The Newham producer and composer will be gracing the stage tomorrow at The Crescent, York brought to us in collaboration with Ouroboros. Following the praise received from the release of his album Antiphon earlier this year, Alfa Mist is now touring and performing shows around the UK.
Alfa is truly a unique artist, with a style that cannot despite all efforts be categorised. Starting out with a love of grime and hip hop, the self-taught pianist delved into the world of jazz, soul, classical and electronica whilst sampling beats. His newest EP is a beautiful fusion of the alternative genre he is continuing to master; with his own curated identity he simply cannot be compared to any of the other upcoming musicians in the new generation of Jazz.
Antiphon was born following a conversation with Alfa’s brothers about mental health and relationships. It was snippets of this conversation that came to punctuate the whole album, adding shape to the epiphany that is Alfa Mist. The album reminds me of London in its rawest form, his lyrical style, alongside the manipulation of different genres, impersonates the hazy state and sense of self that London can easily seduce you into. The balancing of depression, insomnia, restlessness and tiredness that can paralyse you in a mega metropolitan city, set against the background of summer night is east London is the easiest way I can describe this album. Now against the background of (the now sunny) York, it will be interesting to see how the album will translate.
Tickets can still be bought on The Crescent website, so for anyone who has a love of authentic smoky jazz, come and witness a potential staple to the London Jazz scene.
By Adaobi Nezianya