A Flame for Freedom, A Song for Peace
Georgia Mancio (voice), Robert Mitchell (piano/poetry),
Shirley Smart (cello), Richard Olátúndé Baker (percussion)
A new super group exclusively created for Hang featuring three major players from the jazz and world music scenes: virtuosic pianist/composer/poet Robert Mitchell (Courtney Pine, Omar Puente, Jason Rebello), improvising cellist Shirley Smart (Antonio Forcione, Maciek Pysz, Alice Zawadkski) and outstanding percussionist Richard Olátúndé Baker (Mulatu Astatke, Anthony Joseph, Tony Allen).
Together they present songs of peace and freedom from around the globe, interlaced with spoken word, visual art and much grace and soul.
“absolutely top quality jazz from one of the world’s finest” – Gilles Peterson
Robert Mitchell is an award winning pianist, composer and poet. He has released nine albums and a first book of poems ‘A Vigil For Justice. A Vigil For Peace‘ (2017). His bands Epiphany 3 and Panacea have featured special guests Norma Winstone, Julien Lourau and Steve Williamson. His large scale work, Invocation, premiered at the QEH (2014) featuring the Grammy winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Other work includes Courtney Pine, Omar Puente, Orphy Robinson, Jason Rebello and dancer Masumi Endo.
“Superb cello…Smart’s playing is particularly remarkable throughout” – Songlines
Cellist Shirley Smart was originally classically trained in London and Paris, before a subsequent decade in Jerusalem sparked her involvement in jazz and world music from North Africa, the Middle East, Balkans and South America. Her remarkable versatility has invited collaborations with Antonio Forcione, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Shekoyokh, Maurizio Minardi and Alice Zawadski, as well as leading and writing for her own projects.
“Richard Olatunde Baker’s intoxicating percussive stew a potent engine.” – All About Jazz
Richard Olátúndé Baker is a percussionist, instrument maker, producer/engineer and founder of the group Eardrum. Born of British-Nigerian parentage and brought up in UK he was a self-taught guitarist before training with various Nigerian master drummers. Richard specialises in Yoruba talking drums (dundun) as well as sakara, ashiko and dunun and other African percussions. His credits include Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, Anthony Joseph, Wunmi, Bukky Leo and Dele Sosimi.