Alice Zawadzki, based in London, is a multifaceted artist renowned for her extraordinary presence in the world of music. Her musical journey is a fusion of diverse influences, resulting in a truly unique and captivating sound. While loosely connected to the jazz world, Alice’s musical realm stands distinctly on its own within the European music scene.
Her musical roots trace back to New Orleans jazz and gospel, where she had the privilege of learning from the legendary Lillian Boutté during her teenage years. Simultaneously, Alice received extensive classical training as a violinist, a skill that continues to shape her artistic expression. Her explorations further extend to improvisation, poetry, and folk music from various traditions, all delivered through her velvety and emotionally powerful voice.
In 2023, Alice introduced a bewitching new composition titled “Bag Of Bones,” commissioned by the Manchester Collective. This deeply personal piece combines Eastern European folklore, psychology, ceremony, and ritual, marking a significant chapter in Alice’s artistic journey. The UK tour performances of “Bag of Bones” with the Manchester Collective garnered praise from The Guardian and the Southbank Centre, among others, for its profound exploration of family and freedom.
Looking ahead in 2023, Alice is set to collaborate with long-term partners, multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, for a new album under the iconic ECM label, with live performances throughout the year.
Beyond her musical endeavors, Alice expanded her horizons into journalism and presenting in the Autumn of 2022. She produced her first documentary for the BBC, titled “Yiddish Glory,” a project that took her on an extraordinary journey to uncover a collection of censored and confiscated songs in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This venture showcased her commitment to both music and storytelling.
Alice’s extensive performance history spans headline appearances at major UK venues and festivals, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, the London Jazz Festival, and Celtic Connections, along with international appearances at festivals worldwide. Her 2019 album, “Within You Is A World Of Spring,” received critical acclaim and positioned her as a rising star in the jazz scene. It earned her the Contemporary Album of the Month by The Guardian, Top 20 Albums of 2019 recognition, and a nomination for British Vocalist of the Year from Jazz FM.
Alice has consistently demonstrated her versatility by interpreting new music and premiering large-scale pieces, collaborating with various orchestras and musicians. Her ability to transcend genres while maintaining a distinctive musical style has made her accessible and compelling to diverse audiences.
In addition to her musical pursuits, Alice has engaged with the community by delivering vocal and improvisation workshops, supporting organizations like Play For Progress and The Spitz Charitable Trust.
Her artistic journey has been supported by institutions like PRSF Women Make Music Award, Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK, and Serious Productions. In recognition of her contributions to music, Alice was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2022.
Alice Zawadzki’s artistic tapestry is rich and diverse, reflecting a commitment to pushing boundaries and a profound passion for music in all its forms.