Alba&Leo is the “augmented reality” duo, joined here by the extraordinary cellist Natalie Rozario and percussionist Sass Hoory. Natalie’s artistry encompasses an incredible diversity of experiences, from The Sydney Opera House to West End’s musicals to performing with Jamie Cullum; Sass is an expert in Middle Eastern music traditions, as well as a soundtrack composer and performer (“The Dead”, “Pini”) and the founder of the London-based Drummer Factory.
Alba’s voice, compared as much to Björk’s as to Janis Joplin’s, is jazz dexterity with a rock edge. Leo’s naughty approach to acoustic guitar seamlessly combines fingerstyle, percussive sounds and distortion. Creative live looping, both for vocals and guitar, broadens the soundscape even more, letting them play with music, dazing and thrilling the audience at every turn.
They are renowned and well-established artists in Croatia, their home country, where they’ve been referred to as “The best duo in the country”. They moved to London in 2017 and are currently recording with the Mercury Music Prize nominated producer Gerry Diver, whose last works entered The Guardian’s and Mojo’s “Best 50 albums of the year”. Alba&Leo’s latest single “Won’t be back soon” was selected by Frank Turner and Mungo Jerry as the 2nd prize winner at the Absolute Music Best Original Song Competition.
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