The music of Sirena Riley and Tom Donald is instantly recognisable as one of the most unique songwriting partnerships on today’s modern jazz music scene. Expanding beyond their foundation of jazz, Sirena and Tom have handpicked some of London’s finest string ensemble musicians (violinists Ayako Yamazaki and Minsi Yang, cellist Patrick Tapio Johnson and Katya Lazereva on viola), to form a dream quartet to accompany their award wining songs. This concert fuses musical worlds from Mahler and Kurt Veil to Nina Simone and Keith Jarrett.
Tom Donald, international film composer and pianist will open the show, with a world premiere of his String Quintet composed for Haider Rashid’s film “The Deep” which won the Jury Prize at the 10th Annual Dubai Film Festival. Donald’s film music has won multiple awards in Europe and the Middle East crossing the boundaries between Western Classical music combined with Middle Eastern influences.
Check out this gig at the Pheasantry on May 2nd 2014