...performances that enchant, surprise and ineffably capture the imagination. Riley's lyrics and Donald's music seem to flow together in a single flood of invention... -- Jazzwise Magazine
Sirena Riley started her first night in London by opening a 'Time Out' magazine and going to the first jazz open mic session she could find. Australian pianist and composer, Tom Donald was the house pianist. They were introduced over a spine-tingling, room-silencing performance of Duke Ellington's ‘Solitude’ that startled even the performers. After eyeing each other suspiciously, they agreed that a collaboration was inevitable. Two years later, their first single, 'Half Moon' was a semi-finalist in the 2008 UK Songwriting competition. And now, the debut song cycle and album, 'The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet' has been released on their own label, Remigrant Records, showcasing what Jazzwise Magazine calls a formidable writing partnership.
Jazzwise Magazine June 2009
Sirena Riley, The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet
Brought up in Washington DC but now London-based, vocalist Sirena Riley marked the first night in her adopted home town by thumbing through a copy of Time Out magazine and going to the first open mic jazz session she could find. There she met the house pianist, Tom Donald, and a performance of Duke Ellington's 'Solitude' sealed a new friendship. Recorded over a single day last year, The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet showcases the work of a formidable writing partnership. From the gently rocking ostinato of 'Perfect Darkness' to the narcotic melancholy of 'Tidal', these are performances that enchant, surprise and ineffably capture the imagination