Triple Bill: Georgia Mancio in duo with…
Nikki Iles (piano/accordion), Alina Bzhezkinska (harp) and Tom Cawley (piano)
Georgia invites some of her favourite contemporaries in this stunning triple bill. A celebration of female writers with lauded pianist/composer Nikki Iles; a homage to vocalist, songwriter and activist Abbey Lincoln in a debut with stellar harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and a much anticipated reunion with pianist/songwriter Tom Cawley previewing their new work – ‘The Mexican Suitcase.’
“A formidable jazz presence rising to her full height” – The Guardian
Nikki Iles, jazz pianist and composer, was a founder member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra. Her impressive credit list includes Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Tina May and Rufus Reid. As a composer her commissions include The London Sinfonietta, The London Philharmonic’s Renga and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra .
Georgia and Nikki’s set celebrates female writers including Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie, Dorothy Fields alongside their own work.
“mastery of the jazz harp” – The Times
Ukrainian/Polish internationally renowned harpist, Alina Bzhezhinska, has performed with leading musicians including Shabaka Hutchings, Django Bates, Niki King and the Glasgow String Quartet. Her quartet led the 80th Birthday celebrations for Alice Coltrane last year, earning a nomination for ‘Best Live Experience’ at the 2018 Jazz FM awards. Her new album, Inspiration, is released this summer by Ubuntu Music.
For their debut performance, Georgia and Alina explore the music of vocalist, songwriter and activist Abbey Lincoln.
“Full of surprises and commanding a huge expressive and dynamic range” – The Observer
Award-winning pianist, composer and bandleader, Tom Cawley, has performed, recorded and broadcast with many stellar artists, most notably Peter Gabriel and Gwyneth Herbert. His own group, Curios, have released three acclaimed albums, played major festivals and venues across Europe and won Best Band at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.
Expanding on their bespoke set of originals for ReVoice! 2014, Georgia and Tom preview ‘The Mexican Suitcase’ – six characters, unsure of their present, in search of the past and future.
‘Mancio, whose control of phrasing has a precision few can match, explored this scenario with both drama and tenderness. Cawley is an expansive accompanist, offering plenty of colour and atmosphere, and this is clearly the beginning of a very productive partnership.’ – The Arts Desk – ReVoice! 2014 review