotts Upstairs - 29th March 2016
Really excited to be playing for a fantastic genre-busting night "Classical Kicks" Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, presented by Lizzie Ball, violinist in the Jeff Beck Band and lead violinist for Nigel Kennedy.
The evening will also feature:
Megan Cassidy - viola
Gabriella Swallow - cello
Dave Maric - Piano
Lizzie Ball - curator / violin / vocals
18.30pm - Doors
19.30pm - Music
TICKET LINK - 25TH FEB - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO
Here's the ticket link now open for the 25th February 2016.
25th February - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ Jazz Re:freshed, MauMau Bar, Notting Hill London
The new year is off to a bang and very happy to announce our 1st Trio gig of the year with my fab band and 2 of the most exciting young players in the UK I feel very lucky to be working with!
Tori Handsley - electric harp
Ruth Goller-electric bass
Moses Boyd - drums
We are playing for a great, hip night on Portabello Road set up by Adam 'Rockers' Moses & Justin Mckenzie, breathing new life into jazz and live music! Can't wait!
Thursday 25th February 2016 - Tori Handsley Trio - Jazz re:freshed
@ Mau Mau Bar 265 Portabello Road, Notting Hill, London
8pm till late
Photo by the fantastic Benjamin Amure
Freedom:The Art Of Improvisation Festival-Warriors International Documentary
Wow! ....An exciting time and honoured to be a part of the new beautiful Documentary Film release from the Freedom Festival which exploded onto the scene last summer, expanding on our monthly sessions at the Vortex.
BIG thanks to Ali Carter – one of the Directors of Warriors International for all her dedicated quiet work behind the scenes for the Festival and getting this immense film out there, exploring important topics not often talked about.
The film features many incredible young artists on the scene I was lucky to play alongside, Cath Roberts Beibei Wang Sahra Gure Nubya Garcia Philip Achille Zuri Jarrett-Boswell renelle shaw - and many of the great masters showing the road ahead Tony Kofi Rowland Sutherland Pat Thomas Steve Beresford Edmund Claude Deppa Byron Wallen Ansuman Biswas Mark Mondesir to name but a few.... the road goes on!
If you're interested come down and join us every 2nd monday of the month for the ongoing Freedom monthly sessions at The Vortex. Next one 8th February!
Deep heart felt thanks to Cleveland Watkiss Orphy Vibes Robinson Ali Carter Paul Bradshaw and the rest of the freedom team for their vision, and unwavered passion and dedication to music and improvisation.
Producer/Director: Ali Carter
Cinematography and Editing: Adam Davies
B Camera and Stills: Bradley James Allen
FREEDOM - London Jazz Festival 2015
What an amazing night it was!! Queues of people waiting outside round the block and continued to pour in through the night! Thanks to everyone in the audience who came down for the ride, and the hoards of incredible eclectic artists who came from far and wide, including so many young new faces - you all made it what it was.
Thanks to Orphy and Cleveland for creating the night and letting me share my passion for improvisation and help out with the most special night I've even played on. Big shout out to Paul Bradshaw for making the vibe what it is and keeping up the banging tunes so none of us wanted to go home!!! Ali Ward on sound as always our trusty steed working quietly in the background making it all happen, going with whatever the next wild, sonic concoction maybe! Thanks also to The Vortex and all the volunteers for hosting such a fantastic evening and making such a great community space.
Next Freedom is Monday 7th December, and in the meantime hope you enjoy the pics!
FREEDOM The Art of Improvisation - London Jazz Festival 2015
I am very excited to be co-hosting a very special "Freedom: The Art of Improvisation" for the EFG London Jazz Festival, on the Saturday 14th November 2015. from 11.30pm till LATE!
We are expecting a myriad of the best of London's talent, musicians, artists and everything in between!
Open to all creatives and listeners alike who want to come down for the unexpected!.....
NJANAS Premier @ The Vortex 29th October 2015
Seriously great evening yesterday playing with such open, modest yet powerful women for the female driven Njanas Project - originally inspired by the great Frida Kahlo. Fantastic to musically meet the driving force Ettore Fioravanti and evocative electronics of Michaël Grébil and special thanks to Olie Brice for stepping in last minute so valiantly on bass and doing such an expert job. top class evening!
Many thanks to all who came down, The Vortex and all the fab volunteers for hosting the night, Steven Cropper for taking such brilliant snaps as always, and to everyone for such avid feedback afterwards.
RONNIE SCOTTS - ENGINES ORCHESTRA - 1ST OCTOBER 2015
A great pleasure to be playing as part of the Engines Orchestra, alongside the Phil Meadows Group at the legendary Ronnie Scotts.
"Tonights show features a myriad of award winning talent including trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, drummer Simon Roth and harpist Tori Handsley. Sumptuous vocals are provided by the popular Alice Zawadzki whilst Matt Roberts conducts."
“A great orchestra that have managed to mix so many genres.” - Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)
See Ronnie Scotts website for more info & tickets
Teaser Video & New Website - Freedom: The Art of Improvisation
It is a serious honour to be co-hosting Freedom Art of Improvisation Sessions every 2nd Monday of each month at the Vortex, and the very first Freedom Festival which debuted in June this year.
This is something very close to my heart in many ways, embracing improvisation, not in a particular style, but as an ethos; creating a space where people can have fun, be in the moment, take chances, and explore the unexpected; something for me that is an honour to be sharing with everyone and now co-hosting the sessions with two of the most fantastic artists and people I have been privileged to meet: Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss - something I wouldn't have even dreamt of happening and am truly grateful for.
Here is the first teaser film of things to come created by the brilliant Ali Carter. hope you enjoy.
...more to come!...
Some lovely words here from Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser). Feeling blessed!
"I first met Tori Handsley through Warriors International FREEDOM! The Art Of Improvisation sessions. Her punky attitude and bold approach to the harp led me to working with her on the 'Enlightenment - In The Spirit Of 'A Love Supreme' concerts. Her Meltdown/QEH collaboration with flautists Rowland Sutherland and Emi Watanabe was deeply memorable while the enlarged ensemble featuring Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas and Ansuman Biswas, which played the Union Chapel last December, showed her to be totally at one with her heavyweight compadres. Tori's radical new trio is built around her own carefully crafted compositions and features excellent electric bassist Ruth Goller and in-demand trap drummer Moses Boyd. This trio potentially adds another dimension to what Manchester based Go Go Penguin has recently pioneered live. Check them out."
Straight No Chaser - former editor/publisher
Review from Stephen Marlbank, Marlbank - Tori Handsley Trio at Vortex
Many thanks to Stephen Graham of Marlbank for attending and his enthusiastic response to last night's show....
26th July - Tori Handsley Trio @ The Vortex, London 8pm
I will be playing with trio at the fantastic venue the Vortex with some incredible musicians: Ruth Goller on bass (Acoustic Ladyland), Moses Boyd on drums (Young Jazz Musician of the Year), and special guest Chantelle Nandi on vocals.
We will be venting some new material too for the very first time with this wonderful line-up.
Tickets £10 - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/323618
INTERVIEW with MICHAEL EDWARDS, UK VIBE MAGAZINE - 8th July 2015
A great honour to be interviewed by Michael Edwards from UK Vibe Magazine, one of the most infectiously enthusiastic and passionate men I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to in the music scene.
JAZZ IN THE ROUND - 25th May 2015
I'm really happy to have been asked back to play for Jazz in the Round, hosted by Jazz on Radio 3 presenter Jez Nelson, where I performed with my Trio last year.
This time I have been invited to play for the Solo Set, and I will be playing a completely improvised set....so the evening will be a surprise for me too!
It should be a wonderful evening of music, also featuring the Marc Cary Focus Trio from the US and The Rob Luft band.
Bank Holiday Monday 25th May - 8pm
The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London, NW8 8EH.
Tickets are available via the link below:
ENGINES ORCHESTRA - Winner of Jazz Ensemble of the Year - 2015
Ensemble of the Year - Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2015
Nice news to hear that the Engines Orchestra, whom I recorded with last year, won the Ensemble of the Year 2015. Run by Phil Meadows, featuring a host of wonderful performers, including Laura Jurd, Conor Chaplin, Elliot Galvin, Simon Roth, Alice Zadawski, Matt James Roberts amongst others.
The album 'Lifecycles' is available via the following link:
REVIEW FROM UK VIBE MAGAZINE - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Warm thanks to Michael Edwards of UK Vibe Magazine for his avid and detailed review of the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO show during the London Jazz Festival at the Vortex Jazz Club.
"Ms Handsley is the embodiment of the term ‘Alternative Jazz Musician’. The fact that she is a harp player who heads up a Jazz trio, to some would be alternative enough. However on first viewing, the site of a young lady attired in casual street gear of of trademark Hi Top trainers and ‘torn at the knee’ jeans, a Miles Davis image imprinted black t-shirt and black trilby hat, perched behind such an imposing yet beautiful stringed instrument would scramble many people’s pre-conceptions of a ‘typical’ harpist.
"However, once the angelic and ethereal solo harp vibes of ‘Settling Into The Sun’ permeated throughout the intimate space of Vortex Jazz Club, all present were instantly brought under Tori’s magical spell and any preconceptions melted away in a nanosecond."
Read the full review here:
Photo credits: Nadjib Le Fleurier
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - Featured in Guardian Gig Review Guide 2015!!
Unbeknownest to me, I just found out that my band, the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO, performing one of my recent compositions 'Home,' was chosen to represent the Vortex Jazz Club, London, in the Guardian Gig Review Guide 2015!! Also one of my favourite venues for live music in the UK and voted venue of the year in Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2013.
...Completely stunned and very happy!..
You can also see the youtube link directly here:
Just had a little boy break dancing around me whilst I was playing some Jimi Hendrix... Gigs don't get much better than this!
LIVE PAINTING BY PAINTER OF LIVE MUSIC - ARTIST GINA SOUTHGATE
Tickled pink to be greeted by renowned artist Gina Southgate, painter of live music, during two of my gigs in the London Jazz Festival.
Featured here with her incredible painting from my gig with my band the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO at the Vortex.
UK VIBE MAGAZINE - FREEDOM: THE ART OF IMPROVISATION
Honoured to be mentioned in the recent UK Vibe piece on FREEDOM by Michael Edwards. Featuring interviews with: multi-instrumentalist and initiator of Jazz Warriors International Orphy Robinson, who I had the privilege of meeting whilst I was playing with Nigel Kennedy, and has been a great inspiration to me over the years and great pleasure to still be working alongside; and also curator / publicist Paul Bradshaw (Straight no Chaser).
See the full review:
UNION CHAPEL - 9TH DECEMBER
An indescribable pleasure to play last night alongside some of the UKs top jazz musicians: Rowland Sutherland, Emi Watanabe, Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson and Ansuman Biswas.
A dream even to play with them, and the icing on the cake was also being invited to bring in one of my new replica watchescompositions 'Remembering Kenny', after the late Kenny Wheeler.
Thanks to Michael Edwards for capturing some of the evenings events:
'Convolution' - New Composition
Watch acoustic solo performance of 'Convolution,' one of my new composition's for my band - Tori Handsley Trio, via youtube link:
Come along the Vortex on the 17th November where we will be playing for the London Jazz Festival 2014, to hear it live in its full glory with the band!
BOOK TICKETS http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/tori-handsley-trio/
Composed and performed by Tori Handsley.
14th August 2014 - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ Spice of Life
Very happy to announce I will be playing with my band TORI HANDSLEY TRIO at the Spice of Life – London – 14th August 2014. One of my favourite haunts to see live music and run by the infamous Paul Pace for over 25 years, also of Ronnie Scotts, and winner of Jazz Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz 2007.
The evening will also feature the fantastic piano player Mike Guy and his band which should be a treat!
14th August - Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NA.
Doors 6pm, Music 8pm
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO Announced to be playing for London Jazz Festival 2014
Enormous privilege to have been asked to play with my band for this year's LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Vortex Jazz Club - Venue of the year 2013. One of my favourite venues to see live music and where I've been going to see bands for nearly 10 years! Can't wait!
Book Tickets via the link below:
7th - 8th July 2014 - ENGINES ORCHESTRA
Recording for Phil Meadow's Engines Orchestra @ Angel Studios London
My home for the next 2 days, after a very early start! Just waiting for the music and for my eyes to open....
LOVE SUPREME 2014
My awesome dad at Love Supreme Jazz Festival for his 70th birthday.
A man of few words but without I wouldn't be into jazz was it not for all the gigs he took me to over the years, including McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarret, Courtney Pine, Branford Marsalis, and all the music he started me listening to when I was knee high to a grass hopper. Got me back into music and jazz too many years ago when I had lost my love for the arts, and realised without I probably wouldn't have met many of the people I have, or played with. I finally start to try to repay the favour.
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme- Re-envisioned @ Southbank 22nd June
A truly amazing night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and honour to be a part of, featuring some of the most incredible jazz and improv players I've been lucky to encounter, and lovely people and spirits. People who have come to mean a lot to me over the years and represent what I love about jazz and music and what it's all about for me.
Rowland Sutherland's interpretation of John Coltrane's Love Supreme was a serious work of art and tapestry of sounds from beautiful arranged sections, to mental no holes barred free improv! Mind blowing experience!
Featuring: Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Paul Bradshaw, Neil Charles, Shabaka Hutchings, Nikki Yeoh, Rowland Sutherland, Emi Watanabe, Steve Williamson, Byron Wallen, Rachel Musson, Mark Mondesir....
Photo credits - CARL HYDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Great review from UK Vibe
1st July 2014 - UK Vibe - Michael J Edwards
"Harp player extraordinaire Tori Handsley releases her first musical offering in the form of a self titled four track EP.
"The trio who first performed together at the end of summer 2013 sound like a well oiled and seasoned jazz combo, playing off each other to maximum effect. This is evident from the get go with one listen to the opening track ‘Setting in the Sun’, an impactful and punchy track with a chugging urgency that once it grips you draws you in further.
"The unity, oneness and intuition between the musicians is a joy to behold as they bounce off each other, with Tori’s subtle, teasing harp playing dancing in between the drum and bass. The mystical air of ‘Mistake of Thinking’ is embellished by the gentle and soothing introduction of Chantelle Nandi’s vocal inflections towards the tail end of the tune, which intertwines with the musical notes beautifully.
"With at least three changes of tempo and rhythm throughout, ‘What’s In A Tune’ definitely keeps the listener in the moment. As if giving a musical narrative to the short story of ‘The ‘Tortoise and the Hare,’ the tune races away at one hundred miles an hour, with all guns blazing, before abruptly arresting after two minutes and thirty seconds leaving just the clear, crisp and compelling solitary harp playing of Ms Handsley to slow the BPM down dramatically for the next minute or so. Once again first the bass and then the drum are stealthily reintroduced as the tune builds to another full on high tempo musical attack. The tune continues to undulate throughout; eventually leaving the listener washed up on imaginary seashore completely spent but satisfied.
"Overall the Tori Handsley Trio have served up a very impressive introduction to their sound and musical styling. Be ready to be beguiled by Ms Handsley’s perfectly precise laid-back tones...."
Read more @ http://ukvibe.org/
Review of Love Supreme Reinvisioned - 22nd June 2014
Lovely review of 'Love Supreme Reinvisioned' at Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of the nicest gigs I've had the pleasure of being a part of recently. Nice bit about the trio with Rowland Sutherland and Emi Watanabe which has just been confirmed I will also be playing with during the LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Servant Jazz Quarters on the 20th November 2014!
"A beautiful rearrangement by Sutherland of the Joe Henderson tune Earth played by the inspirational and eloquent Emi Watanabe on Japanese flute, with Tori Handsley teasing out some gorgeous jazz harmonies on harp and Rowland himself suitably soulful and earthy on alto flute." Sarah Chaplin
22nd June 2014 - 'JOHN COLTRANE'S LOVE SUPREME RE-ENVISIONED' @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Extremely honoured to be playing alongside some incredible musicians on the UK jazz and improvisation scene for the opening set of 'JOHN COLTRANE'S LOVE SUPREME RE-ENVISIONED' as part of the MELTDOWN FESTIVAL.
Tickets available via the following link, although are selling fast!
28TH APRIL - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ JAZZ IN THE ROUND, for Live Jazz on Radio 3 with Jez Nelson
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be performing for Jazz in The Round on the 28th April, Live Jazz on Radio 3 with Jez Nelson. A beautiful intimate setting, the cockpit theatre, where I have seen many awesome bands play, and we are very honoured to be playing for!
Tickets available via:
For upcoming gigs you can also follow TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ https://www.facebook.com/ToriHandsleyTrio, or email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.
Photo credits: Nadjib Le Fleurier https://www.facebook.com/nadjiblefleurier.artist
Listen again - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - Live on JAZZ FM
Listen again to TORI HANDSLEY TRIO Live on JazzFM with Mike Chadwick, and also on Soulandjazz.com for his 'European Jazz Union' show, apparently showcasing the best Jazz in Europe!
8TH APRIL - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO at the SOUTHBANK CENTRE, PURCELL ROOM
Very excited to announce the next TORI HANDSLEY TRIO gig where we will be headlining at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on the 8th April.
We will be performing music from our new EP alongside some new material. http://www.torihandsleytrio.com
The night will also feature 2 other bands: PROVINCIALS, and ALISON TEALE, and should be a great eclectic evening of music!
Tickets officially now on sale and advanced booking recommended!
Photos credits: Roger Thomas
Tori Handsley Trio - Live on JAZZ FM
Just found out my tune 'Settling into the Sun' was played live on JAZZ FM on 'The Cutting Edge with Mike Chadwick: the very best in contemporary jazz covering a variety of styles, it’s an exciting tour of current and upcoming releases in the world of jazz.'
...."in a moment, speaking of great music, is a recommendation from Philip Martindale, who tipped me off to this young lady, who is making some amazing music on the harp, and I will play it for you next on Jazz FM! Fabulous ...torihandsleytrio.com if you want to get hold of that, and I suggest that you do. Definitely one to watch!!"....
Listen here @ JAZZ FM on demand 'The Cutting Edge with Mike Chadwick' at about 40 minutes in!
New CD available from TORI HANDSLEY TRIO
New CD available for purchase, as CD / download
Beautiful card wallet with photography by Benjamin Amure.
Features four original compositions, performed by:
TORI HANDSLEY - Electric Harp
HARRY POPE - Drums
MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO - Bass
Plus Guest Vocals: Chantelle Nandi
P&C 2014 Tori Handsley
All songs Tori Handsley 2014 (PRS/MCPS)
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - Southbank Centre -14th February
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be playing alongside Fofoulah at 1pm in the Clore Ballroom.
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ The Vortex - 27th January 2014
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be playing at the Vortex Jazz Club, 27th Jan 2014 - Live Venue of the Year 2013 Jazz Parliamentary Awards.
Extremely pleased to have been asked to play with my band at one of my favourite jazz venues, and general haunts!
And for those who've seen us before, will be playing some new tunes currently in the mix but will hopefully be ready for airing!....
Details and link for tickets below:
Extremely flattered to be featured in Jazzwise magazine article 'Who to Look out for in 2014':
"Keep an eye out for harpist Tori Handsley whose uncluttered approach delivers a fresh angle to the scene."
Paul Pace, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Spice of Life.
SOLUS 3 @ 12 BAR - 27th November
Excited to be playing at 12 Bar later this month - one of my favourite rock haunts in London.
FREEDOM: THE ART OF IMPROVISATION - 27th October & LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
JAZZ WARRIORS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS: Freedom - The Art of Improvisation
Sunday 27th October - Charlie Wrights International, 45 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London, N1 6DA.
Sunday 24th November 2013 - A Freedom: London Jazz Festival Special.
Led by Orphy Robinson & Claude Deppa.
Cleveland Watkiss - vocals
Pat Thomas - Piano
Tori Handsley - Harp
Neil Charles - Bass
Steve Noble - Drums
"When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them." Don Cherry
Drawing by Tori Handsley
MUSIC INTERACTION at the Bridge Specialist School
November 2010...until hopefully the ever future present!
Wednesday mornings are a real highlight to my week, when I volunteer to work at the Bridge School, for the music interaction session with the PMLD children (profound multiple learning difficulties), an essentially improvised session, using call and response amongst other methods to hopefully instigate vocal responses and communication between us and the children.
It is a truly inspiring, ongoing experience, in particular working alongside the highly versatile musician Mark Hanson, with his incredible ability to relate to, understand and connect with all the different, beautiful, little personalities in this session. Someone I feel highly indebted to for letting me in to this precious session, and creating such an unique environment, which to me however completely encapsulates and embraces the indescribable and powerful nature of music, beyond words, that I really believe in.
Photograph by Julian Peter – a wonderful photographer and insightful individual, who also helps with the sessions. www.julianpeter.co.uk
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - new EP!
I'm extremely excited to announce the new EP from TORI HANDSLEY TRIO, with Harry Pope, Misha Mullov-Abbado & Chantelle Nandi:
Couldn’t be happier with the live energy and vibes captured here.
Particularly check out new composition and Track 1 'Kestrel', which the band have totally run with and I'm loving! Also featuring the wonderful force Chantelle Nandi.
Track 2, 'Mistake of Thinking', (which incidentally is not a general comment on thinking!) in the spirit of its free beginnings, Chantelle now features on, after she happened still to be in the studio when we were recording the track, and I said ‘join in if you like’...and she did, and took it to some other new beautiful places!
Massive thanks again to all those involved for all their time and energy, and to Graham Godfrey for his atmospheric recipe for musical madness. Wouldn't have been the same without you!
If you would like to buy a CD - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording session with TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 1st Sept 2013
An indescribable day recording with the Trio - courtesy of Graham Godfrey and his divine vibes – really made the atmosphere, and to the boys, Harry Pope (drums) and Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass) and Chantelle Nandi for their undivided and devoted energy. Some really sensitive moments feeling it out together, coupled with some seriously rocking heavy sections!
Something magic happened today I could not have prescribed and journeys I couldn’t have imagined. Couldn't have asked for more to capture the music and feelings right now.
No further words, but brought some things to life in ways I didn't think possible.
Thank you SO much to all involved
And watch this space for the new EP!...
Tori Handsley Trio at the Spice of Life...
Awesome gig last night monster thanks to Harry Pope, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Chantelle Nandi for all their energy and amazing creativity. Oh and the guy who held my music whilst the air con was blowing ferociously at the piano.
What a great club to play and big thanks to Paul Pace, Benjamin Amure and the everyone at the Spice and for such a warm crowd that really made the atmosphere. Stella opening set from Bruno Heinen & Ruben Fox.
Photo credits: Nadjib Le Fleurier https://www.facebook.com/nadjiblefleurier.artist
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 22nd August @ Spice of Life Jazz Club London
I'm really excited to have been asked back to play with my Trio at one of my favourite jazz clubs in London, the Spice of Life on Thursday 22nd August.
"Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarrett, Dorothy Ashby, Nigel Kennedy, Debussy, McCoy Tyner & Mahavishnu Orchestra."
For a taster and more info on the trio see:
Tickets & website:
Photo credits: Liam Taylor
Freeedom @Charlie Wrights Jazz Club
'FREEDOM' - Jazz Warriors International - 28th July 2013
A real privilege to be playing tonight on stage with Jazz Warriors, including Cleveland Watkiss, Pat Thomas, Claude Deppa & Chantelle Nandi - the kind of people I used to dream of playing with, and some beautiful indescribable moments of free improvisation you couldn't write or have planned but just happen...everything I truly love about creativity.
Feeling very lucky for the paths life has led me down and the amazing people I have been lucky to encounter along the way!
Playing with Solus 3 @ The Vortex Jazz Club, London
31st May - Solus 3 - Vortex Jazz Club London
Really looking forward to playing with Solus 3 and their improvised soundscapes, at one of my favourite jazz venues in London – The Vortex - and Winner of Live Jazz Venue in 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
"Stalking a slinky, unlikely path between improvisation, dub and modern classicism, SOLUS3 are truly a law unto themselves." Uncut April 2013
If you’re around and fancy coming down, should be a great night – I can’t wait!
Photo Credits: © 2013 Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights Reserved.
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 26th May
Tori Handsley Trio - 26th May, Thatcham.
Good vibes and lovely trio gig yesterday, with Chris Nickolls and Tim Fairhall. Good to give new tunes first airing too! Thanks guys!
JAZZ HARP Experience @ The Daffodil - 20th May
Delighted to be asked back to play at the striking Daffodil venue in Cheltenham for one of their featured jazz nights. A thoroughly enjoyable night of upbeat funky jazz, which certainly kept me on my toes too! (at about 7 pedals a second I think at one point!!..) Featuring fantastic line up: Erica Clarke (saxophone), Costa Tankready (electric bass), & Matt Jones (drums).
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 25th April -The Jazz Market, Shoreditch
THE JAZZ MARKET - 25th April 2013, 7.30pm @ The Luxe, Shoreditch, London, E1 6BG.
Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarret, Dorothy Ashby & The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Tickets via We Got Tickets-£5 in advance/ £7 on the door. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/216896
Photo Credits: BENJAMIN AMURE PHOTOGRAPHY
JAZZ HARP Experience - New Website Launch
Very excited to announce the launch of the new website for the jazz harp and saxophone project, in collaboration with the wonderful Erica Clarke:
The JAZZ HARP Experience
Born out of a mutual love for jazz, focusing on upbeat and unusual music, including jazz, pop and soul, to create new sounds and arrangements you might not expect to hear from a conventional harp and saxophone combo!
Tori and Erica have been working and performing in the music industry for the last 10 years with artists including Nigel Kennedy, and Neil Cowley & at venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex Jazz Club, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Tower of London and Montreaux Jazz Festival.
Please see website for further info!...
Photo credits LUKE PENKETH PHOTOGRAPHY.
Tori Handsley Solo concert - Sunday 21st April – Kings Sutton.
Sunday 21st April, 3pm @ Kings Sutton Church, Oxon, OX17 3RJ.
£8 / £5-concessions.
A memorial concert I am doing for a very special client and man to me, Frank Stephens, who unfortunately recently passed away. This will be a celebration and memorial to him and the support he gave to my music, in his church where he always said he would like me to play. The concert is open to everyone and should be a lovely afternoon. The church put on yum cakes and tea after too!
Photo credits - LUKE PENKETH PHOTOGRAPHY - http://lukepenkethphotography.co.uk/
....'What's On' ...
Interesting what goes on in the world without you knowing!..(although I did obviously know about the concert!)
My dad just showed my this in the paper and asked if it was me?!... glad to know my dad also knows my name. although I think perhaps might have been his dry sense of humour.
And dammit I’m Miss Handsley if we must be formal!!
Photo credits: Luke Penketh
Playing with JAZZ WARRIORS - Launch of Cr8
Fantastic night of free improv playing with the Jazz Warriors Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss. Thanks for having me down guys - absolute privilege to be there - had a great time and wicked vibe!
ps - I particularly liked the A natural in bar 562.5
Recording session with KAIROS4TET
7th March: Great day recording with amazing jazz group on the scene and MOBO award winners: Kairos 4tet, Jules Buckley and some fantastic players. Made me play 'football' for a while and may have even persuaded me to do a glissando, or two...!
you can check out their awesome tunes here - loving Russel's Resurgance
In remembrance of the wonderful Frank Stevens.
I played for Frank & Hazel's Golden Wedding Anniversary many moons ago, and last year I was so pleased to be asked to play again for him, this time his 80th birthday. He and Hazel then came to see me play with my Trio earlier this year, booking tickets immediately after I emailed him only on the off chance he could come.
I’ve played for many people in my life, but Frank was one of those few people you feel really privileged to have met, who really made a big impression on me and how I’d love to aim to live my life. He was such a kind and appreciative lovely man, and his church, where he always said he wanted me to play, was bursting at the seams for his funeral for which I recently played.
My best wishes to Hazel and all his family.
NATURAL FORMS PRIVATE VIEW - RCA
9th May 2012
Performing for the Natural Forms private view at the Royal College of Art. Pictured here with the legendary artist John Norris Wood.
CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL - May 2012
After an amazing week of gigs in London and Oxford playing with my trio, despite looking forward to a weeks slight restbite!, I was really chuffed to be asked to go down to play with Alex Steele (piano), and his trio – Matt Jones (drums) and Clive Morton (bass). Beautiful musicians to have the opportunity to play with, and really sensitive, versatile players, which was very much appreciated after a pretty nerve racking few weeks and a five minute soundcheck to boot!
TORI HANDSLEY TRIO LAUNCH - 26th April - Spice of Life Jazz Club, London
I’m really excited to announce the official launch of my new trio with two incredible, creative musicians, Chris Nickolls (drums), and Richard Sadler (bass).
...Contemporary original harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, McCoy Tyner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Keith Jarrett, Debussy.
For a sonic taster, see my soundcloud website:
NEW FILM - FROM ‘FEAR’ FREE IMPROV PERFORMANCE GROUP - RCA
New film I’m really excited to have been released for the free improv performance group FEAR I work with at the Royal College of Art, with stunning visuals and beautiful edited sound by Liam Taylor and Len Massey respectively:
Please see my other website, and performance page for more info:
NIGEL KENNEDY – ELLINGTON / BACH TOUR
Plovdiv, Bulgaria - September 2010
Playing with Nigel Kennedy and his killer band including: Orphy Robinson (vibes), Doug Boyle (guitar), Tomasz Grzegorski (sax), Krzysztof Dziedzic (drums), Adam Kowalewski (bass).
This was an experience I will never forget playing with Nigel Kennedy, one of my childhood heros, who I’ve looked up to since a young age for his passion and unwavering dedication to the music, regardless of any conventional dictations of style; breaking boundaries to communicate music to all types of people, and has been a huge inspiration to me.
Performing in the most stunning amphitheatre with the Philharmonic Orchestra; during sound check with music fluttering over the stage (as sudden huge gusts of wind conveniently arrived just as the orchestra did!) it was a real privilege to be part of such a creative concert.
An intense week of rehearsals in the charming, cobbled streets of Plovdiv, culminated in a rollercoaster of a concert, breathing new life into music from one of the jazz legends Duke Ellington.
NIGEL KENNEDY – ELLINGTON / BACH TOUR
Bad Worishofen, Germany – September 2010
I was delighted to be asked back to perform with Nigel and the band, for the final concert of the Ellington / Bach tour in Bad Worishofen, Germany. Another phenomenal, challenging and creative week!
It was amazing again to see the constant drive and energy of Nigel, to motivate every individual and constantly pushing the music. It was incredible also to see the live, dynamic energy as he was accompanied by Cora Lunny for the Bach double, as they dipped and dived through the music, viscously spurring each other on.
Such an honour to play with Nigel and each of the individual musicians and to have the opportunity to take part in such an inspiring, progressive collaboration.