“the magical, inventive, unique jewel box, that is Georgia Mancio’s Hang” – Ian Shaw
Hang 2019 – 9-11 October, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
Storytelling, soul and compassion beat at the heart of award-winning vocalist Georgia Mancio’s 3rd Hang – a collection of collaborations that this year illuminates her extraordinary lyric writing.
Where We Once Belonged (Wed 9 October) includes intriguing family portraits created with pianist Tom Cawley, exploring heritage and identity alongside Robert Mitchell, Kim Macari and Shirley Smart.
Finding Home (Thu 10 October) with pianist Kate Williams and string quartet: “a sublime song cycle” (Jazzwise) encompassing the refugee crisis to romantic spoken word groove.
Finally the beautiful, iconic Songbook (Fri 11 October, 2 shows) with Grammy-winning pianist Alan Broadbent: “one of the most formidable writing partnerships of the 21st Century” (Jazz Views).
The first Finding Home tour has come to an end after 12 successful dates across the UK. With 4 star album reviews from The Evening Standard, The Financial Times, Jazzwise, Jazz Journal and Kind of Jazz, the accolades for the live performances have been similarly vaunted.
Jazz Views reviewed the last date in the stunning Bolton Abbey and noted: “What is truly astonishing about this ensemble is the music that is made collectively. This is not jazz or classical music, it is simply music. The pleasure that these remarkable musicians take in performing, and just making music together was clear to see and hear… For those that were fortunate enough to catch one of the live dates [it] will live long in the memory as one of those special performances.”
Thanks to everyone who supported the tour, not least generously donating over £1400 to partner charity Safe Passage and ongoing support for the children featured in the award-winning film Calais Children: A Case To Answer
Full Reviews, sound clips and more on Finding Home WebPage
LondonJazz News reviewed the Finding Home album launch with special guest guitarist, John Williams: “Georgia sings .. with a grace, a musicality and an authenticity that are very affecting.” Read full review here
Adrian Pallant described the album: “[a] meticulous and poignant collaboration…their conveyance of so many moods in these twelve tracks can easily catch one emotionally off guard, with a depth transcending mere ‘song’….a recording which again identifies Georgia Mancio as one of UK jazz’s most accomplished vocalists.” Read full review here
Photo by Tatiana Gorilovsky
More plaudits for Georgia’s new album, Finding Home, from esteemed writer Nick Lea on his blog JazzViews.
“The musicians have immersed themselves totally in the arrangements and work together as one unique ensemble bringing the scores to life. Coupled with Georgia’s heartwarming and emotional voice, she just gets better with every new album, the vocalist is reaching a maturity in her work that is placing her at the pinnacle of her craft. She is able to convey the meaning of a song with such passion and conviction even at the slowest of tempos, that every word is imbued with maximum emotion that add a depth to the lyric that could otherwise be missed in lesser hands.”
Read full review
illustration by Alban Low
Jazzwise magazine has awarded 4 stars to Georgia’s new album Finding Home, praising her “poised…pitch-perfect..[and] perfectly formed” vocals.
They also reviewed a live performance at the Watermill Jazz Club last week: “[Mancio’s] singing has now reached an almost sublime level, clarity and poise personified, phrasing with the ensemble or soaring over, intimate yet dynamic, her liaison with Williams’ musical line just or jubilant as the song requires…the entire event was a delight”
Photo by Brian O’Connor
Listen to Georgia’s podcast on Jazz Matters about her new album, Finding Home, and various collaborations with Kate Williams, Alan Broadbent, Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw.