Alcyona started playing piano at the age of three. She has been performing internationally for many years working regularly with Anglo/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, and has performed extensively in France in recent years. She is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick Duo, Eddie Parker's Debussy Mirrored ensemble, Bachar Zarkan Ensemble, Josephine Davies’ ‘Orenda’ trio w Brigitte Beraha, Merit Ariane ‘Moonlarking’, Noel Langley’s ‘Edentide’, John Warren nonet, Paul Clarvis/Stuart Hall trio, Samy Bishai quartet. She has performed in Turkey for TRT music series with many Turkish artists, and worked with a wide array of other musicians including Yazz Ahmed, Mircan Kaya, Jerry Dammers Spatial aka Orchestra, Ibrahim Maalouf, Macadi Nahhas, Zoe Rahman and many more.
As a composer she has a Master's in Composing music for film from the National Film and Television school. She has written and produced music for many independent short films, documentaries, animation and silent cinema. She has released four albums: 'Around the Sun' (Audio-b) under her own name, 'Blink' (Loop) and 'Twice' (Babel) with Blink and guest cellist Vincent Courtois, and ‘Criss Cross’ with saxophonist Tori Freestone (Whirlwind Recordings). She also writes for the London Jazz Orchestra and an electronica project with violinist Samy Bishai.
"world class ingenuity" — the Guardian
"Alcyona Mick is an unusual powerhouse of a talent" — MOJO
Born in Enfield, Clarvis was the late Leonard Bernstein's preferred percussionist in London and featured as a soloist on the last night of the Proms in 1996 in a concerto for saxophone and drum kit by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle. In 1998 he was chairman of the Percussion judges for the BBC Young Musician of the Year and together with Sonia Slany he started Villagelife Records.
Clarvis also helped Rick Smith with the drum arrangement for the London Olympics 2012 opening, writing Dame Evelyn Glennie's part and together with Smith, assisted in the training of the ceremony's 1000 drummers.
Clarvis has worked with a number of notable musicians: Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Steve Swallow, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle, Sir John Dankworth to Sir Paul McCartney, John Taylor and Moondog, Gordon Beck, Bryan Ferry and Elton John. He has recorded with Marc Ribot, Sam Rivers, Richard Thompson, The Orb, John Adams, Michael Nyman, Loreena McKennitt, Mark Anthony Turnage and Michel Legrand as well as his own band Orquestra Mahatma.
He regularly holds gigs with Mose Allison and has also played with Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock and Ravi Shankar.
If you'd like to know more about Stuart, his long association with the LJO or enquire about his arrangements for the band, come and find him at one of our gigs.